Greenwich's game against St. Joseph was almost a microcosm of the football team's season -- almost, but not quite enough. The Cardinals continued their disappointing 2010 campaign with another heartbreaker of a loss Saturday, storming back from a late-game 15-point deficit. The comeback was stopped cold as Greenwich lost 22-20, falling to 5-4 on the season.
The Cardinals fell behind early and trailed 22-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Things started looking up on the first drive of the final quarter when quarterback Dan Lombardi marched his team 71 yards down the field in 11 plays to bring the Cardinals within one score.
On the ensuing St. Joseph possession, a shotgun snap to Cadets quarterback Joe Della Vecchia sailed over his head and was recovered by Cardinals linebacker Ben Cohn. Senior co-captain Ben Ceci broke the goal line on a 1-yard run on the next play to cut the lead to 22-20.
As has been the case several times this season, victory was tantalizingly within reach, but Greenwich could not cash in. Lombardi's pass on the two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete. Greenwich had one more shot at the end zone with less than three minutes remaining, but Lombardi's pass was intercepted, snuffing out comeback hopes. It was the second devastating two-point loss of the season.
Greenwich's running game, which has been one of the few bright spots of the season, was spot on again. Shane Nastahowski and Mark Kelley again chewed up plenty of yards on the ground, with the latter scoring Greenwich's first touchdown of the game.
The Cardinals scrimmage against White Plains this weekend and then host Staples for the annual Thanksgiving game to close out the season.
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