Three Wilton Youth Football teams\u00a0claimed Fairfield County Football League championships last weekend, while two other Wilton teams advanced to the\u00a0finals in their age divisions. The Wilton third grade team won the FCFL title with a 12-0 win over Ridgefield last Saturday, while Wilton's two fifth-grade teams won their semifinal games and were named co-champions. Two more teams remain in the hunt. In the sixth grade division, the Wilton White team advanced to the championship game with a 21-12 win over the Darien Wave last Friday.\u00a0The Wilton White eighth grade team reached\u00a0the finals after a 28-22 win over Fairfield Black last Saturday. The two Wilton teams will play for the championship on Saturday at Ridgefield High School. The sixth grade team plays Westport North at noon, and the eighth grade team takes on Darien White at 3. In the fourth grade division, both Wilton teams reached the semifinals but fell short of the title game with losses last weekend. Wilton White fell to New Canaan Red, 14-0, and Wilton Blue came up short against New Canaan Black, 20-8. Wilton's other eighth grade team, Wilton Blue was ousted in the semifinals by Darien White, 21-7, last Sunday. Third grade Wilton 12, Ridgefield 0Wilton shut out Ridgefield, 12-0, to win the Fairfield County Football League championship. The Warriors got on the board early, scoring on their first possession of the game. Luke Ginsburg, Connor Burns, Ray Ferranti, Nate Jackson and Charlie Keller got the ground game rolling behind solid blocking from Liam McKiernan, Cole Siegel, Connor Boland, Maja Driscoll, Cole Johnson and Liam Murphy. Jack Schwartz finished off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. On their second possession, terrific blocking from Will Cristini, Phineas Wayland, Matt Garcia, Austin White, CJ Young and Jack Huntley paved the way for Jake Burns to scamper 57 yards for a touchdown. Wilton\u2019s defense, which has been tough all year, held Ridgefield scoreless for the remainder of the game. Great tackling by Liam Snyder, Cael Dexter, Cole Galante, Luke Perna, Ryan Stocker and Jaxon Thomas kept the Ridgefield offense at bay all day. Ryan Luchetta had a critical interception on Ridgefield\u2019s final drive to seal the win. The third grade team finished the year undefeated with a 7-0-2 record. Fourth grade Wilton Blue 22, Darien Wave 0The staunch defense of Wilton Blue, led by Jack Lauricella, Harry Polito, Henry Roy, Jack Williams and George Papakosmos, shut out Darien in the FCFL quarterfinals. Wilton scored on its first possession led by the running of Jack Costello and key blocks from Lorenzo Caratozzolo, Will Fischer and Eli Meltzer. Following a 20-yard run down to the one-yard line by Jack Costello, Luke DiRocco punched it in for the touchdown. Todd Woodring kicked the extra points for an 8-0 lead. Darien\u2019s next drive featured key tackles by Cole Montanaro, Aiden Shaw, Carter Stephenson, Jack Williams, Henry Roy and Jack Lauricella. Jack Kelly then made a goal-line tackle at the one-yard line to preserve the shutout going into the half. Wilton then came out and chewed up the entire third quarter on an 18-play drive executed flawlessly by DiRocco. Todd Woodring, Jack Costello and Wyatt Jones grinded out the yards behind the blocking of Dillon Bhutani, Lorenzo Caratozzolo, Hunter Crowell and Thomas McDonald. Woodring then scored from the two-yard line and Roy kicked the extra points for a 16-0 lead. After stuffing Darien\u2019s offense again, Wilton marched downfield with a key 15-yard run from Stephenson to the Darien 20. DiRocco then rolled out and hit Polito with a perfect strike for another touchdown, which sealed the game. Fifth grade Wilton Blue 31, New Canaan Red 12Wilton Blue capped off its undefeated season with its best performance of the year, soundly beating New Canaan Red and securing their spot as FCFL co-champions along with Wilton White, who would also put a sound beating on their New Canaan opponent in the second game of the Wilton\/New Canaan doubleheader. Wilton started out with the ball and after a 12-yard run by Liston, punted the ball to New Canaan. Wilton\u2019s first defensive play set the