Wilton Youth Sports Roundup–Two Weeks (Oct. 5-6 & Oct. 12-13)
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Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 5th Grade Shuts Out Darien, 14-0
The 5th Grade Warriors ventured to Darien in hopes of keeping their unbeaten streak alive against a Blue Wave team that stunned them with a fourth quarter comeback a year earlier. Wilton’s offense struggled on its first possession, then Darien’s offense marched the ball inside the Warriors’ five-yard line. Thanks to a strong goal line stand and gritty tackling from Nico Mercado, Emmet Sommer, Michael Duarte, and Cooper Rekow, the Warriors stopped the Blue Wave. Unfortunately, Wilton would go four-and-out on the next drive, leaving Darien in good field position once again. Denny Dustin, Ryan Wixtead, Henry Snow, and Charlie Heffernan answered with strong tackling, and Duarte was able to make a key tackle to hold Darien on fourth down. The Warriors finally found their groove on offense with salty carries from Colin Faherty and Denny Dustin. With Michael Lenz under center and solid blocking from Wyatt Hoffstatter, Mark Whitman, August Furman, Trey Rivera, and Sommer, Faherty ran for 60 yards and a touchdown! A boot from Jaxon Lin put the Warriors up 8-zip. Wilton stopped Darien once again with Sommer and Faherty tackles assisted by Jack Cook to get the ball back with a minute left in the half. Despite a 50-yard run from Brady Corry, time ran out on the Warriors’ offense.
The Warriors started the second half on defense, and Dylan Flanagan set the tone with a jarring tackle, with Oliver Sims, Heffernan and Duarte also making stops. Outstanding pass coverage by Cody Korpan stymied Darien’s aerial attack. A fourth down tackle by Dustin put the Warriors back on offense only to go four-and-out. Back on defense, the Warriors continued to do what they had been doing all day with a backfield tackle by Sims along with stops by Faherty, Rekow, and Furman. The next series on offense lasted just one play with a 70-yard touchdown dash from Nick Skillin to put Wilton up 14-0. That score would stand, and the Warriors left Darien undefeated at 5-0!
Wilton 8 Blue Notches Hard-Fought Victory Over Undefeated Stamford Team, 14-6
Wilton 8 Blue enjoyed a hard-fought victory on Sunday, Oct. 6 against an undefeated Stamford team. The Warriors arrived in Rippowam ready to play and the defense set the tone. Early in the first quarter, Stamford attempted to convert a third down and Lorenzo Caratozollo, Harry Polito, Carter Stephenson and Barrett Leary pursued the play. Caratozollo stripped the ball and a key block by Stephenson on the return paved the way for a Caratozollo touchdown. Todd Woodring converted the extra point and established a 7-0 lead.
As the first half progressed, Wilton enjoyed strong defensive line play. Ethan Gallo, Flynn Shipman and George Papakosmas dominated the line of scrimmage with three tackles for loss by Gallo. Stamford scored with four minutes left in the half, but Wilton stopped the extra point and entered the half with a 7-6 lead.
The second half started with a great defensive stop. On the next possession, Wilton, led by quarterback Luke DiRocco, orchestrated an impressive offensive possession. Blocking by Thomas McDonald, Eli Meltzer, Liam Kiernan, Colin Gilmor, Caden Wright and Cole Stevenson contributed to the game winning drive. Polito and Woodring erupted for several long runs and DiRocco connected with Caratozollo on a fourth-and-goal pass play to take the lead 13-6. Woodring converted the kick and the third quarter ended with a Wilton lead of 14-6.
In the fourth quarter, the Wilton defense continued to pressure Stamford and on its final possession, Polito blitzed to tackle the runner for a big loss. Gallo and Stevenson caused additional disruption and DiRocco made a great interception to regain possession for the Warriors. Wilton took the victory formation to run out the clock to cement a 14-6 win.
Wilton 6th Grade Warriors Bounce Back with 20-7 Win Over New Canaan
On a brisk Connecticut evening, the 6th Grade Warriors showed resiliency after a difficult loss last week to earn a convincing 20-7 victory over New Canaan Red. The big plays started early in the game with a Jake Padilla interception and 20-yard return. The offense fed off this momentum with several physical runs by Kieran Wiseman and Charlie Calabrese. Despite missing Max Totten due to injury, the offensive line crew of Curtis Jackson, Evan Christianson, Connor McAndrews, Trevor Galligan, Josh Meltzer, Hunter Lishnoff, Brendan Morris, Cayden Stevens, Theo Satrazemis and Trevien Goldman provided consistent running lanes all game, including a “student body middle” block for a three-yard Calabrese touchdown, followed by an extra point by sure footed, Mason Behar to go up 7-0. A quick counterattack by New Canaan tied the score at seven all heading into the half but would be the only points surrendered all game by a stout Wilton defense, which included several standout plays by Marco Chila, Emma VanHeyst, Blake Ongley, Alan Osta and Charlie Roy.
