Youth football: Wilton third graders remain unbeaten
Wilton Youth Football teams had the following results in action from last weekend:
Wilton 2, New Canaan Red 0
The Wilton third grade football team remained undefeated at 3-0 with a 2-0 win on Sunday over rival New Canaan Red on Sunday, under the watchful eye of head coach Chris Calabrese.
In the first quarter, Charlie Calabrese took a QB sneak to the New Canaan five-yard line, and while the Warriors could not punch it in for a touchdown, they did leave New Canaan with the ball on its own two. That set up the only score of the game, a Wilton safety led by defensive linemen Marco Chila, Grant Stein, Dylan Gallo, Evan Christianson and William McDonald.
The second quarter was an old-school ground and pound, with running back Craig O’Neill breaking out for three-, five- and seven-yard runs up the middle, and Jake Padilla cutting the outside corner for a 20-yard pickup behind a bruising O-line, including Quint Furman, Phillip Mouracade, Hunter Lishnoff, Joshua Meltzer and Max Totten.
As the second quarter came to an end, the crowd was treated a show when Theo Satrazemis pulled in a 20-yard pass from Calabrese, who was a workhorse all day.
The third quarter saw both teams marching between the 30s, with terrific work on both sides of the ball from two-way stars Blake Ongley, Kieran Wiseman, Charlie Roy, Mason Behar, Will Byrnes and Trevien Goldman.
New Canaan came alive in the fourth quarter, but Wilton’s defense was too much to overcome, as highlighted by an incredible fumble recovery by Lincoln Jones and the tackle of the game by Emma VanHeyst as the game clock ran down.
Wilton 19, New Canaan Black 0
Wilton was coming off its second victory against New Canaan Black on Sept. 17. The game got off to a great start with the Wilton D-line made up of Max Totten, Grant Stein, Marco Chila, Curtis Jackson, Kieran Wiseman and Theo Satrazemis stopping New Canaan Black for a three and out. Wilton came back with a touchdown on a sweep run by Craig O’Neill to make it 7-0.
Following the touchdown, New Canaan went three and out again after a great tackle by Emma VanHeyst. The defense continued to shine with impressive tackling by Charlie Calabrese, Marco Chila, and Curtis Jackson, ending the first half with Wilton leading 7-0.
The second half continued the defensive dominance with Trevien Goldman, Evan Christianson, Grant Stein, Blake Ongley, Mason Behar, Quint Furman, Dylan Gallo and Phillip Mouracade helping create a fumble which was recovered by Kieran Wiseman. With the ball back, Charlie Calabrese ran it in for a touchdown behind great blocking by Theo Satrazemis, Will Byrnes, Josh Meltzer, Lincoln Jones, William McDonald, and Quint Furman, upping Wilton’s lead to 13-0.
After a couple more defensive stops by Wilton, the offense had the ball back, and on a third and long late in the game, Jake Padilla ran a big reverse for an important first down, setting up a touchdown drive. This led to a touchdown catch by Charlie Roy for the final score. In the end the Wilton defense continued to shine with a fumble recovery by Hunter Lishnoff in the final minute of the game.
Wilton Blue 6, Darien White 0
On a perfect day for football, Wilton Blue and Darien White collided in a defensive gem, with the Warriors coming out on top. Wilton’s defense was stellar all day, never allowing Darien to get into a rhythm.
The defense got out to a strong start on Darien’s first drive with Cole Siegel coming up with two big tackles for a loss and Charlie Keller making an acrobatic interception of a Darien pass. The strong tackling continued with Liam Snyder, Ray Ferranti, Ryan Luchetta, Cael Dexter, Liam Murphy and Connor Boland all making big stops against the Darien offense. Meanwhile the middle of the defensive line — Henry Soojian, Liam Murphy, Cole Siegel, Ryan Stocker, Jaxon Thomas — kept pressure on the Darien quarterbacks all day and didn’t allow any room to run up the middle.
Coming out of halftime, Wilton quickly got the momentum moving in its direction with an interception by Luke Ginsburg on just the third play of the half. With good field position, the Warriors marched down the field behind strong blocking from Jack Huntley, Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Ryan Meenan, CJ Young, Will Cristini and Liam McKiernan. Jack Schwartz and Nate Jackson moved the ball consistently up the field and Luke Ginsburg punched it in from inside the five-yard line, providing the only points of the ball game.
