After posting shutouts to win its first two games in the Fairfield County Football League playoffs, the Wilton Blue-fifth grade football team saw its season end with a 20-7 loss to Westport South at P.J. Romano Field.
Wilton put forth another strong defensive effort and trailed just 7-0 at halftime before Westport punched in two touchdowns in the second half. Wilton scored its touchdown on the final play of the game on a brilliantly executed halfback option when T.J. Elkinton hit Joe Murtha for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Elkinton ran for the PAT.
"We had to move some guys around today and that hurt us,'' coach Tim Elkinton said. "The defense got worn down a little bit."
Wilton's defense shined during the playoffs. The eighth-seeded Warriors blanked No. 9 New Canaan Red in the opening round, 21-0, and then took out the top-seeded Darien Wave, 6-0. Wilton (5-4-1) hung with fourth-seeded Westport until Evan Zinn (84 yards on 15 carries) ran in from four yards out just 2:22 before halftime.
Westport added a touchdown on its first drive of the third quarter, marching 80 yards in 13 plays before Zinn ran in from 15 yards out. Harris Levi scored on a 10-yard run with 3:22 left for the Wreckers.
Gates Arnold recovered a fumble for Wilton. Elkinton rushed for 53 yards and Murtha added 33. Murtha also had a big gain wiped out by a penalty. Despite the loss, coach Tim Elkinton wasn't surprised his team showed some staying power in the playoffs.
"We had a good team and it was a great season,'' Tim said. "Every kid went out and gave it everything they had. They worked real hard to get here."
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