Congratulations to Byron Dickens (OL) and Anthony Godfrey (RB) on being named to the 2015 Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class LL All-State football team.
Congratulations to Byron Dickens (OL) and Anthony Godfrey (RB) on making the Southern Connecticut Conference Division I Offensive team and Adrian Jaynes (LB) on making the Southern Connecticut Conference Division I Defensive team.
Westies fall to Shelton in Class LL quarterfinals
By MIKE MADERA
(December 1, 2015) - Shelton quarterback Zach Tuskowski knew the way to beat West Haven was going to be through the team’s high-powered offense. Tuskowski and company lived up to the challenge.
Burning West Haven through the air and tearing up chunks of yards at at time on the ground, the Gaels cruised to a 40-20 victory over the Westies in a Class LL quarterfinal game at a cold and rainy Finn Stadium in Shelton Tuesday evening.
The win for the top-seeded Gaels over their Southern Connecticut Conference rival sets up a semifinal meeting against fourth-seeded Newtown Monday evening in Shelton.
“We just wanted to come out and play our game,” Tuskowski said after finishing 13-of-19 for 192 yards and three touchdown passes. “We wanted to execute on offense, defense and special teams to the best of our ability. I have to give props to the offensive line. They gave me good protection and opened big holes for us to run through.”
Shelton, which defeated the Westies for the second time this season, finished with 437 yards of offense in the contest, including 312 in the first half alone. Peter Hoff wore down the Westies on the ground, rushing for 205 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.
“We just kept on playing hard all game,” Shelton coach Jeff Roy said after his team improved to 11-0. “We executed and played hard. We just kept coming and did what we do. We executed on offense and played hard-nosed football.”
The Westies, to their credit, did not go down without a fight, getting within 33-20 on touchdown runs by Tim McCarthy of one yard and Anthony Godfrey from 18 yards out with 10:46 left in the game.
Tim McCarthy (2) scores from one yard out against Shelton, December 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
But, any chance of a late rally quickly faded as the Westies were held on three plays on their next possession and Hoff went over the 200-yard mark on the ground with three runs to take the clock down to the final minutes.
“They are a very good team,” West Haven coach Rich Boshea said of Shelton after the Westies finished the season at 7-4. “They are well-coached and they play hard. They ran right through us. They have some good players over there.”
The Gaels, still motivated by a late loss to Xavier in last year’s Class LL - Small title game, showed they were on a mission from the start. Shelton scored on four of its five first half possessions and accumulated over 300 yards of total offense in the opening half.
Tuskowski wasted no time setting the tone, needing just six plays to go 84 yards on the game’s opening drive, capped with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Schiavo. The short pass would epitomize the night for the Westies as poor tackling would be their undoing all night.
“Our tackling killed us all game,” Boshea said. “You are not going to beat anybody tackling like that. You have to give Shelton credit. They ran right through us and made us miss.”
Anthony Godfrey (6) celebrates his second half touchdown against Shelton, December 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westies took advantage of a running into the punter penalty on their opening possession to take their only lead of the game. Marching 78 yards, 58 on the ground and 20 in penalties, the Westies scored on a 1-yard run by Kyle Godfrey. When Anthony Godfrey ran in the conversion, the Westies led 8-7 with 5:09 left in the opening quarter.
The Gaels again went on a long drive, 82 yards in 10 plays, capped with a Tuskowski to Alexander Kirk touchdown pass of 37 yards for a 13-8 lead with 11.4 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
“Of course it motivates us,” Tuskowski said of last season’s loss in the title game. “We want to get back there and win that game. We will do everything we can to get back there. We have the players and coaches to do it.”
The Westies looked as if they would take the lead and make a game of it, recovering a Hoff fumble at the Shelton 27 with 2:08 gone by in the second quarter. That never came to fruition as McCarthy was intercepted by Kevin Robinson at the 1-yard line on fourth down and returned to the Gael 35.
Seven plays and 65 yards later, Shelton took a 20-8 lead on another Tuskowski to Kirk touchdown pass from 16 yards out.
“We have been able to throw the ball all year,” Roy said. “We were able to keep the ball dry. It did not affect our passing game.”
Any chance of a West Haven comeback faded late in the second quarter as the Gaels were looking to run the clock out. Five broken tackles later, Hoff raced in from 58 yards out with 15.2 seconds remaining for a 26-8 Shelton advantage.
Anthony Godfrey led the Westies with 148 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.
