WALLINGFORD — In a Friday night of frustration, the Lyman Hall football team fell 17-6 to East Haven in a SCC Tier 3 game at Fitzgerald Field.
The Trojans had nothing going offensively from the get-go in falling to 1-2.
Nor did East Haven, at least for 2½ quarters. The game was scoreless until deep into the third quarter when the Yellow Jackets broke through and improved to 3-0.
Although the Trojans weren’t able to get into the end zone until late in the fourth quarter, they had their chances.
“We got in the red zone twice and put the ball on the ground,” said LH head coach Bill Weyrauch. “This is a good football team we played and I really felt whoever scored first was going to win.”
On multiple occasions, Lyman Hall had the ball deep in East Haven territory, but couldn’t come away with any points. Often, it was due to penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct call.
That was the case in the second quarter, when a series of strong runs by Austin Ruiz took Lyman Hall down to the East Haven 9. The chance fizzled. A few bad snaps were followed by the unsportsmanlike penalty knocked the Trojans backward. They wound up turning the ball over on downs.
The game stood at 0-0 until, with 3:57 left in the third quarter, Micheal Manning of East Haven took a third-and-1 carry around the left side for a 5-yard touchdown.
Defensively, East Haven intercepted LH quarterback Sean Patrick Pragano three times. Micheal Castellano took one back 20 yards for a pick-six that extended the East Haven lead to 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on a field goal late after Pragano’s last interception.
The Trojans salvaged the night with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Alex Riccitelli with 15 seconds left in the game.
Louis Ferri was in on some big plays for the Trojans. His sack on third down at the LH 13 thwarted a promising East Haven bid in the third quarter while the game was still scoreless. A 35-yard field goal attempt missed wide right.
Ferri also converted a successful fake punt that extended a drive as the game moved into the fourth quarter. The Trojans eventually got to the cusp of the red zone before a back-breaking chop block penalty took the steam out of the drive. Facing third-and-30, the Trojans threw incomplete and were forced to punt.
Lyman Hall looks to rebound next Friday in Milford in a SCC crossover with Foran.