Youth football: Clean sweep for Wilton sixth, seventh grade teams
Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from this past weekend:
New Canaan Red 25, Wilton Blue 6
New Canaan scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and added a defensive touchdown on Wilton’s second drive, to put New Canaan up 19-0 early in the second quarter. Wilton’s defense stiffened for the rest of the game, but there was too much ground to make up. Sound tackling by Cole Siegel, Ryan Luchetta, Liam Murphy, Maja Driscoll, Nate Jackson, Ray Ferranti, Cole Galante, Jack Schwartz, Liam McKiernan, Will Cristini, Ryan Stocker, Cael Dexter and Liam Snyder held New Canaan to just six points over the final three quarters. Wilton’s offense got moving behind great running by Charlie Keller, Jack Schwartz and Ryan Luchetta. The Warrior offense finally broke through with a 53-yard touchdown run by Luke Ginsburg, behind blocking from Connor Boland, Jack Huntley, Ryan Meenan, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young.
Wilton White 24, Fairfield 7
Wilton White hosted Fairfield at the high school field. Wilton took an early lead when Ryan Smith lobbed a perfect pass to Levi Kaplan for a well-executed 35 yard touchdown.
Wilton had strong blocking throughout the day with Eli Meltzer, Connor Flanagan, Jason Costa, Griffin Kovak, Will Fischer, Jai Satsangi and Dylan Long opening running lanes and protecting their quarterback.
Wilton’s defense held Fairfield to one long scoring run and stymied the Fairfield offense with impressive tackling and relentless pressure from Quin Silva (key QB sack), Patrick Heffernan, Cole Stephenson, Jack Kelly, Charlie Caporrino, Aiden Shaw, Tyler Giannantoni and Colin O’Neill.
Kaplan and Smith added timely interceptions to keep Fairfield’s scoring in check.
Peter Reyes padded Wilton’s lead when he took a short screen pass, shed several tackles, and rumbled 50 yards down the right sideline for the score.
Owen Theoharides ran in Wilton’s third TD on a sweep from seven yards out to ice the game. Levi Kaplan nailed all three extra point opportunities while filling in for kicker Francesco Tomas.
Wilton White is 1-1 this year and travels to New Canaan on Saturday.
Wilton White 20, Darien Blue 6
The Wilton White Warriors won their second game of the season at Fujitani Field with an impressive win over Darien Blue.
Wilton scored first on its opening drive with a 38-yard touchdown run by fullback Wil Sullivan. Michael Wall converted on the point-after kick, making the score 8-0. The impressive running of halfbacks Ryan Preisano and Tommy McKiernan helped set up the touchdown. In the second quarter, quarterback George Hahn threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to receiver Matthew Dooley. The offensive line, led by Jake Enman, Carter Galante, Alexander Reyes, Michael Byrnes, Connor Sweeney, Merrick Snyder and tight end William McCormack, was outstanding and the linemen held their blocks and opened huge holes. Wingback Michael Colavecchio was tremendous blocking the end all game. Wilton scored again in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Hahn to Dooley again, making the score 22-0.
Defensively, the line pressured the Darien backfield all game, led by Jackson Duncan, Jackson Kreter and Christian Stella, who all had big tackles. Safety Michael Wall was key in stopping the passing attack. Defensive end Matthew Dooley and outside linebackers Tommy McKiernan and Will McCormack made some big tackles stopping Darien drives. The Warrior defense was outstanding on third downs, led by Andrei Schroeder. The defense gave up a late fourth-quarter touchdown but stopped the extra point attempt.
Wilton Blue 26, Darien White 14
The Warriors traveled to Darien on Saturday to play their second game. Darien started with the ball and was forced to punt after big tackles by Cristini, Petrides and Stengrim. Wilton took the ball and methodically marched down the field on an eight-play drive to score its first touchdown on an off-tackle run by Capone, with Acosta-Rua adding the point-after. Solid runs by Liston, Guglielmo and Charlie Rath put Wilton in scoring position. Wilton’s offensive line of Drew, Totten, Turner, Dempster, Cristini, Kress and Kaczynski executed solidly and provided nice running lanes. Wilton again held Darien to a three-and-out, this time with tackles from the defensive line of MacIntyre, DiPalma, Walden, Flynn and Soojian. Wilton’s second offensive series was a 10-play drive ending with a seven-yard Liston touchdown run. Tackles by Guglielmo, Kaczynski and Randol again held Darien to a three-and-out. A 70-yard run by Liston and a 25-yard pass from Acosta-Rua to Caleb Rath added two more Wilton touchdowns for the half. In the second half Wilton was able to control the ball and run off the clock on what was a brutally hot day.
Wilton White 20, Weston 0
Wilton White stormed out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Wilton was led by a lightning-quick Eli Ackerman, who paved the way for Joe deGrasse’s 13-yard touchdown run with a 30-yard punt return on Wilton’s second possession. Wilton’s defense, which was led all game by Kieran O’Neill, Tyler Hough, Ryan Jackson, Jimmy Luce, Max Silva and Charlie Fischer, quickly forced Weston to punt for a second time, with even better results for Ackerman, who returned the punt 59 yards for a touchdown. Grant Masterson kicked both extra points.
