Fifth Grade Football: Wilton Blue 20 - Ridgefield Black 8
The Wilton 5 Blue football team began the defense of its FCFL title, which it shares with Wilton White, with a convincing 20-8 defeat of Ridgefield Black on Sunday at Fujitani Field.
The tone for the day was set on the first play when halfback Kyle Hyzy took a handoff from Jake Zeyher. Following a lead block from fullback Austin Andersen and rumbling through a gaping hole made by the offensive line of Patrick Burke, Erik Lebek, Dominick Polito, Jack Lenz, Noah Levi, Jack Savarese and Jack DiRocco, Hyzy burst to the outside and raced 70 yards for a score to put the Warriors up 6-0 (videolink: http://youtu.be/ALaW6sRY3GY).
A stunned Ridgefield squad faced no better treatment by the Wilton defense. On Ridgefield’s first play the defensive line of Hyzy, Savarese, Polito, Levi, Zach Bargon and Burke swarmed all over the ball carrier for a loss of two. R2 DiRocco made a nice open field tackle on a bootleg for the loss of another yard (videolink: http://youtu.be/loapYrFpm2o) and the Raiders third down play was an incomplete pass, forcing a punt.
Wilton ground out yards on their next possession as Hyzy, Andersen, R2 DiRocco, Zeyher and Ben Leung pounded the ball at Ridgefield behind the massive offensive line of Dante Stella, Dean Griffin, Bargon, Ciaran Smith, Camilo Galeano and Sean Soltis. After a penalty set Wilton back, the drive stalled at the Ridgefield 8.
Hyzy’s interception of an errant Ridgefield pass set up Wilton’s next scoring drive. Having already established the run game, the Warriors now took to the air. After Zeyher hit Jack DiRocco for an 18 yard pass to the Ridgefield 15, Wilton went back to its winning formula with Hyzy sweeping left to the four. Hyzy swept right on the next play for the score. The two point conversion was good as Zeyher threw a perfect strike to R2 DiRocco in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-0 at the half.
Ridgefield showed some signs of life early in the fourth quarter breaking a long run around left end that looked like a sure touchdown until safety Connor Burke made a beautiful touchdown saving tackle at the Warrior 20. Ridgefield managed to score after several running plays to close the gap to 14-8.
A fired up Wilton squad came right back with several nice running plays before Hyzy once again broke off a 47 yard touchdown run to make the score 20-8.
Wilton’s exceptional offense was matched by its tough-as-nails defense and the play of Steven Tuin, Cole Snyder, Brady Kuczo, Oliver Shulman, Oscar Telefaro, Anthony Andre and Sean Millar.