Wilton Youth Football scoreboard: Sept. 21-22

Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from the weekend of Sept. 21-22:

Fourth grade

Wilton White 13, Darien White 6

On Saturday, Wilton White beat a very big Darien White team, 13-6. The boys played as a team and won as a team. They had great blocking from their offensive line and beautiful penetration from their defensive line. The Warriors are off to a great start with a record of 2-1.

In the first half, the Warriors saw great running from Eli Ackerman, A.J. Preisano and Hakan LeFevre. Although the Warriors went three-and-out on their first possession, the defense was brilliant. Michael Munrow, Jack Lynch, Kieran O’Neill and Michael Breen didn’t allow Darien any positive yardage and forced Darien to punt.

On the next series, Tyler Hough and Ackerman ran hard but Wilton turned the ball over on downs. Max Mercado came up big on the next defensive series, making a big tackle to force Darien to turn the ball over. On the next offensive series, the Warriors scored on an impressive drive. Hough, Ackerman and Preisano grounded out yards before quarterback Kevin Hyzy hit his brother Craig on a beautiful 30-yard play that put the Warriors in the red zone. After Munrow got positive yards and Ackerman made a beautiful catch, Hyzy hit his brother Craig again, this time for a touchdown to put the Warriors up 6-0. Hyzy snuck the ball in for the extra point, putting the Warriors up 7-0.

Right before halftime, the Warriors stood their ground on defense as LeFevre, Mercado and Nevin Belanger made beautiful tackles to keep Darien off the board. But it was Kevin Hyzy who made a touchdown-saving tackle at midfield that sent the Warriors into halftime up 7-0.

In the second half, the Warriors came out quickly and scored with great running by Dillon Mannix and a 30-yard touchdown run by Ackerman on a great block by Alex Elia that put the Warriors up 13-0. The defense was impressive as Ethan Jackson came up big with a tackle and Lynch once again made his presence known with a huge hit that set Darien back and forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. At the start of the fourth quarter, Darien was moving the ball to score but Belanger came up big with a touchdown-saving tackle in Darien territory.

On the next series, the defensive line of Declan Healy, Billy Bonnist and Ryan Jackson shut down Darien and gave Wilton another chance at the end zone. George DiRocco, always a presence on defense with several tackles throughout the game, ran hard on offense as well and gave the Warriors a huge first down with a 25-yard run with help from a block from Jackson Rivas, to help run time off the clock.

But the Warriors couldn’t score again allowing Darien to take the ball over. Ben Pond, Joe Schiavone and Phillip Avallone provided the Warriors with a great tackles before Darien threw a completed pass for a touchdown as time expired. Andrew Pellicano was sidelined with a hurt wrist but hopes to be back in action this weekend as the Warriors take on Fairfield Black.

Wilton Blue 20, Ridgefield Black 6

Max Silva led another dominating defensive performance by Wilton Blue en route to a 20 -6 victory over Ridgefield Black at Fujitani Field. Silva participated in more than 10 jarring, yet perfectly executed ‘heads-up’ tackles to stymie Ridgefield.

Wilton rolled to a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 30-yard TD run by Mike Longo, a two-point conversion by Sean Wiseman, a well-executed nine-yard reverse touchdown run by Shane Taubin, and a 13-yard scamper by fullback Ben Calabrese. Tremendous downfield blocks by Eddie Keller and Mike Longo helped open the way for two of the touchdowns. Also seeing carries were William Ryan and Sean Wiseman with multiple runs of 15-yards or more apiece, as well as Eddie Keller, Grant Masterson and Luke Pagano-Walley.

Connor Robertson was tremendous on defense with multiple tackles for a loss and center Chris McCann was flawless with the QB/center exchange.

Fifth grade

Wilton Blue 6, New Canaan Black 6

Wilton Blue squad traveled to New Canaan Saturday to face New Canaan Black, a team that they had shared several tight battles with over the past three years. Once again, this match-up proved to be a hard-fought nail-biter.

Wilton got off to a great start, holding New Canaan without a first down and jumping ahead quickly when Wooder Thoby sprinted 43 yards for a TD and a 6-0 lead. On Wilton’s next possession, Will Jarvie, Ryan Sorbo and Kyle Burns led the Red offense on a 15-play drive but came up a yard short on fourth down inside the New Canaan five-yard line.

New Canaan had the first good scoring opportunity in the second half after a long drive, but could not connect on a short fourth-and-goal pass. Wilton committed a turnover to give the ball back to the Rams, who converted a long fourth-down pass to get close and punched it in to tie the score at 6-6. The conversion attempt failed.

