Wilton Youth Football: Seventh grade Blue scores fourth win

Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from this past weekend:

Third grade

Wilton 7, Darien 6

Wilton improved its record to 4-0 against Darien with a 7-6 win.

Darien started the first quarter with the ball and completed their first set of downs with little to show. Wilton took over and was stripped of the ball for a touchdown, giving Darien an early lead. In a huge play, Marco Chila stopped Darien cold from getting the extra point leaving, the score at 6-0.

The offense, including William McDonald, Mason Behar, Kieran Wiseman, Trevien Goldman and Quint Furman, was fired up and ready to drive Wilton into Darien’s end zone to start the second quarter. After a valiant try, the Wilton drive resulted in the ball going back to Darien on downs. Wilton continued the pressure with Marco Chila getting his first quarterback sack of the game. This was followed by Blake Ongley with a tackle in Darien’s backfield and a 15-yard penalty on Darien in the same play.

Wilton continued the defensive pressure as Jake Padilla made a nice tackle stopping the clock out of bounds. The momentum continued as Theo Satrazemis caused a fumble, with Wilton coming up with the ball. This set up Charlie Calabrese with a pitch to Jake Padilla for a touchdown, tying the game up to 6-6. For the extra point, the fearless Warriors drove in the wedge for the extra point, putting Wilton in the lead 7-6. Wilton continued the pressure in the second quarter with a series of plays, including a 15-yard pass to Craig O’Neill followed by a series of plays that drove the ball down to the one-yard line.

Wilton started the second half with the ball and entered an epic battle by the offence and defense, including Max Totten, Evan Christianson, Phillip Mouracade, Lincoln Jones, Hunter Lishnoff, Grant Stein and Josh Meltzer. Darien continued to have issues with false starts and lining up inside the neutral zone. Wilton continued their defensive pressure with Jake Padilla, Marco Chila and Emma VanHeyst providing a crushing tackle on Darien to end the third quarter.

Wilton continued to provide Darien with hard-hitting tackles, blowing through Darien’s offensive line, including a nice stop from Will Byrnes, a double team tackle by Dylan Gallo and Marco Chila, and a number of pile tackles. Charlie Calabrese ran the ball for a 12-yard run and a first down to end the game with a Wilton win.

Fifth grade

Westport North 22, Wilton White 0

Wilton White fought hard but came up short in a tough game on the road against Westport North.

In the first half Wilton had three complete passes from Ryan Smith to Levi Kaplan, Peter Reyes and Quin Silva, great runs and key blocks by Owen Theoharides and Reyes, and solid blocking by Will Fischer, Charlie Caporrino, Jack Kelly, Conner Flanagan and newcomer Jai Satsangi at center.

In the second half, the strong tackling of Jason Costa, Cole Stevenson, Griffin Kovak, Dylan Long, Eli Meltzer, Tyler Giannantoni and Aidan Shaw, completely shut down the Westport offense. The Warriors’ offensive highlights in the second half also included great runs in the final minutes by Patrick Heffernan, Kaplan, Ryan and Reyes.

Sixth grade

Wilton White 0, New Canaan Red 0

The Wilton White Warriors played against New Canaan Red in a game that can only be described as ‘slobber knocker’ between the two best defenses. Wilton’s defense played tremendous against New Canaan’s high-flying passing attack and New Canaan’s defense played well against Wilton’s ground-and-pound running attack. Both defenses would bend but not break.

Wilton’s offense, led by quarterback George Hahn, drove the ball as deep as New Canaan’s eight-yard line. The tough, hard running by fullbacks William Sullivan and Jackson Kreter and halfbacks Ryan Preisano and Tommy McKiernan carried the offense down into scoring position, but a 15-yard penalty stymied the drive. Wilton’s offensive line of Carter Galante, Connor Sweeney, Michael Byrnes, Jake Enman, Jackson Duncan, Alexander Reyes, Merrick Snyder, Michael Colavecchio and Christian Stella did a great job of opening holes and playing hard all game. Zach Krawitz and George Rushevich did a great job blocking the defensive cornerbacks.

The defensive secondary led by Michael Wall, William McCormack, and Matthew Dooley batted away New Canaan passes all game long. The game ended on a William McCormack interception in the end zone.

Wilton Blue 25, Westport 7

Wilton Blue hosted Westport Saturday night in what turned out to be a one-sided contest. Wilton was able to control both sides of the line of scrimmage throughout the game. Wilton’s offensive line of William Drew, Luke Totten, Griffin Turner, Alexander Dempster, Jamie Cristini and Andrew Kress provided the foundation for Wilton’s run game.