The outstanding halftime performance by the Wilton 6th Grade Cheerleaders fired up the fans in the stands and the football team who came out focused in the second half. On a bold call to ‘go for it’ on fourth-and-20, Calabrese connected with Craig O’Neill on a nifty crossing route for the first down. Several plays later Wiseman bulldozed his way into the end zone following his offensive line for his first touchdown of the game, making it 13-7 at the end of the third quarter. With New Canaan beginning to move the ball, Wilton’s defensive back squad of Will Byrnes, Cooper Buchichio, VanHeyst and Behar denied any chance of a comeback with Behar’s first interception of the season. Wilton took advantage of good field position to quickly move into the red zone with a clutch catch-and-run by Roy on fourth down, setting up first and goal. The Wilton offensive unit put an exclamation point on the game with Wiseman’s second rushing touchdown and a Behar extra point. Showing good sportsmanship by both teams and even better form tackling, Patch Angerame closed out the game with a solo tackle quickly followed by a roar of approval from his teammates with a final score of 20-7. As the weather cools, Wilton appears to be playing its best football yet.
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue Wins Again, defeating New Canaan Red, 28-6
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue wasted no time showing New Canaan how great blocking upfront is the key to their winning ways. Wilton took the ball first and showcased punishing blocking from the offensive line of Evan Ash, Bly Christianson, Drew Huntley, Topher Jackson, Oliver Mills, Lawson Onthank, Alex Trichilo and Peter Wolff. Sawyer Fasano proved that even a broken play can be successful with outstanding teamwork and blocking, taking a run meant to go right across the field following his blockers the whole way for a 20-yard touchdown. Andrew Sherman punched it in for the two-point conversion and the Warriors were up early, 8-0.
New Canaan took to the air on its first possession and completed a long pass play that almost evened the score before a tackle by Finn Snyder stopped the Rams inside the 10-yard line. On the next pass, Max Weigold intercepted the Rams’ QB denying them the opportunity to get into the end zone.
The Warriors continued to move the ball well on the ground, with powerful running by Colton Korpan, Henry Leary, Brayden Preisano, Amelia Christianson, Fasano, Snyder, Sherman, and Weigold. Sherman had the longest run of the day gaining almost 50 yards on a play that set up the second Warrior touchdown, a five-yard run by Fasano. Leary ran it in for the two-point conversion, widening the Warrior lead to 16-0. After halftime, Fasano found the end zone for a third time with a 25-yard run reminiscent of his first score where he criss-crossed the field again behind terrific blocking. The Warriors got the air attack going in the second half with a pass from Preisano to Liam O’Sullivan for a critical gain. Later in the same drive, Korpan scored the final Warrior touchdown of the game on a great run from five yards out.
On defense, the Warriors continued to frustrate New Canaan. Great hustle, backfield pressure, tackling and pass breakups by Liam Brokaw, Callum Gemelli, Aiden Cocca, George DuBrock, Taylor Lishnoff, Vincent Kelly, Will Kidd, Matt Polito, Jason Scanlan and Cash Kaiser kept the Rams on their heels. The Warriors created turnovers on three of the Rams’ seven offensive possessions. In addition to Weigold’s early interception, Snyder also had an interception and Korpan and Gemelli combined to create and recover a New Canaan fumble.
Wilton allowed only one big play by the Rams that resulted in a touchdown. The Warriors protected their undefeated record with a great team effort and a 28-6 victory.
Wilton 7th Grade Blue Gets Another Win, Beating Norwalk 26-6
The 7th grade Warriors took the field after 9 p.m. on Saturday night, Oct. 5, but the late start didn’t slow down their momentum. Wilton came out fast running a no-huddle offense that featured excellent offensive line play from Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young and strong discipline from the whole offense. The drive stalled, but the defense put the ball back in the hands of the offense after a three-and-out featuring great tackles from Liam Snyder, Jack Schwartz and Driscoll.
On their second possession, the Warriors mixed it up with hard runs by Schwartz and Cael Dexter, a 15-yard pass from Snyder to Ray Ferranti, and even a well-executed option play between Snyder and Dexter to put Wilton in scoring position. Dexter ran it in for the first touchdown of the game from the seven-yard line and followed it up with a successful two-point conversion, putting the Warriors up 8-0.
The defense held Norwalk to another three-and-out, this time behind two punishing sacks by Siegel and excellent team defense from Ryan Luchetta, Emmett Kane, Charlie Keller, and Will Cristini. After the punt, Wilton marched down the field on an 11-play drive that featured the power running game of Ferranti and Dexter, capped off by another Dexter score extending the lead to 14-0.
