Greenwich senior quarterback Jack Wilson certainly had an impressive connection with his wide receivers during Friday night’s matchup against FCIAC foe Trumbull, particularly with senior James Wailgum, who caught two touchdown passes, while totaling 121 receiving yards.
When Wilson wasn’t passing the ball to Wailgum for big yards, he handed it off to seniors George Vomvolakis and Jack Konigsberg, both of whom consistently moved the first down chains with key runs against the Eagles.
Yes, the Cardinals once again, were balanced offensively, which led another opponent wondering what they could do to contain them.
Greenwich went into Friday night’s showdown averaging 41 points per game and nearly reached that mark, as it excelled offensively on its way to posting a 37-24 victory over Trumbull at crowded Cardinal Stadium. Extending its winning streak to three games, Greenwich raised its record to 5-1, heading into its road matchup against FCIAC rival Darien on Oct. 29.
Greenwich amassed 456 yards of total offense and held a commanding 32:03-15:43 time of possession advantage on the Eagles (4-2). Charlie Dixon, a senior wideout who has helped ignite Greenwich’s offense, was sidelined due to an injury, so Wailgum picked up the slack, catching eight of Wilson’s passes for 121 yards and three scores.
“Today, we had a player go down before the game – Charlie Dixon, he had an injury,” Wailgum said. “I knew I had to step up, Jack knew I had to step up. Jack played a phenomenal game. He’s been playing lights out these past couple of games.”
Wailgum made key receptions throughout this conference matchup, moving the first down chains with catches, while finding his way into the end zone three times.
“They are so close, they’ve been together for four years,” GHS coach Anthony Morello said of the Wilson/Wailgum combination. “They spend extra time on the practice field running routes together. Charlie (Dixon) right before game time was a no go. So, James said ‘I’ll go to X,’ which was a selfless move by him to move positions for the best of the team.”
Wilson continued his standout season, completing 20 of 33 passes for 247 yards with three touchdown passes. Trumbull received a stellar game from senior quarterback Hunter Agosti, who passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 18 of his 32 passes. Trumbull’s other loss this season came against Staples.
“They are a very good football team,” Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio said of Greenwich. “We would like to think that we are physical. But that’s a physical team. The quarterback was excellent tonight, they ran the ball on us. We got behind early and again, much like the Staples game, we just can’t make mistakes and turn the ball over. Greenwich is a really, really good football team. I don’t know if we’re going to see a team like that for the next four games.”
After Trumbull took a 3-0 lead on the game’s opening possession, courtesy of a 30-yard field goal by senior Will Zaslow, the Cardinals went ahead for good at 7-3 on the ensuing possession. Greenwich drove 60 yards for a touchdown, with the march being concluded by George Vomvolakis’ 2-yard run with 4:08 to go in the opening quarter. Senior Jack Konigsberg (57 yards, 11 carries) helped pace the scoring drive with an 18-yard run, while junior receiver Gavyn Gennarrelli caught a 16-yard pass from Wilson.
“Gavyn, he had a role to fill and he sure did,” Wailgum said. “He stepped up and he has a bright future.”
Greenwich’s defense set up the squad’s next score. Senior defensive back Beiley Ryan pounced on a Trumbull fumble, stopping an Eagles drive in Cardinals’ territory.
Dominic DeLuca, a senior tight end, hauled in a 31-yard pass from Wilson, Wailgum ran for 23 yards, then ended the drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception, making it 13-3 with 7:28 to go in the second quarter.
DeLuca also helped pace Greenwich’s passing attack, catching four passes for 59 yards.
“Charlie (Dixon) not being out there hurt us,” DeLuca said. “He’s a huge downfield threat, but we had guys like Jake Stefanowicz, Gavyn Gennarelli and John McHugh stepping up. Everyone was chipping in.”
Greenwich entered the important conference game off a 36-26 win over St. Joseph last Saturday, so it had to quickly prepare to face the Eagles.
“A short week against a physical team like Trumbull, we knew there were going to be some bumps, but we took care of business and that’s all that matters,” DeLuca noted.
Solid play from Greenwich’s secondary forced Trumbull to go three-and-out after it fell behind 13-3 and when the Cards took possession they quickly padded their lead.
Lofting a pass down the right sideline, Wilson threw a 32-yard scoring strike to Wailgum. Senior Sergot Boone kicked the extra point and Greenwich went ahead, 20-3, with 3:36 remaining in the second quarter.
“Jack and I talked about this on the sideline after,” Wailgum said. “Jack put it up there and he let me run under it and the rest is history.”
A daunting 17-point deficit didn’t get Trumbull down though. Agosti rallied the Eagles on a 68-yard drive, with most of the yards coming through the air. Completing passes of 20, 16 and 13 yards, Agosti drove the Eagles to the Cards’ 19-yard line. He then found junior wideout Rowan Johnston for a 19-yard touchdown, cutting Greenwich’s lead to 20-10 at the 2:41 mark of the second quarter.
“My kids, they fought and did the best they could,” Petroccio said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board and get ready to play next week. This team has no quit in it. Hunter’s fighting, kids are playing hurt. There’s some positives out of a loss like this.”
Receptions of 17 and 12 yards by Wailgum and DeLuca put GHS in field goal range. Boone took care of it from there, splitting the uprights from 30 yards out with just seven seconds showing in the second quarter, making it 23-10.
Behind defensive linemen Griffin Galletta, Andre Castellanos, DeLuca, linebacker John Insinga, linebacker/defensive back Matthew Trimmer and lineman Jake Kiernan, the Cardinals’ defense forced Trumbull punt on its opening possession of the third quarter. The home team then stretched its lead to three scores.
Wailgum and DeLuca again made clutch catches and Stefanowicz snared a Wilson pass for a first down, keeping the Cards’ momentum going.
Catching a Wilson pass in the flat, Gennarelli dashed 12 yards to the end zone, giving Greenwich a 30-10 lead with 1:22 to go in the third quarter.
Morello appreciated how several players rose to the occasion in the absence of starters who were sidelined due to injuries.
“I was really proud of Jaden Scott tonight, who filled in for Sebastian Parra, who was our starting inside linebacker and Gavyn Genarrelli for stepping up,” Morello said. “It was great to see the depth of this program come to fruition tonight.”
Luca Antonio caught a pair of touchdown passes from Agosti in the second half for the Eagles. Wilson, who has scored numerous touchdowns on the ground this season, added another one, bulling his way up the middle for a 1-yard TD with 5:08 left in the final quarter, sealing the Cards’ scoring.
George Vomvolakis powered Greenwich’s ground game, compiling 121 yards rushing on 21 carries. His brother Peter helped anchor the squad’s offensive line, which includes Kiernan, Drew Falla, Teddy Flinn and Vincent Insinga.
“My brother Peter and all the offensive linemen, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” said George Vomvolakis, a senior. “They are the ones opening the holes for me and I am blessed enough to have them block for me.”
The victors gained 26 first downs and converted four of five of their fourth down attempts.
“When we get the ball rolling, you can’t stop us,” Greenwich offensive lineman Peter Vomvolakis said. “We worked really hard during the offseason and this week had a good two weeks of practice and it showed on the field. It’s a great balance. If the run is not working, we can rely on the pass. If the pass isn’t working, we can rely on the run.”
Greenwich visits FCIAC rival Darien on Oct. 29. The Cardinals haven’t defeated Darien since the 2007 season.
“I haven’t beaten Darien here as a varsity coach or assistant coach,” Morello said. “Hopefully, we can rewrite history on Saturday.”
“We can’t wait to play Darien,” Peter Vomvolakis said. “We know they are going to come out strong, so we have to take care of business.”