tone for what was to come when Lorcan Garcia blasted up the middle, beating a double-team block and crushing the New Canaan ball carrier for a three-yard sack. A tackle by Totten in the backfield and an incomplete pass forced New Canaan to punt. Starting on its own 43-yard line, Wilton\u2019s pounding ground attack behind the offensive line of Burke, Totten, Turner, Enman, Cristini, Kress and Randol went to work. A first down run by Liston and a 17-yard run by Capone moved the ball into New Canaan territory. On a third and 22 play, Acosta-Rua was able to connect with Turner for a 20-yard pass reception. A first down blast by Stengrim, a run by Capone, and a keeper by Acosta-Rua capped off Wilton\u2019s 14-play scoring drive. Acosta-Rua connected with Stengrim to add the two-point conversion and go up 8-0. New Canaan\u2019s next drive was its most prolific of the afternoon although their ball carriers took many big hits. Play after play, Wilton\u2019s defensive line of Walden, Cristini, Garcia, Snyder, Colavecchio, Montanero and Burke pounded the New Canaan ball carriers while Wilton\u2019s defensive ends, Randol and Kress, offered no escape. After Kress batted down a ball that was almost intercepted, New Canaan was eventually able to get the ball over the goal line, yet failed to convert on the extra point attempt. Wilton\u2019s ensuing offensive series began with several power runs from Liston and Capone, setting up a 40-yard pass from Acosta-Rua to Stengrim. A 28-yard cutback run by Guglielmo behind key blocks by Montanero and Totten moved the ball to the New Canaan four-yard line, where Petrides would blast it in for Wilton\u2019s second score of the day. A Stengrim run up the middle would add one more point. New Canaan\u2019s next offensive series was another decisive three and out, with a Montanero tackle and a Colavecchio sack ending the first half at 15-6. New Canaan starting the second half with the ball was forced into a quick three and out after crushing tackles by Petrides and Cristini and excellent pass coverage. Wilton, starting on its own 40-yard line, moved the ball down field with a Liston 10-yard run. After Capone\u2019s 16-yard run was called back for holding, Capone on the next play ran a counter play for 20 yards to the eight-yard line behind textbook blocking. A Stengrim eight-yard blast up the middle resulted in Wilton\u2019s third touchdown and an Acosta-Rua kick made it 23-6. Although New Canaan scored on its next drive, they would come up short on two-point conversion because of a goal line tackle by Stengrim. Wilton\u2019s offense went to work one more time, doing what is has been able to do all year \u2014 chewing up yardage and clock. A 22-yard pass by Acosta-Rua to Turner added Wilton\u2019s fourth touchdown of the afternoon. Acosta-Rua added the kick to bring the score to 31-6. Wilton\u2019s defense would come back in one more time to mop up and finish out the game and the championship season.Wilton White 22, New Canaan Black 0The White Warriors won their semifinal\/championship playoff game by defeating New Canaan Black 24-0 this past Sunday at Fujitani Field. The Warriors finished a perfect 9-0 for the season. The semifinal game turned into a championship game when the Wilton Blue team defeated New Canaan Red just prior to White\u2019s game. Both teams are co-champions of the FCFL fifth grade Junior Division. Wilton\u2019s defense was the story of the game, as it has been all season, posting its sixth shutout in nine games. Jackson Duncan and Jake Masek led the defense, pressuring the New Canaan backfield all game. The New Canaan running attack was shut down by defensive lineman: Jackson Kreter, Zachary Krawitz and Jake MacIntyre. Linebackers William McCormack, William Sullivan and Tommy McKiernan made tackles all over the field, chasing down New Canaan\u2019s running backs. Tommy McKiernan had an interception. Defensive ends Matthew Dooley and George Hahn completely shut down the outside running attack. Safeties Ryan Preisano, Michael Wall and Andre Wiest played great pass coverage. Wilton scored on its first possession driving the ball 55 yards, ending the drive on a 28-yard touchdown run