Fairfield Wildcats roundup

Sam Davenport (87) goes up the snare the ball for the Wildcats. — Jean Gallati photo

Sam Davenport (87) goes up the snare the ball for the Wildcats. — Jean Gallati photo

The Fairfield Wildcats eighth grade team improved to 3-1 on Sunday, avenging last season’s overtime playoff loss with a 21-7 win over New Canaan Red.

Early in the second quarter, Joey Gulbin connected with Sam Davenport for the duo’s fourth touchdown this season to give Fairfield a 6-0 lead.

Charlie DiGiacomo and Liam Hawley used blocks from Mason Lake, Alex Bow and Hunter Rassmusen to keep the offense moving in the second quarter. However, the Rams defense kept Fairfield off the scoreboard for the rest of the half.

After making a few halftime adjustments, the Wildcats started the third quarter with two quick scores.

Sean Nelson took a screen pass 57 yards into the end zone. Gulbin then hit Davenport in the back of the end zone to complete the two-point conversion.

During the next offensive series on third and short, James Bouque ran the ball up the middle 41 yards putting Fairfield on top 21-0.

The Wildcats defense was led by Tristan Breheny, Geo Whycoff, Evan Rose and Henry Bosken, as New Canaan struggled offensively for three quarters and deep into the fourth.

On the last play of the game, the New Canaan runner broke a tackle and scored ending the  Wildcats nine-quarter streak without an opponent scoring.

Fairfield will next play at Darien.

7th grade Wildcats

The seventh grade Wildcats scored a 12-6 victory over the Westport Wreckers Saturday night.

Brendan Howard scored on the first play of the game with a 65-yard run behind great blocking by Jake Neff, Harry Chandler, TJ Finnegan, Lucas Mayer, Jaden Gold, Jack McKenna and Billy Grace.

The Wildcats defense controlled the line of scrimmage the entire game giving up just one first down.

The defensive line, led by Matt Deloach, Travis Hayden, and Art Belile, applied constant pressure on the Westport quarterback forcing interceptions by RJ Ihlefeld and Brendan Howard.

Howard returned his interception for the final score of the game.

The offense was led by fine runs by Jon Vacarella, Drew Buck and Blake Burchill.

The Wildcats will next play at Wilton on Satuday night.

6th grade Blue

The Wildcats sixth grade Blue team defeated Ridgefield 19-0, improving to 3-1 on the season.

Jack Andrews started off the scoring in the first quarter with a 80-yard touchdown run behind the blocking of Ryan Voytas, Tommy Schindler, Connor Breheny, Luke Lesizza, Leo Randazzo, Mick Huban, Kevin Kuczo  and Liam Ryan.

The offense was led by quarterback Ethan Righter, who threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Keith to start the second half.

Late in the game, Keith scored on a 80-yard touchdown run behind the blocking of Gregory Coghlan, Ryan Ginley, Liam Kesser and Roman DiGiacomo.

The relentless defense was led by Kevin Howard, Ryan O’Connell,  Zack Hathaway, Nick , Hios, Zack Hios and Cooper Dailey.

6th grade Black

The Fairfield sixth grade Black team put together a late comeback this weekend, improving to 3-1 with a 7-6 win over Darien Blue.

On the opening drive, the Wildcats took the field on offense with quarterback Lucca Iannone, who got excellent blocking up front from Matt Marsden, TJ Martere, Charlie Mitola, Andy Corbett and Will Blumenthal.

Lucca connected with Brayden Mazzoni and utilized Dom Bellora to keep the ball moving. Lucca took a hit preventing him from finishing out the drive and scoring.

Throughout the first half, both teams proved to be a disciplined, limiting miscues and preventing either team from scoring.

Iannone returned in the second half looking to connect with tight end Denholm Feldman, but a tremendous defensive play by a Darien player resulted in an interception that gave the Blue Wave excellent field position.

Darien seized the opportunity and ran it in for a touchdown. A missed extra point out saw Fairfield down 6-0.

With less than four minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats attempted to mount a comeback.

Bellora continued to move the ball on the ground and on third-and-six, Lucca would connect with Michael Loya who ran 45 yards after the catch to score.

Bellora made the point after putting the Wildcats ahead 7-6.

A stingy defense led by Wyatt Morgan, Paul Sussman and Chris Silk prevented Darien from  recovering. Big tackles from the secondary core of Lucca, Cole Curtin, Matt Marsden, Jack Martin Will Meers and Brayden Mazzoni helped to preserve the win.

Fairfield 6 Black will next play New Canaan Red.

5th grade Wildcats

The Fairfield Wildcats fifth grade team combined a swarming defense with big plays on offense to top Darien Blue 19-6 at Ludlowe High School Saturday.

Darien (1-3) had no answer for the Wildcats’ defensive front, which held the Blue Wave to just 99 yards of total offense and made seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Will Klegg registered his team-leading third sack to go with his team-leading four tackles for a loss this season.

Wally Wachiski led the Wildcats with 3.5 tackles and Nat Moore added three more, while the defensive line of Klegg, Griffin Ramirez, William Imschweiler and Brian Seiler applied constant pressure on the Blue Wave attack.

Ryan Kelly’s timely blitzes twice stuffed Darien runners for losses and Lucas Coleman thwarted a second half Darien drive with a leaping interception.

Offensively, the Wildcats were again led by Coleman, who slashed the Darien defense for 63 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a 28-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Charlie Gulbin powered his way to 49 yards on 15 carries and also hauled in a 22-yard pass from Coleman to set up a Jack Plesser touchdown catch on a halfback option pass to open the scoring.

The Wildcats will next play Darien White on Saturday.

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