Fields runs McMahon past Wilton in football opener
Under normal circumstances, football teams prefer not to start possessions deep in their own territory.
But thanks to senior running back Jared Fields, Brien McMahon didn't mind in Friday night's meeting with host Wilton at Tom Fujitani Field.
Behind two long touchdown runs from Fields, the Senators won the season opener for both teams, 28-3, scoring 14 points in each half.
Following a scoreless first quarter, McMahon took a 7-0 lead with 5:39 left before halftime on Fields' four-yard touchdown run and Niko Petridis's first of four extra points.
McMahon's next possession began on its own three-yard line and lasted just one play. Fields received a hand-off, took advantage of a missed tackle, and bolted 97 yards for his second score and a 14-0 lead with 3:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Wilton then put together its best drive of the night, moving from its own four-yard line to McMahon's six-yard line. Quarterback RJ Romeo completed six of eight passes, connecting several times with Joe Pozzi and also hitting Will Litton and Robbie Hermann.
But the Warriors were unable to get into the end zone and actually lost yardage, settling for Will Sullivan's 37-yard field goal right at the end of the first half.
On its first possession of the third quarter, Wilton appeared to get a 75-yard touchdown run from Romeo. But, believing Romeo had touched the ground during the run, an official whistled the play over at the 50-yard line.
The Warriors were unable to get a first down from there, and McMahon opened a 21-3 lead when Tyler Navarro scored from six yards out with 6:46 to go in the third quarter.
Fields then scored the only touchdown of the final period, as he weaved his way 89 yards into the Wilton end zone on a second down from the McMahon 11-yard line. Petridis added the extra point to put McMahon ahead, 28-3, and end the night's scoring.
Wilton Bulletin sports reporter Peter Keiser contributed reporting to this story. See this Thursday's Bulletin for Keiser's complete story.