Peter Gesualdi, Darien: In a thrilling 35-34 double-overtime victory over Wilton, the junior rushed for 73 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the extra session. Gesualdi, who fumbled the kickoff return late in regulation, made up for that miscue with his seventh interception of the season on the next play.
Brenden Lytton, Torrington: The senior workhorse back is becoming a regular in this spot, but you can’t ignore his latest eye-popping numbers. In a 44-29 win against Woodland, Lytton rushed 44 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and also had a two-point conversion run.
Shane Nastahowski, Greenwich: The senior turned in another outstanding all-around performance Friday night as he carried 17 times for 111 yards with four touchdowns. Nastahowski also had a 55-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and added five tackles in Greenwich’s 55-28 win over Central.
Patrick Newton, New Canaan: It was a first half to remember for the senior wide receiver, who had eight receptions for 196 yards and five touchdowns in two quarters of work against St. Joseph. Newton started the Rams’ first-half explosion with a dynamic punt return, and among his scores was a one-handed grab.
Noel Thomas, St. Luke’s: Inspired by the late Jerry McDougall, who served as the Storm’s defensive coordinator for two seasons, the junior finished a 48-13 homecoming win over Long Island Lutheran with 106 yards on 11 carries – including a 73-yard score – to go along with a 36-yard touchdown reception, five tackles and a fumble recovery.
Coach of the Week
Lou Marinelli, New Canaan: The classy Marinelli picked up win No. 250 at New Canaan in a 43-14 homecoming win against St. Joseph. In 31 seasons with the Rams, Marinelli has a record of 25-84-6, and has guided the school to eight state championships and four FCIAC titles. Inducted into the Connecticut High School Hall of Fame in 2009, Marinelli has been honored as coach of the year by the FCIAC, National Football Foundation Walter Camp Football Foundation and the NFL among others.