The defense did the rest, holding Darien without a first down for the rest of the game. Jaxon Thomas and Cole Siegel came up big with a sack on Darien’s last offensive play to seal the victory for the Warriors.
Wilton Blue 18, Ridgefield 7
On Saturday night at Ridgefield’s Tiger Hollow, Wilton Blue met up with the Ridgefield Tigers in what would turn out to be a very physical and hard-hitting game. Ridgefield started with the ball and on its first possession of the game was able to mount a 10-play drive to score the first touchdown of the game and take a 7-0 early lead.
Wilton made several defensive adjustments and kept Ridgefield off of the board for the remainder of the game. Inside linebacker Quinn Stengrim, defensive lineman Jamie Cristini and defensive ends Colin Randol and Nick Walden led Wilton’s defense.
On the offensive side, Wilton scored on its first two possessions. The first score was a 41-yard run by Charlie Guglielmo. A 36-yard completion by Caleb Rath to the three-yard line set up a Stengrim run for the second touchdown of the night. Wilton’s third touchdown came as a result of the 10-play drive highlighted by several Christopher Capone runs, another long reception by tight end Caleb Rath, and another blast by full back Stengrim on the last play of the first half.
Wilton started with the ball in the second half and put together a 23-play drive that consumed all of the third quarter. Although the Warriors did not score on this drive, they were able to pin Ridgefield back inside its 10-yard line. Ridgefield was not able to get anything going after that and Wilton’s defense stepped up and controlled the remainder of the game.
Wilton Blue 27, Darien White 12
Wilton Blue won its third straight game in convincing fashion, 27-12, versus Darien White.
The Warrior defense, with key plays by Michael Whitman, Joe Schiavone and George DiRocco, stopped Darien on the first drive of the game at the Wilton 25-yard line. Sean Wiseman broke a few tackles and moved the ball to the 33-yard line for Wilton. On the second play from scrimmage, the offensive line for the Warriors, led by Connor Robertson, Dylan Smith, Michael Breen, Daniel Doran and Matthew Giller, allowed Jake Sommer to run right untouched for a 67-yard touchdown to put Wilton up 6-0.
Darien was stopped again without gaining a first down on its second possession. Craig Hyzy and Eddie Keller had tackles for losses and Nevin Belanger and Mikey Longo made key deflections to stop Darien White. The Warriors struck again as Sommer ran up the gut for 40 yards to paydirt from excellent blocks by Quinn Kiss and Michael Munrow. Wilton led 13-0 at the half after a Smith extra point.
The Warriors scored again on the first drive of the second half after Ciara Garcia and Munrow sealed the ends and Ben Calabrese and Wisemen ran several sweeps down the field. A brilliant 20-yard run off-tackle by Matthew Claps set up Sommer, who ran outside for the third TD to make it 19-0. Darien made it 19-6 to end the shut out as the fourth quarter began.
Kevin Hyzy executed several QB sneaks before Sommer scored again on a 13-yard run to make it 27-6, with Smith converting a two-point live conversion kick. Darien scored in the final play of the game.
Wilton White 30, Aspetuck 7
Wilton White overpowered Aspetuck, 30-7, Saturday afternoon at Fujitani Field behind quarterback Grant Masterson and receiver Eli Ackerman each delivering over 150 yards of total offense.
On Wilton’s first drive, Masterson ran three times for 47 yards before running back Joe deGrasse punched it in from nine yards. Masterson hit Ackerman on a pass for the two-point conversion.
Defensively, Tyler Hough had a huge day with six tackles, a forced fumble, multiple tackles for a loss and an interception that Hough would have scored on had he not stepped out at the three-yard line in a great show of sportsmanship.
On Wilton’s second drive, Masterson broke loose on a 35-yard touchdown run behind the great lead blocking of deGrasse, William Ryan, Cole Boniface, Kieran O’Neill, Jimmy Luce, Ben Pond, Ackerman and Andrew Pellicano. Masterson hit Max Silva for the two-point conversion. After a quick three and out by the Aspetuck offense, QB Max Silva’s perfectly-executed pass to Ackerman led to Ackerman’s 52-yard touchdown. Masterson’s extra point kick put Wilton up 23-0 early in the second quarter.