The Warrior defense remained stout and forced a turnover on downs after four plays. On the next play, Masterson ran the ball for a 35-yard touchdown behind the great blocking of Brennan MacGregor, Cole Boniface, Chris McCann, Luce, O’Neill, Will Ryan, Ackerman and DeGrasse.
The second half saw Wilton’s defense come up with a number of big plays, including interceptions by linebacker Wade Steffens and defensive end Boniface. Jackson Luther contributed a picture-perfect open-field tackle. Wilton saw a handful of ball carriers in the second half including Fischer, Ryan Keenan, Will Ryan and Jackson. Ryan Farrar played well at offensive tackle, with Ben Pond and Andrew Pellicano and Chris Calderone helping open holes for Wilton’s offense.
Wilton improved to 1-1 on the season.
Wilton Blue 20, Westport 8
Wilton Blue beat Westport 20-8 at PJ Romano Field on Saturday. After being down 8-0 with the first drive of game, the Warriors scored 20 straight points with a ground-and-pound running game, timely passes, and control-the-clock strategy.
The Warriors made their move on the last drive of the first half with power runs by Jake Sommer and Matt Claps. With 24 seconds to go, Kevin Hyzy hit Craig Hyzy on a 20-yard yard pass to the one-yard line. Wilton spiked the ball for one last play with three seconds left, and Kevin Hyzy hit Sean Wiseman for the TD pass to cut Westport’s lead to 8-7 at the half.
The aggressive and stout defense of the Warriors, led by Eddie Keller, George DiRocco, Craig Hyzy, Michael Whitman, Ben Calabrese, Michael Breen, Joe Schiavone, Somer, Claps, Nevin Belanger and Connor Robertson, thwarted Westport’s high-power attack to very limited yards in the second half. Wilton’s ground-and-pound attack led to the last two scores with drives of over eight minutes each. The offensive line powered by Dylan Smith, Robertson, Breen, Whitman, Keller, Schiavone, Michael Munrow, Daniel Doran and Ciara Garcia created holes for the downhill running by Claps, Sommer, Wisemen, Calabrese and Hyzy. Somer scored on a six-yard run to take the lead 14-8 before another long drive was capped off by a Hyzy to Matthew Giller pass in the end zone on fourth down to make it 20-8. An interception by DiRocco with three minutes to go sealed the victory for the Warriors.
Wilton White 30, Darien Blue 7
The setting was different, but the result was nearly identical on Sunday as Wilton White routed Darien Blue, 30-7, at Fujitani Field. A week earlier, on the road against Aspetuck, the team rolled to a 30-8 victory.
Michael Coffey set the tone early with a thunderous tackle for a loss on the first play from scrimmage. Darien was helpless against the Warriors’ defense, with Coffey, Howie Long, Quinn O’Connor, Evan Kauh, Nolan Graham and E.J. Fasano helping stuff drive after drive.
While the defense held Darien to minus-seven yards in the first half, the Wilton offense stormed down the field repeatedly, taking full advantage of the openings created by Michael Burton, Matt Gulbin and the offensive line. Trevor Martines started the scoring by returning a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, and Sean Sullivan established the ground game on the Warriors’ first drive, scampering for runs of 17 and 10 yards before scoring from six yards out.
With a 16-0 lead, quarterback John Stanley – who rushed for 44 yards in all – broke through for a 15-yard keeper. Then Mack Kepner got loose for a 20-yard burst, setting up the Warriors’ next touchdown, a 15-yard catch by the sure-handed Jimmy McKiernan.
It was 23-0 at halftime, and a third-quarter interception by Ryan Van Heyst – who also converted four extra points as the kicker – stifled a Darien drive. Consistent pressure by Gulbin, Stanley, Will Rath and Max Greenberg kept Darien scoreless until late in the third quarter, when the Wave finally converted a long passing play for a touchdown. That ended a run of 53 unanswered points by the Warriors, going back to the opener last Sunday.
In Wilton’s fourth-quarter scoring drive, Martines rushed for 47 yards to set up an eight-yard touchdown rumble by Kepner. The swarming Wilton defense took care of the rest, giving the Warriors a 2-0 record as they hit the road to face the Darien White on Saturday.
Fairfield Black 21, Wilton Blue 0
Fairfield Black’s enormous size advantage allowed them to completely dominate Sunday’s contest with Wilton Blue as Fairfield rolled to an easy 21-0 victory.
Fairfield was in control from the outset marching 70 yards on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
On Wilton’s first play from scrimmage, Fairfield forced and recovered a fumble at the Warrior 30, putting a weary Warrior defense back on the field. Defensive end Ryan McDougall gave the defense a spark as he foiled a statue-of-liberty play, tackling the Fairfield runner for a five-yard loss. On third down, the swarming Wilton defense pressured the quarterback and Matt Goldstein was there to pick off the pass and end the threat.
Outweighed on the line by at least 40 pounds on average (Fairfield’s largest lineman weighed in at 256 pounds), the Warrior offense struggled to move the ball and was forced to punt.
Despite some highlights, including Kiel Polito’s over-the-shoulder 26-yard reception, the Warrior offense could not move the ball, causing Wilton to punt three more times during the game. The Warriors gained precious few yards on the ground and not much more through the air as Fairfield’s defensive line was dominant.
Fairfield scored twice more before halftime and coasted to the 21-0 victory.