Trumbull football routs Westhill

STAMFORD -- There was much talk in the preseason about Trumbull being in the hunt for an FCIAC title in 2009.

After getting past Wilton by only a 13-7 margin in its opener, however, there were questions about just how good this Eagles team may be.

Those questions were answered Saturday.

In a complete domination on offense, defense and special teams, Trumbull rolled to a 35-0 win over host Westhill at the J. Walter Kennedy Sports Complex.

This is not usually the style of football Trumbull fans are used to seeing.

"Trumbull football used to be pound, pound, pound the ball," coach Bob Maffei said. "Now we're running a version of the West Coast offense and we're trying to get the ball into the hands of our skill players and are still able to run the clock."

There were numerous "skill players" for the Eagles Saturday. Behind a big, strong front line, Trumbull ran for 289 yards, led by Will Melvin's 11 carries, 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Mike Romano had 67 yards on the ground and 110 yards and two touchdowns in the air while special teams contributed a 70-yard punt return for a TD by Frank Gaines.

Defensively, the Eagles held Westhill to 48 yards on the ground, limiting hard-running John Cam to 18 yards on 14 carries, and only 54 yards on eight completions passing with quarterback Ben Villers under constant pressure. Westhill got past midfield only once, that on its final drive of the game.

One aspect of the Trumbull effort Maffei was not happy about was 66 yards of penalties and two touchdowns called back by flags.

"We have to clean that up or it could cost us," the coach said.

Coach Dick Cerone may have summed up Westhill's plight best when he told his players: "You picked a bad day to have a bad day."

"It looked like Trumbull was using a different speed," Cerone said. "We just had no rhythm and at times I thought we were afraid of not playing well so we didn't play well.

"We are using a new defense and I thought there were times when we thought too much instead of reacting, but I think a lot of our problems were correctable," the coach added. "It wasn't our effort so I'm looking for improvement. We still have eight games left."

Cerone also took nothing away from the Eagles.

"I want to give Trumbull credit though," Cerone said. "That is a great team that has a great tradition and that is where we would like to get."

Trumbull had an early 56-yard Romano to Gaines' TD pass called back on a penalty, but Romano hit Gaines for a 37-yard strike before Melvin went in from 14 yards out. Anthony Matera had the first of his five PATs for a 7-0 lead.

After holding Westhill, Gaines fielded a punt on his 30, went up the right sideline, jumped over one defender and cut back, racing 70 yards for a score.

The lead stretched to 21-0 at halftime when Chris Henderson hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Romano.

The Eagles marched 65 yards with the second-half kickoff with Romano hitting Phil Terio for a 32-yard touchdown. Trumbull completed the scoring when Melvin raced 60 yards late in the third period.

TRUMBULL14 7 14 0--35

WESTHILL0 0 0 0 -- 0

T --Will Melvin, 14 run (Anthony Matera kick)

T --Frank Gaines, 70 punt return (Matera kick)

T--Chris Henderson, 15 pass from Mike Romano (Matera kick)

T--Phil Terio, 32 pass from Romano (Matera kick)

T--Melvin, 60 run (Matera kick)

Records: Trumbull 2-0, Westhill 1-1