Mitey Mites win big over Derby

The Fairfield Mitey Mites Jr. Giants defeated the Derby Red Raiders, 46-6, on Sunday afternoon.
LJ Coleman scored the first touchdown of the game on a quarterback bootleg in the first quarter behind key blocks by Ethan Righter, Ryan Ginley, Jack Martin, Tyler Bauer, Luke Lesizza, Will Mears and Anthony Faletta.
Coleman then tossed a 52-yard touchdown to Joe D’elia early in the second quarter to break the game open for the Giants.
The Giants controlled the Derby offense with aggressive play by Jake Neff, Tim Walton, RJ Ihlefeld, Ronin O’Donnell, Zach Hathaway and John Moore.
Early in the third quarter, Moore intercepted a Derby pass and returned it 63 yards for a score.
Additional touchdowns were scored by Ihlefeld, O’Donnell and Matt Passios behind tremendous blocking by Grady Golier, Greg Coghlan and Tyler Palumbo.
The Giants take on the Stratford Redskins this Saturday at noon at Sullivan Field in Fairfield.
Junior PeeWee 1
The Fairfield Giants JPW1 celebrated their first victory of the season by beating the Newington Knights 28-0.
The Giants offensive line blocked well and opened holes so big that Nick Parisi scored three touchdowns.
As good as the offense was playing, the Giants defense played just as good and placed the exclamation point on the game by scoring on an interception pick-six by John Reynolds.
“Our defense has been playing exceptional these first 3 weeks of the season and today was no exception,” head coach Keith Reynolds said.
Their next challenge will be the Hamden Hurricanes Sunday at 9 a.m. at Sullivan Field on Old Dam Road.
Junior PeeWee 2
The Fairfield Giants Jr Pee Wee 2 team lost a hard-fought 19-12 battle against a very good Derby Red Raiders team.
Giants defensive end Charlie Wilcox opened the game with a lineman’s dream strip of the ball and 50-yard sprint into the end zone for a touchdown on the very first play of the game.
On Derby’s very next possession, they converted a critical fourth-and-long and ended a 55-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown blast up the middle locking the score at 6. The score would remain tied at the half.
Derby scored on an interception return in the third quarter to go up 12-6.
With five minutes left in the game, the Giants mounted a pounding drive which was stuffed at the Derby five-yard line.
On the very next play, Gavin Toth recovered a fumble after a jarring hit from Finn Donelan and Brendan Dunleavy, to give the Giants new life.
Two plays later with under two minutes to go, quarterback Nick Morris took a sneak up the middle to tie the score at 12.
Derby followed with a remarkable 45-yard Statue of Liberty touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining to win 19-12.
Among the Fairfield standouts were Jon Gladstone, Jayson Vasquez, Max Curran, Jack Melbourne and Terrence Falvey.
The JPW2 Giants will faceoff against the Milford Eagles Sunday at 11 a.m. at Sullivan Field.
PeeWee Giants
The Fairfield Giants Pee Wee division (ages 11-12) defeated the Newington Knights Saturday 24-0.
“This was one heck of a defensive performance,” head coach Dave Houghton said.
The Giants recovered an onside kick to start the game, forced four Newington fumbles, and an interception by safety Ian Bartlett finished the game.
After a slow start the offense put it in gear scoring three touchdowns in the second half.
Led by a strong offensive line, the Giant backfield was able to control the game with both their running game and the pass.
Next week the Giants host the Hamden Huricanes at Sullivan Field.

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