Wilton Youth Football scoreboard: Week three
Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from the opening weekend of the Fairfield County Football League season:
Wilton Blue 22, Norwalk 0
The game got off to an auspicious start. In the first three snaps, the Wilton team had two fumbles and a procedure call. But on the fourth play from scrimmage, quarterback Sean Wiseman ran off left tackle the length of the field, 80 yards for the score. From that point on Wilton Blue (3-0) never looked back.
While the Norwalk team physically looked much bigger, especially on the line of scrimmage, Wilton Blue was up to the task. The defense dominated the Norwalk team, forcing two turnovers — a pick by Sean Wiseman and a fumble recovery from Ryan Jackson. And the defensive line made a living in the Norwalk backfield, making stop after stop, including a nice sack by Matthew Giller. The team gang tackling was much improved in this game, led by a number of nice hits by defensive stalwart Max Silva.
On the offensive side, the blocking was excellent. The offensive line did a great job and there were a number of key blocks that led to scores including two great open field blocks by Dominic Roberts and Ben Calabrese, leading to touchdown runs by Mikey Longo and Eddie Keller.
Wilton White 18, Fairfield Black 6
Wilton White won its second straight game. Quarterback Kevin Hyzy threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end A.J. Preisano. Kevin Hyzy also ran for touchdown on a quarterback sneak. In continuance with his impressive play, halfback Hakan Le Fevre ran in for a touchdown. Le Fevre was able to break to the outside twice because of the outstanding blocking of wing-back George DiRocco and key blocks from Jack Lynch, Michael Munrow, Michael Breen, Alex Elia, Jimmy Luce, Phil Avalone and Kiernan O’Neill.
Fullbacks Craig Hyzy and Tyler Hough pounded the middle of the Fairfield defense, contributing big yards to keep the offense moving. Luke Pagano-Walley ran for a 15-yard gain at a key point of the game to keep the Fairfield offense off the field. Jackson Luther almost caught a two-point conversion pass that went just off his fingertips from Kevin Hyzy. Jackson also pressured the Fairfield quarterback on the defensive side.
Defensively, Eli Ackerman had his first interception of the season at the start of the second half. Nevin Belanger and William Ryan were solid at the cornerback position. The White defense has only given up two touchdowns since the second half of the first game. Wilton White lost its first game of the season to a tough New Canaan team but has improved each week, defeated Westport last week 6-0 and the big win on Sunday against Fairfield to improve to 2-1.
Wilton White 33, Darien White 14
Wilton White won its third straight game with a convincing victory on the road. Wilton’s defense opened the game forcing Darien into a three and out after hard-nosed tackles from defensive lineman Brian Cipri and defensive ends Austin Cameron and Quinn Wiseman. It didn’t take long for Wilton’s offense to strike as running back Sean Sullivan found the end zone through a seam created by stout blocking from Jack Tinnen and Ryan Siegel. Sullivan’s TD was followed by a successful two-point conversion by fullback Michael Coffey that put the Warriors up 8-0. Wilton’s defense showed it meant business when, on Darien’s second possession, Cameron forced a fumble that Blake Pagano-Walley recovered. A beautiful pass and catch from quarterback Everett Andersen to receiver Ryan Sorbo set up a first and goal. Fullback Coffey followed a smashing block from Charlie Hastings and finished the job with a punishing touchdown up the middle to make the score 14-0.
Darien knew it was in for a long day when Wilton’s Brendan and Connor Quinn, along with Peter Groves and Ryan MacDougall, combined on consecutive tackles to stall their drive. Defensive end Anthony Passaniti made some nice plays containing Darien sweeps and both Brendan Sullivan and Will Haljun stepped up from safety to make key third down tackles. Wilton’s offense opened the second quarter with running back Alex Smith following fantastic blocking from Matthew Murphy and Owen Pettit on a right side sweep 35 yards into the end zone to make the score 20-0. Wilton gave up a late first half score to Darien to end the half at 20-6.
