Wilton Youth Football scoreboard: Week two
Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from Sept. 14-15. For more information, including league standings, go here.
New Canaan Black 14, Wilton Blue 7
The Mighty Mites of Wilton Blue lost a hard-fought battle to New Canaan Black at home turf Saturday evening. New Canaan scored first after being given a short field due to a fumble. However, the Wilton defense stuffed the New Canaan runner while attempting the point-after with a gang tackle that included Spencer Liston, Christopher Capone, Cole Sylvia, Matthew Dooley, Quinn Stengrim and Zander Petrides. Wilton then answered with a quick three-play drive to tie up the score. The drive was made up of two good runs by Tommy McKiernan and Christopher Capone and a 50-yard TD run by Spencer Liston. Key blocks by Luke Totten, Merrick Snyder and Cole Sylvia created beautiful running lanes. Wilton then punched in the point after on a well-executed counter to Capone. The first half ended with Wilton up 7-6.
Wilton started the second half with a 12-play drive that ended up stalling on the New Canaan three-yard line. Runs by Liston, Capone and McKiernan and a third-and-long bootleg run by Andrew Acosta-Rua left Wilton on the New Canaan three-yard line with a fourth-and-one. Wilton was unable to capitalize. Wilton’s defense then took the field and held New Canaan to a quick three-and-out led by Justin Lewis, Jackson Kreter, Jake Enman and big tackles by Andrew Kress and McKiernan.
With six minutes to go, New Canaan put up another score and although Wilton mounted a late-game drive deep into New Canaan territory, the Warriors were unable to score again.
Wilton Blue 20, Ridgefield Orange 0
Wilton Blue stormed out to a 20-0 victory in Ridgefield on Sunday led by a stellar performance from the offensive and defensive lines and more than 100 yard rushing yards from Mike Longo. The offensive line and tight end unit, consisting of Chris McCann, Jimmy Luce, Nate DeFeo, Connor Robertson, Chris Calderone, Max Silva, Dominic Roberts, Matthew Giller, Grant Masterson, Ryan Farrar, Sean Garvey, Charlie Fischer and Daniel Rosenbaum, opened tremendous holes for ball carriers Mike Longo, Grant Masterson, William Ryan, Sean Wiseman, Eddie Keller, Ben Calabrese, Luke Pagano-Walley and Jackson Luther.
Mike Longo scored on runs of 20 and 24 yards and also had a two-point conversion. Grant Masterson scored the other Warrior touchdown on a quarterback sneak. The defense, which has only given up six points in the first two games, created three turnovers including an interception by Sean Wiseman, a fumble recovery by Sean Garvey and a forced fumble and recovery by Grant Masterson. Matthew Giller, Eddie Keller, and Max Silva also stood out on defense.
Fairfield 13, Wilton White 6
On Saturday, Wilton White traveled to Fairfield and took on a very tough Fairfield team. Although the scoreboard showed a 13-6 defeat, the Warriors were certainly victorious in every aspect of the game. The defense allowed two broken plays, one on fourth down and the other on a third-and-17 that was the difference on the scoreboard.
Beyond that, the Warriors offense controlled the clock for almost the entire game and their defense did not allow a first down. They caused and recovered three fumbles and quarterback Kevin Hyzy had complete control of the passing game the entire afternoon.
In the first quarter, the Warriors went three-and-out on their first possession but got great tackles by Kieran O’Neill, Michael Munrow and Craig Hyzy to put Fairfield three-and-out. But after loss of yards on the second offensive series, Fairfield came out and ran for their first broken-play touchdown and converted on their extra point to make it 7-0.
The entire second quarter was controlled by the offense. This offensive series was highlighted by so many great plays. Tyler Hough ran strong up the middle for positive yards before Hyzy threw a completed pass to Dillon Mannix and then ran a quarterback sneak for the first down. On the next set of downs, Hakan LeFevre and Eli Ackerman bulled their way for positive yardage before Hyzy connected to his brother Craig for another Warrior first down. Hyzy then hit Alex Elia for a beautiful nine-yard gain. Mannix ran for yet another Warrior first down.
The Warriors then went on to score but the touchdown was called back on a questionable holding call that put the Warriors back another 10 yards. With only seconds left in the quarter, Hyzy once again hit his brother Craig deep in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown catch that sent the Warriors into halftime trailing 7-6 after the extra point attempt was no ggood.
Fairfield came out quickly and scored in the third quarter to go on top 13-6. But for the remainder of the game, the Warriors did not allow Fairfield another first down. The Warriors failed to put a drive together but once again the defense came up big. Max Mercado made a beautiful tackle for a loss on a play and Fairfield became out of sorts fumbling the next snap that Craig Hyzy recovered to put the offense back on the field. A.J. Preisano, Hough and Billy Bonnist ran for positive gains and Nevin Belanger made a beautiful catch to give the Warriors yet another first down but the Warriors couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.
The defensive line was outstanding all afternoon. This time it was Jack Lynch who made a devastating hit to knock the ball loose that Mercado jumped on to put the Warriors back on offense as the fourth quarter began. The offense tried to run behind their big offensive line but couldn’t penetrate Fairfield’s huge defensive line to gain enough yardage to put the ball in the end zone.
