photo of Reilly Sullivan by Joyce Anderson
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The 2014 FCFL co-champion Wilton Blue (8th grade) launched its title defense on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a 21-0 whitewashing of Fairfield Black home at Fujitani Field in Wilton. Repeating last year’s formula, the Warrior offense controlled the tempo of the game, scoring on drives of 70, 93 and 50 yards, while the hard-hitting defense held Fairfield to three yards of total offense in the first half and just 38 yards for the game.
The Warrior offense was in high gear from the outset. Wilton’s talented offensive line of Maden Herve, Jimmy O’Brien, Jack Savarese, Jack Lenz, Noah Levi, Dominick Polito and Hunter Parks paved the way for a 17-yard rush by Reilly Sullivan (above photo) on the game’s first play. Nine plays later, Sullivan scored on a six yard run. Levi’s kick was good giving the Warriors a 7-0 lead.
Blitzing on their first defensive play, the aggressive Warrior defense took charge, stopping the ball carrier for no gain. The rest of the game was a series of highlights on the defensive side of the ball. Austin Andersen led the way in tackles followed closely by Levi. Herve was like a blanket on the Wildcat receivers while Kyle Hyzy made an acrobatic interception and Matthew Antonios, in his first ever competitive contest, combined with O’Brien and Hyzy for a sack.
Taking over at the seven after Hyzy’s interception, Wilton marched 93 yards in seven plays, culminating in Andrew Smith‘s perfect spiral to Herve for the Warrior’s second touchdown. The PAT was good for a 14-0 lead at the half.
The second half began the way the first half ended for Fairfield when Andersen tackled the running back for a four yard loss. The Wildcats’ first possession ended soon after with another punt, giving Wilton great field position at the 50.
After a holding penalty pushed the Warriors back ten yards, Sullivan, Andersen and Hyzy took turns eating up big chunks of yardage. Hyzy’s 13-yard scamper for a TD put the game away.
Wilton Soccer Girls U9 Blue Goes Undefeated at Bernie Ward Labor Day Tournament
The Wilton Girls U9 Blue team went undefeated at the 31st Annual Adidas Bernie Ward Labor Day Shootout in Farmington, CT. The popular 2-day tournament is ranked the number one soccer tournament in Connecticut by Adidas, attracting premier and competitive travel teams from multiple states. The girls defeated Farmington (6-0), West Hartford (3-2), Shelton White (6-0) and Shelton Orange (6-1).
Coach: James Mallett
Top Row: Abby Petrie, Ellen Wilkinson, Paige Leung, Cosette Lepore, Olivia Koziol, Teagan Stengrim
Bottom Row: Riley Casey, Mae Sylvester, Abigail Byrnes, Giuliana Scaturchio, Kaitlyn Zizzadoro