Wildcats win County title

The Fairfield Wildcats 6th grade football squad overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit and tallied two scores in the second half to capture the Fairfield County Football League championship from Darien White at Darien High on Nov. 17.
The Cats started off in the hole with two turnovers on their first four plays, the second which yielded Darien’s only score of the day.
Fairfield drove the ball into Darien territory late in the third quarter, where it faced a 4th-and-11 at the 38.
Quarterback David Summers tossed to his right to Brian Howell, who capitalized on a crushing block by Jesse Lawson that caved the corner and set Howell loose on his first of two scores.
The point after came up short and Darien still led 7-6.
The Wildcats defense, led by the front six of Sean Fuller, PJ Egan, Jaden Sneed, Griffin Forberg and defensive tackles Justin Coudert and Danny Russell, turned the ball back over to the offense with just over five minutes to play and 79 yards from victory.
Quickly faced with a 4th-and-1 on its 30, the Cats went for it and continued the drive by just inches on a quarterback sneak by Summers.
Faced with another 4th-and-2 just three plays later, Howell went to the corner and Lawson cleared the way once more as Howell went for 20 yards.
The duo repeated the same combo a few plays later for a 15-yard score. The PAT was complete when Will Stearns sealed the corner on a reverse and Aiden Wykoff went untouched into the end zone to make it 14-7 with under a minute to play.
Fairfield closed it out and celebrated the Wildcat’s second straight 6th grade title and a 10-1 season.
The Cats celebrated a great season in which they finished the 10-1.
7th grade Wildcats
The Wildcats lost a hard-fought 22-8 battle to Wilton Blue in the Fairfield County Football League championship game on Nov. 18.
These two rivals were the top seeds in the playoffs and the first half was an evenly matched defensive battle as expected.
The Wildcats took the lead in the third quarter when quarterback Matthew Cerminaro rushed it in for at touchdown on third-and-goal.
Cerminaro then connected with Zach Taylor for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
The Wildcat’s defense setup the score, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Josh Evans.
Clay Zachery, Jack Curtis and Timmy Jacobi continued to run the ball for the Wildcats, but they were unable to score again.
Strong tackles by Josh Evans, Kris Gjinaj and Clay Zachery were not enough to stop the Wilton offense in the second half.
The Wildcats finished the season with a 9-2 record, including six shutouts.

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