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Wilton 8-Blue 21, New Canaan Black 0
Since the Wilton Blue 8th graders began competing in the FCFL five seasons ago, Wilton or New Canaan has won every title in this grade. On Sunday, Oct. 25 at Dunning Field in New Canaan, the Warriors left no doubt who the better team is this year, racing out to a 21-0 halftime lead before coasting to victory.
The Wilton defense, led by defensive linemen Jimmy O’Brien, Jack Savarese, Noah Levi, Jack Lenz and Maden Herve, completely dominated the first half, holding the Rams to minus-12 yds. total offense and no first downs, while the Warrior offense churned out 146 yds. and three scores. For the game Wilton out-gained New Canaan 237 yds. to 36.
After a quick three-and-out by New Canaan, the Warriors first possession was a ground-and-pound 13-play, 55-yd. drive culminating in a 1-yd. TD plunge by Kyle Hyzy. Warrior offensive linemen Herve, O’Brien, Lenz, Dominick Polito, Levi, Savarese, Steven Tuin, Cole Stephenson, Dean Griffin and Jake Fernandes were superb throughout, establishing and maintaining total control of the line of scrimmage.
After another New Canaan three-and-out, highlighted by Polito’s tackle for a 7-yd. loss, the Warriors took possession at the Rams’ 45. Once again the Warriors pounded the ball on the ground, with Ryan Healey converting a key fourth-down play on a quarterback sneak to sustain the drive. The Warriors’ relentless ground attack set up a beautiful 16-yd. pass play from Hyzy, who hit a wide open Herve in the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
New Canaan’s third series progressed the same way the first two did, but in reverse. On fourth-and-16 the Rams punted away to Reilly Sullivan, who returned the ball 19 yds. to the New Canaan 46. Austin Andersen carried most of the running load on this drive which again ended in a Hyzy pass, this time to O’Brien, who made a fingertip catch for the Warriors’ third score. Levi converted his third PAT of the day for a 21-0 lead.
With time ticking away in the half, New Canaan elected to pass, but Jack Lenz sacked the quarterback for an 8-yd. loss on first down, and Andersen intercepted a pass on second down to send the Warriors to halftime with a comfortable lead.
The second half story was one of time-of-possession, as the Warriors used multiple running backs to advance the pigskin, including Tate Falta, Spencer Reyes, Dominick Caratazzolo, Jake Fernandes and Mathew Antonios. When a drive seemed destined to stall, Andrew Smith inevitably completed a pass to Herve to keep the drive alive and the clock moving.
New Canaan never really threatened during the second half. To put an exclamation point on the day, with time winding down, Sullivan stripped the quarterback of the ball and Healey recovered at the New Canaan 17, where the Warriors took a knee to end the game.
all photos by Joyce Andersen
Wilton 7-Blue 26, New Canaan White 7
Playing by far their most complete game of the season, and controlling all facets of the game, Wilton 7-Blue dominated previously undefeated New Canaan White, rolling to a 26-7 victory under the lights on Saturday night, Oct. 24 at Fujitani Field.
The Warrior offense controlled the clock and the game from the opening series, an 11 play, 70-yd. touchdown drive that ate up seven minutes and 22 seconds of the first quarter. Unperturbed by New Canaan’s reputation and record, the Wilton offensive line of Ryan MacDougall, Jermaine Vincent, Robert Rios, Trey Dexter, Kyle Jordan, Brian Cipri and Jimmy McKiernan took control from the outset. Operating out of the wishbone, Ryan Sorbo, Wooder Thoby, Kiel Polito and Max Mannino ground out yards, always gaining extra yards after the initial hit. When the drive appeared to stall, the Warriors took to the air, with Everett Andersen passing to MacDougall for 12 yds. on third-and-9. Finally, Thoby broke off a nifty 33-yd. TD run. Andersen hit MacDougall again for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead, which the Warriors would never surrender.
The Warrior defense made a statement immediately as well, burying the runner for a loss on the Rams’ first play and eventually forcing a three-and-out.
