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McCormack’s four touchdowns lead New Fairfield past Holy Cross in Class S semifinals

WATERBURY — It was Justin McCormack’s spectacle at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday, as the quarterback used his legs and arm to propel New Fairfield into the CIAC Class S semifinals.

McCormack rushed for 181 yards on 15 carries, including two touchdowns, and added two touchdowns to lead No. 5 New Fairfield to a 41-7 victory over No. 4 Holy Cross in the quarterfinals of S class.

“Justin had a hell of a game today, his best of the season,” New Fairfield coach Anthony Fata said. “He showed what he is capable of today. Every week he raises the level of his game and it’s all about his growth as a player.


“It was a hard fought victory against a very good team. It was a slow first quarter, but we just felt each other. It’s good to be in the semi-finals but we’re taking this game one at a time. Our guys played well today, but we still have work to do.

In the first quarter, McCormack shook things up with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Sarro with 4:14 left for a 7-0 lead.

The Crusaders responded when David Kacprzyski scored on a 2-yard run down the middle to tie the game at 7 with 1:59 left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, McCormack responded with a 62-yard touchdown run. He broke two tackles and sprinted on his own into midfield for the TD and a 14-7 lead with 6:17 to go.

During Crusaders possession, in the first game, New Fairfield’s Matthew Gauert intercepted the ball. On the Rebels’ first play, Ryan Fata scored on a 62-yard run with 5:49 to take a 21-7 lead.

As time expired in the second quarter, McCormack increased the lead on a 3-yard run for a 27-7 halftime lead.

In the second half, it was more McCormack, who completed an 18-yard pass to Fata for a 34-7 lead. Jason Caswell completed the scoring with a 12-yard run for the final score of 41-7 with 11:19 left in the game.

“It was definitely my best game, and it came at the right time,” McCormack said. “The second and third quarters, everything fell into place and everyone contributed. The line opened up some nice holes for the running backs.

GAME PLAYER

Fairfield’s new quarterback Justin McCormack rushed for nearly 200 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels’ win.

CITABLE

“We had a good lead, but I know from experience that you can never be comfortable until the game is over,” said New Fairfield coach Anthony Fata.

NEW FAIRFIELD 41, SAINTE-CROIX 7

NEW FAIRFIELD 7 20 7 7—41
HOLY CROSS 7 0 0 0—7

  • NF—Vincent Sarro 50 pass from Justin McCormack (Jaden Arterberry kick)
  • HC—David Kacprzyski 2 run (Kevin Matiz kick)
  • NF—McCormack 62 run (Arterberry kick)
  • NF—Ryan Fata 62 run (Arterberry kick)
  • NF—McCormack 3 run (kick miss)
  • NF—Fata 18 pass from McCormack (Arterberry kick)
  • NF—Jason Caswell 12 run (Arterberry kick)
  • Recordings: New Fairfield 9-2; Holy Cross 8-3