Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Sept. 7-8, 2019
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Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 7th Grade Blue Starts Season with Win Over Stamford Gold, 28-0
The 7th grade Warriors took the field for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 8 to defend their back-to-back FCFL Championships from the past two seasons. The team showed off its signature defense, allowing the Stamford Knights only one first down in the entire game. Cole Siegel led the defense with a fumble recovery and three tackles for a loss. Team tackling was Sunday’s theme with tackles recorded by all 17 members of the team, including key stops by Cael Dexter, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Maja Driscoll, Ethan Bailey, Liam McKiernan, Henry Soojian, Emmett Kane, Charlie Keller, CJ Young and Jaxon Thomas.
The offense came out fast, scoring on its first four possessions of the game. Great blocking by the offensive line of Driscoll, Galante, Huntley, Siegel, Soojian, Thomas and Young was key to opening up the running game. Jack Schwartz punched it in from the 3-yard line for the first touchdown of the season. Ray Ferranti ran it in from the 5-yard line for the second touchdown of the game. Luke Ginsburg–one day removed from his bar mitzvah–scored the third touchdown on a pass from Liam Snyder, who scored the final touchdown of the game himself on a 12-yard scramble. Ginsburg earned two points for a successful live PAT and Schwartz caught a pass from Snyder for the other successful conversion of the day. A great start for the Warriors.
Wilton 8th Grade Blue Wins Season Opener vs. Fairfield White, 28-6
Wilton 8th grade Blue showed up Sunday ready to get to business against Fairfield White. They took the opening drive 16 plays for 70 yards behind the awesome offensive line of Eli Meltzer, George Papakosmas, Flynn Shipman, Ethan Gallo and Liam Kiernan. The offense gained yards on every play and capped off the drive with a Todd Woodring touchdown run.
Fairfield got the ball back and were shut down behind the stunning defense of Harry Polito, Luke DiRocco, Henry Roy, Cole Stevenson, Carter Stephenson and Thomas McDonald. The Warriors got the ball and drove down the field. The offense was clicking with excellent plays by center Barrett Leary and linemen Colin Gilmor, Gabe Cronley and Caden Wright. Woodring scored a touchdown on a short run.
Fairfield got the ball back and was stopped immediately by an interception by DiRocco, who scored a touchdown a few plays later with a quarterback sneak.
The their next possession, Fairfield scored on a breakaway 75-yard touchdown run. They went for 2 points and were shut down by Gavin Pierson’s pass block.
The second half began with a Fairfield fumble. The ball was stripped by Shipman and recovered by Pierson. Wilton’s offense was too much for Fairfield and Polito scored a touchdown on a strong run. The Warriors played tough throughout the remainder of the game. Woodring was perfect, kicking four extra points. Lorenzo Caratazolo (injured) and Quinn Silva both gave stellar hydration support to the team on the sidelines. It was a great start to the season, with a final score of 28-6.
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue Starts Season with 35-28 Win Over Darien Blue
Under perfect conditions at Darien High School, the Wilton 3rd/4th grade Blue Warriors got off to a fast start to their season and never looked back. The offensive line proved to be the star of the game, consistently moving the Darien defense off the ball and creating wide running lanes for the backs all day long. Key contributors on the offensive line included Evan Ash, Bly Christianson, Drew Huntley, Topher Jackson, Taylor Lishnoff, Oliver Mills, Lawson Onthank, Alex Trichilo and Peter Wolff. Wilton’s backs combined for five touchdowns by Sawyer Fasano (who had three TDs), Andrew Sherman and Max Weigold. Finn Snyder added a 2-pt conversion and Fasano ran it in twice for points after TDs. All those points were set up by big gains and tough running by Henry Leary and Colton Korpan.
On the defensive side of the ball, these young Warriors proved to be up to the challenge of stopping Darien’s offense. Liam Brokaw, Callum Gemelli, Korpan, Fasano, Cash Kaiser, Amelia Christianson, Matt Polito and Will Kidd all came up with huge tackles to stop Blue Wave drives and turn the momentum back to the Warriors. The defensive line–Aiden Cocca, George DuBrock, Vincent Kelly, Liam O’Sullivan, and Jason Scanlan–consistently got into the Darien backfield to put pressure on the backs and force third-and-long situations.
For their first tackle game, these kids showed great discipline (committing very few penalties), great teamwork (led by Brayden Preisano, who was out with an injury but rallied his teammates on the sideline), and great heart (matching up with a tough Darien team and never giving up).
Wilton 6th Grade Warriors Notch 16-6 Win Over Stamford
The 6th grade Wilton Warriors are off to a great start this year with a 16-6 win over Stamford. The defense started strong with solid tackles on the first few plays by Craig O’Neill, Charlie Roy, Alan Osta, Max Totten and Emma Van Heyst. Wilton was able to stop Stamford on its first drive and let the offense take over. Charlie Calabrese led the group from the QB position and Wilton picked up some yards on a run by O’Neill, but was forced to kick the ball after three downs.
Jake Padilla and Kieran Wiseman teamed up for a big defensive stop, then newcomer Brendon Morris stopped a big drive from Stamford. With great defensive efforts from Connor McAndrews, Hunter Lishnoff, Evan Christianson, Marco Chila, Will Byrnes, Cayden Stevens and Blake Ongley, the warriors were able to get their offense back on the field quickly. Cooper Buchichio, also in his first year, had a quick, 7-yard pickup with his shifty running. A pass to O’Neill gained the warriors two more yards and set up the team nicely for the next play, a crafty fake by Calabrese which allowed Wiseman to run it 25 yards for the team’s first touchdown. Mason Behar, with his steady leg, put the ball up and through for the extra points.
McAndrews, Totten and O’Neill led the way with big tackles next, with Van Heyst pulling down a Stamford player to stop a big run and get Wilton’s offense back on. Calabrese completed a great pass to Roy and ran for a sneak himself with great blocking by center Trevor Galligan, Trevian Goldman, Lishnoff, Josh Meltzer and Theo Satrezemis but to no avail. The defense took the field and with a huge touchdown-saving tackle by O’Neill and Chila the Warriors went into half time.
The Warriors started the third quarter with good runs by McAndrews, Padilla and O’Neill, along with a great 20-yard pass from Calabrese to Satrazemis. The team finished the drive with a touchdown run by O’Neill, and then Behar came in for the kick to put the Warriors up 16-0. Great defensive efforts followed with more hard tackles by Buchichio, Ongley, Christianson, Calabrese and Padilla.
Unfortunately in the fourth quarter Stamford was able to prevail and get the ball into the end zone but Wilton’s defense denied them the extra point. Wilton 6 Season Opener Warriors finished with a key block by Totten, setting up an amazing 25-yard run by Van Heyst and then 10 more by Calabrese, allowing Patch Angerame to come end the game in victory formation as he took a knee.