Westies top Prep 21-14 and will face Shelton in postseason
By MIKE MADERA
(November 26, 2015) - Jakai Manning and the West Haven defense needed one more big play to keep its postseason hopes alive Thursday afternoon. The Westies got that play, stopping Fairfield Prep on fourth down at the West Haven 17 with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining to preserve a 21-14 Southern Connecticut Conference Division I victory over the Jesuits at Rafferty Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.
The Westies celebrate their victory over Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"We worked hard for this," Manning said after also scoring on a touchdown run of 24 yards in the second quarter. "We knew what we needed to do. We made the big play when we had to."
The win, coupled with some outside help, allowed the Westies to return to the postseason after a one-year absence in head coach Rich Boshea's first year at the helm.
The Westies, who finished eighth in Class LL, will play Southern Connecticut Conference rival and top-seeded Shelton Tuesday evening in the quarterfinals at Finn Stadium in Shelton.
"We have now made it three of the last four years," Boshea said after his team improved to 7-3. "The kids knew what they needed to do. They did it. We are just extending what (former coach Ed) McCarthy has done the last 30 years. "
West Haven coach Rich Boshea has ice water dumped on him following a 21-14 victory over Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
In a game filled with drama, a tight contest became wide open with three touchdowns in a span of 3:08 in the third quarter.
With West Haven leading 7-6, the Westies used 12 plays to travel 73 yards, capped by a 22-yard scoring strike from Tim McCarthy to Adrian Jaynes on fourth down for a 14-6 advantage with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
Adrian Jaynes catches a 22-yard touchdown strike....
.... then celebrates with quarterback Tim McCarthy (2) and Joseph Lawrence (55) against Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Photos courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
After a West Haven penalty on the ensuing kickoff, the Jesuits needed just five plays to travel 44 yards. Nick Franchuk capped the drive with a 24-yard run and Connor Bercik ran in the conversion to even the game at 14 just 2:30 later.
The pace did not stop as the Westies responded two plays and 76 yards later. Anthony Godfrey gave the Westies the lead for good, turning the corner and racing down the right sideline for a 69-yard score and a 21-14 lead with 4:02 remaining in the quarter.
Anthony Godfrey scores on a 69-yard touchdown run against Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"Fairfield Prep did a nice job shutting down our base plays," Boshea said. "We used our speed to get outside. Our guys are fast. We can't miss when we hit that corner and we didn't on a couple of those runs. Chris Chance had a great block on that touchdown run by Godfrey."
Manning stopped the scoring spree on Prep's next possession, recovering a fumble and returning the turnover into Fairfield Prep territory.
"Marquis (Lockhart) forced the fumble and I just saw it and picked it up," Manning said.
With a tight game, the Westies appeared as if they would look back to the first half where they twice marched inside the Prep 25-yard line, but came up empty.
In the process, the Jesuits capitalized, marching 59 yards in five plays to take a 6-0 lead on a Patrick Conte to to Brendan Beiser 26-yard touchdown strike. The Jesuits missed the conversion, but led with 6:19 left in the first quarter.
"The kids played very hard," Fairfield Prep coach Keith Hellstern said after his team finished 5-5. "We played nip and tuck the whole time. West Haven is very athletic and it has an explosive offense. I thought we played very well. We just gave up that one big play."
The Westies took a 7-6 lead with 2:44 remaining in the first half, marching 12 plays and 68 yards, capped when Mannng broke around the left edge and scored from 24 yards out for a 7-6 lead.
Jakai Manning scores on a 24-yard run against Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Anthony Godfrey led the Westies with 118 yards rushing and a touchdown, while McCarthy threw for 114 yards and a score.
Conte threw for 116 yards in the loss for the Jesuits.
On the Brink
WH falls to Hand to put postseason plans on hold
By MIKE MADERA
(November 13, 2015) - The season has not gone the way Hand quarterback Nick van Dell or his teammates would have liked. Used to playing in the postseason, a three-game losing streak put those thoughts on hold.
Van Dell and company may have done the same to West Haven. Rushing for 152 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries, van Dell rallied his team to 22 unanswered points in a 35-21 Southern Connecticut Conference Division I victory over the Westies at Ken Strong Stadium Friday evening.
"We put it on the offensive line tonight," van Dell, who also threw for 157 yards, said of a line which opened gaping holes."They were huge tonight. Everyone on the line stepped up for us. We knew they can do it. This game is huge for us. Our defense has been great all year. Our offense has been shaky. We knew we had some big games and we are glad to win this one."