But midway through the quarter, George DiRocco, who made several great tackles during the game, caused another Fairfield fumble that O’Neill recovered to put the offense back on the field for one last shot at the end zone.
Although the Warriors lost the game, the offensive and defensive lines of this young team were outstanding. Ben Pond, Michael Breen, Phillip Avallone and Joe Schiavone were forces up the middle, along with O’Neill and Lynch. The offensive line, highlighted by center Ryan Jackson and Ethan Jackson, gave the offense an opportunity to pass the ball effectively and on defense safeties Andrew Pellicano, Declan Healy and Jackson Rivas didn’t allow Fairfield a passing game with great coverage.
Wilton Blue 18, Darien White 6
Wilton Blue visited Darien White on Saturday morning. On its first offensive possession, Wilton’s Green offense marched down the field and scored on a Wooder Thoby run of 46 yards to take an early 6-0 lead. Thoby broke another long run in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 12-0. As the half wound down, Wilton’s Red offense executed the two-minute drill to perfection, with Will Jarvie scoring from five yards out on a quarterback sweep as time expired to make the score 18-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Wilton’s defense kept Darien under wraps, highlighted by Ryan Sorbo’s interception. Darien scored late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 18-6, but Wilton maintained control throughout.
The offensive line play of Matthew Farago, Christian Theoharides, Trey Dexter, Kyle Jordan, E.J. Fasano, Dante Filipponi, Jack Carroll, Brendan Quinn, Connor Quinn, Luke O’Neill, Owen Pettit, Henry Sell and William Dahl was outstanding, paving the way for a number of long runs and keeping the ball in Wilton’s hands for almost the entire first half.
Wilton White 6, Fairfield Black 0
On the strength of a smothering defense, Wilton White overcame three turnovers and a raft of penalties, including two that nullified long touchdown runs by Blake Pagano-Walley and Everett Andersen, to defeat Fairfield Black 6-0 on Saturday.
On the initial series of the game, Fairfield got its first taste of the swarming Warrior defense when Jimmy McKiernan sacked the quarterback for an eight-yard loss on third down, forcing a punt.
With great field position at the Fairfield 47, the Warrior offensive line of Jack Baker, Evan Kauh, Aidan Shannon, Ryan Siegel, Josh White, Ashton Argento and Brendan Sullivan went to work, opening holes for Sean Sullivan and Pagano-Walley. However, after a 26-yard run by Sullivan, the Warriors fumbled the ball away.
On the next series, in what was a recurring theme all afternoon, the Warriors stopped Fairfield three consecutive times for a loss. Matt Gulbin and Michael Coffey combined on the first two tackles and Coffey, who with a dozen tackles was a force on the field all day, sacked the quarterback on third down to force another punt.
After Trevor Martines recovered a Wildcat fumble, the Warriors drove to the three-yard line, but fumbled away a great scoring opportunity and the half ended with no score.
The Warriors were perhaps even more dominant on defense in the second half, as Wilton defenders Austin Cameron, Jack Tinnen, Quinn Wiseman, Chip Hulse and Davis Cote made hit after hit on Fairfield ball carriers. Pagano-Walley ran wild behind the offensive line of Cameron, Brian Cipri, Coffey, Gulbin, Charlie Hastings, Jack Tinnen and McKiernan in the second half, and although one of his touchdown runs was called back for holding, he later scored on a 27-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter to put the Warriors up 6-0.
The Warrior defense, including Ryan Witty, Ryan Johnson, Connor Healey and Aidan Jasinski, delivered again as McKiernan’s hit on the quarterback resulted in a fumble recovery by Cameron. The Wildcat defense stiffened, but on fourth down from the 25, Everett Andersen ran a bootleg 25 yards for an apparent touchdown that was called back by a holding call away from the play.
Fairfield showed some life on its last possession, completing a screen pass to a swift running back, who raced 30 yards down the sideline before Quinn Wiseman made a game saving tackle. Two final passes fell harmlessly to the turf, sealing the 6-0 victory for Wilton.
Fairfield Black 18, Wilton White 7
The Warriors lost a hard-fought game against a tough Fairfield Black team Saturday night by the score of 18-7. Wilton White battle tirelessly and never gave up.
On defense, the team played as one unit, often swarming the Fairfield runners. The interior line, anchored by Joey Bohacs, Daniel Ottavi, Liam Jenkins, Brian Tsui, Sean Travers and Marcelo Delvalle, did its best to stop the Fairfield running attack. Bohacs also played some defensive end and made a tremendous open-field tackle of the Fairfield quarterback. The defense got some great run support from linebackers and defensive backs Drew Herlyn, Patrick Ciquera, Jacob Robb and Travis Longo.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors got the ball moving, especially in the second half. Quarterback Zach Pozzi connected on some great passes to receivers Andrew Calabrese, Michael Angerame and Jacob Robb. Calabrese had a particularly good game catching the ball. The offensive line, anchored by Matthew King, Marcelo Delvalle, Sean Travers and Liam Jenkins, stood its ground. That line pushed the Warriors down the field in the third quarter, culminating in a touchdown by Drew Herlyn on a two-yard run, and the extra point kick, also by Herlyn. Wilton gave it their all, but was unable to gain the lead.