Norwalk struck back, showing that one explosive player can change the game, scoring an 80-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage. Wilton took a 14-6 lead into halftime. Norwalk took the ball at the start of the third quarter looking to even the score, but a short drive was stopped when Ferranti caused a Norwalk fumble and Schwartz recovered, giving the Warriors the ball in good field position. Three plays later, Dexter found the end zone for the third time, giving the Warriors a bit more breathing room and a 20-6 lead.
From that point forward, Wilton’s defense shut down Norwalk, not allowing a first down on its last three drives. Those drives featured tackles by Kane, Ferranti, Snyder, Cristini, Schwartz, Dexter, Driscoll and Siegel. Wilton’s offense, however, was not done yet. Schwartz scored the final touchdown of the game on a strong run, giving the Warriors the lead for good at 26-6.
Wilton Soccer Association
Wilton Girls 2009 Blue Makes Run for the Connecticut Cup
The Wilton Girls 2009 Blue are officially in the Elite Eight of the Connecticut Cup! They started the competition on Sept. 21 with an impressive 4-1 win over Newington. Their second match was against a very strong Simsbury squad on Sept. 29. This game was a nail biter as it was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, and then 3-3 at the end of overtime, forcing the need for penalty kicks to decide the winner. Wilton was victorious in penalty kicks 3-2, allowing the team to advance to the third round against Pomperaug on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The girls came out very game against Pomperaug and continued their winning streak with a 4-0 score. Maddy Pendergast, Audrey Lepore, Taryn Czick and Ola Jankowski scored goals. Sophia Solomon put constant pressure on the opposing goalie, while Caitlyn Tsai, Gabby Ray, Victoria Jankowski and Gabby Torres dominated the ball in the midfield. Sadie Sherman, Maddy Rayment, Ally Phelan and Grayson O’Donnell worked together to create a brick wall on defense, with Casey O’Connor strongly protecting the goal. The girls’ next game will be on Oct. 19 against Trumbull, a fierce rival for the past three years.
Wilton Warriors 14-U Grabs Lead In Fifth Inning For Victory Over Weston, 9-6
Wilton Warriors 14-U grabbed the lead late in the game in a 9-6 victory over Weston under the Friday night varsity field lights on Friday, Oct. 11. The game was tied at three with Wilton Warriors batting in the top of the fifth when Lauren Davis tripled with two outs on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs to grab the lead for good.
There was plenty of action on the base paths as Wilton Warriors collected 12 hits.
Wilton Warriors opened up scoring in the second inning, when Allie Schwartz led off with a single, stole second and later scored when Lucy Thomas who walked, attempted to steal second.
After the Warriors scored one run in the top of the sixth, with help from Poppy Herve, Lauren Buchanan and Catherine O’Brien who had base on balls. Weston answered with one of their own. Wilton scored when Annie McMahon singled on a slow roller and her blazing speed beat it out, scoring one run. Weston then answered, scoring one run in return.
Weston scored three runs in the fourth inning. Davis was on the rubber for Wilton Warriors. She went five strong innings, allowing on no hits and striking out six. Thomas closed it out with two gutsy innings.
The Warriors racked up 12 hits in the game. Schwartz, Davis, and Abby Seeberger all managed multiple hits for Wilton with Davis smacking two triples and Seeberger benefiting with three runs scored.
Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 7th Grade Blue and Fairfield Black Battle for Hard-Fought, Scoreless Tie
This game matched up two powerhouses in the 7th grade FCFL who have never met on the gridiron–Wilton 7th Grade Blue and Fairfield Black. Both entered the game undefeated and were determined to keep it that way. The first four drives of the game, the offenses struggled to settle in and the defenses dominated. Wilton’s defense was led by tackles from Ray Ferranti, Cael Dexter, Cole Siegel, Jack Schwartz, Ryan Luchetta, and Maja Driscoll. In the first half, the Warrior defense didn’t give up a single first down.
The Wilton offense started to build some momentum in the second quarter, with the offensive line of Driscoll, Siegel, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young starting to create an edge on the line of scrimmage. Strong running by Dexter, Schwartz, Ferranti and Liam Snyder complemented a passing game that started to come alive. Completions from Snyder to Dexter (three receptions) and Ferranti (one reception) kept the defense on its heels and led to two critical penalties on Fairfield–pass interference and roughing the passer. After a Fairfield timeout, the Warriors lined up quickly and called the perfect play–a pass from Snyder to Ferranti on the wide side of the field for an apparent 18-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, the play was called back by a rarely called procedure penalty that negated the touchdown. The Fairfield defense stiffened and the Warriors were held out of the end zone to end the first half.
