Junior Midget Giants rally to win, 16-12

The Junior Midget Giants traveled to New Haven to take on a very physical Division 1 Pop Warner team this past weekend. Fairfield remained undefeated as they battled back from a 12-0 deficit to stun the Steelers, 16-12, to move to 4-0.
The first quarter was a defensive battle, as neither team was able to generate much offense.
New Haven came out strong in the second quarter scoring twice, taking the lead into halftime.
During the break, the Giants were challenged by their coaches to keep their heads up, to continue to battle and to win the game for their injured teammates, Owen Cirilli and Aidan Wykoff. Battle they did.
The onside kick has become a true weapon for the Giants and Sam Roberto recovered the ball on the opening play of the third quarter.
Tremendous blocking by Jackson Gilmore, Owen Sherman, Jake Simonelli and Ethan Gilmore resulted in big gains from Hayden Beiser, Finn Duran and Brandon Moutinho.
With the Giants in scoring position,  Moutinho, who had blocked a punt in the first quarter, fought his way into the end zone, capping an 11-play, clock-eating drive. Brian Kiremidjian was good with the PAT and the Giants closed the gap to 12-8.
The Giants defense, playing with renewed confidence and intensity, came up huge on the next series as Gage Dias recovered a fumble.
Fairfield mounted another threat, but a holding penalty negated the go-ahead touchdown and gave the ball back to the Steelers.
Once again, the Giants defense dug in with big stops by Jeff Meyers, Sam Palmer, Henry Houghton and Roberto forcing a Steelers punt.
Two plays later, Duran connected with Houghton on a 45-yard touchdown completion. A roughing the kicker penalty gave Kiremidjian a second chance for the PAT and he put it through the uprights, giving Fairfield the lead 16-12.
The final minutes of the game were wild, as Houghton recovered the ensuing onside kick.
New Haven immediately forced and recovered a Fairfield fumble for an apparent game-winning touchdown, only to have it brought back due to an inadvertent whistle, and shortly thereafter, an interception by Kiremidjian.
Beiser gained crucial first down yardage following the turnover to run out the clock and seal the victory.
Fairfield takes on Waterbury at home this Sunday at Sullivan Field.

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