The third quarter opened with Sean Sullivan taking a direct snap, finding the huge hole created by lineman Matt Gulbin, breaking tackles and following Davis Cote’s down field block to ultimately end up with a 60-yard touchdown run to make the score 26-6. The rest of the game showcased Wilton’s swarming defense — especially Owen Pettit, Anthony Passaniti, Peter Groves, Brendan Quinn, Matthew Murphy, Connor Quinn, Ryan Siegel, Connor Healey, Michael Colbert, Brendan Sullivan, Will Haljun and Ryan MacDougall, whose quick reads and sure tackling shut down every Darien attempt.
Darien scored late in the third quarter, but Blake Pagano-Walley doused that flame with an incredible 40-yard touchdown run up the left side, following great blocks from Colbert and Healey, that sealed the victory for Wilton. Quarterback Andersen found Sorbo again with a nice pass for the PAT, making the final score 33-14.
Wilton Blue 20, New Canaan White 6
The game began as a defensive struggle. Wilton’s ‘Purple People Eaters’ defense, consisting of Kyle Burns, Michael Burton, Luke O’Neil, Christian Theoharides, Chris Jones, Dante Filipponi, Kiel Polito, Wooder Thoby, Logan Brady, David Boal, and Nolan Graham, established the pattern for the day, forcing a three and out on New Canaan’s first series, a feat that was matched on New Canaan’s next possession by the ‘Yellow Submarine’ defense of Burns, Burton, Kyle Jordan, Will Murphy, Henry Sell, Jimmy McKiernan, John Stanley, Trevor Martines, Max Mannino, Antonio Goosman and Daniel Gruseke. New Canaan was held without a first down in the first half and barely moved the ball at all until the fourth quarter.
Wilton’s offense scored twice in the first half, once on a quick strike as Thoby sliced through the defense for a 55-yard touchdown run. Stanley converted the PAT for an 8-0 lead. Late in the second quarter, Wilton went to a ball control, grinding style of offense and methodically drove down the field for a score when Stanley snuck in from a yard out on fourth and goal, making the halftime score 14-0. Thoby added another long scoring run in the second half, extending the lead to 20-0 before New Canaan scored late to make the final score 20-6.
While the defense was dominating, the Wilton blockers on offense, O’Neil, Jones, Murphy, Theoharides, Trey Dexter, McKiernan, Sell, Michael Gruseke, Jordan, Martines, Burton, Filipponi, Connor Roman, Daniel Gruseke and Mannino, were able to provide just enough running room against a very tough New Canaan defense for a bruising stable of backs, including Thoby, Polito, Burton, Brady, Mannino, Burns, Martines, Stanley and Graham, who wore the defense down with punishing inside runs and shifty moves in the open field.
Wilton Blue 28, Darien Blue 6
Despite surrendering a touchdown on the opening drive, Wilton White moved to 3-0 by scoring 28 unanswered points ina thrashing of Darien Blue. Once on offense, the Warrior line of Dante Stella, Steven Tuin, Camilo Galeano, Jack Lenz, Noah Levi, Jack Savarese and Jack Di Rocco regained control of the game, allowing running backs Kyle Hyzy and Austin Andersen to run wild. Hyzy had runs of 15 and 14 yards, sandwiched around a 27-yard scamper by Andersen. The drive ended with Andersen scoring from the three-yard line, knotting the score at 6-6.
On the ensuing Darien drive, the Warrior defense atoned for the first series as R2 DiRocco picked off a Blue Wave pass at the 34. The offense went right back to work on second down as Andersen burst through a hole opened by Jack DiRocco and Levi, broke a tackle and took advantage of a downfield block by R2 DiRocco to race 33 yards for a touchdown. Jack DiRocco kicked for the two-point conversion to make it 14-6.
The teams traded possessions before halftime as the Warrior defense, including Anthony Andre, Cole Snyder, Connor Burke, Dean Griffin and Sean Millar, continued to pound their opponents with tackles for losses made by Hyzy, Ciaran Smith, Savarese and Levi.
