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Fenaroli Rushes Into Record Books With Friday Win

Newtown wins against Bethel Wildcats on Senior Night.

Newtown's Lou Fenaroli rushed into the history books as part of the Nighthawks 33-7 win against the Bethel Wildcats Friday night in Blue and Gold Stadium.

The running back broke the record for the most single-season rushes – 1,462 yards – set 19 years ago by Joe Lato, who now coaches football at Weston.

"I think I only broke it by 3 yards," the smiling Fenaroli said after the game.

The Newtown High School senior has had a remarkable season after a disappointing one last year in which injuries limited his playing time, starting in only five or so games.

During the off-season, Fenaroli hit the weight room with a passion, bulking up and concentrating on his fitness. His teammates, similarly, have been trying to keep free of injury as much as possible.

"It's definitely a big difference," Fenaroli said. "We're trying to keep healthy."

The results have been paying off for the Nighthawks, as they now advance to 7-1, and have a shot at making it to the state Class LL finals. They are the No. 4 seed at the moment. Next-up will be Bunnell, which has a 6-1 record with its sole loss so far this year coincidentally coming against Bethel.

Offensively, the Nighthawks have been dominating. Fenaroli has been the go-to player and a major part of the team's success.

"He's got speed, he's got power," Newtown coach Steve George said. "He's something special."

In Friday's game, the Nighthawks also received a couple of key contributions from Jake Tolson, who kicked a pair of field goals in the first half to give Newtown an early 6-0 lead; all-around Dan Hebert, who made a pivotal interception; freshman Julian Dunn who converted a fake punt into a touchdown throw to Chris Devaney; and Justin Devellis, who scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Tarantino.

Following Bethel's only touchdown and an attempted on-side kick that took a short bounce, Newtown's No. 83, Matt Vavrek, was able to pick up the ball in midfield and run it down for the final touchdown to seal Newtown's win.

Jim Gaston November 05, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Congrats Nighthawks and Lou Fenaroli!! Go Newtown!
patty November 06, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Congrads, way to go Newtown!!!!

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