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Football Team Blanks NFA, Moves Into Semifinals



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Newtown High School's football team, the top seed in the Class LL state bracket, rode its defense to a 35-0 win over No. 8 Norwich Free Academy at Blue & Gold Stadium in the quarterfinals on December 4.

The Nighthawks earned a semifinal-round home game against No. 4 Simsbury on Monday, December 9, starting at 6:30 pm.

NFA punted the ball six times and mustered only one first down in the first half, during which the Nighthawks seized a 21-0 lead. Strong special teams play, including the tackling of Matt Williams, helped Newtown dominate the field position battle.

Quarterback Brandon Lombardo started the scoring on a 29-yard touchdown run with 6:45 left in the first quarter. It was 7-0 heading to the second.

Miles Ricks, in his first game back after an early-October injury, scored on fourth down when he turned the corner and dashed inside the left sideline for a 14-yard score on the first play of the second.

A James Knox Fumble recovery at the NFA 30 with 1:21 left in the half led to Lombard's scramble up the middle for a 17-yard TD with just 11 seconds to go in the half.

Zach Loomis blocked a punt which led to a Jack Street TD pass to Luke Hannan midway through the third quarter. Connor Breslin added a score in the fourth quarter.

Miles Ricks runs with the ball as a Norwich Free Academy defender tries to tackle during Newtown's Class LL state playoff game win on December 4. —Bee Photos, Hutchison
Jared Dunn (No. 33) leads the blocking as Miles Ricks carries the ball.
Brandon Lombardo finds room to run against the NFA defense.
Eric Gray rushes with the ball.

Click here for video highlight of Lombardo TD run.

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