MERIDEN — In a Thursday night CCC Division II-West football matchup, Maloney and Newington squared off at Falcon Field and the Spartans flexed their muscles yet again, defeating the Indians 43-20 for their third straight win at home.
James Tarver got Maloney rolling with a touchdown less than a minute into the game, Elliot Good for 215 yards and two more touchdowns and wide receiver Victor Marquez had another monster night with nine catches for 106 yards as the Spartans improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the division.
”It’s good to get the win and be at 7-1,” said head coach Kevin Frederick. “We did a lot of good things tonight and there’s some things we had to clean up. We’ve got to get healthy, too.
“Overall, it was a good night. We executed well and got the win.”
The Spartans literally led from start to finish. Well, for all but 43 seconds. That’s how long it took Maloney to score with Tarver sprinting 28 yards into the end zone and following it with a two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead.
Despite Maloney’s defense playing physical, Newington managed to put together a drive at the end of the first quarter. Keenan Esau scampered into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. Maloney’s special teams blocked the PAT kick, though, keeping the score 8-6 in the Spartans’ favor.
With 13 seconds left in the first quarter, Tarver struck again. The running back managed to rip off a 49-yard run into the end zone. Vincent Martinez caught a pass from Marquez to extend the lead to 16-6.
In the second quarter, Maloney’s defense stifled Newington while the Spartans scored twice more to build a 29-6 lead by the break. Good hit Martinez with a 13-yard touchdown pass and, later in the quarter, led Maloney into the red zone again, finishing it himself with a one-yard run.
The Spartans kept their foot on the gas to begin the second half. Their first drive culminated with Darien Murray rushing for a 10-yard touchdown, giving the Spartans a 36-6 lead.
Newington responded with a seven-minute drive that saw quarterback Nicholas Pestrichello hit Izaiah Ciarcia with a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Indians failed to complete the two-point conversion and trailed the Spartans 36-12 at the end of the third quarter.
The teams exchanged touchdowns again in the fourth quarter. Good threw over the middle to Jaylon Nixon for a 23-yard touchdown. A muffed punt return led to Newington’s score, with Pestrichello hitting Gunnar Johnson with a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Good completed 17 of 26 passes en route to his 215 yards. Tarver rushed for 87 yards and two TDs on just four carries. Murray was 14-94 as Maloney piled up 474 yards of offense.