As the fourth quarter wound down, neither team could hold onto the ball. Wilton fumbled again, but John Stanley recorded his second interception of the day to fend off another New Canaan charge. The teams each turned the ball over yet again in the final minute, and the game ended in a 6-6 tie, a fitting result in a game where both teams gave their all and performed valiantly.

For Wilton, the defense shone bright, spending most of the second half in the shadows of their goal line, due to turnovers. Despite giving up one score, the defense held time and time again, led by the sideline-to-sideline tackling of the linebacker corps, Kiel Polito, Thoby, Max Mannino, Sorbo and E.J. Fasano, and the pass defense of the safeties, Stanley, Sorbo, Mannino, Nick Mancuso, Antonio Goosman, Max Rothkopf and William Shain.

Wilton White 24, Westport South 7

Blake Pagano-Walley took the opening  hand-off from Everett Andersen 70 yards for a TD. Westport’s first possession was met by tackles for losses from Sean Sullivan, Michael Coffey and Austin Cameron. On Wilton’s next offensive play Matt Gulbin, Jack Hall, Charlie Hastings and Jack Tinnen all sealed their blocks and Sean Sullivan was able to turn the corner for a 55-yard TD run.

After Josh White recovered a Westport fumble, Trevor Martines burst outside for a 15-yard gain. That was followed by a hard-earned first down run by Quinn Wiseman. This drive was capped off by an 18-yard run with a dive into the end zone by Davis Cote.

Wilton was able to use multiple second-half backfield combos with runs from Ryan Johnson, Ashton Argento and Brendan Sullivan. Westport would not go away quietly. Aidan Shannon had to make a TD-saving tackle after a 31-yard gain on a third-and-17 pass play. After a couple of Wilton penalties, Evan Kauh , Brian Cipri and Chip Husle made a big stop on the four-yard line on an inside run. Westport was able to move the pile just enough on a fourth down QB keeper to get to 18-7.

Wilton got back to their first-half ways when Sean Sullivan took a broken play and turned it into another Wilton 70-yard TD run. Wilton’s defense finished strong with a sack and a forced fumble by Jimmy McKiernan securing the victory.

Sixth grade

Wilton Blue 12, Ridgefield Black 6

Despite being outweighed by undefeated Ridgefield Black’s massive offensive and defensive lines, and overcoming adversity, Wilton Blue went up to Ridgefield’s Tiger Hollow on Sunday and came away with an old-fashioned 12-6 victory, using smash-mouth offense and ferocious defense to subdue the Tigers.

The Tigers learned on their first play from scrimmage that the Warriors had come to play, as Austin Andersen and Dominick Polito lit up the ball carrier. A muffed snap and gang tackle for loss forced the Tigers to punt from their own 22.

After moving into Tiger territory, Warrior quarterback Ryan Healy powered his way to the Ridgefield 30 where an illegal helmet-to-helmet tackle tacked on 15 penalty yards, but more seriously knocked Healy out of the game for the duration. Without their starting quarterback, the Warrior drive began to stall, but on fourth and eleven, the offensive line of Jack DiRocco, Erik Lebek, Polito, Jack Lenz, Sean Purdy, Jack Savarese and Noah Levi provided great blocks for Kyle Hyzy who converted the first down to the Tiger two. Two plays later, Hyzy punched in from the one foot line to put the Warriors up 6-0. The point after was no good.

Noah Levi and the defensive line including Ryan Kauffman and Nishant Wangneo took over on the next series. Levi made a great tackle for loss on fourth and five giving the ball back to the offense on the Warrior 37. Hyzy wasted no time on the ensuing possession, when following blocks by Andersen and Kauffman, he squirted through a hole, bounced back across the field and streaked 63 yards to make it 12-0. Again the point after kick was missed.

The rest of the game was mostly a see-saw battle in the middle of the field. Ridgefield earned just three first downs on the day, but broke one long running play for a score to make the game seem closer than it was. Jimmy O’Brien, Jack DiRocco, Jack Savarese, Noah Levi, Austin Andersen, Stephen Tuin and Dominick Polito all had highlight reel type tackles on defense during the game.

On offense, Hyzy, Andersen, O’Brien, Nico Kouvaris and Cooper Heinemann all pitched in admirably at quarterback in place of the injured Healy.

Wilton is now 2-0 on the season and will host Darien Blue next Sunday at Wilton’s Fujitani Field.

Wilton White 14, Westport South 0

It was a total team effort in which Wilton White played great in all phases of the game. Drew Herlyn had a terrific game with smart and hard-hitting play on both sides of the ball. Herlyn continues to play the fullback position exceptionally well.