Darien White 7, Wilton Blue 0
Wilton Blue traveled to Darien last Saturday. Unfortunately, the boys found themselves on the losing end of a close game. Team Captains for the week were Chase Connolly, Dean DiNanno, Billy Ronk, and Liam Sullivan.
The offensive and defensive lines, led by Jack Ferguson, Dylan Kennedy, Jonny Wu, Joey Seaman, Max Colburn, Matt Graham, Tyler Daher and Andrew Segall, helped Wilton control the game clock. Additionally, Reilly Bingaman and Connor Wright aided the stout defense. But despite nice runs by Kyle Phillips, Andrew Luciano and Tyler Previte, the score was still 0-0 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, Darien converted a Wilton turnover into a scoring drive to put Wilton Blue down with only minutes to go in the game. Wilton tried a couple of late pass plays to Thomas Costello and Ethan Masek to close the gap, but could not connect before the game ended.
Wilton White 19, Ridgefield Orange 0
In a game that spanned two days and two different venues, the gritty Wilton White squad bested a tough Ridgefield team.
Playing Saturday night at Ridgefield, the Warriors opened the game with a drive highlighted by Will Litton power runs, Kyle Shifrin receptions from Quinn Schneider, and great blocking by Brendan Quinlan, Johnny Amato, Mike Wehrli, Ben Pellicano, Will Pond, Evan Helman and James Ciquera. The drive stalled and, after a punt and a long reception, Ridgefield had the ball at the Warriors’ 13-yard line. With tremendous pressure by Chris Sweeney and Eric Chubinsky on the Ridgefield QB, Ryan McDermott intercepted a pass and returned it out to the 20.
Darkness fell, and the Ridgefield lights never came on, forcing a postponement to Sunday in Wilton. Under a gorgeous September sky, the teams resumed play 16 hours later.
Ridgefield went three--and-out. Wilton took over and on the first play Litton took a hand-off and raced around right end, following blocks by Will Sullivan, Shifrin, Helman and Pond. He stiff-armed, juked, and galloped 80 yards for the score.
Defensive pressure up the middle by Amato, Pond, Peter Casey, Ryan Soltis and Ethan Helman stuffed the inside runs. Sweeney repeatedly got to the quarterback, forcing errant throws. Matt Morello batted down passes and then Sullivan picked off the ball and returned it to the Warrior 25. Again, the offense wasted no time and this time it was Shifrin going around left end behind blocks by Morello, Sullivan and the great line for a 75-yard jaunt into the end zone.
The Warriors took a 12-0 lead into halftime.
The second half saw more great defense by Wilton, as the linebacking crew of McDermott, Ciquera, Nolan Quinn, Litton and Shifrin controlled the middle, Chubinsky turned everything back inside, Amato and Sweeney sacked the quarterback and the defensive backs shut down the long ball. The offense saw passes by Schneider to Quinlan, Litton and Shifrin, and runs by Ciquera and Sweeney. Then, on a crucial third-and-eight deep in its own territory, Wilton salted away the victory with a 78-yard TD run by Shifrin following tremendous blocking by the whole team.
That sealed a fantastic team victory. It took 31 hours to complete, but it was well worth it.
Wilton Blue 8, Fairfield 8
In a rematch of last year’s seventh grade championship game, the Wilton ‘Black Ops’ fought to an 8-8 tie in Fairfield on Saturday.
Fairfield’s first offensive series ended quickly when Dominic Romeo forced a fumble in the backfield and Harvey Alexander recovered at the Fairfield 32-yard line. Six plays later from the Fairfield 20, Chris Colbert scored on a reverse behind superior blocking on the offensive line from A.J. Pykosz, Riley Sexton, Jack DiNanno, Daniel Fitzgerald, Drew Peterson, Kyle Matallah, Brennan Troy and Romeo. Importantly, Alexander kicked a live two-point conversion off of a clean snap from DiNanno and Brian Calabrese hold to make it 8-0.
Before the half, Fairfield converted on a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Wilton’s defense fought hard during the first half, only giving up three first downs. Ends Jake Beshlian and Sam Wright contained the outside while Alex Acosta-Rua and Alexander filled the gaps in the middle from the linebacker position.
The second half of the game was an incredibly hard-hitting affair. Neither team was able to muster sustained offensive drives due to strong defense. Fairfield’s offensive and defensive lines were very mobile and outweighed Wilton’s lines by 25 pounds. Wilton’s linemen countered with speed and agility.
Wilton safety Joe Murtha had a huge second half, intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Jamie Trentos came in at center and made some big blocks against Fairfield’s enormous nose guard. Trey Snyder and Will Hastings fought on the defensive line. Rickey Tomasetti, Joe Scarfi, Liam Gany, James Sweeney and Nicolas Sylvia worked hard on special teams, especially when Wilton was punting. Fairfield was unable to return punts in the second half due to Wilton’s special teams coverage.