For the second consecutive week, a lack of intensity on defense early in the game resulted in a quick deficit for the Wilton 7 Blue football Warriors. New Canaan Red connected on a 49 yard scoring strike on their fifth play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead, but the Warriors woke up and scored three unanswered touchdowns to win 21-7 and move to 5-0 on the season.

The team’s lethargy carried over to their first offensive series as New Canaan drove the Warriors back to their 16 where they were forced to punt, giving the Rams great field position at the Wilton 40. However, a sack by Jimmy O’Brien, two incomplete passes and a shanked punt by New Canaan gave the ball back to the Warriors.

After a first down run was negated by a holding penalty, forcing a punt, the momentum in the game shifted as Austin Andersen’s 61 yard punt left New Canaan deep in their own territory. The defensive line of Jack Lenz, Dominick Polito, Jack Savarese, Sean Purdy, Matt Dooley and O’Brien then began to take over the game shutting down the Rams offense.

After a New Canaan punt, the Warrior offense began to click. Consecutive runs of 13 and 14 yards by Andersen and Kyle Hyzy behind the blocking of Purdy, Lenz, Savarese, O’Brien, Polito, Cole Stephesnon and Jack DiRocco and the Warriors were in business. Two plays later, O’Brien ran over several defenders on his way to the one where Ryan Healey scored on a quarterback sneak. DiRocco’s extra point attempt was good and the game was tied 7-7.

On the first play of New Canaan’s next possession, Savarese and Polito hit the quarterback as he threw, allowing Andersen to pick off an errant pass, which he returned to the New Canaan 24. Following big runs by Andersen and Hyzy, Andersen scored on a one yard dive to give the Warriors the lead 14-7.

On the last play of the half, O’Brien connected with Hyzy on a long pass to the New Canaan three as time expired.

On Wilton’s first possession of the second half, Dooley, Hyzy and Andersen pounded the ball at New Canaan, advancing to the Rams 20. Hyzy then threw a perfect strike to O’Brien who was tackled at the one. Another one yard dive by Andersen made the score 21-7.

The Warrior defense was tough the rest of the way, shutting down New Canaan.