Wilton Youth Football scoreboard

Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in recent action:

Third grade

Wilton Blue 6, New Canaan Black 0
In their second meeting of the season, Wilton beat New Canaan Black 6-0 to stay undefeated. Wilton’s defense continued to dominate, holding New Canaan scoreless. Strong tackling by Liam McKiernan, Connor Boland, Cole Galante and Cole Siegel kept the ball in the hands of the Wilton offense for most of the first half.

Late in the second quarter, Wilton got on the board when Liam Snyder handed off to Connor Burns and he took off down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown.

In the second half, great blocking up front from Jack Huntley, Jaxon Thomas, Maja Driscoll, Will Cristini and Cole Johnson set up big runs by Jake Burns, Ray Ferranti, Luke Ginsberg, Charlie Keller, Jack Schwartz and Nate Jackson. New Canaan’s best drive of the day was stopped short when Luke Perna broke up a long pass to force a punt.

Late in the game, sure tackling by Cael Dexter, Ryan Luchetta, Phineas Wayland and Austin White closed out the victory for the Warriors.

Fourth grade

Wilton White 22, Darien Wave 0
Wilton White beat Darien Wave 22-0 on Sunday morning in front of a boisterous home crowd. The defense was dominating behind great defensive plays and tackles by Colin Gilmor, Jason Costa, Colin O’Neill, Andrew Zhou and Peter Reyes, and two fumble recoveries by Conner Flanagan and Declan Brokaw, with the first of those fumbles being caused by Griffin Kovach.

On offense, the Warriors got strong blocking by Quin Silva and Liam Kiernan, great runs by Patrick Heffernan, an amazing fourth down pass completion from Ryan Smith to Cole Stevenson, touchdowns by Stevenson, Owen Theoharides and Levi Kaplan, and two booming extra points kicked by Francesco Tomas.

Fifth grade

Wilton White 16, Darien Blue 0
The Wilton White Warriors won their fifth game of the season when they defeated Darien Blue 16-0 this past Sunday at Fujitani Field.

Wilton’s defense started its dominance from play number one until the very end. Defensive guard Michael Byrnes started the game off with a sack of the Darien quarterback. Jackson Duncan had big sacks and blocked tremendously at offensive guard. Linebacker Tommy McKiernan had a huge interception in the Wilton end zone, stopping a Darien drive in the fourth quarter. The rest of the defense, led by middle linebacker William Sullivan, played solid throughout the game. Matthew Dooley, Jake Masek, William McCormack, Jake McIntyre, Jackson Kreter, Ryan Preisano and Michael Wall shut the Darien offense down, posting their fourth shutout of the season.

Offensively, Wilton scored in the first quarter on a 66-yard Tommy McKiernan touchdown run. Michael Wall converted on the two-point kick. Wilton’s second score was early in the second quarter when quarterback George Hahn led the warriors on a 70-yard drive. Warrior fullback William Sullivan ran the ball in from the two-yard line, scoring the touchdown to cap off the drive. Michael Wall kicked another two-pointer to make it 16-0 at halftime.

Tackle Carter Galante, guard Connor Sweeney and tight end Andre Wiest were tremendous blockers all day long. James Flynn, William Soojian, and William Drew blocked linebackers all day, frustrating the Darien defense.

Sixth grade

Wilton White 21, Darien White 14
Wilton White played its most complete team game in a 21-14 victory over the defending champions, Darien White.

Wilton took to the air early on the opening drive as QB Grant Masterson hit running back Sean Wiseman on completions of 28 and 24 yards, setting up Wilton’s first score, a 22-yard strike from Masterson to wide receiver Matthew Giller. Masterson kicked the extra point. The passing game worked throughout due to tremendous blocking from lineman and running backs Ryan Jackson, Ryan Farrar, Kieran O’Neill, Chris McCann, Eddie Keller, Michael Breen, Joe Schiavone, Dominic Roberts, Kyle Pond, Quinton Kiss and Andrew Pellicano, who saw his first time at center.

After quickly stopping Darien on defense with nice tackles by Breen, O’Neill and cornerback William Ryan, Wilton took over after a Darien punt. Masterson, moonlighting at tailback for the first time this season, took his initial carry 70 yards for the second Wilton score. Masterson kicked the PAT.

After going into the half with the score tied 14-14, Wilton’s defense shut down Darien in the second half, led by two fumble recoveries by Kieran O’Neill and a game-ending interception by William Ryan, who was everywhere on the field for Wilton. Wilton’s defensive guards Charlie Fischer, Brennan MacGregor and Ryan Keenan sold out on every play, clogging up the middle for Wilton. Schiavone was also a one man wrecking crew on defensive line.

Wilton put the game away after the second O’Neill fumble recovery, when Masterson hit tailback Mikey Longo on a 28-yard swing pass that set up the final score, a six-yard Masterson to William Ryan pass completion. Masterson kicked the final PAT.
Darien Wave 22, Wilton Blue 6
Wilton Blue was handed its first defeat of the year, losing 22-6 to Darien Wave in Darien.

