Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in Fairfield County Football League action from Oct. 7-8:
Wilton White 6, Ridgefield Black 6
Wilton White played a defensive battle against a tough Ridgefield team on Saturday, which ended in a 6-6 tie. Wilton’s defense was led by defensive end Cody Korpan, who had his best game of the season with multiple tackles for losses. Mark Whitman, Jaxon Lin, Henry Snow and Wyatt Kreter were a wall at D-line, allowing Charlie Heffernan, Trey Rivera and Dylan Flanagan to control the Ridgefield running game, and the speed of safety Mark Sylvester helped save a few long runs by Ridgefield.
Wilton’s offense moved the ball for most of the day but couldn’t punch in a TD until the last two minutes of the game. That touchdown was started by the defense and a huge play by Liam Pierson, who caused a fumble at the Wilton 20-yard line that was returned by Declan Jackson all the way down to the Ridgefield 10-yard line. The next play was a 10-yard TD run by Brady Corry, who followed the key blocks of Andrew Zareski (at center), Cole Herbst, Billy Greef and Cooper Rekow.
New Canaan 28, Wilton Blue 6
In another game against an undefeated New Canaan team, Wilton Blue allowed an early touchdown and then came back tough on defense. The second New Canaan drive was greeted by tough tackles from Nick Skillin, Emmett Sommer and Wyatt Hoffstatter, topped off with an August Furman fumble recovery. On following drives, Denny Dustin and Skillin made big tackles to keep the Warriors in the game, supported by strong efforts from Michael Duarte, and Trey Hall. The New Canaan offense battled back to score another touchdown. Finally the Warriors’ offense found some momentum when quarterback Colin Faherty led a dangerous drive with a huge run, only to be foiled again. The first half ended with strong tackles from Kevin Macken, Hoffstatter and Faherty to keep the contest within reach.
While New Canaan got the ball back to begin the second half, the Warriors stood strong on defense with more ferocious tackles by Faherty, Sommer and Dustin forcing a punt. The Warrior offense finally broke through with a dazzling 45-yard touchdown run by Skillin, behind the blocking of Hayden Leitten,Noah Patania, Matthew Fogarty and center Michael Lenz, among other formerly mentioned players. While New Canaan was finally able to put the game to bed after two more touchdowns, solid tackling by Lenz and a fumble recovery from Faherty provided highlights, along with more impressive runs from Skillin and Dustin.
Wilton Blue 28, New Canaan Red 8
On Saturday night under the lights at Fujitani Field, the Wilton fourth grade boys squared off against New Canaan Red. From the start, Wilton gained big yards, with runs by Kieran Wiseman and Jake Padilla clearing the way for quarterback Charlie Calabrese to squeeze in for a touchdown from the one-yard line, giving the Warriors an early lead of 6-0.
The defense held New Canaan back, including a sack by Grant Stein. When Wilton regained possession, Charlie Calabrese launched a 30-yard pass, connecting with Craig O’Neill for a touchdown. Charlie Roy kicked the extra point, bringing the score to 14-0 Wilton.
Late in the first half, Blake Ongley snatched the ball for an interception, leading Wilton to another touchdown by Calabrese, heading into halftime with a score of 20-0.
At the start of the second half, New Canaan scored and the kick was good for the extra point, bringing the score to 20-8. The Wilton offensive line held strong with the help of Theo Satrazemis, Emma VanHeyst, Trevien Goldman, Michael Butler, Cayden Stevens and Josh Meltzer creating a hole for Kieran Wiseman to score a touchdown and a 28-8 lead.
New Canaan could not make headway against the strong Wilton defense led by Quint Furman, Jack Bernard, Hunter Lishnoff, Curtis Jackson and Ellie Smith. Late in the fourth quarter, Marco Chilla picked up five yards and Will Byrnes ran the ball for a gain of four yards. A big tackle by Max Totten and a run by Erik Kiernan sealed New Canaan’s fate. With under a minute to go, Patch Angerame was put into the game to QB the last play.
Wilton Blue 29, Darien White 8
Wilton Blue came out fast against Darien White and never looked back in a 29-8 win to remain unbeaten.
On the fourth play of the game, the Warriors forced a Darien fumble and Ryan Meenan recovered it, giving Wilton the ball with great field position. The offensive line of Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam Murphy, Jack Santosky, Cole Siegel, Maja Driscoll, David Schubkegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas, CJ Young and Meenan took over, controlling the line of scrimmage and making big holes for the running backs all day. Jack Schwartz moved the ball easily to the two-yard line and Liam Snyder gained the final couple of yards for the touchdown. Luke Ginsburg made the kick.
Just two plays later, Schwartz intercepted the Darien quarterback, giving Wilton great field position again. Cael Dexter drove the Warriors down the field and ran in for the three-yard touchdown.
