Giants place two teams in title game

Brendan Dunleavy prepares to wrap up a Trumbull running back in the Fairfield Giants Jr. Pee Wee team’s 7-6 overtime victory over the Rangers in the SCPW semifinals.

Brendan Dunleavy prepares to wrap up a Trumbull running back in the Fairfield Giants Jr. Pee Wee team’s 7-6 overtime victory over the Rangers in the SCPW semifinals.

The Fairfield Giants Jr. Pee Wee football team advanced to the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner championship game with a 7-6 overtime victory over Trumbull on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Giants marched into Trumbull to face the top-seeded Rangers. Trumbull had steamrolled through the regular season finishing 8-0, defeating almost every opponent by a wide margin.
Defense was the story of this game, as neither team would give an inch playing within the 40-yard lines.
Through the first quarter, and into the second, all offensive drives were stopped dead by determined defensive stands.
Charlie Wilcox, Brendan Dunleavy, Nick Morris, Tommy O’Connell, and Peter Strang led the Giants with jarring tackles and run-stopping gang tackles.
The third and fourth quarters of this battle produced even more hard-hitting thunder. Again, neither team could move the ball into the red zone.
The game would end in a scoreless tie and go into overtime.
Fairfield received the ball first in the Kansas City shootout overtime period.
In four plays, the Giants took the lead when Tommy O’Connell barreled in off tackle for a 10-yard touchdown.
O’Connell added the PAT with a blast up the middle that saw him carry three would-be tacklers with him into the end zone, making the score 7-0.
Trumbull would take the ball and would be stuffed again by the Giants relentless defense going three downs for zero yardage.
On fourth down, the Rangers’ quarterback rolled right for a bootleg pass, tucked the ball and ran 10 yards before diving inside the corner pylon making the score 7-6.
On the PAT attempt, Griffin Harding forced the quarterback  out of the pocket. He launched a pass to the back of the end zone, where Gavin Toth made a leaping interception and end the game at 7-6.
Fairfield will now face the Stratford Redskins for the Division II championship this Saturday in West Haven.
Pee Wee semifinal
The Fairfield Giants Pee Wee team punched their ticket to the championship game of the Southern Connecticut Pop Warner football conference with their lopsided, 30-0 victory over Derby.
They dominated in all facets of the game, and once again came storming out of the gate, scoring on their first possession of the game.
Seamus Malloy smothered the onside kick to open the game and the Giants took over.
Following an incomplete pass, quarterback Owen Cirilli handed the ball to Finn Duran, who went 55 yards, untouched, to the end zone.
Kristo Boci kicked the first of his three successful PATs to put the Giants up 8-0.
Fairfield increased its lead when Aidan Wykoff galloped 70 yards, breaking several tackles on his way to the touchdown.
Owen Cirilli blew the game wide open when he scored on a keeper to put the home team up 24-0, with the good PAT from Boci.
Throughout the contest, Faifield’s defense was stifling.
Although they committed an uncharacteristic number of penalties, Derby was unable to capitalize. They threatened twice, but Fairfield stopped them on the goal line to end the half and Sam Roberto thwarted another drive with an interception.
As the half was coming to an end, Henry Houghton, the Giants’ short yardage specialist, blasted up the middle to close out the scoring.
Fairfield will now face West Haven in the championship game on Sunday.

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