FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Wildcats eighth-grade team continued its winning streak with an 8-0 victory Sunday at Ridgefield.
The Wildcats pounced late in the second quarter when quarterback Matt Cerminaro connected with receivers Alexey Linsenmeyer and Jack Kovaleski for big gains before hitting Zachary Taylor in the corner of the end zone for a 6-0 lead. Cerminaro then found wide receiver Justin Keith for the two-point conversion.
The single scoring drive was all Fairfield needed as the defense held Ridgefield scoreless. Ridgefield had opportunities to get on the board throughout the game, but the strong Wildcats defense, led by Josh Evans, Jacob von der Linden, Clay Zachery, and Will Parisi, stopped their efforts.
The undefeated Wildcats improved to 3-0-1. In all three wins, the Wildcats have held their opponents scoreless.
Fairfield will next head at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to face Darien at Darien High School.
Seventh-grade (blue) falls to top-seeded New Canaan
The Wildcats seventh-grade blue team took on the first-place, undefeated New Canaan Red on Sunday at Warde High School, losing a hard-fought game, 27-12.
New Canaan’s high-powered offense put Fairfield in an early deficit, but the Wildcats battled back for two second-half scores. The offense was led by the power running of Kevin Quinn and Jaden Sneed. Sneed ran for two touchdowns.
Fairfield Blue has a bye this week and will be back in action Oct. 13 against Westport South.
Sixth-grade drops home opener
The sixth-grade Wildcats team dropped its home opener to Ridgefield, 25-6, on Sunday. The Wildcats offense showed signs of life as Alex Farkas got behind the secondary and caught a pass from quarterback Quinn Pavoz for 40 yards, setting up Farkas' 20-yard touchdown score on an end around.
On defense, Massimo Perillo fought for a fumble at the bottom of a pile in the first half to get a turnover and keep it close early.
Fifth-grade beats Darien
The fifth-grade Wildcats defeated Darien, 19-6, at home Saturday. Fairfield's balanced offensive attack came alive this week led by Lorenzo Cooper and Brendan Howard's consistent gains on the ground. The offensive line of Billy Grace, Jack McKenna, Jimmy Cullinan, Travis Hayden and Sean Flannery provided the running lanes.
Scoring came on a first-quarter two-yard sneak up the middle by quarterback Andrew Conklin. Late in the second quarter, Conklin threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Jack Morison. In the third quarter, Cooper ran 61 yards for a touchdown.
Fairfield improved to 3–1 with the win and will host Ridgefield next Saturday at Ludlowe High School.
Fourth-grade (blue) puts away Ridgefield
The Wildcats fourth-grade Blue team defeated Ridgefield orange, 27-6, Sunday at Tiger Hollow Stadium in Ridgefield.
Ronan O’Donnell ran 55 yards to paydirt on just the second offensive play for the first Wildcat score.
O’Donnell added his second score of the day on the next series on a two-yard dive.
Fairfield scored again on an interception return by Zach Hathaway.
Defensively, Fairfield frustrated Ridgefield all day. The defense was led on the defensive line by Grady Golier and Ryan Ginley. Other strong defensive performances were put in by Kevin Kuczo and Ethan Clarke.
Fourth-grade black falls to Wilton
The Wildcats scored early to go up 6-0. Wilton would connect on a pass to tie the game in the second quarter. Kevin Howard would lead the defense in tackles along with help from defensive tackle Casey Woodfine.
Wilton scored one more time to close the scoring at 12-6. Fairfield Wildcats Black take on New Canaan next.