Wilton Youth Football scoreboard

Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from the weekend of Oct. 5-6. For updated standings, go to the Fairfield County Football League web site:

Third grade

Wilton Blue 15, Fairfield Black 12

The Mighty Mites of Wilton Blue continued their road trip this week, going to the Fairfield Ludlowe field and beating the Fairfield Wildcats, 15-12.

Wilton started the game with the ball and put together an eight-play scoring drive with key runs by Tommy McKiernan and Spencer Liston and great blocking by Quinn Stengrim, Andrew Kress, Xander Petrides and Jake Enman. Wilton scored on a five-yard run by Christopher Capone with a good block by Luke Totten. After being penalized for holding and having the ball moved back to the 15-yard line, Wilton converted the two-point conversion on a Capone misdirection run.

On the next series Wilton’s defense came out strong and set the tone with several tackles by Petrides, Matthew Dooley and Owen Rosen. However, Fairfield broke one on a 25-yard misdirection play that would have been a touchdown if not for an open-field tackle by Petrides. Several plays later, Fairfield was able to convert but came up short on the two-point conversion. Wilton then put together another long drive which stalled on the Fairfield 15-yard line. Wilton’s defense stopped Fairfield with good tackles by Justin Lewis, Connor Sweeney and Petrides. The half ended with Wilton up 8-6.

Fairfield started the second half with the ball but was unable to capitalize because of solid defensive line play by Oliver Ward, Merrick Snyder, Jackson Kreter and a huge sack by Andrew Kress. Five plays later, Spencer Liston scored on a 22-yard run, turning what looked like a loss of yardage into a touchdown. Acosta-Rua added the one point after on a three-yard run. Fairfield then took the ball and scored its second touchdown as a result of several penalties and one nice run. Fairfield again was stopped on the point-after, this time by Oliver Ward blasting into the backfield and blowing up the play and a resulting Wilton gang tackle.

Although the Warriors tried to put another drive together and run out the clock, they were forced to punt the ball to Fairfield with several minutes left in the game. Two big tackles by Kress and a game-ending sack by Cole Silvia sealed the game.

New Canaan Red 20, Wilton White 8

The Wilton White Warriors lost to New Canaan Red on Saturday at Dunning Stadium in New Canaan. The much-improved Warrior defense played tough with some big tackles made by linebackers William Sullivan, William McCormack and Michael Byrnes. The game was scoreless after the first quarter with Warrior defenders Jake Macintyre, James Morrissey, Christian Stella and Tristan Burke playing tough. Safety Stephen Padilla covered the deep threats and assisted on many tackles. Defensive ends James Minnich and Griffin Turner totally shut down any attempted sweeps by the New Canaan running backs. Jackson Duncan showed tremendous agility for a defensive lineman, running down the sideline to make a big tackle near the end of the game. The defense played hard all day, but New Canaan scored on a few counter/reverse plays.

The Warrior offense moved the ball pretty well all day with tough runs by running backs, Michael Wall and Camden Pelletier. The offensive line play of Carter Galante, Alexander Reyes and Sean Tinnen was solid all game. The offensive highlight of the game was a 35-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Preisano, who also ran the ball as a halfback and took some big hits during the game but had a great touchdown run. Quarterback George Hahn ran a sneak up the middle, having to push and drive the pile forward, to score the two-point conversion.

Fourth grade

Wilton White 14, Westport South 0

The Wilton White Warriors invaded Westport on Sunday morning as they marched to a 4-1 record. The Warriors served up more of their bread-and-butter blend of ball control offense and stout defense as they cruised across the season’s midway point.

The first quarter featured back-and-forth action as the two offenses looked for cracks in each other defenses. The Warriors broke through first on a long run by Eli Ackerman, who charged down field behind the blocking of Ryan Jackson, Jack Lynch, Michael Breen, Philp Avallone and Andrew Pellicano.

The Warrior defensive line of Craig Hyzy, Alex Elia, Billy Bonnist, Jackson Rivas and Declan Healy controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the first half. Kieran O’Niell, in particular, had several big tackles for a loss, spending most of his morning with the Westport backfield.

Early in the second quarter, the Warriors suffered the loss of quarterback Kevin Hyzy when he sustained an injury on a strong run around the right side. Hyzy has shown determination and toughness over the last several games as he has stood in the pocket to make plays down the field.

The Warriors defense included stellar linebacker play from Tyler Hough and Hakan LeFevre. This included an interception by LeFevre that led the Warriors into halftime with a 7-0 lead.

The Warriors controlled the clock on the ground in the second half that featured strong runs from Dillon Mannix and quarterback A.J. Presiano. This effort was capped off by Eli Ackerman’s second touchdown run, this one for 40 yards, as he snaked across the field behind blocking from Joe Schiavone, Michael Munrow, Ethan Jackson and Ben Pond.

