WALLINGFORD — It got late early for the Bassick Lions in their SCC Tier 3 football date with Lyman Hall at Fitzgerald Field on Friday.
The game kicked off at 5 p.m. Before the first quarter was out, the Trojans had four touchdowns on the board and were well on their way to a 41-6 victory that raised their record to 4-2.
“It was a good game up until the end of the first quarter; we kind of pulled away,” said Lyman Hall head coach Bill Weyrauch. “Bassick fought the whole night. We were able to play some of our younger players in the second half, which is a really good thing for our program.
“Overall, I was pleased with what we did.”
This game was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport. For undisclosed reasons, the game was moved to Lyman Hall and moved up a day. Bottom line: Lyman Hall got an extra home game for the 2018 season.
The Trojans made the most of it. Bassick received the ball to begin the game, but it didn’t take long for Lyman Hall to take it away. A fumble at midfield was recovered by defensive end Zach Kizer.
On the ensuing drive, Austin Ruiz scored on a 3-yard touchdown to give the Trojans an early 7-0 lead.
Furkan Parcal was directly involved in the next two scoring plays for Lyman Hall. He recorded a 20-yard rushing touchdown to make the lead 14-0, then a caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Sean Pragano to make it 21-0 lead.
Lyman Hall scored for a fourth time in the first quarter. After Kizer picked off a Bassic pass, he returned it to the goal line, narrowly missing a pick-six. Ruiz got in on the next snap for a 1-yard touchdown, putting Lyman Hall up 28-0.
In the second quarter, Ruiz rushed into the end zone from six yards out to pick up his third touchdown of the game and Lyman Hall went into the half with a 34-0 lead.
In the second half, with a running clock, Lyman Hall tacked on one last score. Pragano hit Josh Seichter with a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 41-0.
Bassick broke the shutout when Quinshon McCoy returned the ensuing kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown.The Trojans denied the two-point conversion and the 41-6 score held the rest of the way.
“We did a couple things early in the game where I think we walked onto the field and weren’t ready to play. Bassick got behind us on our defense: That I was not happy with,” Weyrauch said. “We’re
going to do the same thing we always do. We’re going to go back and look at the film, see what we can clean up and get ready for next week.”
That game will be next Saturday in Enfield against the CREC Co-op.