NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk High football team was prepared for Trinity Catholic’s premiere running back, Shaquan Howsie, on Saturday. But it was fullback Sean Brown who gave the Bears fits in a turnover-plagued 27-8 loss.
Norwalk’s lead running back Tomar Joseph cracked 100 yards rushing and put the Bears ahead early. But Trinity kept Joseph at bay in the second half and took advantage of five Norwalk turnovers to drop the Bears to 1-3 on the season.
“Howsie is the best back in the league, so our game plan was to stop him. And we did a pretty good job,” Norwalk head coach Sean Ireland said. “But we’ll be kicking ourselves when we watch the film because the other kid [Brown] ran right by us.”
Brown accumulated more than 100 all-purpose yards, scoring two receiving touchdowns and a 30-yard touchdown run. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior also starred on defense, pulling down a key interception for Trinity.
Norwalk only trailed by six to open the second half and marched down the field deep into Crusader territory. But the 12-play, nine-minute drive came to a screeching halt on an interception by Trinity’s Patrick Kennealy.
“We just have to cut down on those mistakes,” Ireland said. “It stinks because people will see that score, but it was a one-score game late in the third. But we’re going to keep working hard. And if people think otherwise, they’re crazy.”
Norwalk faces a tough test next Friday when they travel to New Canaan for a 7 p.m. game.
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