The Wilton High School Warriors treated the crowd that packed the stands for Homecoming 2018 to an emotional thrill ride on Saturday afternoon, beating Fairfield Warde, 47-28.
It was an event-filled matchup with dramatic touchdowns, turnovers, and team spirit marred only by a game-ending shoulder injury to quarterback Kyle Phillips–one that was followed in the second half by a touchdown paying tribute to the team’s fallen captain by his own younger brother, Drew Phillips. In fact, that was the second of two touchdowns Drew Phillips scored during the game which saw him run over 120-yards.
His efforts were matched by teammate Tyler Previte, whose first TV-worthy TD showed off his tenacity in powering through multiple Fairfield defenders and leaping across the line of scrimmage. Previte notched his second touchdown in the second half on a dramatic 75-yard run.
Wilton actually kept Fairfield scoreless in the first half, and the 27-0 cushion almost left everyone wondering if the second half would be as lopsided. The Mustangs must have had some Wheaties in the locker room however because they upped their play to get some points on the scoreboard.
But Wilton’s backup QB Jimmy O’Brien proved smooth enough to keep the Warriors moving straight ahead with a 13-play, 80-yard drive to set up a Drew Phillips touchdown with just over five minutes left in the game. Previte sealed the deal with a 59-yard return on an interception.
Other notable moments:
O’Brien’s first quarter 22-yard pass to Michael Coffey, resulting in a touchdown; Chris Tienken’s three extra point kicks and Zack Pozzi’s two-point conversion run.
Check out our photos from the Homecoming Parade as well as of the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen; plus the Warrior Marching Band, Wilton Varsity Cheerleaders, Wilton High School administrators, Wilton fans and more!
Homecoming Parade and Festivities
WHS Band and Cheerleaders
video courtesy of Anna Fastiggi