Wildcats win four games

The eighth grade Wildcats Black team traveled to New Canaan Saturday night to take on the high-powered offense of New Canaan Black and posted a 19-14 upset in Youth Football League action.
Fairfield dominated early, getting out to a 13-0 lead thanks to great rushes by Grant Carnemark, Justin Collier, Jake Pappas and Mike Piroli.
Fairfield’s dynamic run game was made possible by the blocking of the offensive line and wide receivers, as Johnny Caione, John Guimento, James Thornton, Ben Townshend, Will Mitola, Conner Devaney, Ben Ehlers, Owen Buhrendorf, Sam Collier and Wes Price created holes for Fairfield’s backfield all night.
New Canaan fought back and eventually took a 14-13 lead with only 2:30 left to go in the game.
That lead was short lived, however, as Fairfield scored the go-ahead touchdown just moments later on an electric 70-yard rush by Justin Collier.
Fairfield’s defense, led by Josh Smith, Jaylen Jennett, John Cassette, George DeCou, Danny Perez, Sean Close, Ryan Sullivan, Ryan Devaney, JP Haley, Brian Gannon and Austin Geiling, shut down New Canaan’s late passing attack to preserve the 19-14 victory.
Fairfield Black (2-1) looks to extend its winning streak to three games this Sunday at 11 a.m. at Warde High School against the Westport Wreckers.
7th grade shutout
The seventh grade Wildcats dominated Weston with a resounding 18-0 victory at Ludlowe High School Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats came out strong with two interceptions by Alexey Linsenmeyer.
Key tackles by Justin Keith, Clay Zachery, and Sam Hawley held the Weston offense in the first half.
Strong blocking by Joey Turner and Chris Nielsen made way for running back Timmy Jacobi to bring in two touchdowns in the first half.
The Wildcats defense continued to contain Weston in the second half, allowing quarterback Jack Hogarth to move the ball down the field.
A crushing sack by Josh Evans and a devastating hit by Zach Taylor pushed the Weston offense backwards.
A series of long runs by Jack Curtis and Kris Gjinaj culminated in a 28-yard touchdown by Gjinaj.
Weston was unable to recover.
The Wildcats take on New Canaan Red at 8 p.m. next Saturday night at New Canaan High School.
6th graders triumph
The Wildcats’ sixth grade team shut out Weston 12-0 on Sunday at Ludlowe High School. This was the second shutout of the season for the Wildcats and brought their record to 3-0.
It was a battle in a scoreless first quarter, with Weston getting as far as the one-yard line only to be denied by the commanding defensive work of the ‘Cats front four of Jayden Sneed, Justin Coudert, Justin Hathaway and Danny Russell.
DJ Meyer, Will Stearns and David Summers saw their fair share of tackles for the defense throughout the day as well.
In the second quarter, Kevin Quinn had a 24-yard scamper, and shortly after David Summers went deep to Aiden Wykoff to get the home team on the board first.
After Coudert recovered a fumble near the end of the half, Summers went deep to Wykoff once more only to come up just short of busting another big play.
Fairfield’s offense took control in the third quarter with Jesse Lawson, Kevin Quinn and Brian Howell driving down field.
A short catch-and-run by Stearns took the ball to the 10-yard line and Howell followed with a quick spurt to the right sideline to close out the scoring.
Fairfield offense remained in control throughout the fourth quarter by executing running plays and making first downs.
Michael Eaton and Chase Reynolds, Griffin Forberg and Ryan Hummerstone put in solid defenses performances as well for the hometown boys.
5th graders edged, 12-7
The Wildcats fifth grade team lost a nail-biter against Weston last Sunday, as the possible game-winning drive ended with an interception at the one-yard line with less than a minute remaining.
Griffin Gallati scored the team’s lone touchdown with a five-yard scamper up the middle to take the lead in the third quarter.
Conner O’Neill rushed for 60 yards on the day.
The defensive line, anchored by Massimo Perillo, Joe Falletta, Jason Conklin, Mason Lake, Liam Hawley and Joey Gulbin, was stout all game with numerous tackles for a loss.
4th graders take Darien
The fourth grade Wildcats won their second in a row with a 26-6 victory over Darien Wave.
The offense got off to a quick start with Lorenzo Cooper scoring the game’s first touchdown on a sweep to the outside.
Jake Fratarcangeli added the two-point conversion to put the Wildcats up 8-0.
Strong blocking by the offensive line anchored by Will Smalley helped Brendan Howard score the next two touchdowns with a long run to the outside and up the middle in the Bear offensive set.
Defense played strong all day with great tackling led by Aidan Casey, Dylan Igram and Jack Gremse.
Jack McKenna scored a defensive touchdown for the Wildcats with an incredible rush through the Darien offensive line.
McKenna stripped the ball away from the quarterback then ran in for the score.
Up next for the Wildcats is Darien Blue at Fairfield Warde High School next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
3rd graders fall
The third-grade Wildcats started on defense led by captain Jack Reilling, Casey Woodfine, Brayden Mazzoni and Harrison Keith.
The Wildcats defense was plagued by penalties that made scoring within reach for Wilton, which took advantage and ran in to score.
The Wildcats offense relied on its run game helped by fullback Kevin Howard, with big blocks from center Max Aderholt-koon, right guard Charlie Mitola and left guard Paul Sussman.
The Wildcats only score would came from a Jack Reilling-Harrison Keith connection with an impactful block by Farid Sahagun.
It was a scoreless second half for the Wildcats but a no-quit attitude kept the Wildcats in the game until Wilton scored one last time to close the game at 18-6.

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