Newtown football scores definitive victory over Cheshire

NEWTOWN — One game past the halfway point of the season, Newtown is already feeling the playoff pressure.

Going into Friday night’s game against Cheshire, the Nighthawks’ two losses may be all they will be allowed to reach their postseason goals, perhaps lighting a fire under quarterback Dylan Magazu and his supporting cast.

Cheshire traveled to Newtown with the same record, but Newtown turned the Rams away with a definitive 34-13 victory.

“We had a game plan today and we executed it,” Magazu said. “We treated it like a playoff game, it is do-or-die.”

Magazu finished the game with a rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns, all within the first three quarters while the Newtown defense kept Cheshire off the board.

Senior wide receiver Eric Gray had two receiving touchdowns within four minutes of play during the third quarter for 27-0 and 34-0 Newtown leads.

“Gray has made some great plays for us,” Newtown coach Bob Pattison said. “In practice this week we worked on scramble drill, and Dylan executed and found him. Our lines did really well and we also did a great job stopping the run so I’m happy about that.”

The Newtown defense did not allow a point in the first three quarters to a Cheshire offense that was missing its starting quarterback and running back due to injuries.

“Newtown is a really good football team and I don’t think we executed the way we are capable of,” Cheshire coach Don Drust said. “Hats off to them, they played really hard and when you don’t do everything against a good team like that you will be in some challenging spots.”

Caleb Smith opened the scoring with 4:52 left in the first quarter, breaking out for a 26-yard rushing touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Touchdowns by Magazu and Andrew Jacobs sent Newtown into the locker room at halftime with a 20-0 lead.

“I am proud of our guys’ effort, we really challenged them this week,” Pattison said. “Cheshire is a great football team and we knew they were going to be physical, so we matched it.”

The third-quarter scoring was strictly done in Magazu-to-Gray fashion.

“He’s a great receiver, goes up and gets the ball,” Magazu said. “All the receivers are great targets. They all love to get the ball and do something with it.”

The schedule does not get easier for Newtown, which lost its two games to No. 1 Darien and No. 4 Ridgefield.

“Obviously, all of our goals are still obtainable,” Pattison said. “It’s week by week, we’re just focusing on the next opponent and now we’ll get back to work tomorrow to get ready for another tough opponent.”

With No. 9 Shelton scheduled next week, Newtown will put its do-or-die playoff mentality to the test yet again.

“Like this week, we have to treat it like a playoff game,” Magazu said. “Same thing.”


Dylan Magazu, Newtown: The junior quarterback had a rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns, all within the first three quarters before being subbed out. His two passes to receiver Eric Gray sealed the deal for the Nighthawks.; @AldamWill


CHESHIRE 0 0 0 13 — 13

NEWTOWN 7 13 14 0 — 34

N—Caleb Smith 26 run (Kick good)

N— Dylan Magazu 12 run (Kick good)

N—Andrew Jacobs 3 pass from Magazu (2pt failed)

N— Eric Gray 5 pass from Magazu (Kick good)

N— Gray 8 pass from Magazu (Kick good)

C— Michael Simeone 3 run (Kick good)

C- Jefferey Gonzalez 3 run (Kick good)