Danbury suffers setback versus St. Mary CC
By Yaneek Smith
After starting the season 1-1 and playing competitively in each of their first two contests, the Danbury Lakers fell 56-0 to St. Mary Central Catholic in non-conference action to fall to 1-2.
This one was ugly from the beginning as an early Danbury fumble deep in its own territory set up the Panthers' first touchdown. Because of running back/linebacker Brandon Green's efforts, SMCC raced out to a 28-0 lead. Green recovered the Laker fumble that set up the Panthers' first touchdown, scored on a 67-yard reception and returned a Zach Kalinoski interception for a score. Green finished with four touchdowns, also scoring on a two-yard run midway through the second quarter.
“When you lose 56-0, it's hard to take some positives,” Danbury head coach Bryan Dudash said. We didn't execute offensively like we needed to and gave them lots of opportunities. St. Mary CC took advantage of them and put us in a hole. They have a big, physical team and they have some good players; they do have some talent.”
Running back Cody German was the lone bright spite for the Lakers, finishing with 22 carries for 88 yards.
Dudash was pleased with the fact that he got to play a number of different players in the contest.
“We got some guys in the game and got some guys on the field and we can build off that.”
Unfortunately, things got a little heated between the two teams during and after the contest. Dudash said that he reported the incident to SMCC athletic director Dennis Faber and is waiting to see if anything more comes of the incident.
“There was some extra curricular stuff all game,” Dudash said. “I was very disgusted by their players after the game. They were spitting on our bus as we left the stadium. I didn't know about it until (Monday) and told our AD.”
The Lakers open play in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference this week when they travel to Oregon to face Cardinal Stritch on Saturday. The Cardinals have struggled to begin the season, losing their last two games after opening the season with a win against Toledo Woodward.