Youth football: Wilton White falls short in sixth grade title game
The Wilton White sixth grade football team gave it their all, but fell short against an impressively efficient Westport North team, 26-6, in last Saturday’s Fairfield County Football League championship game in Ridgefield.
Westport (10-1), after losing its first game of the season, rolled to 10 consecutive wins while giving up only six touchdowns all season.
The Warriors (7-3), who began the season a shaky 2-2, learned from every game and through hard work came together beautifully as a team to win the NFC division.
It was this teamwork and effort that resulted in five consecutive wins prior to the championship game. Wilton showed tremendous heart in those five victories, having been either tied or trailing in each of the games, but never giving up and fighting back to deliver a win.
In the championship game, the lone score Wilton could muster was a 57-yard strike from QB Grant Masterson to receiver Matthew Giller, early in the fourth quarter.
This was a special team that saw tremendous growth from the interior line, led by Kieran O’Neill and Michael Breen, while seeing Joe Schiavone, Ryan Farrar and Ben Pond improve greatly throughout the year. The center play of Ryan Jackson, Chris McCann and Andrew Pellicano kept the ball secure and the QB protected. The ‘kamikaze’ defensive guard rotation of Charlie Fischer, Ryan Keenan and Brennan MacGregor consistently and selflessly kept the center from attacking our defense. Quarterback/linebacker and kicker Masterson scored from all over the field with his passing, running and kicking, having missed only one extra point all year.
Giller was Wilton’s big play receiver and punter, while Sean Wiseman and Mikey Longo were the key running back and defensive back threats.
Eddie Keller and Dominic Roberts were Wilton’s best blockers from the receiving position with a steady dose of great effort and hard work, while also providing key plays from linebacker.
Receiver, running back and cornerback William Ryan was the team’s most news media savvy player, who came to work every day with a great attitude and work ethic, who always did what was asked.
The Warriors should be proud of their ‘never give up’ attitude and sense of TEAM displayed this season. Thank you to all the coaches and team mom Anne McCann for their time and dedication to Wilton White.