WEST HAVEN – It’s been nearly a decade since Killingly opened its football season with two straight losses. And with a 14-7 halftime lead against Notre Dame-West Haven, it appeared Killingly was in a good spot to make amends for a season opening defeat against Masuk.
But the defending Class M state champions had other ideas.
Notre Dame reeled off four unanswered touchdowns, including two in the final minute of regulation, and upended Killingly, 34-14, in a key Connecticut Football Alliance matchup before a big crowd at Veterans Memorial Field in West Haven.
Killingly (0-2) trailed 21-14 and had possession with 4:45 left in regulation but couldn’t get a first down from their own 24-yard line when a fourth-and-6 pass was deflected near the line of scrimmage.
Four plays later, Green Knights sophomore quarterback Joe Capasso raced 19 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14 with 1:03 remaining.
Notre Dame senior Dominick Basti returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
“We have to make plays,” Killingly coach Chad Neal said. “They didn’t make too many adjustments. We missed tackles. We had opportunities but guys have to be more disciplined in their assignments.”
Notre Dame (1-1), which was also coming off a season opening loss, grabbed a 7-0 lead on their first drive when Capasso found Bastri open for a 31-yard touchdown pass play.
Killingly pulled within 7-6 on senior Soren Rief’s 1-yard TD plunge early in the second quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Rief took a pitch and lofted a gorgeous 30 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Aiden LaMotte. Sophomore Hayden Allard ran in the two point conversion and Killingly led 14-7 at intermission.
Killingly senior Soren Rief runs for a big gain against Notre Dame-West Haven on Friday at Veterans Memorial Field.
Leading 14-6 midway…