Marquis Lockhart tackles Hand quarterback Nick van Dell, November 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, West Haven looked as if it was well on its way to taking another step towards qualifying for the postseason. But, inches short of a first down, West Haven was called for a late hit and was forced to punt, which was blocked by the Tigers and recovered by Hand at the West Haven 39-yard line.
Seven plays and two more West Haven personal fouls later, van Dell scored from one yard out on fourth down to get the Tigers within 21-19 with 1:46 left in the third quarter after the conversion failed.
"We lost our composure," West Haven coach Rich Boshea said after his team fell to 6-3. "Nick van Dell is a great player. You can't give a kid like him or a team like that extra opportunities with penalties and mistakes we made. They are too good and they capitalized."
With all the momentum on Hand's side, the Tigers caught a break with just over seven minutes remaining when West Haven receiver Sheilan Velazquez could not hold on to a Tim McCarthy pass in the end zone.
The Tigers countered on their ensuing drive, marching 67 yards on nine plays, taking a 27-21 lead with 3:48 remaining on van Dell's 1-yard run and a conversion pass to Mark Hill.
"We are such a good football team which has not played well in a couple of spots," Hand coach Steve Filippone said after his team snapped its 3-game skid to improve to 6-3. "We are probably on the outside looking in, but the reality is we have a great senior class. Nick van Dell is a transformational football player. He has transformed our program over the last three years. Tonight, he was magnificent. We finally put it together. This is a game they will remember for a long time."
Hand used its defense to put the game away on West Haven's next offensive play as McCarthy fumbled and Hand recovered at the West Haven 11. Four plays and another West Haven personal foul later, Reid Sweitzer ran in from one yard out with 2:53 to go for a 35-21 Hand lead.
"This is a huge loss for us," Boshea said. "Now, we have to prepare and play hard to face (Fairfield ) Prep and get some help."
West Haven did not look as if it was going to need any assistance to get in the postseason through the first part of the game.
Anthony Godfrey scored the first of his two touchdowns with 31 seconds left in the first quarter on a 17-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
James McCarthy (70), Anthony Godfrey (6) and Kyle Godfrey (7) celebrate Anthony Godfrey's touchdown against Hand, November 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
After van Dell raced in from 27 yards out with 1:24 gone by in the second quarter to even the game at seven, Godfrey again scored, this time from two yards out for a 14-7 lead with 2:19 left in the first half.
Hand needed just seven plays to answer as van Dell ran in from six yards out with 12 seconds left in the half, but, following a West Haven penalty, Hand was denied on the two-point conversion, keeping West Haven in the lead at the half.
"Our offensive line has been our achilles heel all season, but tonight they stepped it up," Filippone said. "They gave him (van Dell) time to pass and they gave us room to run."
Kyle Godfrey (7) scores against Hand, November 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westies increased the lead to 21-13, scoring on their opening possession of the second half. A 9-play, 56-yard drive was capped when Kyle Godfrey scored from 1-yard out.
Anthony Godfrey ran for 91 yards on 17 carries in the loss for the Westies.
Westies thump Hamden 43-6 for third win in row
By MIKE MADERA
(November 6, 2015) - There were plenty of distractions Friday evening when the West Haven football team traveled to play Hamden. With the postseason in the balance in every game for the rest of the season, the Westies know they need wins.
With the distraction of the lights on the field going out, West Haven kept its focus and defeated the Green Dragons 43-6 Friday evening to improve to 6-2 on the season.
The Westies have two game remaining, Friday at home against Hand and Thanksgiving at Fairfield Prep, and will need to win both for a chance to play in the postseason.
Tim McCarthy drops back to pass against Hamden, November 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
For now, the Westies need to take care of the business at hand. Against the Green Dragons Friday evening, the Westies did just that as junior Tim McCarthy threw for a pair of touchdowns and Anthony Godfrey score four more along with gaining 128 yards on the ground.
The Westies led 7-6 after one quarter as Godfrey scored on a 2-yard run and Hamden answered but missed the conversion. That was as close as the game would get.
An 8-yard run by Godfrey 1:20 into the second quarter increased the lead to 14-6, before West Haven took advantage of a Hamden miscue.
Anthony Godfrey (6) scored four touchdowns against Hamden, November 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
After the Green Dragons were unable to convert a fake punt, McCarthy hit Godfrey for a 37-yard touchdown reception and a 21-6 lead with 7:40 to go in the half.
The Westies then blew the game open. Chris Chance scored on a 43-yard run down the sideline with 3:51 to go in the half, giving West Haven a 29-6 lead after the two-point conversion.
