FAIRFIELD Conn. -- In a rematch of last fall’s Fairfield County Football League title game, the Fairfield Wildcats eighth-grade team once again hosted the Wilton Warriors this past Saturday at Taft Field in Fairfield.
A year ago, despite holding Wilton scoreless through most of three quarters, the Warriors went on to defeat Fairfield, 24-8, and take the title. This time around, Fairfield again made a defensive statement, as Wilton and the Wildcats finished in an 8-8 tie.
Wilton got on the board first, scoring on an early touchdown run, and then completed a two-point conversion. The Wildcats came close to tying the score when Will Parisi recovered a fumble - but Wilton's defense made the stop at the 5-yard line.
After a few successful first down carries by Timmy Jacobi and Clay Zachery, Jack Curtis ran the ball for a Wildcat touchdown and also punched in a two-point conversion to tie the score.
The score remained tied throughout the rest of the second half. The Wildcats defense was led by Chris Nielsen, Josh Evans, AJ Valus, Justin Keith and Joey Turner.
The Wildcats will next play at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 in Westport at PJ Romano Field.
7th grade (black) beats Wilton
A physical Wilton White squad tested the visiting Wildcat black unit Saturday. However, Fairfield responded with some big plays en route to an 18-7 victory.
The Wildcat defense, led by big plays from Jack Howard, Michael Eaton, Griffin Forberg and Justin Coudert, turned Wilton over on four downs on its first drive the offense capped its second drive with a 6-yard sneak from quarterback David Summers behind Aidan Kilgallon.
Will Stearns intercepted a Wilton pass and the Wildcats went back down the field to take a two-score lead before the half on a touchdown pass from Summers to Brian Howell.
Wilton cut the lead to 12-7 to start the third quarter on a sustained drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock. Fairfield answered the score immediately, going 65-yards, capped by another touchdown pass from Summers, this time to Stearns.
The Wildcats next travel to Darien for a 10:30 a.m. contest Sunday against Darien (blue).
5th grade edged by Wilton
The Wildcats entered this weekend’s game against Wilton 1-0 with strong defense against Westport last week. The defensive effort continued this week, keeping Wilton's strong running attack scoreless until a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown that gave them a 6-0 win.
Fairfield's defense was anchored by great play and strong tackling from Jack Morrison, Jake Fratarcangeli and Jimmy Cullinan. Harrison Sevin's fumble recovery just before half time thwarted Wilton's scoring drive, as did Andrew Conklin's interception in the fourth quarter. Brendan Howard was a standout at running back, including a 30-plus yard carry.
The Wildcats next play at 9 a.m. Saturday at Darien.
4th grade (blue) walk away with win
The Wildcats came away with a tough 13-6 win Saturday at Ludlowe High School against Wilton (white).
Ryan O’Connell led the Fairfield running core with touchdown runs of 46 and 60 yards.
Wildcat linebackers Ronan O’Donnell, Ryan O’Connell, Zach Hathaway and John Moore were flying all over the field making tackles. Other strong performers for the Wildcats included Liam Keeser, Kevin Kuczo.
4th grade (black) holds on to win
Defense was the name of the game for the Wildcats fourth-grade black squad as it hosted Darien (blue) Saturday.
Darien came out strong, putting up the first points of the game. However, a stingy defense, led by Casey Woodfine, Denholm Feldman and Ryan Voitas held Darien to just 13 points.
The Wildcats relied on a big pushes up front from linemen Mick Huban, Charlie Mitola and Will Blumenthal. Andre Mead and Harrison Keith earned large chunks of real estate. Keith scored two touchdowns and connected with Liam Ryan for another to give the Wildcats a 19-13 victory.