Wilton scored on three of its four possessions and went into the first half with an 18-0 lead. Wilton’s first touchdown came on a 38-yard run by Charlie Guglielmo set up by key blocks from Christian Kaczynski and Quinn Stengrim. Wilton’s second score was a 20-yard wedge run by Xander Petrides and the third score was a two-yard wedge run by Quinn Stengrim.

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman William Soojian, Bobby DiPalma, James Flynn, Jamie Cristini and Andrew Kress took away Westport’s inside run game while defensive ends Nicholas Walden and Colin Randol pressured Westport’s quarterback and had multiple sacks. Wilton’s linebackers Xander Petrides and Quinn Stengrim racked up most of the tackles while defensive backs Spencer Liston, Christopher Capone, Caleb Rath, Charlie Guglielmo and Griffin Turner supported the run and kept Westport’s passing game at bay.

Wilton added a fourth touchdown on its first drive of the second half on a 20-yard wedge run by Stengrim. Other notable players were running back Charlie Rath, who had five carries for 58 yards, and tight end Caleb Rath, who had a 20-yard reception.

Seventh grade

Wilton Blue 21, Darien Blue 7

Wilton Blue won its fourth straight game by defeating a tough Darien Blue squad in the grass and mud on Saturday.

After a fumble on its first drive of the game, the ground-and-pound attack of the Warriors scored three straight touchdowns behind the offensive line led by Connor Robertson, Michael Whitman, Michael Breen, Quinn Kiss, Eddie Keller, and Michael Munrow. After being down 7-0 on Darien's first drive of the game the Warrior offense drove 70 yards on 12 plays, ending on an 11-yard laser sweep play around the right side to Jake Sommer to tie the game at 7-7. Seal blocks by Craig Hyzy, Sean Wiseman, Ciara Garcia, and Daniel Doran opened the lane for the touchdown.

On Darien's second drive the Warrior defense with two sacks and a deflected pass was led by Keller, Sommer, Matthew Claps, George DiRicco, and Kevin Hyzy, forcing a punt to Wilton's 19. The Warriors used a balanced running and passing attack with Claps, Wiseman, Hyzy, Sommer, a ram-like nine-yard run by Ben Calabrese, and a counter to Mikey Longo to get all the way down to the Darien 30. After a beautiful fake in the flat to Craig Hyzy, it was Matthew Giller time, as Giller hauled in a long sideline pass from Kevin Hyzy and broke three tackles to make it 14-7 Wilton.

Another stellar defensive stop led by Nevin Belanger, Robertson, Joe Schiavone, and DiRocco for negative yards gave the ball back to the Warriors. A long seam pass from Kevin Hyzy to Sommer ended the half at Darien's 15-yard line.

In the second half, the Warrior defense did not allow a first down and the Wilton offense used up the entire third quarter and some of the fourth with their buffalo attack. Sommer, who was 3-for-3 on extra points in the absence of Dylan Smith, scored the last touchdown on a blast around the left side.

Wilton Blue (4-1) will face undefeated New Canaan Red after this week's bye week.

Wilton White 13, Darien Wave 7

Wilton White showed tremendous fortitude in holding off a furious comeback by Darien Wave.

After a stalemate in the first quarter, Wilton appeared to be in position to score on a 41-yard run by Eli Ackerman to the Darien one-yard line. However, a clipping penalty negated the play and Wilton was forced to punt. On the ensuing punt, Joe deGrasse stripped the ball from the Darien player, with the ball being recovered by Ryan Jackson on the Darien 12-yard line. QB Grant Masterson ran the ball twice, scoring on a two-yard run behind the blocking off Jimmy Luce, William Ryan, Cole Boniface, Andrew Pellicano, Ben Pond and Jackson Luther. Masterson successfully kicked the extra point.

After two tackles by Tyler Hough, and another by DeGrasse, Darien punted to the dangerous Ackerman, who returned the kick 22 yards. On the very next play, Kieran O’Neill and Chris McCann opened a huge hole for DeGrasse, who acrobatically stayed on his feet and outran the Darien defense for a 39-yard touchdown.

A confident Wilton went into half up 13-0 but then did not see the ball again until early in the fourth quarter as Darien held the ball for the entire third quarter. On defense, Wade Steffens was everywhere making numerous tackles. Also recording tackles were Ryan Farrar, who had a QB sack, Brennan McGregor, Hough, Masterson, DeGrasse, Charlie Fischer, O’Neil and Max Silva. Ryan Keenan also helped to stuff the middle.