The second half was a dominant performance by Wilton. With Sean Soltis and Oscar Telefaro dominating on the line, Andersen scored his third touchdown of the day, running through a huge hole up the middle and making a great move in the middle of the field to break off a 47-yard touchdown run. DiRocco again kicked to run the score to 22-6.
The Warrior defense smothered Darien the rest of the day. A gang tackle led by Patrick Burke and Zach Bargon, a crushing tackle for a five-yard loss by Levi and Polito, and a sack by Hyzy drove the Blue Wave back to their eight, forcing a punt and setting up Wilton’s final drive of the day. Demonstrating the depth of the Warriors, Noah Levi ran for 13 yards, and Erik Lebek, Brady Kuczo, Oliver Shulman and Polito ground out yards to the Darien 15. R2 DiRocco then took a hand-off from Jake Zeyher, broke tackles and danced his way into the end zone to make the score 28-6.
Darien’s last ditch effort was foiled by Ben Leung, who blanketed an opposing receiver and intercepted a pass to end the game.
Wilton White 6, Ridgefield Orange 0
The Warriors won a grueling 6-0 battle against a tough Ridgefield team. It was the third shutout in as many games for Wilton White (3-0).
The offensive line rose to the challenge against a stingy Ridgefield defense. Ethan Masek, Joey Bohacs, Matthew King, Johnny Wu and Tyler Daher stood their ground against some big pass rushers. The line opened big holes for quarterback Patrick Ciquera, who had a 50-yard run in the first half, and Connor Drake, who punished the Ridgefield tacklers with many 10-plus yard gains.
The score remained tied 0-0 until the midway through the third quarter when Zach Pozzi took over at quarterback and scrambled for a 28-yard gain. Connor Drake followed with a 12-yard run, and Dean DiNanno brought the Warriors to the one-yard line with a 17-yard run. Drew Herlyn powered the ball in for the touchdown, and Wilton took a 6-0 lead. That was all the Warriors needed.
The Wilton defense once again stepped up and slammed the door. Defensive linemen Jacob Robb, Michael DiCostanzo and Aaron Kleeman came up huge for the Warriors, especially in the fourth quarter. Right behind them, DiNanno, Ciquera, Herlyn and Drake made some huge tackles. As the clock wound down, defensive backs Andrew Calabrese, Thomas Costello and Travis Longo shut down the Ridgefield passing attack with several diving pass breakups, and allowed no completions. An interception by Ciquera with a minute left sealed the 6-0 victory.
Wilton Blue 19, Norwalk 0
Wilton Blue faced a larger and bigger Norwalk team on Sunday at home. Wilton Blue was not intimidated and came out strong with its first possession. A tough front line, led by Jack Ferguson at center with Dylan Kennedy, Jake Stein, Max Colburn, Joey Seaman and Liam Jenkins, provided coverage for Kyle Phillips and Billy Ronk to work the offense.
After a quick four downs, Norwalk took over and the Wilton Blue defense took charge. Pushing Norwalk back with the efforts by Daniel Ottavi, Matthew Graham, Liam Sullivan, Cole Barnes, Reilly Bingaman, Liam Sullivan and Isaac Dierks, Wilton got the ball back and started their scoring drive led by Kyle Phillips up the middle for a touchdown.
With a strong defense and some spectacular plays on offense, Wilton Blue continued to stop Norwalk and added two more touchdowns — a pass from Kyle Phillips to Andrew Luciano and 40-yard run by Billy Ronk — to secure the win.
Wilton White 20, Westport South 7
On a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, the Warriors controlled every facet of the game in a dominating victory. It all started with the first play from scrimmage as the Wilton O line of Eric Chubinsky, Matt Morello, Johnny Amato, Will Hastings, Will Pond and Evan Helman thoroughly neutralized their opponents. Robbie Hermann sealed the end and, with Mikey Wehrli and James Ciquera leading the way, Kyle Shifrin took a pitch from Quinn Schneider and cruised 70 yards for a touchdown.
