Wildcat gridders defeat Warriors in rematch

In a rematch of last fall’s Fairfield County Football League title game, the Fairfield Wildcats eighth-grade team hosted the Wilton Warriors on Taft Field in Fairfield on Sept. 14.
A year ago, despite holding Wilton scoreless through most of three quarters, the Warriors went on to defeat Fairfield 24-8 and take the FCFL title.
This time around, Fairfield again made a defensive statement, as Wilton and the Wildcats finished tied at 8.
Wilton got on the board first, scoring an early touchdown run, and then completed a two-point conversion.
The Wildcats came close to evening the score when Will Parisi recovered a fumble, but Wilton’s defense made the stop at the five-yard line.
After a few successful first-down carries by Timmy Jacobi and Clay Zachery, Jack Curtis ran the ball for a Wildcat’s touchdown and punched in a two-point conversion to tie the score.
The score remained tied throughout the third and quarter, in spite of interceptions by Kris Gjinaj and Jack Hogarth.
The Wildcats strong defense was led by Chris Nielsen, Josh Evans, AJ Valus, Justin Keith and Joey Turner, who also had several long punts.
The Wildcats will play in Westport at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, on PJ Romano Field.
7th grade Black wins
A physical Wilton White squad tested the visiting Wildcat Black unit on Sept. 14. Fairfield responded with some big plays en route to an 18-7 victory.
The Wildcats started the game with an 11-play drive that stalled out on the Wilton 28-yard line.
The defense, led by big plays from Jack Howard, Michael Eaton, Griffin Forberg and Justin Coudert, turned Wilton over on four downs, and the offense came back on the field to finish their second drive, capped by a six-yard sneak from quarterback David Summers behind Aidan Kilgallon.
Will Stearns intercepted a Wilton pass and the Wildcats went back down the field to take a two-score lead before the half, on a touchdown pass from Summers to Brian Howell.
Wilton cut the lead to 12-7 to start the third quarter on a sustained drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock.
Fairfield answered the score immediately, going 65-yards and capped by another touchdown pass from Summers, this time to Stearns.
Wilton broke open the playbook to try and get back into the game, but a late mid-field interception by Jesse Lawson sealed the deal for Fairfield.
The Wildcats continue their season opening road show by travelling to Darien for a 10:30 a.m. contest against Darien Blue on Sunday, Sept. 22.

7th grade Blue battle
The Fairfield Wildcats 7th grade Blue team played a great back-and-forth game against a tough New Canaan squad, which ended in a tough 27-20 loss.
Fairfield was led by quarterback PJ Egan, who completed five passes for more than 100 yards and  two touchdowns.
The highlight of the game was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Egan to Jack Bowen.
Kevin Quinn was a workhorse in the backfield and scored a rushing touchdown, as well as a scoring pass late in the game to give Fairfield the lead.
The defense played hard and forced four New Canaan turnovers, including a great interception by Brendan Larsen.
The defense was led by Danny Russell, who was in the New Canaan backfield all day and had two sacks and a forced fumble.
Fairfield 7 Blue will look to rebound against Ridgefield Orange on Sept. 22.
5th graders edged
The Wildcats entered this weekend’s game against Wilton (1-0)  with strong defense against Westport last week.
The defensive effort continued this week, keeping Wilton’s strong running attack scoreless until a fourth quarter rushing touchdown that gave them a 6-0 win.
Fairfield’s defense was anchored by great play and strong tackling from Jack Morrison, Jake Fratarcangeli and Jimmy Cullinan.
Harrison Sevin’s fumble recovery just before half time thwarted Wilton’s scoring drive — as did Andrew Conklin’s interception in the fourth quarter.
Brendan Howard was a standout at running back,  including a 30-plus yard carry.
The Wildcats next play at Darien on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.
4th graders triumph
The Wildcats came away with a tough 13-6 win at Ludlowe High School against Wilton White on Sept. 14.
Ryan O’Connell led the way with rushing touchdowns of 46 and 60 yards.
Wilton converted four fourth-downs in the second quarter, keeping the Wildcat offense off the field.
The stingy Wildcat defense shut down the running lanes, forcing Wilton to air the ball out 20 times, behind strong run defense by Tyler Hibbard, Grady Golier, Ryan Ginley and Jake Neff along the line.
Wildcat linebackers Ronan O’Donnell, Ryan O’Connell, Zach Hathaway and John Moore were flying all over the field making big tackles.
Other strong performances for the Wildcats were turned in by Liam Keeser, Kevin Kuczo.
4th grade holds on to win
Defense was the name of the game for the Wildcats Black fourth grade squad, as they hosted Darien Blue in an exciting matchup on Sept. 14.
Darien came out strong, putting up the first points in the game. However, a stingy defense, led by Casey Woodfine, Denholm Feldman and Ryan Voitas, held Darien to just 13 points.
Jack Reilling fought for every yard, and the Wildcats relied on a big pushes up front from Mick Huban, Charlie Mitola and Will Blumenthal.
Andre Mead and Harrison Keith, who split the work load earning large real-estate, put the Wildcats on the board.
Keith would score two touchdowns, before connecting with Liam Ryan to put the Wildcats ahead for the 19-13 victory.

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