Wilton Youth Football scoreboard

Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in recent action in the Fairfield County Football League season:

Third grade

Wilton Blue 19, New Canaan Red 7

Wilton Blue opened the scoring in the first quarter with an impressive three-play scoring drive capped by a 30-yard touchdown run by Sean Wiseman and an extra point by Dominic Roberts.

On the defensive side, Big Blue was nearly impenetrable. Despite several turnovers by the Wilton offense, solid play by J.T. Heffernan, Max Silva, Max Mercado, Christopher McCann, Shane Taubin and Andrew Pellicano limited New Canaan to only one touchdown and one extra point. More stifling defense was supplied by Eddie Keller, Ryan Farrar and Connor Robertson, with impressive tackles by Dominic Roberts and Matthew Giller.

The offense continued its scoring with some key blocks by the offensive line that enabled Sean Wiseman to run 50 yards and score a second touchdown.

The outstanding defensive play continued in the second half with terrific tackling by Ben Calabrese, Sean Garvey, Ryan Jackson, Tyler Moody, Jackson Rivas and Daniel Rosenbaum. When the offense got back on the field, Michael Longo ran 20 yards and then Sean Wiseman scored a third touchdown. Joe Schiavone provided great team spirit on the sidelines, keeping his teammates upbeat.

Wilton White 12, Ridgefield Black 6

Wilton White improved its record to 3-1 after defeating a tough Ridgefield Black team. Ridgefield took an early six-point lead but that was all the offense they would manage for the remainder of the game. The Warriors responded with an impressive offensive drive right down the field, including a 25-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Hyzy to Eli Ackerman. Fullback Craig Hyzy ran for a five-yard gain and wingback Luke Pagano-Walley ran for three yards. Hakan LeFevre ran an outside sweep that brought the ball down to the one-yard line. The drive was capped off by a touchdown scored by Kevin Hyzy on a quarterback sneak up the middle. Hyzy followed his center Alex Elia straight into the end zone after Elia laid a vicious block on the Ridgefield middle linebacker.

The Warriors offensive line continues to improve each week led by tight ends A.J. Preisano and William Ryan. The interior line of guards Michael Breen and Kiernan O’Neill did an outstanding job of keeping the much bigger Ridgefield defensive guards out of the backfield. Offensive tackles Jack Lynch, Michael Munrow and Jimmy Luce kept the blitzing Ridgefield linebackers at bay all day.

The Warrior defense stymied the Ridgefield offense the entire second half. Middle linebackers George DiRocco and Tyler Hough stuffed the middle. Hough laid a hard hit on a Ridgefield running back, causing a fumble, and DiRocco recovered the ball for the Warriors offense. Eli Ackerman scored on a 35-yard reverse play to put the Warriors ahead for good. The defense led by Nevin Bellanger, Nate Defeo and Jackson Luther, rushed and pressured the Ridgefield quarterback all day. Pass attempts were knocked down and nearly intercepted a few times during the second half. The Warrior defense continues to improve each week with its ‘bend but don’t break’ play. The Warriors are away next week, traveling to take on a tough Darien team.

Fourth grade

Wilton White 20, Darien Wave 6

Wilton White upped its record to 4-0 with a dominating victory on the road against Darien Wave.

Wilton opened the game with running backs Sean Sullivan and Blake Pagano-Walley chewing up yardage, following nice blocks from ends Anthony Passaniti and Austin Cameron on the outside. Center Charlie Hastings and guard Jack Tinnen opened huge holes in the middle for fullback Michael Coffey to find daylight. The drive ended with a touchdown on a sweep to the right by Sullivan, following a punishing downfield block by Pagano-Walley. The score moved to 8-0 when quarterback Everett Andersen took a bootleg left into the corner of the end zone.

Wilton’s defense set the tone for the rest of the game when, on Darien’s first play from scrimmage, defensive lineman Matt Gulbin pushed into the backfield and dropped the runner for a loss. Second down saw defensive end Quinn Wiseman and lineman Brian Cipri combine on the first of their many hard tackles on this day. Linebacker Davis Cote forced Darien into a punting situation with a nice tackle on third down.

Wilton’s next possession witnessed an impressive rotation of running backs that kept Darien’s defense off balance. Michael Colbert, Alex Smith, Will Haljun, Brendan Sullivan and Connor Healey shared the running back duties and moved Wilton to Darien’s 20-yard line. Pagano-Walley finished the job on a tough scamper up the left side to make the score 14-0.

Wilton’s defense opened the second half right where it left off with brilliant defensive line play by Ryan MacDougall, Matthew Murphy and Ryan Siegel. Nice individual tackles by Peter Groves and Owen Pettit stunted Darien’s attempts at building momentum.

Wilton’s final score was the result of an impressive aerial attack led by quarterback Andersen. First, he found wide receiver Ryan Sorbo for an 11-yard gain. Then a beautiful pass to fullback Coffey out of the backfield put Wilton deep into Darien territory. The scoring play was a 15-yard rocket to Sorbo, who made an incredible catch in traffic to put Wilton up 20-0.

