Nighthawks’ D owns the day in Ramland

CHESHIRE — Old rivalries don’t die. They resurface in old-fashioned backyard tussles such as these.

North Haven used a long first-half drive, a fourth-quarter field goal and stout defense throughout to defeat former Thanksgiving rival Cheshire 10-0 on Friday night, Oct. 28 in a SCC Tier 1 game at Alumni Field.

It was a game with divisional and playoff ramifications.

North Haven came away at 6-1 and Cheshire at 5-2.

The Rams get the first break of the night, recovering a fumbled punt recovered just over midfield in the opening quarter. North Haven’s defense held, however, and forced another Rams’ punt.

And that’s where the game took a crucial turn. Taking over at their own 15, the Nighthawks engineered an 11-play scoring drive, going up 7-0 with 2:40 left in the opening quarter when Camren Thompson got free from 30 yards out.

That’s where the score stayed through halftime, though the Rams did reach the doorstep on a 43-yard screen pass from Michael Simeone to Jeffrey Gonzalez. Simeone rolled right, threw back against the grain to Gonzalez, who rambled down the left sideline to the North Haven 2.

The Nighthawks again bore down on D, forcing a 23-yard field goal attempt that was no good.

Defenses dominated in the third quarter. Both teams punted three times. Cheshire did hit for a 39-yard pass play from Simione to Luke Wiedemann, but it was erased by a penalty for ineligible man down field.

Finally, in the fourth, North Haven made it a two-score game and put the victory on ice.

A 33-yard pass from Jeffrey Karavas to Daniel-Mark Thomas, compounded by a personal foul on Cheshire, put the Nighthawks in field goal position, and Declan Finkle delivered a 20-yarder with 5:44 left.


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