After a punt gave the Warriors good field position at the New Canaan 42, the offense took to the air with Andersen hitting Thoby on a fade pass for a 25-yd. gain to the Ram 15. Two brilliant runs by Thoby took the ball to the four, where Sorbo, with the help of blocks from Will Jarvie and Mattias Onnerud, burst into the end zone for a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Wilton’s defensive line of MacDougall, Cipri (whose nickname “Bear” was especially appropriate on the evening), Quinn O’Connor, Jordan and Dexter took advantage of the two touchdown lead and attacked aggressively. Two plays later Polito forced a fumble that was recovered by Vincent at the New Canaan 32. Sorbo kept the pressure on, immediately ripping off a 12-yd. gain. Two plays later Thoby scored again from the 8 yd. line for a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
New Canaan managed their initial first down on their next possession but were again forced to punt. With the ball in their hands again, Sorbo and Thoby were unstoppable, except by the clock, which expired for halftime with the Warriors again knocking on the door.
Apparently fired up by a halftime speech, New Canaan struck quickly in the second half, driving 70 yards in seven plays to narrow the score to 20-7. Their defense was also tough, forcing a Wilton punt, but on the ensuing Ram possession, Sorbo again made a big play. Needing to move the ball New Canaan threw the ball deep downfield, where Sorbo made an acrobatic, leaping interception at the Warrior 37.
Just as they had done in the first half, the Warriors controlled the tempo of the second half, mixing the run and the pass while moving the ball 55 yds. on 14 plays to the New Canaan 8 yd. line, where the drive stalled, but with less than six minutes left to play.
Needing yards quickly, New Canaan looked to the pass on their first play of the series, but Sorbo was there again to foil their plans, intercepting the ball and returning it all the way to the 7. Two plays later Thoby was in the end zone for the third time, ballooning the lead to 26-7 and putting the game away.
Wilton Blue’s victory was achieved without the services of Jack Carroll and E.J. Fasano. With the victory Wilton 7-Blue ended the regular season 4-3, earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Wilton 7-White 21, Darien White 6
The Wilton 7-White youth football team closed out their regular season with a dominating 21-6 win over Darien White on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Right from the first possession, Wilton White set the tone. A 10-play offensive drive, featuring running back Sean Sullivan, put Darien on their heels right away. Fullback Trevor Martines and quarterback John Stanley each found running lanes behind Wilton’s power offensive line mates of Matt Gulbin, Michael Burton and Conner Quinn. A first down completion from Stanley to Michael Coffey went for 20 yds. and put Wilton into the red zone. From there Sullivan found the end zone on a nifty run. Ryan VanHeyst pounded the ball through the uprights to put Wilton up 8-0.
Darien’s offense came out with its aerial on display but hurt themselves with early penalties. Coffey then started what would be a long day for the Darien QB with the first of the team’s six sacks. A nice tackle by Gulbin followed and a key stop by Christian Theoharides and Evan Kauh on the next play forced an opening drive punt.
Great downfield blocking by receivers Brendan Quinn and Matthew Goldstein sprang Martines for Wilton’s second TD run to put the Warriors up 14-0. Wilton’s defense stood tall the rest of the evening with Andre Long recording multiple quarterback sacks, Kauh making impressive solo tackles, Connor Healey acting as an incredibly disruptive force up the middle and Brian Curley quickly closing gaps. VanHeyst and Simon Alexander shared running back duties later in the game with Alexander breaking free for Wilton’s third touchdown on a nice cutback run. Wilton’s defense went into lockdown mode for the rest of the game with a nice interception by Davis Cote punctuating the effort.
Wilton enters the playoffs hoping to keep its offense rolling, while relying on the defense that allowed the fewest points against in the league this year.
Wilton 6-White 7, New Canaan Red 0
Wilton 6-White (5-2) prevailed over New Canaan Red (5-2-1) to clinch the regular season FCFL NFC – 6 division championship.
