The Wildcat 6th and 7th grade Youth Football League teams have advanced to the semifinals, which should be played mid-week with the championship games scheduled for this weekend.
The 7th grade Wildcats advanced in the playoffs with a 15-0 shut out over Westport Saturday night.
The Wildcat defense dominated, recording their fifth shut out of the season and not allowing a first down all game.
The defense also opened the scoring with a safety, as Josh Evans and Jack Curtis tackled a Westport runner in the end zone.
The play was set up by Joey Turner, whose strong punt was downed on the two-yard line.
Tough blocking by Ben Foster, Colin Browne, Sam Hawley, Olle Kooiman, Matt Coda and TJ Grace kept the Westport defense at bay.
The running game continued to roll with fine runs by Jack Curtis and Timmy Jacobi led to Matthew Cerminaro’s quarterback sneak for a touchdown.
Curtis’ conversion increased the score to 9-0.
An interception and 30-yard return by Clay Zachery set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Jacobi and Westport was never able to recover.
The 6th grade Wildcats avenged a week eight defeat with a 7-6 victory over New Canaan to advance to the semifinals of the league championship.
Minimizing turnovers was the key to controlling the game and clock, keeping New Canaan’s attack off the field.
The Cats’ offense churned out first downs behind the running of Kevin Quinn, Brian Howell and Brendan Larson.
The Wildcats’ lone score came on a combined effort of two offensive units driving the ball 70 yards with the final 35 coming off a Brian Howell scamper behind blocks from Will Stearn, Jesse Lawson, Justin Coudert and Griffin Forberg.
Howell went five yards for the PAT by faking a reverse to Aiden Wykoff.
New Canaan answered the bell and drove to the one-yard line, where the Wildcats held up as the half expired.
The visitors converted on a third-quarter trip to the red zone on sharp passing. That would be all for the visitors as the home town defense led by Jaden Sneed, Danny Russel, PJ Egan, Sean Fuller and a host of others closed the door the rest of the way.
The Cats were able to keep possession of the ball for the final four minutes and ended the game by taking three consecutive knees inside the 30 to run out the clock and advance to the finals.
4th grade Wildcats
The Wildcats lost a hard-fought 20-0 game Saturday night to New Canaan White.
The defense played tough all game with excellent tackling from Jimmy Cullinan, Brendan Howard and Jack Morison.
Lorenzo Cooper recovered a fumble late in the first half to keep the Wildcats in the game heading into halftime.
On offense, the Wildcats ran hard behind great blocking from Jack Mckenna, Jack Gremse and Will Smalley.
Harry Chandler and Ryan McIntosh led the running game for the Wildcats.