Youth football: Wilton Blue wins FCFL fifth grade title
The Wilton Youth Football fifth grade blue team capped off an undefeated season on Saturday morning with a 21-0 win over Westport North in the Fairfield County Football League championship game at New Canaan High School.
The Warriors (10-0) won the championship game with the same formula that worked for them all season — a strong running game and a defense that doesn’t allow points.
The offensive line of Vito Banner, Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Liam Murphy, Jack Santosky, David Schubkegel, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young was strong as always, creating a lot of running room for Cael Dexter, Jack Schwartz, Luke Ginsburg, Nate Jackson, Ray Ferranti, Ryan Luchetta, Charlie Keller, Will Cristini, James Jackowski, Ryan Stocker and Liam Snyder.
Wilton got on the board on its first possession with Cael Dexter running it in from the five-yard line for the first touchdown.
Two drives later, Luke Ginsburg scrambled 25 yards for the touchdown and added two points on a successful kick.
The final score came on another Cael Dexter run. this time from the 20-yard line, with Jack Schwartz adding the extra point with a strong run up the middle.
The defense ensured that the game was never close. Nine different Warriors recorded tackles, including Maja Driscoll, Liam Snyder, Ryan Meenan, Liam Murphy, Cole Siegel, Jack Schwartz, Cael Dexter, Luke Ginsburg and Charlie Keller.
Wilton also forced two turnovers. Cael Dexter had an interception and Liam Murphy recovered a Westport fumble.
The Warrior defense recorded its eighth shutout of the season, allowing just two touchdowns over 10 game.
Led by an excellent coaching staff of Ed Keller, Jeff Siegel and a host of other dedicated dads, the fifth grade Warriors had a season to remember — 10 wins, no losses and an FCFL championship.
Wilton Blue had advanced to the title game with a 8-0 win over New Canaan Red on Nov. 5 in the semifinals.
The Wilton defense was tough, allowing New Canaan only two first downs and never letting them get close to the end zone. Nate Jackson, Jack Schwartz, Cole Siegel, Liam Murphy, Cael Dexter, Liam Snyder, Ray Ferranti, Ryan Meenan, Ryan Stocker, Luke Ginsburg, James Jackowski and Will Cristini all recorded tackles for the Warriors. The Wilton defense also forced two turnovers — an interception by Cristini that set up the only touchdown of the day and a fumble recovery by Schwartz.
The offense did its part by consistently moving the ball and controlling the clock. The offensive line of Vito Banner, Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Meenan, Liam McKiernan, Murphy, Jack Santosky, Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young controlled the line of scrimmage all game, creating running room for Schwartz, Ginsburg, Cristini, Snyder, Dexter, Ryan Luchetta, Jackson, Charlie Keller and Ferranti.
It was a wet afternoon which limited the passing game, but McKiernan made the one successful catch of the day.
The only touchdown of the game came on a five-yard run by Jack Schwartz and a successful kick by Luke Ginsburg. Those eight points were all the Warriors would need to defeat the Rams.