As time wound down, Darien scored on a nice run to the right to make the final 20-6.

Wilton Blue 14, Darien White 0

Wilton Blue hosted Darien White Saturday at Fujitani Field. The Warriors scored on their first two possessions and the defense took over from there, preserving a 14-0 victory that took Wilton’s record to 4-0.

The ‘Green’ offense, consisting of Luke O’Neil, Ashton Argento, E.J. Fasano, Trey Dexter, Henry Sell, Kyle Jordan, Jimmy McKiernan, John Stanley, Michael Burton, Wooder Thoby and Connor Roman, opened the game with a score, as Thoby took an inside hand-off and cut to daylight for a touchdown. Roman converted the two-point try to make it 8-0.

On Wilton’s second possession, the ‘Red’ offense, consisting of Chris Jones, Will Murphy, Sam Ricketts, McKiernan, Christian Theoharides, Trevor Martines, Dante Filipponi, Nolan Graham, Max Mannino, Kiel Polito and Daniel Gruseke, marched down the field and scored on a Gruseke TD run, stretching the lead to 14-0. While Wilton never scored again, the offense dominated time of possession, grinding out several long drives that chewed up much of the clock. Darien only managed two possessions in the entire first half.

Kyle Burns ripped off a long scoring run in the second half that was called back on a penalty but still electrified the crowd. The remainder of the game was a showcase for Wilton’s stifling defense. The ‘Purple People Eaters’ squad, consisting of Kyle Burns, Burton, O’Neil, Theoharides, Chip Hulse, Filipponi, Polito, Thoby, Logan Brady, Antonio Goosman and Michael Gruseke, held Darien in check early, and the ‘Yellow Submarine’ group, consisting of Fasano, Ricketts, Jordan, Murphy, Sell, McKiernan, Stanley, Martines, Mannino, Graham and David Boal, was equally stingy, as Darien never mounted a serious scoring threat.

Sixth grade

Wilton White 28, Westport North 6

Wilton White beat Westport on Sunday. Hats off to Wilton’s offensive linemen Joey Bohacs, Ethan Masek, Tyler Daher, Jacob Robb and Aaron Kleeman, whose outstanding play was the primary reason for Wilton’s best offensive performance of the season.

Westport scored first with a defensive touchdown in the first few minutes of the game. On the next offensive play, quarterback Zach Pozzi ran 55 yards behind offensive end Robb and wingback Travis Longo’s terrific kick-out block to put Wilton in the Red Zone. Fullback Drew Herlyn then scored Wilton’s first touchdown with a strong run right up the middle, thanks to great blocking by Masek and Daher.

Wilton’s number-one ranked defense has stunned its opponents by not allowing a first down or touchdown all season. Linebackers Ciquera, Herlyn and Calebrese all turned in strong overall performances. Disruptive Linebacker DiNanno recorded tackle after tackle in Westport’s backfield. Defensive ends Michael DiCostanzo and Connor Drake caused havoc with devastating sacks behind the line of scrimmage. Johnny Wu punished the Westport’s running backs with bruising hits. Safeties Longo and Costello shut down Westport’s passing game with excellent coverage. Pozzi contributed with an interception.

Dean DiNanno scrambled with a nifty run to score Wilton’s second touchdown. At quarterback, Patrick Ciquera threw a beautiful pass to Calabrese for his second extra point catch of the day. Drake, who had a sensational day running the ball, capped it off with a fantastic 60-yard touchdown run with help from a punishing block by Kleeman. Flawless snapping by center Bohacs contributed to the offense, setting up Wu as running back to power in a seven-yard touchdown run. Wingback Thomas Costello scored the extra point.

Darien Blue 21, Wilton Blue 0

Wilton Blue suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Darien Blue. After a scoreless first quarter, Darien opened the scoring with four minutes left in the second quarter with a touchdown run. A gritty Wilton defense led by Jake Stein, Matt Graham, Dylan Kennedy, Liam Sullivan, Billy Ronk, Kyle Phillips, Max Colburn and Tyler Previte had held Darien scoreless for most of the first half.

The second half saw several change of possessions. Neither team was able to gain any sustained momentum. Warriors Sean Travers, Reilly Bingaman, Isaac Dierks, Andrew Luciano, Thomas Sullivan, Cole Barnes, Joey Seaman, Jack Ferguson, Liam Jenkins and Daniel Ottavi battled to keep Wilton close. Darien closed out the scoring late in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run.

Seventh grade

Wilton Blue 14, Ridgefield Black 0

Wilton Blue put its undefeated record to the test on Sunday against Ridgefield. Once again, it was a tough defensive battle pitting Wilton’s speed and agility against the size and physical play of Ridgefield. But in the end Wilton’s speed proved too much for Ridgefield as the Warriors secured a 14-0 victory.

The two teams dueled to 0-0 stalemate in the first quarter thanks in large part to a key fumble recovery by Chris Colbert, after a great job by the defensive line to strip the ball free from the Ridgefield running back. The second quarter remained a defensive battle until Harvey Alexander followed some great blocking by the offensive line for a 30-yard touchdown run. Alexander then successfully booted the extra point to catapult Wilton to a 7-0 lead.

