NORWALK, Conn. Brien McMahon High's head football coach A.J. Albano issued a challenge to his players at halftime of Saturdays game against Greenwich. He told them they could give up after trailing 14-0 or they could keep fighting.
Although the Senators ended up suffering their worst loss of the season, McMahon lived up to Albanos challenge after the lackluster first half. Trevon Forney rushed for a pair of long touchdowns in a 35-14 loss to Greenwich (7-1).
We really didnt play with any energy at first, and we really challenged them at halftime to play as hard as they could, Albano said. I was proud of the character the team showed. They didnt give up. They played until the last snap.
The Senators were without lead running back Chris Jerome and a banged-up Damien Vega was nursing a sprained ankle at quarterback. With those two handicaps, McMahon could not get much going in the first half. The Senators mustered just 37 yards of total offense by halftime.
Greenwich has an attacking defense, and they dared us to throw the football, Albano said. We had a few dropped passes, and there are things that could have gone better. But Im focused on how the kids finished the game.
Greenwichs defense was more than ready for the Senators run game, pushing Forney and Kyle Jordan to the outside. Forney finally found some holes in the fourth quarter for 21-yard and 52-yard touchdown dashes, but it was too late for a comeback.
The Cardinals running game had no trouble chewing up yardage against McMahon. Greenwichs tandem of Shane Nastahowski and Mike Daly combined for more than 200 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.
McMahon could not capitalize on three Greenwich fumbles, as the Cardinals recovered two that would have ended drives deep into Senator territory. Vega sat out most of the fourth quarter, giving Ryan Davis some time under center.
McMahon (3-5) will face another tough test when it hosts Stamford next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Stamford (5-2) handed New Canaan its first loss of the season Saturday evening.
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