Fairfield Giants win behind staunch defense

The Fairfield Giants’ Junior Mitey Mites traveled to West Haven on Sept. 21, and staged an epic defensive battle late in the fourth quarter with the score tied 12-12 and the Seahawks set up first-and-goal on the Giants’ 6-yard line.
Fairfield dug deep and gave it its all to hold the line against a much larger and far deeper bench of Seahawk players.
All starting defensive players earned the game ball that morning, as the Giants tied the Seahawks 12-12.
“The defense has held the line all season, allowing just 7 points per game while the offense is posting 23 points per game, assistant coach Eli Reynolds said. “But watching the kids develop as a team and playing with such determination trumps any statistic, that’s the win.”
Defensive efforts were once again led by Joe Macri,Rogan Kane, Jack Ransome, Matty Mitchell and Tyler Bartlett.
Posting points on offense were Cooper Anderson whose three consecutive quick blasts up the middle produced six points and gave the Giants an early 6-0 lead.
Rogan Kane’s touchdown run helped tie the game in the fourth quarter.
Notable offensive line efforts from Parker Pasmeg and Andrew Reynolds, while Tyler Bartlett and Sean O’Neil contributed with rushing yards.
The Bridgeport Raiders are on tap for week five at Sullivan field at 1 p.m.
West Haven 13, Fairfield 0
West Haven scored early and quick, but the Giants Senior Mitey Mites’ defense held steadfast for the remainder of the game.
After two quick score in the first quarter, Fairfield’s defense settled down and played contain football, stuffing the Seahawks for the remaining  three periods.
The defense was led with all-effort  play from Jack Melbourne, Anwar Sally, Thomas Kramer, Sean Donohue, Jamie Capposella and Mathew Selca.
On the offensive side of the ball, the game was a different story for the Giants.
Turnovers and injuries hindered the offense from mounting any sustainable scoring drives.
“Timing and execution are improving every week for us” said head coach Johnny Vasquez. “They are young players, having fun learning the game. It’s just a matter of time before it all clicks and things come together for the offense.”
Fairfield 40, Milford 6
The Giants Jr Pee Wee’s moved back on track in a big way last Sunday, posting a 40-6 win over the Eagles of Milford, improving their overall record to 2-2.
After two hard-fought battles versus top division opponents, the boys of Sullivan Field regrouped, made adjustments, and came out fired up, rejuvenated, playing with confidence, and having fun.
Fairfield’s defense opened the door for the offense to breakout.
Milford totaled just 50 total offensive yards, two first downs, and a late score with 30 ticks remaining in the game against Fairfield’s stingy defense.
Hard hits and athletic plays, kept the Eagles at bay for all four quarters.
Defensive standouts were Charlie Wilcox, Brendan Dunleavy, Declan O’Hara, Griffin Harding and Grady Bartlett.
Offensively, the Giants exploded  for 40 points in an all-around team effort.
Quarterback Nick Morris opened the scoring on the first offensive drive. Facing a third-and-25 after two holding penalties, Morris took a keeper around the right end and down the sidelines for a 60-yard touchdown.
Luke Martucci, AJ Montgomery and Michael Innaimo, who like Morris had a pair, would all add scores with yard grinding runs and eye popping cutbacks.
Offensive standouts were Thomas O’Connell, Terrence Falvey, Tim Walton, Luke Oligino, Hank Hackett, Owen Miller and Jimmy and Sean Mockler.
Fairfield 20, West Haven 6
The Pee Wee team improved their record to 3-1 with a tremendous team effort in defeating division rival West Haven on the road.
The offensive unit orchestrated several clock-killing drives, keeping the Seahawk’s offense on the sidelines for the majority of the first half.
Fairfield scored on the opening drive of the game when Finn Duran scampered into the end zone behind great blocks from the offensive line.
The Giants found the end zone again, as Owen Cirilli  connected with Aidan Wykoff for a 25-yard touchdown.
Kristo Boci drilled the PAT kick straight through the uprights and Fairfield went into halftime up 14-0.
West Haven came out strong in the second half, scoring on its opening possession, cutting the lead to 14-7.
With time running out in the third quarter, the Seahawks threatened again, pushing their way to the two-yard line.
The Giants made a quick defensive adjustment, forced a fumble and turned the Seahawks away empty handed.
Fairfield took over and mounted a tremendous 98-yard, 17 play, 7:30 minute scoring drive with Owen Cirilli scoring on a keeper.
On the ensuing kickoff, Sam Roberto alertly smothered Brian Kiremidjian’s perfectly executed on-side kick to seal the victory for the Giants.
Fairfield’s next contest is against the Waterbury Patriots on Saturday, at Sullivan Field.
West Haven 35, Fairfield 0
It was a hard-fought, physical Pee Wee contest this past Saturday at Ray Tellier Field.
Leveraging their size advantage to frustrate the Giants throughout the contest, the Seahawks engineered the games first four scoring drives of the game, taking a 29-0 lead into halftime.
But the Giants came out with great resolve in the second half, continuing the battle which was evident by their defensive play.
Hampered by injuries, the Giants offense was held scoreless for the first time all season.  The Giants fall to 1-3 after the loss, and hope to get back on track next week, when they travel into Milford to do battle with the Eagles.

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