The stifling Wilton defense gave a total team effort that saw linebacker Dominic Roberts play his finest game of the season. Fellow linebackers Grant Masterson and Eddie Keller were also all over the field, punishing the New Canaan ball carriers.
The Wilton defensive line, led by Kieran O’Neill, Joe Schiavone, Ryan Farrar, Michael Breen and ends Tyler Hough and Matthew Giller, outmuscled their very worthy opponent. Defensive guards Charlie Fischer, Ryan Keenan and Quinton Kiss worked hard in the trenches for Wilton. The defensive secondary of William Ryan, Mikey Longo and Sean Wiseman played key roles in the victory.
The game, which went into half time with a 0-0 tie, broke open in the second half when quarterback Masterson hit wide receiver Giller on a 32-yd. bomb, setting up Wilton on the New Canaan 7-yd. line. After a penalty and a play that led to a loss of yardage, Masterson again found Giller in the end zone for a 20-yd. touchdown completion, which saw the tall and athletic Giller out jump his opponent for his biggest play of the year. Masterson kicked the extra point.
On both completions, the offensive line of Ryan Jackson, Chris McCann, O’Neill, Breen, Schiavone and Keller, combined with half back William Ryan, provided excellent protection. Earlier in the game, center Andrew Pellicano and guard Ben Pond also gave great effort on offense, as did halfbacks Wiseman and Longo, who saw multiple carries for the Wilton offense.
Wilton 5-Blue 24, Darien White 0
Wilton 5-Blue capped off its 2015 regular season with a 24-0 home win against Darien.
After holding Darien to a quick three-and-out with a big sack by Colin Randol, Wilton’s offense was able to march down the field and score the first points of the game. Long runs by Christopher Capone, Spencer Liston and Charlie Guglielmo got Wilton into the red zone and then several power runs up the middle by Quinn Stengrim, running behind the offensive line of Tristan Burke, Luke Totten, Griffin Turner, Jake Enman, Jamie Cristini, Andrew Kress and Randol got the ball into the end zone.
Wilton’s defensive line of Nicholas Walden, Lorcan Garcia, Jamie Cristini, Michael Colavecchio and Merrick Snyder stuffed Darien and held them to their second three-and-out. On the ensuing drive, a long run by Liston and another by Capone put Wilton on the board again. A pass from Andrew Acosta-Rua to Stengrim in the corner of the end zone added two more points.
Another Darien three-and-out and this time long runs by Guglielmo and Colavecchio set up Wilton’s third score of the half, this time coming from a blast up the middle by Colavecchio. Wilton converted on the extra point to bring the score to 22-0. In the second half Wilton added two more points on a safety and then successfully controlled the ball and the clock, behind the power running of Xander Petrides, to run out the time and secure the win.
Wilton 3-Blue 12, Ridgefield 0; Finishes Regular Season Undefeated
Wilton 3-Blue closed out the regular season with a 12-0 win over Ridgefield on Sunday, Oct. 25. Wilton started fast, with Jack Schwartz picking up 46 yds. on the first play of the game behind great blocking from Will Cristini, Austin White, Cole Galante and Maja Driscoll. Wilton kept the ball moving with runs by Charlie Keller and Luke Ginsberg, and an 11-yd. reception by Luke Perna. That drive stalled on 4th and goal, but a quick fumble recovery by Liam Murphy gave the Warriors the ball back on the 8-yd. line.
Wilton scored three plays later on an 8-yd. touchdown run by Liam Snyder. In Wilton’s first possession after halftime, great blocking by Phineas Wayland, Matt Garcia, and Jack Huntley paved the way for a 28-yd. touchdown run by Connor Burns.
Wilton’s defense was amazing all day, allowing Ridgefield only one first down in the game. Cael Dexter, Liam McKiernan, Jake Burns, Ryan Luchetta, Cole Johnson, Ryan Stocker and Cole Siegel all had tackles for a loss. Jaxon Thomas and Connor Boland both made critical second-half fumble recoveries to seal the win.