The Warriors secondary, anchored by Nevin Belanger and George DiRocco, offered great run support and sealed the victory when the Westport team was forced to air it out in an attempt to come from behind. DiRocco knocked down a key fourth-quarter pass ending the last real threat to score.

Max Mercado was not available to play due to an injury, but he was a huge supporting factor on the Wilton White sideline

Wilton Blue 12, Darien Blue 0

Wilton Blue (4-1) won its fourth consecutive game by shutting out a very tough Darien Blue team at Darien High School. The defense, which has only allowed two touchdowns all year, was led by Max Silva, Eddie Keller and Grant Masterson, who had six, five, and five tackles, respectively. Other defenders with tackles included Matthew Giller, Dominic Roberts, Connor Robertson, Luke Pagano-Wally, Quinton Kiss, William Ryan and Ryan Farrar.

On offense, halfback Mike Longo ran for the initial score on a 30-yard sprint. The second score occurred on the last play of the game as quarterback Grant Masterson carried two defenders into the end zone for a 15-yard score. Masterson finished the game with over 100 yards rushing while Longo carried for over 70 yards.

Also seeing carries were Ben Calabrese, Sean Wiseman and William Ryan. Eddie Keller punished the Darien defense with a number of perfectly-executed lead blocks from his fullback position, while Dominic Roberts also blocked well at wing back. Wilton takes on Westport North on Sunday at noon at Fujitani Field.

Fifth grade

Wilton Blue 22, Westport North 0

Wilton Blue hosted Westport North Sunday morning. Wilton struck quickly, as the Green offense put together a 12-play opening drive that ended with a Wooder Thoby 16-yard gallop. Dante Filipponi converted the two-point PAT on a pass from John Stanley. After stopping Westport, the Red offense followed suit, grinding out an 11-play drive for a TD, capped by Ryan Sorbo’s five-yard run. Westport challenged near the end of the first half, but Wilton’s defense held them off and went into halftime up 14-0.

Westport opened the second half by moving into the Wilton red zone again, but the defense pushed Westport backwards from there and took over on downs. The offense proceeded to put the game out of reach. Thoby jetted around left end for a 71-yard TD run, and Kyle Burns hauled in a pass from Stanley to complete the 22-0 shutout.

The offensive line stood out against Westport, opening holes for the running backs all day long. William Shain, Jack Carroll, Christian Theoharides, Trey Dexter, E.J. Fasano, Matt Murphy, Dante Filipponi, Max Rothkopf, Luke O’Neill, Connor Quinn, Owen Pettit, Michael Burton, Henry Sell and William Dahl worked hard all day, powering the offense to TDs in their first three possessions. Wilton’s victory was dedicated to Kyle Jordan, who was injured last week but will be an inspiration to the team all season.

Wilton White 20, New Canaan Red 7

For the second consecutive week, Wilton White took on an undefeated New Canaan football team and came away with a dominant victory, this time 20-7 in a game not nearly as close as the score might suggest.

With a 5-0 record, Wilton White is in sole possession of first place in the league.

After trading possessions at the beginning of the game, the Warriors began what has become this team’s trademark, an impressive 14-play ball-control drive. Running behind the offensive line of Austin Cameron, Chip Hulse, Conner Healey, Charlie Hastings, Jack Tinnen, Brian Cipri, Matt Gulbin and Aidan Shannon, running backs Blake Pagano-Walley, Sean Sullivan and Trevor Martines took turns slamming the ball directly at the New Canaan defense, twice converting on fourth down. Forced to key on Wilton’s running backs, New Canaan was fooled as quarterback Everett Andersen faked a pitch and beat three defenders on a bootleg to the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Warriors up 6-0.

New Canaan attempted to take to the air on its next possession, but fierce pressure from Ryan Witty, Ryan Johnson, Conner Healey, Michael Coffey and Aidan Jasinski, a sack for an 11-yard loss by Jimmy McKiernan, and an incomplete pass forced by Matt Gulbin’s hit on the quarterback thwarted their effort.

The Warriors started the second half with the ball and rolled 70 yards on eight running plays, highlighted by Martines’s 16-yard scamper, two nine-yard runs by Sullivan, and Martines’s five-yard blast for a touchdown.

Trailing 12-0, New Canaan needed to move the ball, but the Warrior defense, including Austin Cameron, Jack Tinnen, Michael Coffey, Quinn Wiseman, Davis Cote and Josh White, was unyielding. On consecutive plays, Matt Gulbin tackled the opposing quarterback for a four-yard loss, New Canaan covered its own fumble, and a host of Warrior tacklers swarmed the ball carrier for a 10-yard loss, forcing a punt that resulted in great field position for Wilton.

