WILTON, Conn. Wilton sixth grade Junior White was the very definition of resilient in its showdown with Ridgefield Junior Orange on Saturday. The Warriors eked out the win in a breathtaking 14-6 victory over a talented and tough Ridgefield squad in Fairfield County Football League action.
The contest got off to an inauspicious start for Wilton as the bigger Ridgefield team ran for a 68-yard touchdown on the games third play. After turning over the ball on downs, the Warriors were on their heels with Ridgefield driving for another score on what looked to be the makings of a blowout.
But the Wilton defense dug deep and made a huge stop, led by Kyle Shifrin, Mike Wehrli, Dominic Romeo, Brennan Troy, Ryan McDermott, Johnny Amato and Chris Sweeney. Pumped up by the defensive help, the offense came to life.
Runs by Will Litton, Zach Zeyher and Robbie Hermann behind excellent tactical blocking from Ben Pellicano, Alex Kobsa, Romeo, Wehrli, Amato, Finn McGovern and Jack McErlain moved the chains. Wilton entered halftime behind on the scoreboard, but with momentum on their side.
The second half saw the Warriors dominate in all aspects of the game as their resiliency kicked in. Litton finally put the Warriors on the board thanks to a sparkling 54-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The point-after by Hermann put Wilton up for good, 7-6.
After key defensive stops by Matt Morello, Ethan Reichgut, Romeo and the LB core, Wilton went to work on a time-consuming march down the field. The line exploded off the ball once again and Hermann slipped through for a gritty run to the 2 yard line.
Quarterback Quinn Schneider, behind great blocking from John Maggio, cruised into the end zone untouched for the Warriors second TD of the half. Hermann kicked the extra point for a 14-6 lead with little time remaining. Wilton stopped Ridgefield cold and then ran out the clock to secure the win and to improve to 3-0 on the season.
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