BRANFORD–Stratford High football coach Jack Petion summed up his team succinctly after the Red Devils fell to Branford 39-22 on Friday night at the McVeigh Athletic Complex.
Dr. Jeckyl, meet Mr. Hyde.
In a classic tale-of-two-halves game, Branford raced out to a 33-point lead at the half en route to the win.
“The guys played with a lot more intensity in the second half,” Petion told GameTimeCT’s Joe Morelli after the game. “Honestly, we didn’t change anything, we didn’t change any personnel, it was a different team, a Jekyll-Hyde thing.”
Branford, which lost in Week 1 after a 13-point fourth-quarter collapse to rival Guilford, raced out to a 21-point first-quarter lead and never looked back against the Red Devils.
Kamryn Holmes’ 87-yard touchdown return on the opening kick-off set the stage for the night.
By the half, it was a 33-point lead for Stratford.
“In the first half, we had some new personnel in there and they weren’t comprehending some of the gameplan,” Petion said. “It took a while for them to get into the flow of the game.”
Stratford, which fell to 0-2, started to get untracked in the second half.
Sy’air James scored on a 6-yard run, Kaleb Lafontant scored on an 18-yard run and Jah’kai Rogers hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
Branford coach John Limone admitted to GameTimeCT the second half he saw a different Stratford team.
“We didn’t match their intensity in the second half,” he said.
GameTimeCT also used Petion’s word as the “Quotable” subsection of its game story, quoting the coach as saying, ““It’s definitely difficult form a win-loss perspective. I’m in this to develop high school kids, develop them into men. With 22, 23 guys dressed today for varsity, there will be some pain, but there will also be some growth. That’s the most important part. I know what I signed up for.”
Stratford travels to Foran next Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off.
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North Haven 56, Bunnell 16
The Indians’ single-wing offense rolled up the yardage, leading the hosts to a 56-16 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night.
No further information from this game was available.
Bunnell (0-2) hosts Fitch on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mastroni Field.
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