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Third Graders Start Tackle Football Careers

The footballs used in the game between by Darien 3 White and Fairfield Wildcats on Sunday morning might be feeling a bit dizzy. The game was a battle of defenses, with both teams intent on preventing their opponent from crossing the goal line.

Darien played old-time rough-and-tumble football — its offense grinding its way up the field one run after another. Its defense allowed only one touchdown. Fairfield made the only score of the game on its third play from scrimmage — a 30-yard sweep around the end and down the sideline for a 6-0 victory.

Darien's defense settled down, dug in, refused to give up and did not allow another score. Fairfield had one touchdown nullified by a penalty and nearly scored again in the same series on a pass play broken up when safety Zarek Swetye deflected the ball from the intended receiver.

Jack Savage was relentless on the defensive line, making several solo tackles. Teddy Christensen and Ryan Plank, playing the outside tackle positions, pressured the quarterback and running backs the entire game and allowed no one to get by them. Griffen Cramer, Christian DaSilva, Owen O'Brien, Owen Sharp and Graham Purcell were so effective at the inside tackle positions that Fairfield stopped trying to run up the middle.

Tommy Bock, Teddy Brennan, Ryan Blatney and Michael Aronsohn played the defensive end positions to near perfection. They turned many sweeps inside, which allowed linebacker Ashley Hagander to stop some potentially big gains.

William Harper at safety, along with Charles Silsby, K.C. Felt and Holt Matheis at the linebacker positions, worked together to deny Fairfield another trip into the end zone.

Led by quarterbacks Holt Matheis and K.C. Felt, Darien 3 White's offense did its best against a tough Fairfield defense. Both quarterbacks and their running backs, Charlie Silsby, Teddy Brennan, Owen O'Brien and Tommy Bock, gained yardage on the ground behind the outstanding blocking of Teddy Christensen, Jack Savage, Ryan Plank, Owen Sharp, Ashley Hagander, Ryan Blatney and William Harper.

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