Fairfield Giants win a pair of season openers

Fairfield Giants Jr. PeeWee 2 teammates Peter Strang, Charlie Wilcox and TJ O’Connell gang tackle a Woodland ball carrier during their season-opening 12-6 victory.

Fairfield Giants Jr. PeeWee 2 teammates Peter Strang, Charlie Wilcox and TJ O’Connell gang tackle a Woodland ball carrier during their season-opening 12-6 victory.

The Fairfield Giants Pop Warner football program opened its season over the Labor Day weekend.

The PeeWee team defeated the Stratford Redskins, 14-8, while the Jr. PeeWee 2 team topped the Woodland Jr. Hawks, 12-6.

The Junior Midgets dropped a 40-8 decision to the Stratford Redskins, while the Jr. PeeWee 1 team fell 19-0 to Stratford.

Jr. Pee Wee 2 ground out its win over the Hawks from Prospect.

The Giants took their opening possession 65 yards, and burned six minutes off the clock before quarterback Nick Morris capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Finn Donelan, who made a fingertip catch in the end zone.

Woodland countered with a 50-yard touchdown run from scrimmage before the opposing defenses dominated and the game went to the half tied at 6.

Fairfield came out fired up to start the second half. Controlling the clock once again, the  offense put together a run-pounding drive that ended when Michael Innaimo went off tackle from 15 yards out to give the Giants a 12-6 lead.

A third touchdown, a 20-yard bootleg by Morris, was called back on an untimely holding penalty.

The Giants offense was powered by the big boys up front clearing the path to the goal line.

Offensive standouts were guard Peter Strang, center Tommy O’Connell, guard Brendan Dunleavy, guard Max Spies, center Owen Miller, tackle Josh Pastore and tight end Alex Joliet.

Playing hard, run-stopping defense were Charlie Wilcox, Calvin Caione, Robert Delia and Gavin Toth.

Mitey Mites Juniors tally

The Mitey Mites Jr’s opened up the season with a convincing win against the Woodland Jr. Hawks.

After a scoreless first quarter, Ryan O’Connell scored the Giants first touchdown on a 40-yard run following excellent blocks by Joe Delia, Tim Walton, Sean Donohue and Greg Coghlan.

The Fairfield defense, led by Jake Neff, Ronin O’Donnell, LJ Coleman and Zack Hathaway, contained the Hawks offense with punishing authority.

Additional touchdowns were scored by Cooper Anderson, RJ Ihlefeld, Tom Kramer and O’Donnell.

Anthony Faletta ended the game with a tremendous defensive play, stripping the ball from a Hawks player as the clock expired.

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