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11/19/2021 11:00 PM

Grizzlies Blank East Haven for Fourth Win in a Row

Junior Mike O'Brien and the Grizzlies improved to 6-3 with a 48-0 win against East Haven last week. File photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier

The Guilford football team posted its third-straight shutout and fourth win in a row when the Grizzlies claimed a 48-0 home victory against East Haven last week. The Grizzlies improved to 6-3 on the year heading into their season finale versus Hand on Thanksgiving Eve.

On Nov. 18, Guilford hosted SCC Tier 3 opponent East Haven and blanked the Yellowjackets by a 48-0 score. In addition to picking up their sixth win of the year, the Grizzles improved to 3-1 in the SCC Tier 3 standings by shutting out the Yellowjackets.

Junior Mike O’Brien had a night on the ground by carrying the ball 11 times for 186 yards and four touchdowns for Guilford in its win over East Haven. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Hilgert went 9-of-12 passing for 125 yards and a touchdown, including a 28-yard scoring strike to senior captain Eric Dolmus. Overall, Dolmus had four receptions for 49 yards and the TD.

Sophomore Dillon Burlakoff ran the ball six times for 74 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Senior captain Jack O’Brien kicked six extra points and also had two catches for 31 yards on the night. Sophomore Jake Jahnige added a 35-yard reception for the Grizzlies.

Senior captain Eddie Barlage led the defensive effort for Guilford by making eight tackles, forcing a fumble, and also recovering a fumble for a touchdown. Senior Aiden McBrierty, junior Luke Carignan, and junior Dan O’Connell each recorded a sack in the victory.

Guilford finished the 2021 season by facing Hand on the road in the annual Thanksgiving week matchup between the two rivals on Nov. 24 (after press time). Like Guilford, Hand came into the game with a record of 7-3 on the year.

—Chris Piccirillo