Godfrey scored his fourth touchdown of the game from two yards out 2:50 later for a 36-6 lead with 1:01 left in the half.
Sheilan Velazquez (14) makes an acrobatic touchdown reception against Hamden, November 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Sheilan Velazquez capped the scoring with a touchdown reception as the Westies cruised to the victory.
Westies thump Governors
WH improves to 5-2 with 48-8 victory
By MIKE MADERA
(October 31, 2015) - With the postseason still in the discussion, the West Haven football team knows it needs to win its remaining games if it hopes to play past Thanksgiving. Behind the running of Kyle Godfrey and Anthony Godfrey, West Haven defeated Wilbur Cross 48-8 in New Haven Saturday afternoon to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Kyle Godfrey ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, and Anthony Godfrey ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on five carries and also caught a touchdown pass from Tim McCarthy.
McCarthy was solid as well as he completed six of eight passes for 165 yards and a touchdown, with Anthony Godfrey catching a 72-yard pass and Sheilan Velazquez caught four passes for 58 yards.
West Haven head coach Rich Boshea (c.) and the coaching staff against Wilbur Cross, October 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"We wanted to get an early lead and set the tone for the game," West Haven coach Rich Boshea said. "We did that and played a very good game overall."
Anthony Godfrey was the key to a 13-0 first quarter lead when he caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from McCarthy, then ran in another score from 77 yards out.
The Westies put the game away with three touchdowns in the second quarter. Kyle Godfrey scored twice on runs of one and 30 yards, before Chris Chance scored from three yards out for a 34-0 lead at the half.
Chris Chance scores against Wilbur Cross, October 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Kyle Godfrey scored his third touchdown of the day in the third quarter, this one from six yards out for a 41-0 lead. Cross answered with a touchdown of its own in the third quarter, but Anthony Godfrey's second rushing touchdown of the day put the Westies on top 48-8.
Adrian Jaynes (5) and the Westies run up the field against Wilbur Cross, October 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Jose Conde kicks an extra point against Fairfield Prep, November 26, 2015. Video courtesy of Mike Madera. Double click to view full screen.
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Westies too much for Lions
Kyle Godfrey scores four times in 39-19 win
By MIKE MADERA
(October 23, 2015) - The West Haven football team knows it probably needs to win out in the last five games if the Westies hope to play in the postseason. That run started Friday evening.
Behind four touchdowns from Kyle Godfrey, West Haven defeated Foran 39-19 in Milford. With the win, West Haven improved to 4-2.
Anthony Godfrey scores for West Haven against Foran, October 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Read about the win over Foran at GameTimeCt here.
The West Haven offensive line against Foran, October 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Read about the win over Foran at the Connecticut Post here.
The West Haven defense, led by Marshall Davis (4) and Marquis Lockhart (54), against Foran, October 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Shelton too much for Westies
Fifth-ranked Gaels thump WH 48-27
By MIKE MADERA
(October 12, 2015) - With an extra two days to prepare, the West Haven football team was hoping to upset fifth-ranked Shelton. Unfortunately for the Westies, Shelton quarterback Zach Tuskowski was more than ready.
Throwing for 335 yards and four touchdowns, Tuskowski led the fifth-ranked Gaels to a 48-27 victory over West Haven at Ken Strong Stadium Monday evening. The game was originally scheduled to be played Friday, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The West Haven coaching staff looks on in a loss to Shelton, October 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
With the win, Shelton improved to 5-0, while the Westies dropped to 3-2 on the year.
West Haven quarterback Tim McCarthy threw for 234 yards and Anthony Godfrey scored twice, but it was not enough as the Gaels scored in every quarter.
Shelton never trailed, leading 14-7 after one quarter. With the game even at 14 after Godfrey's second score, a 7-yard run, Shelton took the lead for good with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute in the second quarter.
The West Haven defense, including Marquis Lockhart (54) and Adrian Jaynes (5) make the play against Shelton, October 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
West Haven got as close as 28-21 in the third quarter on Kyle Godfrey's 2-yard score, but Shelton scored three more times, including twice in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
West Haven's Chris Chances scores in a loss against Shelton, October 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Read about the game from Sean Patrick Bowley at GameTimeCT here .
Westies rock the House
Running game leads to 55-22 win
By MIKE MADERA
(October 2, 2015) - The West Haven football team ran the ball effectively last week against Cheshire as Kyle Godfrey scored six times. Looking to duplicate the effort, the Westies would have to do so Friday evening at a rain-soaked Ken Strong Stadium.
