The boys of Wilton Blue went to Weston High School Stadium on Sunday to take on a tough Trojans squad, and while their mettle was tested, came away with a hard-fought 19-7 victory to run their record to 5-0 on the season.
The Warriors started with the ball and proceeded to move efficiently downfield as the offensive line of Sean Purdy, Jack Lenz, Jack Savarese, Noah Levi, Cooper Heinemann, Dominick Polito and Erik Lebek for the second consecutive week manhandled a beefy opposing line that had a size advantage at every position. The line guided Matthew McVey to runs of 11 and 8 yards, and Austin Andersen had a 36 yard scamper to the Weston 13, but the drive stalled and Weston took over at their own 5.
The Warriors scrappy defensive line of Jimmy O’Brien, Heinemann, Polito, Savarese, Max Downing and Steven Tuin was determined to get the ball back. A nice tackle by O’Brien prevented a big play, and then later in the series Tuin stripped the Weston ball carrier allowing Polito to recover the fumble at the Weston 30.
The Warriors wasted no time capitalizing on the Weston miscue. Andersen ran for seven yards and then broke through the left side on a counter play for a 23 yard scoring run culminating with a dive into the end zone with the Weston safety wrapped around his legs.
Weston was unfazed and on their next possession drove 70 yards on 9 plays for a score. They added the extra point to take the lead 7-6.
The Warriors next went on an impressive drive themselves. Kyle Hyzy broke off a 34 yard run to the Weston 31 and quarterback Ryan Healey bulled his way forward for 9 yards on a third and 8 to get to the Weston 20. With time running out in the half, Hyzy took a pitch from Healey but then pulled up and lofted a perfect pass to Jack DiRocco, who was tackled at the 1. Healey scored on the next play and DiRocco added the point after to make it 13-7 at the half.
Again Weston tested the Warrior defense as they took the ball to start the second half and drove down the field. The swarming Warrior defense made tackle after tackle, with notable plays by Jack Savarese, Noah Levi, Jimmy O’Brien, Jake Kauffman and a touchdown saving tackle by Erik Lebek at safety. On fourth and four at the Wilton 9, O’Brien and DiRocco forced a Weston sweep wide allowing middle linebacker Andersen to pound the runner out of bounds short of the first down.
On third and two from the Wilton 15, Jack Savarese pulled from his guard position and executed a perfect block to spring Andersen loose for an 85 yard streak up the left sideline to make the score 19-7.
Weston tried again to score, but great defensive plays by DiRocco, Heinemann and Anthony Andre kept the Trojans in check and preserved the 19-7 victory.