BUNKER HILL — Maconaquah’s football team fell short in its comeback against Fairfield in an opening-round game in Class 3A Sectional 26 play Friday night.
The Braves trailed 20-0 with six seconds left in the third quarter before going on a 28-8 run to tie it at 28-28 with 3:12 left in the game. But the visiting Falcons regained the lead and went on for a 42-28 win.
“I couldn’t be more prouder of these guys right now,” Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman said. “There was a couple of times in this game where they could have folded the tent and they didn’t. They hung in there, and they made plays. We played aggressive defense and we did what we needed to do offensively to keep ourselves in the ball game, and we knew that was something that we were going to have to do. We wanted to make sure at the end of the ball game we gave ourselves a chance to win it, and unfortunately, we came up short.”
Maconaquah was held scoreless for the first 35:54 before K.J. Walton scored on a 98-yard punt return. The Braves then scored three more times. Cody Hicks scored two touchdowns, on runs of four yards and 23 yards, to cut Fairfield’s lead to 28-21. Maconaquah tied it at 28-28 with 3:12 left as quarterback Kyle Dinn threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Scott.
“We were looking for a spark and that was the spark we needed,” Hartman said of Walton’s 98-yard punt return for a TD. “All of a sudden, we were jump started and we started playing a whole lot better football, but fell a little bit short.”
Fairfield re-gained the lead as quarterback Kyle Mast found running back Cameron Kitson for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 35-28 lead with 1:55 left. Maconaquah tried to tie it again on its next drive, but it ended as Fairfield’s Lucas Miller intercepted a pass from Dinn and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown for the final 42-28.