Chris Chance (1) and the Westies defeated Hillhouse, October 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of Catherine Avalone and the New Haven Register.
With Kyle Godfrey scoring four times, and Anthony Godfrey and Chris Chance each scoring twice, West Haven cruised to a 55-22 victory, improving to 3-1 on the year.
Read about West Haven's win at GameTimeCt here.
Westies thump Rams
Kyle Godfrey runs for 6 touchdowns in 46-14 win
By MIKE MADERA
(September 25, 2015) - After suffering its first defeat of the season last week against Notre Dame, the West Haven football team was looking to get back on track. Playing a Cheshire team which had allowed just 21 points in two games, the Westies knew they were in for a battle.
Kyle Godfrey (7) ran for six touchdowns against Cheshire, September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Kyle Godfrey had an answer. The West Haven back ran for six touchdowns as the Westies defeated Cheshire 46-14 on the road Friday evening.
Read about West Haven's win in the Record-Journal here.
Westies fall to ND
Lupoli, Ragaini and Green Knights too much for WH in 40-18 win
By MIKE MADERA
(September 18, 2015) - The West Haven football team knew it had a tough schedule to open the 2015 season. With the likes of Xavier, Notre Dame and Cheshire opening the campaign, it was going to be a tall order to start the season unscathed.
That order fell Friday evening when Notre Dame scored on the first play of the game and never sopped in a 40-18 victory over the Westies at Ken Strong Stadium. The Soderman Bowl victory lifted the Green Knights to a 2-0 start, while West Haven slipped to 1-1.
West Haven's Marshall Davis (4) tackles Notre Dame quarterback Christian Lupoli, Friday, September 18, 2015. Photo courtesy of Bill O'Brien.
Read about the city battle at GameTimeCT here
First of Many
Boshea leads Westies past Xavier in season opener
By MIKE MADERA
(September 11, 2015) - West Haven's Rich Boshea always knew his first win as a varsity head coach would be exciting. He could not have imagined the extent of the excitement Friday evening.
Paced by the running of Anthony and Kyle Godfrey, who combined to rush for over 300 yards, and the defense of Marquis Lockhart, West Haven held on for a thrilling 35-27 victory over Xavier in a Southern Connecticut Conference Division I contest at Ken Strong Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
Read the rest of this article at GameTimeCt here.
Rich Boshea and the Westies defeated Xavier, September 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Sheilan Velazquez scores on a 92-yard kickoff return against Xavier, September 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Chris Chance scores on a 17-yard run against Xavier, September 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Marquis Lockhart (54) makes a play against Xavier, September 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Anthony Godfrey scores on a 75-yard run against Xavier, September 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Ready to Go
Westies looking for big season
By MIKE MADERA
(September 10, 2015) - The West Haven football team starts the season with plenty of optimism. Despite the graduation of several key players, including Zatrell Lyons, the transfer of speedster Brandon Sebastian to Cheshire Academy, and the retirement of legendary coach Ed McCarthy and his state-record 332 victories, the Westies are poised for a successful season.
Before all this can happen, first-year head coach and long-time assistant Rich Boshea and his team will have to navigate a brutal schedule to start the season. While the first two games are at home, they are against defending champion Xavier to begin the season and arch-rival Notre Dame one week later. The Westies then travel to play Cheshire in the third week of the season.
If anyone has shown it can conquer a brutal schedule, it is West Haven. Boshea has plenty of talent to build around and that talent starts at quarterback with junior Tim McCarthy.
Tim McCarthy and the Westies are ready to go in the 2015 season. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
McCarthy threw for 1,397 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and will need to find a new favorite receiver with the graduation of Lyons. Junior Sheilan Velazquez looks to be that target at 6 feet - 1 inch tall. Anthony Godfrey and Chris Chance should also expect to see some passes coming their way out of the backfield.
The running game will see halfback Godfrey, who ran for 521 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and sophomore Chris Chance.
On the defensive side, senior linebacker Adrian Jaynes, who had 95 tackles and two interceptions last season, will lead the way.
Adrian Jaynes (5) and the Westies open the season, September 11, 2015 against Xavier. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Senior defensive end Marquis Lockhart will also be a key player as he comes off a season with 111 tackles. Senior defensive back Drew Highsmith will also be counted on as he had 36 tackles one season ago.
The Westies also have a key cog on the defensive line as 6-1, 308 pound junior Byron Dickens will clog the running lanes and be a force to be reckoned with in the pass rush.