The Warriors’ offense looked very promising on its first possession of the game, behind the line of Chris Calderone, Rubin Jha, Jimmy Luce, Max Mercado, Michael Munrow, Conner Robertson, Dylan Smith, Jake Sommer, and Michael Whitman. Quarterback Max Silva was solid, connecting several times with receiver Craig Hyzy for extra yardage, and the ground game was very much alive with AJ Preisano running for about eight yards and Kevin Hyzy pounding out close to 30 yards on Blue’s first possession alone. (He had over 40 yards for the day.)

This early promise was fulfilled on Wilton’s second possession, when Silva found receiver Jackson Luther for 18 yards, then followed up with a 20-yarder to Craig Hyzy, who sprinted in for Wilton’s only touchdown of the day. Sommer also contributed to Wilton’s running game, continually busting through Darien’s defensive line until being injured on a run in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors’ defense never clicked into gear as it has in every other game this year, when it had virtually shut down the offense of every opponent it faced. The defensive line of Craig Hyzy, Luce, Robertson, Silva, Sommer and Whitman, linebackers Ben Calabrese, George DiRocco, Kevin Hyzy and Dylan Smith, and the secondary of Chase Cureau, Greg Flynn, Luther and Preisano all thwarted several Darien drives. However, the Wave found ways to move the ball downfield, convert downs and get into the end zone. Ben Calabrese and George DiRocco each made wicked tackles to stop a Darien drive at the end of the first half, keeping Wilton in the game. In the second half, however, Wilton wasn’t as sharp.

Eighth grade

Wilton Blue 34, Weston 12
The Wilton Blue offense piled up five touchdowns on Oct. 4 while the defense laid siege to the Weston Trojans, resulting in a dominant 34-12 victory for the Warriors in the bright sunshine at Weston Trojan stadium.

The Warriors took the opening possession and employed a ground-and-pound attack to march 70 yards for a touchdown on 15 consecutive running plays. Maden Herve, Jack Savarese, Dominick Polito, Jack Lenz, Steven Tuin, Jimmy O’Brien and Hunter Parks manhandled Weston’s huge defensive line, paving the way for Austin Andersen, Kyle Hyzy, Andrew Smith and Reilly Sullivan to churn out the yards. The drive was punctuated by Hyzy’s one-yard off-tackle TD run. Herve drilled the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

Efficiently mixing runs and passes, the Trojans put together a long drive of their own, eventually scoring on a 15-yard pass. While Kyle Hyzy clearly intercepted the pass in the end zone the referee inexplicably ruled a touchdown for Weston. Their extra point attempt failed, leaving the Warriors with a 7-6 lead.

A fired-up Warrior offense answered right back as Hyzy’s pass hit O’Brien in stride on a beautiful down-out-and-up route for a 57-yard score. The extra point by Herve was good for a 14-6 lead.

A swarming Warrior defense, anchored by Noah Levi, shut the Trojans down on their next possession, forcing a punt, which resulted in great field position for Wilton at the 50.

Following the lead blocks of Andersen, Sullivan and Hyzy slashed through the Trojan defense, finally hitting paydirt on a 10-yard run by Hyzy. Again the extra point was good, leaving the score 21-6 at the half.

The Warrior defense came back onto the field after halftime and resumed the siege of Troy. Wilton’s Trojan horse came in the form of Andersen, O’Brien and Lenz, who infiltrated the backfield and together buried the ball carrier for a big loss. Down two scores, the Trojans attempted to convert on fourth down, but Hyzy and O’Brien sniffed out the screen pass and dumped the receiver for a loss, handing the Warriors the ball at their opponents’ 30.

On the ensuing drive, Hyzy’s perfect spiral was hauled in by Polito at the one. The Warriors were pushed back by penalty to the 16, where a pass attempt was intercepted by the Trojan safety, ending the drive.

The defense held firm, forcing Weston to punt. Polito, who was stopped a yard shy on the previous possession, would not be denied this time, scoring on a 10-yard run with the help of blocks by Ryan Healy and Sullivan, for a 28-6 lead.

On Weston’s next possession, the defense came up big again as Healy picked off a pass at the goal line and returned the ball to the 14. Eight plays later, Mathew Antonios ripped off a nifty 53-yard touchdown scamper to balloon the score to 34-6.

Weston added a touchdown on the game’s last play to narrow the final score to 34-12.

Darien Blue 26, Wilton Blue 7
After a tight first half, undefeated Darien Blue pulled away from Wilton Blue in the second half to coast to a 26-7 victory on Sunday at Darien High School.

The game was originally scheduled as the marquee contest on the Saturday night slate at Fujitani Field in Wilton, but was moved to Darien due to a light failure at the field, a poor omen for the Warriors.

After trading non-productive possessions, the Warriors took over on downs on their own 26. Wilton began to move the ball but on fourth and short Darien stood up the Warrior fullback, and after several seconds of no forward progress, and with the expected whistle not forthcoming, a Darien player was able to strip the ball and return the pigskin to the Warrior 31. Four plays later the home team scored to go up 6-0.

Wilton put together a good drive shortly before the half, but time ran out at the Darien 36, leaving the score 6-0 at the break.

Darien came out in the second half and quickly rolled up three scores using the running game twice to great effect and returning an intercepted pass for a touchdown to run out to a 26-0 lead.

Playing only for pride, the Warriors put together a five-play 70-yard drive to narrow the score to 26-7.