Thoby leads Wilton football team to rout of Branford

On a night in which three of the Wilton High football team's starters on offense left in the first half with injuries, another Warrior more than picked up the slack.

Rod Djaly Thoby caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 87 yards to set up another score as Wilton routed Branford, 34-7, Friday night in Branford. For good measure, Thoby also intercepted a pass.

The Warriors raised their record to 2-1 while Branford dropped to 0-2.

Wilton took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on RJ Romeo's seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jack Dexter.

Fullback TJ Savvaides scored on a one-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 14-0, and then Thoby snared a two-yard touchdown pass from Romeo to push Wilton's lead to 20-0 with 2:26 to play.

Thoby then intercepted a Branford pass and returned it 30 yards, but the Warriors weren't able to add points before halftime.

Wilton lost both its starting halfback (Patrick Ryan) and his replacement (Paul Sorbo, who switched from wide receiver) to injuries in the opening half. Dexter also was injured and did not return.

Wilton took the second-half kickoff and drove down the field before Romeo and Thoby connected on a four-yard TD pass for a 27-0 lead.

Branford avoided a shutout when quarterback Zach DeGoursey scored on a one-yard run with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

Thoby then returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Branford one-yard line, setting up Savvaides' second touchdown run of the game. Will Sullivan's fourth extra point of the night gave Wilton a 34-7 lead and ended the scoring.