Wilton’s defense continued to dominate and did not allow Westport a first down all game. Defensive linemen Jonny Wu, Ethan Masek and Micheal DiCostanzo all made outstanding backfield tackles to cause Westport to lose yardage. Jonny Wu also contributed with the longest punt of the game. Jacob Robb and Aaron Kleeman were the anchors of the defensive line and both had terrific games, stuffing Westport’s runners at the line of scrimmage. Unable to run, Westport tried to go the pass game but linebacker Dean DiNanno was there with a huge interception that he nearly converted into a pick-six.

Running back Conner Drake had a solid day running the ball and put Wilton on the board first with an exciting 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Matthew King did not miss a beat coming back from his absence at center. Joey Bohacs again was terrific on the offensive line and his solid play was essential to the team’s success. Offensive lineman Tyler Daher did a fabulous job.

As a result of excellent offensive line play, quarterback Zach Pozzi threw some nice passes and contributed with a 25-yard touchdown run behind lead blocks from Herlyn and Travis Longo. Wingback Travis Longo scored an extra point with a great end-zone catch. End Andrew Calabrese continued to be a force at receiver, racking up several catches including an extra point. Thomas Costello ran the ball well and made an outstanding catch during the game. Running back Dean DiNanno piled up yards with good overall play.

Seventh grade

Wilton Blue 6, New Canaan Black 0

Quarterback Kyle Phillips hit wide receiver Matt Graham streaking down the middle of the field for a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter Saturday night at Fujitani Field. That was all Wilton needed to secure a win New Canaan Black.

Wilton’s grit and hustle on the offensive and defensive lines and ends made the difference in this game. Despite being significantly overmatched in height and weight linemen and ends Jake Stein, Jack Ferguson, Max Colburn, Ethan Masek, Jonathan Wu, Dylan Kennedy, Tyler Daher, Joey Seaman and Liam Sullivan controlled the game. This group was responsible for keeping New Canaan off Phillips in order to make his throw to Graham in the second quarter and making stops on defense. Stein and Wu had important sacks during the night to stop a driving New Canaan team. When New Canaan ran on the outside Wilton’s linebackers Tyler Previte, Dean DiNanno, Reilly Bingaman, Phillips and Graham were up for the task taking down New Canaan’s hard charging running backs. At safety Thomas Costello, Andrew Luciano and Chase Connolly deflected away dangerous passes. Wilton’s defense only gave up three New Canaan earned first downs all night.

On offense running backs DiNanno and Luciano ran the ball hard picking up key first downs to keep drives alive, particularly behind very good wing back blocking from Connor Wright, Costello, Connolly and Bingaman when the play ran on the outside. DiNanno and Luciano both ran over New Canaan linebackers and safeties to gain the extra yard or two when the first down was within reach. Bulldozer fullback Previte carried New Canaan players on his back for extra yards and made a nifty one-handed catch in the fourth quarter.

Eighth grade

Darien Blue 12, Wilton Blue 7

The Wilton eight grade blue football team had their hands full on Sunday pairing up against a tough Darien blue team.

Both teams came out strong on defense and the battle in the trenches left the first quarter deadlocked at 0-0. However, Darien got on the board first in the second quarter after a 40-yard pas play took them down to the 8-yard line. Despite a couple strong red zone defensive plays by Wilton, Darien punched it in on a third-and-five play to take the early lead. They missed the two point conversion and led 6-0 heading into halftime.

Darien came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter and took the opening possession 70 yards down the field to cap off their second touchdown and took the lead 12-0 lead after missing their second two point conversion. Things were looking bleak for the Warriors as Darien started to control the line of scrimmage with their big strong offensive and defensive lineman. However, Wilton got a spark from a great 40-yard pass play from Brian Calabrese to Justin Quinn and the Warriors were back in business.

They continued to drive the ball down inside the 10-yard line behind strong running from Chris Colbert, Joe Murtha, Sam Wright and Alex Acosta-Rua. They were poised to punch it in the end zone but unfortunately had a couple tough penalty calls that backed them up and they failed on a fourth-down pass play and ended up turning the ball back to Darien.

Wilton finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter as Chris Colbert had strong five-yard run around the left side of the offensive line, diving for the goal line to help Wilton close the gap to 12-6. Liam Ganey booted in the extra point and Wilton trailed 12-7 with six minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they got as Wilton couldn’t stop Darien’s strong running game and Darien ran out the clock to lock down the win.