FOOTBALL Undefeated Shelton dominates West Haven
SHELTON — Jake Roberts hit Paul Ferrigno for two long touchdown passes as Shelton stayed unbeaten and moved closer to earning a home playoff game in Saturday’s 42-12 win over West Haven.
Shelton (9-0) can clinch a home quarterfinal game by beating Derby (4-5) on Thanksgiving. The Gaels entered the game No. 1 in the playoff point rankings and No. 4 in the GameTimeCT poll, and can now finish no lower than the fifth seed.
The loss officially eliminated West Haven (5-4) from playoff contention. They entered the day as the last team mathematically alive, though they would’ve needed to beat Shelton on Saturday and Fairfield Prep (8-1) next week, and have New Canaan (7-2), Staples (7-2) and East Hartford (7-2) all lose their regular-season finales.
Shelton running back Jack Carr carried six times for 38 yards and two touchdowns on Senior Night, taking direct snaps in the red zone and following his blockers all the way to the end zone. Roberts completed 10 of 15 passes for 196 yards and two scores before coming out at halftime. Georgio Ghazal added 52 rushing yards on five carries.
Shelton effectively put the game out of reach in the second quarter when it onside kicked after going up 21-0, recovered it, and scored one play later when receiver David Yakowicz took a reverse 44 yards to the end zone. Shelton scored two more before halftime to make it 42-0 at the break.
West Haven eliminated Shelton in last year’s playoffs, 46-7, but was hit hard by graduation after last year’s team made it to the Class LL semifinals.
SHELTON 42, WEST HAVEN 12
WEST HAVEN 0 0 6 6 - 12
SHELTON 14 28 0 0 - 42
S - Jake Roberts 1 run (Nicholas Andrade kick)
S - Paul Ferrigno 57 pass from Roberts (Andrade kick)
S - Jack Carr 4 run (Andrade kick)
S - David Yakowicz 44 run (Andrade kick)
S - Ferrigno 49 pass from Roberts (Andrade kick)
S - Carr 2 run (Andrade kick)
WH - Jaden Grant 4 run (pass failed)
WH - Grant 20 run (run failed)
Records: Shelton 9-0, West Haven 5-4