Guilford Football blanks Pomperaug for first win; Several teams see undefeated weeks



By By Dean Bibens • 09/27/2021 4:16 PM EST


The Guilford football team claimed their first victory of the year when the Grizzlies claimed a road victory over Pomperaug last week. On September 24, Guilford traveled to Southbury to face Pomperaug in a non-conference game and won the contest by the final score of 21-0.

Guilford and Pomperaug were stuck in a scoreless tie at half-time. The Grizzlies scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, then added another touchdown in the fourth for the victory.

Junior Mike O’Brien rushed for a 5-yard touchdown to put Guilford on the board in the third quarter. Later in the frame, O’Brien ran a 10-yard to give the Grizzlies a two-point lead before the fourth. Guilford froze the game when sophomore quarterback Tyler Hilgert threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Eric Dolmus in the final quarter.

O’Brien ran 32 times for 147 yards and both touchdowns in the win. Senior Eddie Barlage had five carries for 42 yards for Guilford. Hilgert completed 12 of 23 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Dolmus had eight receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown for the Grizzlies. Sophomore Joe Tafro caught four passes for 43 yards, and junior Liam Alberti received a 10-yard reception. Sophomore Brady Hallihan went 3-for-3 on extra points.

After a week off, Guilford will return to action to host East Lyme for a non-conference clash on Friday, October 8. The game will start at 7 p.m. at Guilford High School.

Boys Football

The Guilford boys’ soccer team won all three games last week to bring their record to 5-1 this season.

On September 20, Guilford hosted Lyman Hall and claimed a 3-0 victory. Rookie Stephano Jarrin scored the first goal of the game with an assist from junior Luke Ste. Married. Jarrin then scored an unassisted goal to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute of the game. Junior Sean McSweet scored the last goal of the game thanks to an assist from Andres Gutierrez to crown the victory.

Three days later, Guilford greeted Branford and triumphed by a score of 1-0. Junior Sami AbuGhazaleh scored 13 minutes into the game from a corner kick, and that goal made the difference in the Grizzlies winning a goal.

Guilford ended his week with an 8-0 home win over East Haven on September 25. Gutierrez scored three goals in the victory. AbuGhazaleh junior Sean Filley added two goals apiece. Elder Juan Salas-Romer also scored a goal for Guilford.

Football Girls

Guilford’s women’s soccer team claimed a win, suffered a loss and a draw in last week’s action. The Grizzlies are now 2-2-2 this year.

On September 21, Guilford hosted West Haven and faced the Blue Devils in a 1-1 stalemate. Freshman Tea Gambardella scored the Grizzlies’ goal in the game.

Two days later, the Grizzlies played a road game against Sacred Heart Academy and lost a 1-0 decision.

Then, on September 25, Guilford won a 4-1 victory at Wilbur Cross. Junior Arianna Tomassi scored three goals for the Grizzlies, the other of which was scored by Gambardella.

Field hockey

The Guilford field hockey team continued their impressive start to the season by posting two more wins last week to move up to 4-0.

On September 21, Guilford traveled to Milford to face Lauralton Hall and claimed a 7-2 victory.

Two days later, the Grizzlies won a 3-1 victory over Hand in Madison. Junior Grace Barlage, junior Ella Clarke and rookie Payton Root each scored a goal for the Grizzlies in the victory.

Swimming and diving for girls

Guilford’s women’s swimming and diving team faced Jonathan Law on September 20. The Grizzlies clinched a 100-84 win over Law to bring their record to 2-1 this season.

Cross-country skiing for girls

The Guilford women’s cross country team faced Lauralton Hall and Shelton in a home meet at the East River Preserve on September 21. The Grizzlies improved to 7-1 this fall with victories over both teams in the game.

Guilford scored 18 points as a team on their way to dominate Shelton (60) and Lauralton Hall (60). Senior Julia Antony finished in first place with a time of 18:20 for the Grizzlies. Senior Olivia Skapczynski took second, timing with a mark of 18:53. Junior Alexa Suchy finished in fourth place (19:12), senior Lorelei King took fifth place (20:21) and junior Ursula Adams (21:07) took sixth place to complete the score of Guilford for the day.

Cross-country skiing for boys

The Guilford boys’ cross country team held a triple meet against Fairfield Prep and Shelton last week. The Grizzlies beat both teams at the East River Preserve on September 21 to bring their record to 6-2 this year.

Guilford finished with a team score of 26 points to defeat Shelton (39) and Fairfield Prep (69) in last week’s meeting. Senior Justin Shiffrin finished second overall with a time of 16:15 for Guilford. Shiffrin was followed at the finish line by second Coleman Love in third place (16:16), junior Michael Massotti in fourth place (16:17), second Alex Hansen in sixth place (16: 33) and junior Ryan Franchi in the 11th. place (17:05).


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