In the second half, the Fairfield offense started to build some momentum. But big plays by the Wilton defense kept Fairfield far from the end zone, including: monster sacks from Siegel, a huge pass break-up by Will Cristini, a batted-down pass by Snyder, and big tackles from Ethan Bailey, Charlie Keller, McKiernan, Galante, Dexter, and Driscoll. The biggest defensive play of the day was an interception by Emmett Kane that ended Fairfield’s most productive drive of the game and dashed its hopes of taking the lead late. The Warriors settled for a tie, but gained critical insight and experience against an opponent they are likely to face again in the playoffs.
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue Stays Undefeated with Win Over Darien Blue, 26-13
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue used a familiar formula to get the win on Saturday night–start fast, score first and play great defense. The Warriors got the ball first and wasted no time as Sawyer Fasano took the second snap of the game 60 yards for the touchdown.
On Darien’s first snap of the game, Colton Korpan stripped the ball from the Darien running back and recovered the fumble, giving the Warriors’ offense the ball back in great field position. The offensive line of Evan Ash, Bly Christianson, Drew Huntley, Oliver Mills, Lawson Onthank, Alex Trichilo and Peter Wolff went to work creating running lanes for the Wilton backs. Six plays later, Brayden Preisano found the end zone on a tough run and the Warriors were up 12-0 barely three minutes into the game.
Darien struck back on their next drive to pull within six, and the Warriors went into halftime with a 12-6 lead. The coaches did their job at halftime, because the Warriors came out fighting in the second half. After forcing a three-and-out on Darien’s first possession, Wilton got the ball and executed a trick play on their first snap–a reverse from Fasano to Finn Snyder, followed by a Snyder pass downfield to Fasano for the long touchdown. Warriors were up 18-6, but again Darien fought back and put together a methodical, 14-play drive to narrow the lead to 18-13. Wilton came back quickly on its next drive with strong running from Andrew Sherman and great backfield blocking from Henry Leary. The Warriors scored their fourth and final touchdown on a Fasano run. Liam Brokaw added the two-point conversion on a reception from Fasano.
The defense played tough all game and swarmed to the ball on almost every play. Every player on defense had at least one tackle and several showed great hustle, including Callum Gemelli, Aiden Cocca, Korpan, Cash Kaiser, Brokaw, Matt Polito, Amelia Christianson, Topher Jackson, Liam O’Sullivan, George DuBrock, Will Kidd and Jason Scanlan. Six Warriors recorded sacks/tackles for a loss, including Christianson, Taylor Lishnoff, Preisano, Max Weigold, Vin Kelly, Fasano and Snyder. Weigold also had a critical pass break-up on the goal line to keep Darien off the scoreboard. Another solid win for the 3rd and 4th grade Warriors, who stand at 6-0 heading into the final stretch of the season.
Wilton 6 Blue has Stellar Win Over Solid Fairfield Squad, 19-0
Coming off of a big win against New Canaan Red the prior week, Wilton 6 Blue came in to Fairfield with a lot of confidence. And the result was nothing less than stellar against a very solid Fairfield squad.
Without Max Totten, one of the key lineman on both sides of the ball, the defense needed to step up and it did in a big way. Starting right from Fairfield’s first snap, the defense was fully dialed in and ended up notching its first shutout of the season.
The defensive line made its presence known immediately, forcing a three-and-out with strong play from Marco Chila, Curtis Jackson, Kieran Wiseman, Alan Osta, Charlie Roy and Hunter Lishnoff. The offense didn’t waste any time with a vintage ground-and-pound effort highlighted by a 15-yard run by Wiseman and several punishing runs by Charlie Calabrese, the last of which ended in the end zone. Mason Behar added the extra point leading to a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter looked very similar, with a stifling defense preventing much yardage lead by the stingy linebacker core of Calabrese, Jake Padilla, Craig O’Neill, Blake Ongley, and defensive backs Will Byrnes, Emma Van Heyst, Cooper Buchichio and Behar. Back on offense, the Warriors executed another scoring march with effective blocking by Jackson, Theo Satrazemis, Evan Christianson, Conor McAndrews, Trevor Galligan, Josh Meltzer, Cayden Stevens, Brendan Morris and Trevien Goldman. The drive was highlighted by runs from Wiseman and Calabrese, who punched another one in to make the score 13-0 at the half.
The third quarter proved to be a back-and-forth affair, and just as Fairfield was gaining a bit of momentum, O’Neill made a big pick in the end zone to preserve the shutout. The offense then struck once more near the end of the fourth with a long run by Wiseman followed up by a hard Van Heyst run from the two. Patch Angerame led the team in victory formation for an impressive 19-0 win for the Warriors.