Not leaving all the glory to the offense, the defense then took over. Big hits by Dominic Romeo, Brennan Troy, Ryan McDermott and Will Litton stuffed the Wreckers on their first two plays and forced a fumble on the third that was recovered by Kevin Lenihan. Keeping the momentum churning, Wilton marched right down the field. Blocks by Justin Quinn, Brendan Skewis, Wehrli, and Shifrin opened holes for Litton, Zach Zeyher and Hermann that took the ball to the two-yard line, where Schneider punched it in for the score. Just like that, the Warriors led 13-0.
Nick Sylvia and Cameron Morris repeatedly created chaos in the Westport backfield and solid tackling by the entire defense kept Westport out of Wilton territory until a long run brought them to the Wilton four-yard line with seconds to go in the half. Hermann then picked off a pass at the one-yard line and ran it back deep into Westport’s side of the field as time expired.
The second half opened with Westport scoring on its first play and cutting the score to 13-7. Wilton then took time off the clock with great runs by Zeyher, Hermann and Skewis and key catches by Morello and Chubinsky. The defense did its share as Romeo and Troy repeatedly wreaked havoc on the Westport QB and the linebacking crew of Shifrin, Litton, McDermott, Ciquera and Hermann snuffed out all potential threats. A nice punt return by Zeyher gave Wilton the ball with time running out in the third.
The Warriors needed one more score to put the game away. Ciquera ran for a crucial first down and Litton cruised around end for a long run. Hermann and Zeyher brought it to the 11-yard line, where Litton thundered behind Ciquera’s lead-blocking right up the middle for a big TD and a commanding 20-7 lead after Hermann’s second extra point. Runs by Skewis burned the clock and then McDermott, on a key third down and Westport needing a stop, was hit in the backfield but bounced off and tore through the line refusing to stop. When his teammates then jumped in to push, it resulted in a big first down.
Wilton Blue 13, Darien Blue 7
Wilton Blue’s Black Ops team has started the season 3-0. For the third straight week, defense was the key. Unlike the first two games of the year, this game did not come down to having to make a goal-line stand to preserve the win. But it was close, as Joe Murtha deflected a pass on fourth down for Darien on Wilton’s 20-yard line with less than a minute left to end the game.
In the first quarter, Murtha started the scoring by taking a hand-off from quarterback Brian Calabrese, faked the safety out of his shoes and walked into the end zone. The offensive line of Jack DiNanno, Peter Golbin, Riley Sexton, Drew Peterson, A.J. Pykosz and Jack Mcerlain paved the way for Murtha. Pulling guards along with a fullback block from Alex Acosta-Rua cut a hole in the middle for Murtha to set up the fancy move on the safety.
Harvey Alexander provided the highlight of the year in the second quarter while running right from the 23-yard line of Darien. As soon as Alexander seemed to run out of bounds on the Darien two-yard-line, he cut left and dove up and over the defender and into the end zone. Linemen Jake Beshlian, Peter Casey, Ryan Soltis, Ben Pellicano, Trey Snyder and Daniel Fitzgerald did an excellent job on the line during the first half to keep Darien scoreless. Wilton led 13-0 at the half.
The third quarter was a bruising battle between Wilton’s running backs and Darien’s linebackers. Joe Scarfi, Chris Colbert, Chris Colbert, Ricky Tomasetti and Tommy Garvey ran hard yards during the quarter.
Down 13 points, Darien went to the air in the fourth quarter, but Kyle Maatalah and Colbert were up to the task by covering Darien’s tall receivers well, with help from Alexander, Acosta-Rua and Murtha. Pressure on Darien’s quarterback from Wilton’s defensive line helped the cause. Darien scored during the middle of the fourth quarter but Wilton’s defense and Darien personal fouls kept Darien from scoring again.