Bunnell routs New Milford
New Milford — Christ N’Dabian burst through the line and turned on the jets, leaving only one defender to beat. There was no helping the New Milford defense at that point, not in a footrace with an all-state track and field star.
With help from N’Dabian, Bunnell ran and ran some more against the Green Wave. Really, they did whatever they wanted.
The Bulldogs made it look easy, using a 34-point first half to roll past New Milford 41-3 on Friday.
Five different Bulldogs scored touchdowns before halftime, starting with Tyreek Smith. The junior’s 5-yard scamper into the end zone on the Bulldogs’ first possession was just the beginning of a long, frustrating night for New Milford.
N’Dabian, who ran the 4x100 meter relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June, delivered the longest run of the night on Bunnell’s next possession. Showcasing his electrifying speed, N’Dabian sprinted 76 yards down the sideline for a quick 13-0 lead.
The Green Wave had no answer for Bunnell’s torrid start. They fell behind 22-0 after the first quarter, and headed into halftime down 34-0 following a 3-yard touchdown run by Anthony Trovarelli.
For the Bulldogs (3-0), the dominant performance was a continuation of the first two weeks of the season. Despite losing a bulk of talent from last year’s co-South-West Conference championship team due to graduation and transfers, they have been lights out. Their closest victory to this point was a 34-0 rout of Notre Dame-Fairfield in Week One.
New Milford, on the other hand, has struggled mightily. Chuck Lynch’s team is 0-3 and has scored only nine points all season.
The third quarter began much like the first half ended for New Milford. Smith returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Bunnell’s lone turnover of the night — a fumble deep inside its own territory — led to New Milford’s only points of the night. With the Green Wave trailing 41-0, Andrew Santos connected on a 31-yard field goal.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyreek Smith, Bunnell, RB: The junior jump-started his big night with a 5-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs’ first possession. He added an 85-yard touchdown return to begin the second half.
BUNNELL 22 12 7 0 — 41
NEW MILFORD 0 0 3 0 — 3
B — Tyreek Smith 5 run (Kick failed)
B — Christ N’Dabian 76 run (Jovan Eggleston run)
B — Eggleston 3 run (Smith run)
B — Eli Alexandre 43 pass Brian Carrafiello (Run failed)
B — Anthony Trovarelli 3 run (Run failed)
B — Smith 85 kick return (Dominic Girardi kick)
NM — Andrew Santos 31 field goal
Records: Bunnell 3-0; New Milford 0-3