Fifth Grade Football: New Canaan Red 14 – Wilton Blue 0
The Wilton Blue Fifth Grade football team suffered its first defeat of the season, 14-0 to New Canaan Red, this Saturday evening at Fujitani Field.
Wilton’s defense started out strong on New Canaan’s opening possession. The defensive line of Kyle Hyzy, Jack Savarese, Sean Soltis, Noah Levi, Ciaran Smith and Patrick Burke, backed up by Anthony Andre at linebacker and Connor Burke at safety, made it tough for New Canaan to move the ball. The series was highlighted by a great open field tackle by linebacker Oliver Shulman and a sack for a loss of five by Savarese, forcing a punt.
With quarterback Jake Zeyher guiding the offense, running backs Hyzy and Austin Andersen, running behind the offensive line of Brady Kuczo, Dean Griffin, Cole Snyder, Jack Lenz, Levi, Savarese and Jack DiRocco, made some headway, but eventually turned the ball over on downs at the 50.
New Canaan struck quickly with a 35 yard catch and run of a swing pass. The kick was good to make it 8-0 Rams.
The teams traded possessions for the remainder of the half and despite heroics from R2 DiRocco (videolink: http://youtu.be/MM7-unzPjyE ), who intercepted a pass, the score remained 8-0 at the half.
The Warrior offense, with good blocking by Camilo Galeano, Dante Stella, Oscar Telefaro, Sean Millar and Steven Tuin, opened a hole for Ben Leung who danced 20 yards into Ram territory (videolink: http://youtu.be/lDRWHSGuCKc ). However, the drive later ended with a fumble.
New Canaan’s second score came again on a swing pass. The kick failed leaving the score 14-0 in favor of the Rams.
The Warriors moved the ball during the second half as fullback Andersen paved the way for Hyzy, and Erik Lebek and Dominick Polito crushed defenders with their blocks, but Wilton could never gain enough momentum to put the ball in the end zone.
Still with a gaudy 5-1 record, the young Warriors will look to rebound this Saturday at Middlebrook Field versus Ridgefield Orange.