Ridgefield came storming back and mounted a significant drive thanks to a 40-yard pass play to their tight end, but Joe Murtha saved the touchdown by making a great open field tackle at the Wilton 15-yard line. The Wilton defense held tight and on the final play of the second quarter Chris Colbert made an outstanding play penetrating into the backfield and making a great tackle behind the line of scrimmage to deny Ridgefield any points as the half came to a close, preserving a 7-0 lead for Wilton.

The score remained 7-0 until early in the fourth quarter, when Brian Calabrese connected with Harvey Alexander for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Wilton successfully converted the extra point and took the lead 14-0. Ridgefield mounted a couple of impressive drives in the fourth quarter but the Wilton defense was up for the challenge and a key fumble recovery by Jake Beshlian and interception by Chris Colbert helped secure the victory.

Wilton White 27, Darien Blue 7

Wilton White put on a dominating performance in besting a very tough Darien Blue squad.

The tone was set early and often with the Warriors wanting to put their stamp on the game from the first snap; and that they did. Tackles by James Ciquera, Robbie Hermann and Ryan McDermott shut down the Wave’s first offensive series on three successive plays.

Zach Zeyher took the punt up the right sideline, then zig-zagged left for a fantastic long return down to Darien’s 24, setting up the offense. With blocks by Eric Chubinsky, Willie Hastings, Mike Wehrli, Will Pond, Ciquera, Kyle Shifrin and Cameron Morris, the running back corps of Hermann, Will Litton and Zeyher drove to the three-yard line. On a third down, Zeyher rammed into the end zone and, with Hermann’s extra point, the Warriors were on top early, 7-0.

The defense went back to work and once again forced a punt with great pressure from Dominic Romeo, Johnny Amato, and Wehrli. After a penalty, the Warriors started at their own 10-yard line in the game’s defining moment. Would Darien capitalize and stuff the Warriors back into their own end zone, or would Wilton retain the momentum? Well, a drive ensued that would make LeMans envious. Blocks by Matt Morello, Kevin Lenihan, Justin Quinn, Evan Helman, Brendan Skewis, et al, opened key holes in the Darien defense. Shifrin around end. Hermann off tackle. McDermott and Litton up the gut. Zeyher on a counter. Facing a crucial fourth and eight, Shifrin took a pitch and followed a pulling Ciquera and lead blocks by Hermann and McDermott for a big first down. The White gridders drove to the Darien 12, where QB Quinn Schneider stepped up in the pocket and threw a perfect pass to a leaping Brennan Troy for a tough catch and a great TD. With that, Wilton was in control 13-0.

The only mar of the game was Darien’s score right before the half which cut the score to 13-7. Wilton’s D, with safeties Ethan Reichgut and Zeyher blanketing receivers, went into shut-down mode. Helman forced a fumble. Hastings, Pond and Romeo created havoc in the backfield. The linebackers were all over the field with big tackles.

On offense, the Warriors wanted to grab the mo’ back and that they did as Shifrin once again followed big blocks by McDermott, Ciquera and Chubinsky and rambled 42 yards on a third and 20 for a defining TD. Hermann added the point-after. Troy, Chubinsky, and Litton shut down all sweeps and made tackles in the backfield; Ciquera and McDermott filled all holes; and the rest of the team all contributed in suffocating defense. With the fourth quarter half over, the Warriors went for a game-clinching score and, behind a crushing run-springing block by Wehrli, Litton cruised around left end and stiff-armed all would-be tacklers for a beautiful 34-yard TD. When Hermann split the uprights, the Warriors were in control, 27-7. QB Reichgut handed the ball to Skewis, Romeo, and McDermott to run out the clock and then the White team posted a dominating team victory.

Eighth grade

Westport North 7, Wilton Blue 0

Its been a tough start to the season for Wilton Blue but the team’s spirit remains high. The team came out fired up and ready to redeem themselves this past Saturday against at tough Westport North team in Westport. The Warriors defense held strong for most of the game led by the play of linemen Evan Titus, Anthony Sanzaro, Sal Dominick, T.J. Kedzierski and Timmy Rizzo and the secondary led by Jake Savvaides, Joe Pozzi, Chris Hyzy and Justin Sorbo.

An interception returned deep into Westport territory by Joey McFadden yielded no points for the Warriors but they continued to keep Westport at bay until a defensive lapse resulted in a Westport touchdown.

The Warriors did not quit as they continued to gain momentum trying to tie the game. Led by the blocking of Marty Zoruba, Brad Sheridan, David Farago, Michael Kimball, Davis Johnson and Walker Dean, the Warriors marched down the field. Sustained running attacks led by Drew Connelly, Savvaides, Pozzi and McFadden, as well as the passing and running of quarterback Matt D’Elisa, kept the pressure on Westport. But in the end, the Warriors came up on the short end of a 7-0 ballgame. This weekend, the Warriors look to get in the win column as they take on Darien Blue.