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Football Team Rides Ricks TDs And QB Tandem Over Green Wave For Boot Trophy



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The Boot seemingly has found a permanent home. Newtown High School’s football team blanked visiting New Milford 42-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 13, keeping hold of the Boot Trophy for yet another season.

These South-West Conference rivals vie for the trophy in their nearly annual matchup, and the Nighthawks have gotten the better of every meeting since the Green Wave last came out on top way back in 2001.

There would be no Friday the 13th hex on Newtown’s dominance in this matchup and Newtown wasted little time seizing control. The home team scored less than two minutes after the opening kickoff and put a 27-spot on the board before quarter’s end.

Miles Ricks rushed for three of the team’s four touchdowns in the opening quarter, putting Newtown on the scoreboard from nine yards out following a Jack Mulligan interception, and adding TD runs of 48 and 17 yards. Will Swierbut picked off a deflected pass to set up Ricks’ second TD.

Riley Ward also carried the ball in for a score, breaking the goal line from nine yards out.

Newtown quarterbacks Jack Street and Brandon Lombardo both took turns manning the pocket. Lombardo connected with C.J. Cuomo on a 40-yard TD through the air in the second quarter. Street completed a two-point conversion pass to Mulligan to push the lead to 35-0. Jack Zingaro intercepted a pass late in the first half.

Ben Pinto added a second-half touchdown run from a yard out.

The Nighthawks visit Fairfield Prep on Friday, September 20, at 6 pm.

Jack Street throws a pass to Miles Ricks during Newtown's 42-0 win over New Milford on September 13. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Miles Ricks rushed for a trio of first-quarter scores. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
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