Darien finally scored after completing a 14-yard pass on fourth and 12, and then running it in two plays later. After Wilton quickly went three and out on their only possession of the second half, Darien marched 58 yards down to the Wilton two. On the drive, Chris Calderone made a touchdown-saving tackle on a 30-yard Darien run. Once Darien got to the Wilton two-yard line with less than 1:30 remaining, Wilton refused to lose behind game-saving tackles by Max Silva, Jimmy Luce, William Ryan and a pass deflection by DeGrasse. Wilton showed

Eighth grade

New Canaan Black 23, Wilton White 8

After three convincing victories to open the season, Wilton White dropped its second game in a row on Saturday with a 23-8 loss to New Canaan Black at Dunning Field.

The teams played fairly evenly throughout, but one player, New Canaan quarterback Christian Sweeney, made the difference. Sweeney sprinted for touchdown runs of 44 and 59 yards in the second quarter, and broke free for a 55-yard score in the fourth.

Wilton quarterback John Stanley moved the ball steadily and effectively all game long. He directed a ground game that churned out 89 yards from Trevor Martines and Sean Sullivan, with Michael Burton, E.J. Fasano, Max Greenberg, Evan Kauh, Quinn O’Connor and others opening the running lanes. Stanley also completed several passes to a receiving corps of Nolan Graham, Mack Kepner, Jimmy McKiernan, Mattias Onnerud and Will Rath.

The Warriors’ defense kept New Canaan down in the first quarter, and the Rams struggled to find an answer for Matt Gulbin, Michael Coffey, Howie Long, Ryan Witty and others in the trenches. Wilton converted four first downs before Martines darted into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. A two-point kick by Ryan van Heyst gave Wilton an 8-0 lead.

New Canaan tied it up with 9:35 left in the second quarter, and the Warriors’ attack moved efficiently, nearly bringing the game to halftime still tied, 8-8. But Sweeney dashed for his second score with three seconds left in the half, and the Rams took a 16-8 lead into the break.

The Warriors’ defense dominated for much of the second half, with multiple tackles for a loss by Long, who also forced a fumble. But a comeback attempt ended when Sweeney scored his third touchdown with 1:30 left in fourth quarter.

Wilton gets a chance to bounce back on Saturday night against New Canaan’s White team with a home game at Fujitani Field.

Wilton Blue 21, Aspetuck 0

Breaking out of a slump, Wilton Blue used a smothering defense and efficient offensive attack to jump out quickly to a three-touchdown first half lead over Aspetuck and then cruised to a 21-0 victory for its second win of the season.

The Warrior defensive front of Ryan MacDougall, Brian Cipri, Bradley Barker, Christian Theoharides, Kyle Jordan and Jack Carroll set the tone on the first series, dominating the line of scrimmage and forcing Aspetuck to punt on fourth and eight. Kiel Polito’s return gave the Warriors excellent field position at their own 45, where the offensive went quickly to work.

With help from Trey Dexter and Carroll, Jordan’s massive block on second down opened a hole for Jermaine Vincent, who rumbled down to the Aspetuck 42, the beginning of a recurring theme where Warrior linemen, including Robert Rios and Cipri, opened gaping holes for Polito and Vincent. After a penalty pushed Wilton back into its own territory, the Warriors spun up their aerial attack with Everett Andersen passing to MacDougall for an 18-yard gain. On third and seven, Polito broke multiple tackles all the way to the 20. Another completed pass, this time to Connor Healy, and runs by Polito and Matthew Goldstein led to a one-yard TD dive by Polito. MacDougall’s kick was good for a 7-0 lead.

Great pass defense by Max Mannino, a punishing tackle for loss by Theoharides and relentless pressure by the defensive line led to an interception by Vincent and Warrior ball at the Aspetuck 37. Helped by a key downfield block from wideout Ryan Rogg, Vincent took a handoff from Andersen on the next play and raced for a score and a 14-0 lead.

On the ensuing defensive series, consecutive athletic plays by MacDougall, a tackle for loss and a pass deflection, combined with Healey’s defense of a deep pass, gave the ball over on downs to the Warriors.

Wilton scored for the third consecutive drive, highlighted by a crucial fourth-down reception by Polito, an impressive counter play run by Vincent, and a three-yard TD run by MacDougall.

With a 21-0 lead beginning the second half, Wilton played ball control, eating up the clock on runs by Goldstein and workhorse running back Nick Fahey. The defense was solid, helped by Michael Ramirez, keeping Aspetuck off the board and preserving the shutout.