Wilton kept the ball moving all afternoon with strong running from Ray Ferranti, Will Cristini, James Jackowski, Nate Jackson, Ryan Luchetta, Ryan Stocker and Charlie Keller. The Warriors got significant yardage through the air as well, with a pair of 40-yard pass plays from Snyder to Ginsburg and a pair of great catches by Liam McKiernan (one each from Snyder and Dexter).
Wilton’s third touchdown came on an eight-yard run by Dexter and another perfect kick by Ginsburg. The fourth touchdown came one drive later when Schwartz punched it in from the one-yard line, and the two-point conversion was made by McKiernan.
Aside from one big play that resulted in the sole Darien score, the Warrior defense played another great game. The defense forced two turnovers, had two sacks by Siegel and Driscoll, and played great in pass coverage as Darien relied more on the pass late in the game. The Warriors played as a team, supported each other all game long and came away with a well-deserved win.
Wilton White 13, Fairfield Black 7
In the best game of the season thus far in the FCFL, the Wilton White Warriors played against Fairfield Black last Sunday at Fairfield Warde. Both defenses would not budge and would battle to the very end.
This game was ultimately decided on two big plays. The game was scoreless at halftime. Wilton scored first midway through the third quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback George Hahn. The run was set up by an acrobatic 35-yard catch by receiver Tommy McKiernan, who was brought down at the Fairfield one-yard line.
Wilton’s defense held the line until Fairfield scored with less than a minute left in the game, and then converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead with 54 seconds left in the game.
Wilton had the ball on its 25-yard line, needing to go 75 yards with no timeouts left. With Fairfield in its prevent defense, quarterback George Hahn launched a bomb down the middle of the field connecting with tight end William McCormack, who had gotten behind the defense and had to out-jump two defenders to pick the ball out of the air. He then outran the secondary to score the winning touchdown. Ryan Preisano ran in the extra point.
The game ended on a Alexander Reyes quarterback sack when Fairfield tried to mount a last-second comeback.
Wilton Blue 28, Darien Blue 0
Wilton Blue was home to play Darien on a rainy Sunday morning and put together its most complete game of the season.
Wilton’s defense dominated the game, holding Darien to no first downs and negative yardage in the first half. The Wilton defensive line of Bobby DiPalma, Connor Sweeney, Aidan Cruickshank, Jamie Cristini, Alexander Dempster, Jake Enman, Michael Colavecchio and Luke Totten was in Darien’s backfield throughout the game. Wilton’s defensive backfield stepped up to help shut down Darien’s run game while defensive ends Andrew Kress and Nick Walden sealed the corners and each had several tackles for losses and sacks.
Wilton’s offense was equally dominant, scoring on its first four drives. Wilton’s first score came from an 11-play drive behind the veteran offensive line of Totten, Sweeney, Dempster, Cristini and Kress as well as key downfield blocking from Wilton’s tight ends and backs. This first drive, along with Wilton’s defense, set the tempo for the game and Wilton never looked back.
Wilton’s second score came on a 42-yard misdirection run from Spencer Liston and key blocks from Sweeney and Cristini. Wilton’s third scoring drive started on Darien’s 22-yard line after a 38-yard punt return by Christopher Capone. Charlie Guglielmo scored the touchdown on a toss behind very solid blocking. Another Capone punt return and a 49-yard pass from Andrew Acosta-Rua to Caleb Rath resulted in Wilton’s fourth score of the half.
In the second half Wilton’s offense was able to control the ball and eat up clock. Solid running by Colavecchio behind Wilton’s offensive line was able to close out the game.
Wilton Blue 13, New Canaan Red 0
Wilton Blue powered out a tough victory, 13-0, over New Canaan Red. After a few weeks with a small roster due to key injuries the Warriors came back to old form by controlling the ball with long drives on a variety of formations and playing aggressive defense.
On the first drive of the game, Wilton’s offense held the ball for more than 10 minutes and scored on a powerful 40-yard run by Jake Sommer to take a 6-0 lead. Pulling blocks by Dylan Smith, Tyler Hough, Kieran O’Neill and Connor Robertson opened lanes throughout the drive.
With its defense at almost full strength for the first time since week one, the Warriors picked up four turnovers on the day. Constant pressure on New Canaan’s QB by Quinn Kiss, O’Neill, Robertson and Ben Calabrese forced three interceptions, with two by Everett Andersen (one in the end zone) and one by Matt Claps. Swarming pass coverage by linebackers and defensive backs George DiRocco, Kevin Hyzy, Andersen, Sommer, Sean Wiseman, Nevin Belanger and AJ Preisano allowed only three completions.
Still holding a 6-0 lead early in the second half, the Warrior offense went on more long drives with their Buffalo power attack, led by double team blocks by Eddie Keller, Craig Hyzy, Michael Munrow, Will Murphy and Ryan Keenan and shifty runs by Eli Ackerman and Sommer. But the key play in the game to put it away was a bang-bang 35-yard fumble recovery touchdown on a punt return by Claps. Wilton led 13-0 midway through the fourth quarter and then closed out the game by running out the clock.