Panthers shut out Stratford for third straight win

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Steve Minnick

The Panthers played smothering defense to shutdown Stratford High School's offense in a 49-0 blowout at home.

MONROE, CT — Masuk High’s football team blanked visiting Stratford 49-0 on Friday night for its third consecutive win. The Panthers improved to 4-2 overall heading into an Oct. 28 visit to Weston at 7 p.m.

Jason Champagne rushed for a pair of touchdowns, one from 33 yards out and the other from three yards away.

Masuk quarterback Dylan Jackson throws a 35 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Fedeli. Photo by Steve Minnick

It was a senior connection that lifted Masuk in the passing game. Senior quarterback Dylan Jackson threw a pair of scores, a 35 yarder to senior Ryan Fedeli and a seven yard strike to senior Deven LaRoche.

Senior Kyle Beckett added a two-yard touchdown run.

“We love our senior leadership and tonight they showed themselves,” Coach Steve Christy said.

In addition to the seniors, underclassmen got in on the scoring. Champagne, a junior, carried the ball nine times for 62 yards. Sophomore Gavin Walker found the end zone on a 15 yard run.

Masuk’s defense, in addition to holding the opposition out the end zone, got in on the scoring with sophomore Tariq Al-Hameedi scoring on a pick six, a 40-plus yard interception return.

Jackson completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 171 yards to go along with his two touchdown passes. Fedeli had five catches for 78 yards, and LaRoche had six receptions for 80.

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