East Lyme football shuts down RHAM, 17-0

Hebron — The East Lyme defense had been on the field for over seven minutes to start the second half of Saturday night’s game against RHAM, yet had only given up 28 yards on the drive.

Yes. The Vikings allowed just 28 yards on 15 plays over seven minutes.

“I still can’t believe it,” East Lyme coach Rudy Bagos said after Saturday night’s 17-0 win. “We had them fourth-and-forever (at one point) and we got the roughing (the passer) penalty.

“But I tell you what: the kids were resilient. The defense has been resilient all year.”

That never-ending defensive stand was emblematic of how absurdly great the Vikings defense played all night. It allowed just 15 net yards in a 17-0 win, East Lyme's second shutout of the young season.

“Me and my teammates just needed to bring it,” East Lyme two-way senior lineman Josh Morton said. “We did amazing getting that stop and shutting them out all game. Great stop.”

Sophomore Will Anglin had two interceptions for the Vikings (2-0), the first of which set up their first touchdown.

East Lyme’s defensive front seven kept RHAM (0-2) on lockdown. Those seven were senior ends Zachary Todd and Morton and junior nose guard Caleb Smith, senior linebackers T.J. Horner and Cam Hart, junior Hunter Lewis and sophomore Damon Simonsen.

Juniors Idris Gassar and Morton, Smith and Simonsen each had a sack, too.

“They’ve been carrying us,” Bagos said about the defense. “I don’t care who you’re playing, you post two shutouts you’re playing pretty good defensively.

“We’re riding their coat tails right now.”

Noah Perry completed 11 of 19 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown for the Vikings. Scott Galbo had five catches for 66 yards and a score.

East Lyme took the opening kickoff and rattled off 14 plays before stalling out at the RHAM 8-yard line. It settled for a 25-yard field goal by JoJo Higgins with 5 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Vikings managed just four first downs on their next four drives.

The defense finally jumpstarted the offense with Anglin intercepting a pass and returning it to the Sachems’ 26-yard line with 1:12 remaining in the first half.

Perry hooked up with Galbo for a 21-yard touchdown two plays later and a 10-0 lead with 53 seconds left in the half.

East Lyme finally put together a sustained drive in the fourth quarter. It went 72 yards in 12 plays, culminating in Aidan Cary’s 3-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the game.

“I’m so tired,” Morton quipped. “I’m about to go pass out.”

n.griffen@theday.com

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