On the next series, Martines took over for Wilton, running for 28 of the 40 yards on the drive, including the touchdown on an eight-yard run over and through would-be tacklers. He also ran five yards for the two-point conversion, giving Wilton an insurmountable 20-0 lead late in the third quarter.

A stunned New Canaan squad failed to move the ball as the fourth quarter unfolded when Chip Hulse recovered a fumble forced by the Warrior defense. Showing the team’s depth, Brendan Sullivan and Conner Healey took over in the backfield, with Michael Coffey at quarterback for the remainder of the game.

New Canaan finally found the end zone on the last play of the game and, when it tacked on the conversion, the final score, which didn’t really reflect Wilton’s dominance, was 20-7.

Sixth grade

Wilton Blue 22, Westport South 0

Kyle Hyzy ran for touchdowns of 71, 41 and 71 yards, and the defense was unyielding, as Wilton Blue improved to 4-0 on the season with a 22-0 pounding of Westport South Sunday in Westport.

Despite being outweighed by about 20 pounds at every offensive and defensive line position, the Warriors put on a blocking and tackling clinic. The defensive line of Jimmy O’Brien, Jack Savarese, Max Downing, Dominick Polito, Steven Tuin and Cooper Heinemann was tough all day but set the tone for the contest when they forced a fumble, recovered by Tuin, on the game’s first play.

Wilton did not convert that early opportunity, but on the first play of their second offensive series, the offensive line of Erik Lebek, O’Brien, Savarese, Jack Lenz, Noah Levi, Polito and Heinemann opened a hole on the right side, allowing Kyle Hyzy to follow lead blocks by Ryan Healey and Matthew McVey for a 71-yard streak to the end zone. Jack DiRocco converted the kick to make it 7-0.

While Westport made some progress on the ground, particularly straight up the middle, when it took to the air Wilton was up to the challenge. With Matthew Kurtz, Noah Levi and Steven Tuin applying strong pressure on the quarterback, linebackers Jake Kauffman, Hyzy and DiRocco, and the secondary of Erik Lebek and Healey denied the pass.

Shortly before halftime Hyzy ran for a 41-yard score. DiRocco again made the kick and it was 14-0 at the half.

On the second play of the second half, Hyzy again ran for 71 yards, a carbon copy of the first touchdown. This time Jack DiRocco kicked the extra point against a live rush, worth two points and a 22-0 lead, which essentially sealed the game for the Warriors.

While the game was no longer in doubt, there were more heroics to come, notably Niko Kouvaris’s scrambling throw to Savarese for a first down and Erik Lebek’s nifty interception of a Westport pass deep in Warrior territory. Running backs Ryan and Jake Kauffman moved the ball in the second half, allowing the Warriors to eat up the clock.

Seventh grade

Darien Blue 14, Wilton Blue 6

The Wilton Blue Warriors started strong against Darien Blue on Sunday. The Warriors scored first on a quarterback keeper by Kyle Phillips. The touchdown came after a long drive which included hard-fought rushing yardage by Andrew Luciano, Dean DiNanno and Tyler Previte behind a solid offensive line including Andrew Segall, Max Colburn, Jack Ferguson, Johnny Wu and Tyler Daher.

The defensive line led by Liam Sullivan, Jake Stein, Johnny Wu and Dylan Kennedy had Darien’s quarterback on the run early on. Thomas Costello, Reilly Bingaman, Joey Seamen, Billy Ronk, Ethan Masek and Tyler Previte all tackled hard throughout the game.

Despite a 20-yard completion by Phillips to Bingaman and impact plays by DiNanno, Matt Graham, Connor Wright and Chase Connelly, Darien Blue scored twice in the second half for a final score of 14-6.

Wilton White 14, New Canaan Black 14

Wilton White and New Canaan Black battled to a tie on Saturday night at Dunning Field in New Canaan.

New Canaan scored first and Wilton quickly answered, as quarterback Zach Pozzi hit wide receiver Jacob Robb streaking down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown pass to even the score.

On its next offensive possession, Wilton fullback Drew Herlyn ran the ball 21 yards right up the middle to New Cannan’s two-yard line. A play later, Herlyn ran the ball in to score the team’s second touchdown of the night. Herlyn finished by kicking the extra point and Wilton took a 14-7 lead to end the first half. Credit the offensive line for its tenacious play that led to both of the team scores. Matthew King a hard-nosed center was also terrific snapping the ball. Guards Daniel Ottavi and Brian Tsui consistently played hard. Tackles Marcelo Delvalle and Jack Griffith each did an outstanding job.

