Xavier-Middletown’s defense was relentless in topping Notre Dame-West Haven, 22-15, on Friday, forcing four turnovers before a Veteran’s Stadium crowd the New Haven Register estimated at 4,000 fans.
Just how good were the Falcons defensively? They intercepted Notre Dame quarterback Sean Goldrich three times. One of the top signal callers in the state, he had thrown just one all of last season — also against Xavier. Both teams began the season ranked in the top six in ESPNBoston.com's New England Top 10 poll.
In the state’s other marquee game of the first week, Montville followed Tyler Girard-Floyd (121 yards rushing, two touchdowns) to a 21-19 victory over New London on Saturday at the Coast Guard Academy.
Playing without head coach Tanner Grove, who was suspended by the school for the first game after an August DUI charge, the Indians ran downhill against the Whalers, also getting 115 rushing yards from Skyler McNair and a 10-yard scoring run by Bobby Johnson. Entering the season, Girard-Floyd and McNair were touted as perhaps the best backfield duo in Connecticut. Their performance should only further the argument.