Fifth Grade Football Playoffs: Wilton Blue 23 - Westport South 8
Despite not having played a down in a real game for four weeks, due to two consecutive byes and the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Wilton Blue showed no rust at all in a dominating 23-8 victory over Westport South in the quarterfinals of the FCFL playoffs on Saturday night at Fujitani Field.
The Warriors set the tone on the first play from scrimmage as the offensive line of Jack Savarese, Erik Lebek, Dante Stella, Noah Levy, Jack Lenz, Jack DiRocco and Dominick Polito paved the way for Kyle Hyzy who raced 28 yards to the Westport 42. Runs of 11, 9 and 8 yards by Austin Andersen and another 9 yard run by Hyzy put the ball on the 5. Andersen then took a handoff from Jake Zeyher and bulled his way for an apparent touchdown, but the ball was placed on the 6 inch line. Zeyher’s sneak for a touchdown was followed by a successful kick by Jack DiRocco, to put the Warriors up 8-0.
Not to be outdone, the Wilton defense smothered the Wreckers on their first possession. Andersen dropped a Westport ball carrier for a 4 yard loss on their first play and then sacked the quarterback for a 9 yard loss on the next play.
In the second quarter the Warrior offensive machine continued to hum. Camilo Galeano and Zach Bargon made crushing blocks during an impressive 63 yard touchdown drive highlighted by an 11 yard pass from Zeyher to R2 DiRocco on 4th down (videolink: http://youtu.be/m6UWFovIxe4 ) and DiRocco’s 8 yard scamper from the wishbone (videolink: http://youtu.be/7o70CUpZj-M ) to set up a 5 yard touchdown run by Andersen(videolink: http://youtu.be/cfcLekCi57Y ) to make the score 15-0 at the half.
Westport attempted to take to the air in the second half, but sacks by Andersen and Levy (videolink: http://youtu.be/kkWWCmNx6EI ), a fierce pass rush from Jack Savarese and a crushing hit by Patrick Burke as the quarterback let loose a pass curbed the Wreckers’ passing ambitions. When they tried to run, they were met by a swarming defense including Ciaran Smith, Oliver Shulman, Anthony Andre, Cole Snyder, Stephen Tuin, Dean Griffin, Brady Kuczo, Ben Leung, Connor Burke, Sean Soltis and Sean Millar.
Kyle Hyzy ground out the yards on the Warriors’ final touchdown drive and R2 DiRocco gained 12 yards on a reverse when Westport tried to pack the defense in the middle of the field to stop Hyzy. The final touchdown came on a 22 yard burst up the middle by Andersen (videolink: http://youtu.be/mIkpFOU5xac ).
Westport’s only score came late in the game when the outcome was well beyond doubt.
The Warriors will look to avenge their only regular season defeat when they take on New Canaan White Tuesday night at Dunning Field in New Canaan.