Giants 5-0-1 in openers, NFL to visit Wednesday

The Fairfield Giants went 5-0-1 in the season-opening Sullivan Bowl games.

The Jr. Midgets kicked off the 2015 season with a 12-0 victory over the Seymour Tigers on Sunday.

The pre-season jitters showed from both teams in the opening series, before Andrew Loya hit tight end Charlie Wilcox on a 67-yard touchdown pass up the left sideline.

The defense was anchored by Declan O’Hara and Anthony Espinoza at linebacker along with Tommy O’Connell and Grady Bartlett at the defensive end position.

The game battled back and forth in the second quarter, with the Giants’ offensive line in the heat of the battle. Key blocking down field from Ryan Durell and Freddy Capossel allowed the Giants some protection as Kyle Steveson caught a 15-yard pass from Loya to set the Giants up deep in Seymour territory.

As the horn sounded at halftime the Fairfield Giants were leading 6-0.

After the kickoff to start the second half, the Giants’ offense marched down the field under the command of Finn Donelan, with hard running by Jed Keresey and Trevor Knisley but the Giants were unable to convert on fourth down and turned over the ball.

On the following defensive series, the Giants were able to force a fumble, and O’Hara recovered the ball at the 50-yard line. After some aggressive running from Luke Martucci, the Giants penetrated into Seymour territory. Loya dropped back and under heavy pressure found Wilcox for a 35-yard touchdown reception.

The defensive line refused to give an inch with the efforts of Dan Shannon. On the ensuing Giants’ possession, Donelan found Tyler Ciccia for a nice 20-yard reception to move the chains. As final whistle sounded, the Giants were able to win the annual Sullivan Bowl with a score of 12-0 over the Seymour Tigers.

Pee Wee

Fairfield 28, Seymour  7

The Giants Pee Wee team kicked off the season by defending their 2104 state title with a win over Seymour.

Seymour struck first, literally. After taking the opening kickoff back to the 40-yard line, the Tigers scored on a 55-yard, off-tackle run on the very first play from scrimmage. Seymour hit a PAT pass for a 7-0 lead.

The Giants offense followed with an impressive drive down to the one-year line, where Nick Morris punched it in on a quarterback sneak.

Great runs by Peter Strang, Tyler Hibberd and Mike Innaimo led the drive, which included a 20-yard pass reception by Gavin Toth.

Morris’ PAT kick was good and the Giants took the lead 8-7 lead.

The Giants would score in all four quarters. Morris would score on a 50-yard punt return and 60-yard inside run, and also hit Innaimo on a 35-yard TD strike in the corner of the end zone to complete the 28-7 victory over the Tigers.

The defense took charge, holding Seymour to zero first downs in the remaining three quarters of play. Grady Golier, Drew Buckley, Arron Sepot, Anthony Bambus and Jack Gremes anchored the defense.

Game standouts included Jamie Caposella, Connor Gitman and Nick Versea.

Jr. Pee Wee 1

Fairfield 36, Trumbull  0

The JPW1 team started the season with a dominating defensive display highlighted by Dustin Pool, Sean Donohue and Jack Melbourne.

Coach Paul Atala wanted the boys to set the tone early and the team responded with a 36-0 victory over the Trumbull Raiders.

Thomas Kramer, ran for two TD’s and connected a 15-yard pass to Jordan Davis in the end zone to end the first half up,  22-0.

In the second half they continued the pressure with Joe Dalai scoring two TD’s on big runs and strong running by Aiden Casey.

The defense never let up and the game ended with an interception by Justyn Davis deep in Giant territory to secure the shut out.

Other standouts included Mac Gleason, Michael Selca and Matthew Selca.

Jr. Pee Wee 2

Fairfield 33, Seymour 19

Fairfield Giants JPW2 team faced Seymour in the Sullivan Bowl on Saturday.  The Giants jumped ahead to a 20-0 lead.

Seymour and Fairfield exchanged scores to end it 33-19.

O’Neill led the offense with two rushing and one receiving TD. Fairfield QB Kane threw his second TD of the day to Spangler. Riley swept left to reach the end zone.  Barnaby, Anderson and Kane ran in the extra points.

Defensively, the Giants disrupted Seymour all day by getting into the backfield and causing turnovers. Wrobel, Mitchell and Macri led the defense.

In other action, the Fairfield Mitey Mites played Seymour to a 0-0 tie and the Fairfield Mitey Mite Juniors defeated Trumbull, 30-6.

NFL visits Wednesday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will once again visit the Fairfield Giants on Wednesday, Aug 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

The NFL will be filming a  CBS 60 Minutes special report on youth football concussions and how programs such the Fairfield Giants are at the forefront of ‘Taking the Head out of the Game’ by teaching heads-up Hawk tackling to kids at a young age.

Goodell will be speaking to coaches, players and parents about football and the strides made to make the sport safer.

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