Wilton’s defense again held firm behind excellent tackles by Ryan, Wade Steffens, Charlie Fischer, Chris Calderone and Luce, and stout line play by Ryan Keenan, Chris McCann and Ryan Farrar. Brennan MacGregor also had pass deflection at cornerback. Kieran O’Neill wreaked havoc with multiple tackles for a loss at nose guard as he overwhelmed the Aspetuck center.
On Wilton’s fourth drive, Ackerman took a direct snap 47 yards before stepping out purposefully on the one-yard line to avoid running up the score.
In the second half, Ryan and Jackson Luther carried the ball multiple times for positive yardage, while on defense, Luther made a highlight-reel open-field tackle. For the game, Wilton’s top tacklers were Hough, Masterson, Ryan and Steffens, with 11 different players tallying tackles for Wilton. After a late Aspetuck score, Masterson again hit Ackerman, who raced down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown. Masterson successfully kicked the extra point kick.
Fairfield Black 14, Wilton White 8
Wilton White lost a hard-fought battle against Fairfield Black,14-8.
Wilton started the game on defense and held Fairfield to short yardage, forcing a punt. For the rest of the first quarter, it was a back and forth between two evenly matched teams. On offense, quarterback John Stanley, and running backs Trevor Martines and Sean Sullivan each added to the running attack as Wilton tried to move the ball. The offensive line led by Matt Gulbin, EJ Fasano, Michael Burton, Evan Kauh, Quinn O’Connor and Michael Coffey battled a strong Fairfield defensive front. Stanley looked to receivers Jimmy McKiernan, Nolan Graham and Mattias Onnerud.
The first quarter ended with the score 0-0. However, early in the second quarter, a Fairfield runner broke through the line for a 55-yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good. Later in the second quarter, Fairfield again scored on a 40-yard pass play. The extra point was good and the half ended with the score 14-0.
The second half started with Wilton possessing the ball and though Wilton had some very nice runs, several drives ended with punts. The defense turned things up in the second half and behind strong play by Ryan Witty, Max Greenberg, Howie Long, Will Rath and Gulbin, Fairfield scored no more points. Mack Kepner intercepted a pass, which he returned into Fairfield territory.
In the fourth quarter, Long intercepted a pass and returned it to the three-yard line. Martines ran it in for a TD and Ryan Van Heist added the extra point, making it 14-8.
Westport North 28, Wilton Blue 14
Wilton Blue jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Westport North, but the visiting Wreckers stormed back to defeat the home squad, 28-14, on Sunday at Fujitani Field.
The Warrior defense, led up front by Trey Dexter, Brian Cipri, Christian ‘Animal’ Theoharides, Kyle Jordan and Jack Carroll, tied up the Wreckers’ linemen on their first possession, allowing linebackers Kiel Polito, Ryan MacDougall and Jermaine Vincent to make tackles in the backfield, forcing a punt.
After trading punts, the Warrior offense kicked into gear. Sprung by blocks from Jordan and Max Mannino, Vincent burst up the middle and then bumped his run to the outside for a 47-yard gain all the way to the Westport two. Two plays later, Polito bulled his way into the end zone. MacDougall’s kick gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead.
Unfortunately, two plays later, missed tackles allowed Westport to score on a 75-yard run to knot the game at 7-7. Westport scored twice more before halftime to take a 21-7 lead to the locker room.
Undeterred, the Warriors came out strong to start the second half. Mixing runs by Vincent and MacDougall with passes from Everett Andersen to Connor Healey, including an impressive ‘toe tap’ reception along the sideline for a 24-yard gain, and Polito, the Warriors moved the ball efficiently down the field. Vincent’s five-yard dive for a touchdown closed the gap to 21-14.
The rest of the game was a seesaw affair that saw great effort by Bradley Barker, Nick Fahey, Matthew Goldstein, Sean Millar, Michael Ramirez, Robert Rios and Ryan Rogg, but Westport was able to punch in another touchdown, making the final score 28-14. The Warriors continued to be hampered by the loss of Wooder Thoby, who suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the season.