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Hawk Gridders Ready For Home Opener Following Setback To Xavier

Published: September 22, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Nighthawk football players celebrate a fumble recovery against Xavier as Jack Street holds up the ball. (Mike Salaris photo)
Nighthawk football players celebrate a fumble recovery against Xavier as Jack Street holds up the ball. (Mike Salaris photo)
Newtown High School's football team will take on South-West Conference foe Brookfield in the home opener, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on Friday, September 22, beginning at 7 pm.

Both teams are 1-1. Brookfield, which had defeated New Fairfield 7-3 in week one, fell 45-27 to Foran of Milford in a nonconference battle in week two. Newtown beat Pomperaug of Southbury 27-0 and fell 30-14 to out-of-conference opponent Xavier of Middletown this past week.

"Newtown versus Brookfield always brings excitement. Both teams were disappointed with the result of our crossover games. We need to play a clean football game, limiting mistakes, and taking full advantage of opportunities to score. 
I expect a big crowd this Friday as it is our home opener," Newtown Coach Bobby Pattison said.

The Southern Connecticut Conference's Xavier Falcons jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The Nighthawks got the score to 7-6 on a Riley Ward 34-yard touchdown reception; the extra point was no good. Down 14-6, the Nighthawks got a spark on a Connor Marlin interception, but couldn't cash in, and the Falcons built a 24-6 halftime cushion.

Dan Mason's rushing touchdown and Jack Miller's two-point conversion run accounted for the only other Nighthawk scoring.

Newtown quarterback Ryan Kost threw for 189 yards. Ward had three catches for 69 yards to lead the way. Xavier's defense limited Newtown's rushing game to 52 yards on 25 carries.

Marlin and Mason both had 11 tackles, and Luke Hannan and Jack Mulligan each had eight tackles. Alex Street recovered a fumble.

"I was extremely proud of the boys' effort, but disappointed in the outcome. We made some mistakes and missed some opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game. We need to do better," Pattison said. "It was a learning experience for many players playing in a hostile environment with a big crowd."

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 26
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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