by William Sullivan. Sullivan would score Wilton\u2019s second touchdown on 10-yard run, capping off another 55-yard drive. The score at halftime was 14-0. Wilton would put the game away with a seven-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run by Tommy McKiernan. Offensive lineman Michael Byrnes, Carter Galante, Connor Sweeney, Jackson Duncan, Jake Masek, William Drew, James Flynn and William Soojian did an outstanding job of blocking. Sixth grade Wilton White 21, Darien Wave 12Football is a game of momentum\u2026just ask cornerback Mikey Longo and Wilton White. Longo sparked an electric comeback from a 0-6 deficit, with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown. This put Wilton on the board for the first time midway through the third quarter and completely changed the mood at Fujitani Field. Grant Masterson kicked the extra point to put Wilton up 7-6 and there was no looking back. After Wilton\u2019s defense stuffed Darien on the next series behind the tenacious defensive line play of Kieran O\u2019Neill, Joe Schiavone, Tyler Hough, Brennan MacGregor and Matthew Giller, Wilton got the ball back at the Darien 40-yard line. The offense kicked it in high gear when Dominic Roberts, William Ryan, Andrew Pellicano, Michael Breen, Chris McCann, Ryan Jackson, Eddie Keller, Ryan Farrar, Sean Wiseman, O\u2019Neill and Giller started punching sizeable holes in the Darien defense. This helped QB Masterson carry the ball a series of times, leading to a 15-yard Masterson touchdown run and extra point kick, putting Wilton ahead 14-6. Defensively, a midgame adjustment by Wilton created a new landmark named Sean Wiseman Island, when combined with Longo and Ryan, shut down Darien\u2019s biggest threat. From there, linebackers Masterson, Roberts and Keller, as well as lineman Ryan Keenan, Quinton Kiss, Charlie Fisher and Ben Pond, gave Darien little room to run. Defensive lineman O\u2019Neill was particularly effective at shutting down Darien\u2019s dangerous counter offense. Wilton\u2019s offense was not to be outdone by the defense. A new offensive wrinkle called the \u201cPondo Special\u201d on third and long, unleashed a Masterson to Giller pass play resulting in Giller racing 57 yards to score the final TD. Masterson\u2019s kick was good, ending the game with a 21-12 victory. Eighth grade Darien White 21, Wilton Blue 7Six glorious years of youth football came to an end for an incredible group of young men on Sunday afternoon at Darien High School when, despite a valiant effort to the end, the eighth grade Wilton Blue Warriors fell to undefeated Darien White, 21-7, in the semifinals of the Fairfield County Football League playoffs. Over the six-year span that is nearly half of their young lives, Wilton Blue won two FCFL championships, finished second in the league twice and never fell before the semifinal round, while compiling a spectacular 47-10-1 record, including a magic 10-0 season in 2011. Wilton Blue was led by a core group of players, Austin Andersen, Dominick Caratazzolo, Dean Griffin, Kyle Hyzy, Dominick Polito, and Jack Savarese, who have played tackle football since third grade, and Tate Falta, Ryan Healey, Jack Lenz, Noah Levi, Cole Stephenson, Reilly Sullivan and Steven Tuin, who have played for five years, and were joined by newcomers Matthew Antonios, Jake Fernandes, Maden Herve, Daniel Incao, Jimmy O\u2019Brien, Spencer Reyes and Andrew Smith. Long after the Darien players had gone home, the Wilton Blue parents, coaches James Andersen, Mimmo Caratazzolo, Gregg Healey, Chris Hyzy, Carl Lenz, Joe Polito, Joe Savarese, Mark Smith, Craig Stephenson and Steve Tuin, and the players remained on the turf, embracing each other and savoring the last moments of a great chapter in their lives. Since that first contest on a hot September day in 2010, when these young Warriors first went to battle together, they have grown through the game of football into outstanding young men, learned to be comrades-in-arms always there for each other, and become known throughout the league for being magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat. Wilton football fans are rightly proud to call them their own.