Waltham lifted by Renaud, Connolly

WALTHAM – In the Dual County League opener for both squads, Waltham relied on the screen pass, some stingy defense, and Ty Connolly’s legs to win 37-7 over Newton South at Bentley University.

Three first-half touchdowns from the arm of Jack Renaud gave the Hawks a 21-7 lead at the half and fellow senior captain Ty Connolly was also responsible for three scores as Waltham (3-0, 1-0) remained undefeated.

“It’s a great team win, tough league, and the first league game we wanted to come out strong,” said Connolly, who finished with 134 all-purpose yards. “We wanted to show the league we are not the same old Waltham and it was evident here – no matter where we are playing.”

Renaud (18-for-26 for 309 yards passing) allowed the defensive rush to come into the backfield on the Hawks’ second series of the first quarter as Josh Register went down the right sideline untouched for the 33-yard touchdown.

With the first series of the second quarter, it was the same play but this time to Adam Chisari as the junior running back took the ball 33 yards to the house for the 14-0 Hawks lead with 9:49 left in the second quarter.

“Great call by our offensive coordinator Joey Carroll, who dialed it up. We’ve been working on in practice ever since training camp and we’ve just been a little bit off here and there,” said Waltham head coach Sean Brackett. “We just continue to work, put your head down and grind.”

Newton South (2-2; 0-1) answered quickly on the next series on a 51-yard completion over the middle to Paxton Boyd to cut the deficit in half, 14-7, in only 58 seconds as the Hawks defense bit a little too soon on play action in the backfield.

But that’s pretty much all the Hawks allowed in the first half as the Lions could only muster 48 total yards from scrimmage as six of eight series went for zero or negative yards.

Waltham was able to go back up by two scores as Connolly took a post pass over the middle the distance for Renaud’s third touchdown strike of the first half. Connolly went 65 yards on a third-and-17 from the Hawks’ 35-yard line immediately following a seven-yard loss on a sack in the backfield for the Lions.

“It was nice to see everyone execute tonight. The biggest part of their offense is the quarterback making plays, so the biggest thing was containing him, putting pressure on the offense and staying back,” said Brackett.

After the teams exchanged possessions to start the third quarter, Waltham looked to have a three-touchdown lead, but Connolly’s second touchdown catch was wiped off the board on a block in the back penalty on the Hawks.

But Connolly would not be denied on the series as he scored eight plays later from four yards out. Connolly finished off that 10-play drive and scored again on the next series on third-and-goal from the two-yard line and the Hawks were comfortably ahead, 34-7 a minute into the fourth quarter.

Waltham starts the season 3-0 for the first time since 1991 and held Newton South quarterback Everson Quissanga to 78 yards passing despite 52 attempts through the air.

“The program is in place now and the kids are busting their butts. I’m very happy for the kids, I’m proud of the kids, because they are earning these results,” said Brackett.

Waltham’s Adam Chisari jumps in for a touchdown during the first half of a victory over Newton South on Thursday night. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)