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Saturday’s (Sept. 2) game for Wilton’s 4th Grade Football team started with Ridgefield on offense. After a long drive, Kieran Wiseman made a touchdown-saving tackle with 5:53 left in the first quarter. The defense then made a huge goal stand with Hunter Lishnoff, Erik Kieran, Blake Ongley, Trevien Goldman, Charlie Calabrese, Wiseman, Quint Furman, Josh Meltzer and Ellie Smith with a fumble-inducing tackle by Marco Chila and a recovery by Curtis Jackson.
Wilton had possession entering the second quarter, and they drove down the field with great blocking up front from Charlie Roy, Max Totten, Lishnoff, Furman, Jack Bernard, Grant Stein and Theo Satrazemis, springing Calabrese up the right side for a touchdown run at 8:52 in the second quarter.
With Ridgefield on offense the Wilton D stepped up again with Evan Christianson, Cayden Stevens, Mason Behar, Michael Butler and the rest of the defense helping to create another fumble, which was recovered by Totten. Back on offense the Warriors had great runs by Jake Padilla and Will Byrnes. After giving the ball up on downs, Wilton was back on defense. Stein made a big tackle in Ridgefield’s backfield, pushing them inside the 10-yard-line. Then the D stepped up again, with Craig O’Neill making a tackle in the end zone for a safety and another two points, to bring the score to Wilton 9, and Ridgefield 0.
The second half was a defensive battle by both sides. There were a number of big plays on defense racking up big losses for Ridgefield. Jackson had one play for a 10-yard loss in the third. Padilla, Chila and Jackson had a team tackle for another 10-yard-loss early in the fourth. In the second half we also had some big runs by Emma vanHeyst (see main photo, above), Calabrese, and Wiseman. Ultimately there were no additional scores in the second half, so Wilton came out on top. The final score in game one of the season was Wilton 9, Ridgefield 0.
On the morning of Sept. 2, Wilton 7 Blue visited Weston and played a physical opening day game. Wilton started the game on defense and held Weston to a four-and-out after Weston decided to go for it deep in their territory. Strong defensive end play from Nick Walden and Andrew Kress, and a critical fourth down tackle by Christopher Capone and Alexander Dempster forced the turnover on downs.
Starting on the Weston 35-yard line, Wilton put together an eight-play drive capped by a Capone touchdown. Solid runs from Xander Petrides and Charlie Guglielmo helped keep the drive alive. On the second play of Weston’s next series Spencer Liston intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards to the Weston 10-yard line. Andrew Acosta-Rua connected with Quinn Stengrim on a quick out for Wilton’s second touchdown of the day.
Wilton’s defense again came up strong with solid defensive line play from Jamie Cristini, Michael Colavecchio, Bobby DiPalma, Connor Sweeney and first-year player Aiden Cruickshank, forcing Weston to punt. Wilton then put together an eight-play drive, only to turn the ball over on the Weston 10-yard line. Wilton’s defense held again and forced Weston to punt out of their own end zone. A 27-yard punt return by Caleb Rath put Wilton on the Weston 8-yard line. Two plays later Wilton was able to wedge it into the end zone on a Petrides carry behind the offensive line of Luke Totten, Sweeney, Dempster, Cristini and Kress. Acosta-Rua added the point after to make the score 20-0 at the half. A late first half interception from Rath gave Wilton one more opportunity but they were not able to convert.
After a turn over on downs by Wilton to start the second half, Weston scored two touchdowns quickly to bring the score to 20-14 and take away all the momentum. Not wanting to let the game slip away in catastrophic fashion Wilton woke up from their temporarily daze and put together a 13-play drive to ice the game.
Contributions came from everywhere. Notable were blocks from Jake Enman, George Rushevich and Sweeney, and hard running by Stengrim, who added Wilton’s fourth touchdown of the day.
On Sunday, Sept. 3, Wilton 5th Grade Blue started the season with a strong win over Darien Blue. The offense got off to a fast start, with a strong ground game behind the line of Jack Huntley, Ryan Meenan, Cole Galante, Liam McKiernan and Henry Soojian. The running backs successfully moved the ball, despite the rainy conditions, with Cael Dexter, Ray Ferranti, Charlie Keller, James Jackowski and Ryan Stocker leading the way. Luke Ginsburg and Will Cristini had the biggest runs of the day – 30 and 25 yards, respectively – putting Wilton in great scoring position both times. Jack Schwartz got the job done, punching it in from the 1-yard line to score the only offensive touchdown of the game. Ginsburg followed with a successful PAT to make it 8-0 early in the first quarter.
From there, the defense did the rest, allowing zero first-down conversions and forcing three turnovers. The Warriors’ tackling leaders included Cole Siegel, Vito Banner, Liam Snyder, CJ Young, Jack Santosky and David Schubkegel. Maja Driscoll had an impressive tackle for a loss to end a key second half drive for Darien. Liam Murphy and Jaxon Thomas both made aggressive plays to recover fumbles on two key Darien drives, and Nate Jackson made the defensive play of the game with an awesome interception return for a touchdown to seal the victory for the Warriors.
It was a typical ground-and-pound affair this past weekend as the Wilton Blue 8th grade team defeated Darien Wave, 19-0. As the rain came down to the start the game, Wilton Blue forced a quick fumble with aggressive defense from Michael Whitman, Quinn Kiss and Craig Hyzy. The offense– led by a six back-attack that included Jake Sommer, Matt Claps, Everett Andersen, Eli Ackerman, Ben Calabrese and Sean Wiseman–found holes all day, chunking out 4- to 5-yard carries through almost 70 total plays. Sommer capped off the first drive on a quick pitch sweep for 30 yards around left end, helped by textbook blocking by Connor Robertson, Tyler Hough, Kieran O’Neill, Whitman, Kiss and Will Murphy.
The Warrior defense grabbed another turnover on defense with George DiRocco, Calabrese (two fumble recoveries on the day), AJ Preisano and Nevin Belanger controlling the entire defensive backfield, forcing Darien Wave to cough it up. Wilton made it 12-0 on the next position as Claps dove in from the 2-yard line capping off a long 60-yard drive that featured seven different runners. In its typical aggressive style the defense came up with several Buffalo hits on the next drive with Kevin Hyzy (one interception) forcing another fumble with a big blast which was picked up by Calabrese, who ran it down to the five. Wilton made it 19-0 (extra point by Murphy) as Sommer took it in again from the five, with excellent blocking from Michael Munrow, Ryan Keenan, Dylan Smith, C. Hyzy, and the rest of the line.