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Darien Dethrones Wilton 5 Black in Double OT

WILTON, Conn. — Wilton fifth-grade Black was stunned in double overtime in the second playoff round, falling to Darien Blue, 13-7. Two weeks earlier, Wilton Black had beaten Darien Blue in its last regular season game and last year had beaten Darien Blue in the championship game.

The team played hard all season and ranked second overall heading into the playoffs, finishing the regular season with a 7-1 record, behind only New Canaan Red (8-0). Head coach Jeff Herlyn and assistants James Longo, Mark Bohacs and Frank DiCostanzo again had their team in position to win it all.

The game was a hard-fought defense battle that remained scoreless until overtime. The head referee told Herlyn that he had never seen such a hard-hitting defensive game.

Wilton defensive linemen Jake Stein, Reilly Bingaman and Mike Angerame had big sacks. Linebackers Drew Herlyn, Connor Drake and Patrick Ciquera were all over the field, dishing out punishing hits. Safeties Travis Longo and Andrew Calabrese never allowed a play to get past them.

Mike DiCostanzo was a defensive nemesis to Darien. Defensemen Liam Sullivan, Aaron Kleeman and Jack Stein penetrated the backfield many times.

Offensive Linemen Tyler Daher, Thomas Sullivan, Daniel Ottavi, Andrew Segall, Jack Caty and Zayvion Eusebe fought hard throughout the game. Joey Bohacs was sensational stopping Darien’s big beast, No. 88, all game.

Wilton’s offense found success in the first overtime. On first and goal, quarterback Zachary Pozzi ran outside for five yards. Fullback Drew Herlyn followed with up the middle for three yards. Tailback Connor Drake then ran in the game's first touchdown. Pozzi’s pass to top receiver Andrew Calabrese was good for the extra point.

Darien answered with its own touchdown and extra point. Despite nifty running from star Wingback Travis Longo in the second overtime period, Wilton was unable to score. On the next series, Darien scored, ending Wilton Black’s quest for a repeat.

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