Football Cards send Bears into hibernation
NORWALK — Norwalk scored more than 40 points in each of its first three football games, two of which were victories. Yet the Bears couldn’t reach the end zone against Greenwich, whose defensive unit was as stingy as ever Friday night.
Another dominant defensive effort, coupled with an efficient offense, propelled the Cardinals to another resounding victory.
Tysen Comizio ran for a pair of touchdowns, Jack Warren scored on a 25-yard scamper and Stephen Bennett caught a scoring strike from Gavin Muir in the first half for Greenwich, which built a 28-0 halftime lead en route to recording a 55-0 win over host Norwalk in an FCIAC matchup.
The win raised Greenwich’s record to 3-0 heading into next week’s showdown against New Canaan. The Bears, who were edged by Fairfield Ludlowe a week ago, dropped to 2-2.
Field position wasn’t a problem for Norwalk, which had possession in Greenwich territory several times in the first half, but came up empty. Greenwich’s defensive line pressured Bears junior quarterback Kyle Gordon throughout, making it difficult to pass to his favorite receiving targets Khalil Eason, Jaki Elliott and Jamal Boyd.
Greenwich’s first score came on its second possession and it took only one play to reach the end zone. Comizio, a senior, took Muir’s shotgun snap, ran up the middle, cut left and dashed 41 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cardinals a 6-0 lead with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Norwalk moved the ball into Greenwich territory on two of its first three possessions in the first quarter, but each time its drive was halted. Senior defensive linemen Emilio Camou and Mozi Bici registered tackles for a loss of yardage on the Bears’ third drive, which stalled at the GHS 44-yard line.
Aided by several Greenwich penalties, the Bears reached the Cardinals’ 31-yard line at the start of the second quarter, but the visitors kept Gordon and his offense off the scoreboard.
The Cardinals extended their lead by driving 90 yards in 10 plays early in the second quarter. Backed up on their 15-yard line, the Cardinals got some breathing room when senior wideout Stephen Bennett went 39 yards on a catch-and-run, putting the ball at the Bears’ 46-yard line.
Greenwich then relied on the running of Comizio and Warren to finish the drive. Warren capped it with a 25-yard touchdown run. Muir connected with Bennett on the 2-point conversion pass, giving the Cardinals a 14-0 advantage at the 7:27 mark of the second quarter.
Following a Norwalk three-and-out, Comizio broke loose for a 61-yard run, giving Greenwich a first down at the Bears’ 4-yard line. The next play, Bennett snared a 4-yard pass from Muir off a slant pattern, making it 21-0 with 9:52 to play in the second stanza.
Bennett’s big punt return set the Cards up at the Bears’ 27 and three plays later, Comizio ran it in from three yards out, putting Norwalk in a 28-0 hole with 4:13 still left in the opening half.
Senior defensive backs Charlie Ducret and Ryan Raybuck helped lead Greenwich’s effective secondary, which prevented Norwalk from getting its potent passing game going.
The second half began with Greenwich driving 59-yards in nine plays for a score. Senior Lance Large caught passes of 26 and 14 yards from Muir on the drive, which was concluded by Comizio’s 1-yard run with 9:09 left in the third quarter.
Raybuck intercepted a pass from Gordon, who was shaken up on the play on a big hit with 7:08 in the third quarter, but walked off the field on his own power.
On the ensuing possession, Large scored on a 4-yard pass from Muir, putting GHS ahead 42-0 late in the third quarter. Greenwich led just 6-0 following the first quarter, before tallying 21 second-quarter points.