Wilton’s defense was great in the second half. Defensive lineman Joseph Cresci, Sean Travers, Michael DiCostanzo, Liam Jenkins, Jack Griffith, Marcelo Delvalle and Brian Tsui disrupted New Canaan’s offense. Ends Joey Bohacs, Jacob Robb and Michael Angerame contained the outside. Middle Linebacker Patrick Ciquera was all over the field making big time defensive hits. Ciquera also had a good night running the ball. Safety Travis Longo made critical tackles. Thomas Sullivan roamed the secondary, keeping the passing game in check.

In the fourth quarter, linebacker Connor Drake made a huge interception for Wilton. A few plays later, Drake ran 65 yards to the New Canaan 15-yard line, putting his team in scoring position. Wide Receiver Andrew Calabrese followed with a superb stretched out catch to advance the ball to the four-yard line. Wilton’s backs moved the ball down to the one-yard line but were unable to score and the game ended in a tie.

Eighth grade

Wilton Blue 15, Ridgefield Orange 14

The Wilton Blue ‘Black Ops’ football team took the field Sunday facing a physical Ridgefield squad and looking to halt a two-game losing skid. On the first drive, running backs Sam Wright and Chris Colbert followed the blocks of Drew Peterson, Jack Dinnano, Riley Sexton, Dominic Romeo and Nick Sylvia. The 70-yard drive was capped with a Wright plunge into the end zone. Liam Gany added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Ridgefield answered with a 40-yard drive and score, but its extra point was blocked and Wilton clung to a 7-6 lead.

After both teams were forced to punt, Ridgefield got the ball with 25 seconds to go in the second quarter. A 30-yard catch and run followed by two-point conversion gave Ridgefield a 14-7 lead as the first half closed.

The third quarter was scoreless as Will Hastings, A.J. Pykosz, Jake Beshlian, Alex Acosta Rua and Joe Scarfi all contributed key defensive plays.

The defensive battle continued through the fourth quarter but Wilton’s offense, led by quarterback Brian Calabrese, started to wear down the Ridgefield defense. Wright capped the drive with his second touchdown and Wilton was within one point. Going for the two-point conversion and the win, Liam Gany trotted onto the field. With ice in his veins, Gany split the uprights, handing Wilton a 15-14 victory.

Wilton White 13, Weston 6

Coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time in years, the Wilton White Warriors were determined to get back on the winning track against a very tough and talented Weston squad.

The game started in great fashion for Wilton with Will Litton bursting around right end for 22 yards behind blocks by Evan Helman, Chris Sweeney, Will Pond, Mike Wehrli, Johnny Amato and Nolan Quinn. A pass from quarterback Quinn Schneider to Robbie Hermann netted 13 more yards and the Warriors were on the move. Unfortunately, the drive stalled on a busted crucial fourth down.

The defense was magnificent all game, limiting Weston to only 58 yards from scrimmage. Time and time again, defensive ends Sweeney and Eric Chubinsky swarmed in, shucked blockers and made the tackle. Linebackers James Ciquera and Ryan McDermott filled holes and made tackle after tackle. The D-Line of Ethan Helman, Ryan Soltis, Wehrli, Ben Pellicano, Pond, Evan Helman and Amato stayed low and lived in the Weston backfield all game.

While the defense was shutting down Weston, the offense was starting to click. A Schneider pass to N. Quinn, great runs by Litton and Hermann, lead blocking by Ciquera, etc., culminated in a march down the field. A great pass from Zach Zeyher to Hermann on a fourth-and-eight kept the drive alive, but a fumble on Weston’s nine-yard line stymied that drive.

After forcing a punt and a brilliant return by Zeyher, the Warriors were in business once again on the Weston 10. This, too, was not to be as Wilton was stopped at the one-inch line. Halftime came with a 0-0 score.

Even with the overall Wilton prowess, Weston was tough all game long and battled ferociously on both sides of the ball. Weston looked like it would score first in the second half as the Trojans had a first-and-goal at the Warrior 10. Wilton dug deep and stops by Ciquera, Chubinsky, McDermott, Wehrli, Sweeney and others denied Weston a TD.

Taking over at their own six-yard line, Wilton wasted no time as Zeyher swept left behind a wall of blockers following Ciquera, Brendan Quinlan, Sweeney and others to break free down the sideline. He then turned on the jets and cruised into the end zone with a glorious 94-yard TD.

After forcing a three-and-out, Wilton took over looking for another quick score. On the first play, Litton ran left, cut back, juked right, sprinted to the middle and, with great blocking along the way, turned in a highlight-worthy 62-yard TD run. Unfortunately, a penalty wiped it out. But, Wilton went to work and Hermann followed his great linemen into the hole, broke a defender’s ankles (metaphorically) and bulled into the end zone. Wilton was up 13-0.

Catches by Quinlan and Zach Brace moved the chains later on to keep Weston off the field and only a late TD by Weston marred the brilliant performance of the Wilton gridders.