T-Birds' Football Dominates Haddam-Killingworth

The North Branford football team won its second game of the season with a huge win over HK.


The North Branford High School football team continued to dominate offensively in its second game of the season on Sept. 21 as the T-Birds traveled to Haddam-Killingworth and came home with a huge 51-6 win.

The victory comes on the heels of the 41-16 Valley victory to total 92 points scored in just two games of the 2012 season, while holding the opposition to 22 points so far this season.

North Branford certainly made its mark fast and early, taking a 33-0 first-quarter lead. Joe DeLucia put the T-Birds on the board with a 50-yard interception return and the extra point. Josh Melaccio showcased his running game with a 77-yard score and another point-after by DeLucia, who then punched in a one-yard score to take a 20-0 lead.

The T-Birds weren't done yet, though, as quarterback Brandan Basil then connected with Alex McGuigan on a 33-yard TD pass before DeLucia closed out the first-quarter scoring with an 18-yard touchdown.


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HK got on the board to start the second quarter, but the T-Birds responded with two more TDs, the first a 64-yard Basil-to-DeLucia score and the second being a two-yard Melaccio scamper.

Holding a 45-6 lead heading into the second half, Basil finalized the scoring when he hit Chris Caron with a five-yard pass.

DeLucia led the team with a defensive touchdown to go along with his three offensive TDs. Basil was 10-for-16 passing for 246 yards and three TDs. Caron had six receptions for 80 yards. Melaccio led the running game with nine rushes for 121 yards and two scores, while sophomore Nick Sagnella added six rushes for 48 yards.

On defense, Gary Falanga had nine tackles, John Burke had seven and Melaccio, and Lou Distasio each had five.

Next up for the T-Birds: North Branford hosts the Morgan Huskies (1-1) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.


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