Fairfield Wildcats open eighth season

The Fairfield Wildcats Youth Football League kicked off its eighth season on Labor Day weekend.

The Wildcats program, which is a part of the Fairfield County Football League, has grown to over 200 players, a 10-percent increase from last year.

Sporting new blue and black uniforms to reflect the Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe High School colors, the eleven teams in grades one through eight are ready to take on their opponents.

Grades 1-2 participate in a flag football program, while grades 3-8 play tackle.

With the sixth-grade team winning the championship game last year, and the seventh-grade team taking the title in 2010, it looks to be an exciting season.

Eighth-grade Blue team

The Blue team traveled to Westport to take on the Westport Wrecker’s North team.

The Wildcats scored the only points of the first half on a 22-yard touchdown run by running back Danny King.

On the following Westport drive, cornerback Tyler Petry intercepted a pass to send the Wildcats in at the half with a 6-0 lead.

Running back Ross Gallace muscled his way down the right sideline for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Gallace had 47 yards total behind massive lead blocks from fullback Alexei Alatakis, who had 46 yards rushing as well.

The Wildcat defense stifled the Wreckers all afternoon.

Linebacker Connor Byrne came up with Fairfield’s second interception in the fourth quarter.

Defensive linemen Mark Garcia and rookies Joe Cartin and Chris Westervelt proved to be tough to run through.

Defensive ends Tim Kane and Tommy Chandler made drive-stopping tackles and strong safety Jack Caserta played an outstanding game and led the team in tackles.

The Blue team heads to New Canaan Saturday night to take on NC Red at 8.

Seventh-grade Wildcats

The Wildcats began defense of their championship with a decisive 24-6 victory over Norwalk.

The offense controlled the line of scrimmage behind strong blocking from Josh Evans, Clay Zachery, Joey Turner, Jack Kovaleski and Chris Nielsen, which resulted in rushing touchdowns by Jack Curtis, Matthew Cerminaro and Timmy Jacobi.

The defense held Norwalk in check all game, and even scored on a 25-yard interception returned by John Bluementhal.

Special teams also contributed with a 40-yard punt return by Alexey Linsenmeyer.

The Wildcats take on Wilton Sunday at 11 a.m. at Fairfield Warde High School.

Fifth-grade Wildcats

The fifth-graders got off to a hot start and never looked back in winning their season debut 27-7 over the Norwalk Grizzlies at Norwalk High on Sunday.

Quarterback Joey Gulbin hit split end Brodie Hopkinson on a 70-yard scoring strike on the second play from scrimmage to set the tone early.

With a Wildcat defensive line, led by Liam Hawley and Jason Conklin refusing to give an inch, the offense continued to execute effectively, delivering long touchdown runs in the first half by tailbacks Ryan Janz and Ryan Lawrence to pull away from the Grizzlies.

Just before halftime, safety Sean Nelson made a touchdown-saving tackle at the five-yard line to keep Norwalk off the scoreboard.

Fourth-grade Wildcats

Fairfield lost a hard-fought 14-7 decision to New Canaan White on Sunday.

Lorenzo Cooper ran for over 80 yards in total offense for the day and scored the game’s first touchdown.

Running back Ryan McIntosh ran for the extra point.

Jimmy Cullinan, John Summers and Jack Gremse anchored the offensive line, providing great run support blocking.

The defense made a number of big plays, with Sean Flanary recovering one of the team’s two forced fumbles on the day.

Harry Chandler led the way with some key open-field tackles and Jack McKenna was a force on the D-line with many tackles on the day.

Fairfield will look to bounce back against Darien at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Warde High School.

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