By: Bridget Pfau and Brandon Francisco
On a cold Tuesday night in Naugatuck, the Masuk Panthers worked their magic once again as they defeated the number two seeded Naugatuck Greyhounds in a 21-17 point game.
After a slow start, Masuk’s luck seemed to turn in the second half as they came back from a 10-7 deficit. Leading the way was senior captain Nick Saccu with 192 rushing yards and the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“We were all going into the game very excited with the momentum from Newtown, and even when we were down we never lost hope and everyone played great until the last whistle.” said Saccu.
Despite their relentless success this year, it seems that the team is still nothing but thrilled and pleasantly surprised with the results of their quarter-final game.
Dedicated Masuk spectator Sean Minnick gave his perspective on the game,
“I really enjoyed supporting our school in a big game like that. It was great to see our guys convert on some big plays. We did an outstanding job converting when we needed to and coming up with some crucial stops on defense.”
The Panthers were able to draw a large crowd to support them despite it being an away game.
In terms of this weekend’s matchup, captain Jake Dellapiano stated,
“I’m pumped to get to play another game with the team and to keep our run alive. Hopefully get to make it all the way and bring it home.”
Masuk’s next matchup is against Maloney High School in Meriden, ranked third in playoffs, this upcoming Sunday the fifth at 12:30pm for a battle in the semifinals.