Football: Warriors shut out Guilford, 31-0


Will Litton took the ball up the middle for a 56-yard touchdown on Wilton High football team’s first play from scrimmage, and that was all the Warriors would need in a 31-0 win over Guilford on Friday night at home.

The Wilton defense held Guilford to only 137 total yards to notch its second shutout of the season as the Warriors improved to 5-3. It’s the first time Wilton’s reached five wins since 2011.

Litton finished the night with 125 yards on 15 carries, and also had one catch for 10 yards. On defense, he had an interception and fumble recovery.

Wilton made it 14-0 early in the second quarter with a 43-yard dive, ending in a one-yard drive by Harvey Alexander.

Wil Sullivan’s 35-yard field goal made it 17-0 with 4:40 left in the first half.

Guilford (3-5) drove 54 yards late in the first half to the Wilton 16-yard, but Litton’s interception ended the drive with 55 seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter, a 41-yard TD run by quarterback Matt D’Elisa was nullified by a penalty, and Wilton a few plays later fumbled the ball away. But a fumbled exchange by Guilford was recovered by Litton at the Guilford 42, and six plays later Alexander ran it in from two yards to extend the lead to 24-0.

A 37-yard TD run by Jake Savvaides made it 31-0 with 4:47 left in the game.

For the night, Wilton out-gained Guilford in total yardage, 270 to 137. Alexander ran for 45 yards on 12 carries and Savvaides had 54 yards on four carries. Joe McFadden rushed for 10 yards on four carries.

D’Elisa carried the ball five times for 10 yards and completed three of six passes for 26 yards. Getting one catch each were Robbie Hermann (six yards), Joe Pozzi (10 yards) and Litton (10 yards).

The Wilton interior defense dominated in the trenches, with linemen Steffen Nobles, Marty Zoruba, Colin Carroll and A.J. Pykosz, and inside linebackers T.J. Kedzierski and Kyle Shifrin. Nobles in particular had a big game on the line, being part of nine tackles to lead the team, while Shifrin was part of seven tackles and Kedzierski six tackles. Alexander and Litton were in on five tackles each.