FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Wildcats eighth-grade team lost, 15-0, to Ridgefield Black at home Sunday.
The Tigers scored in the first quarter when a wide receiver caught a long pass in the Wildcats’ end zone. The extra-point also was successful giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats defensive efforts were led by Wil Parisi, Josh Evans and Kris Gjinaj, who held the Tigers during the second and third quarters. Gjinaj also had an interception.
Despite strong offensive play by Timmy Jacobi and Lexi Linsemeyer and a strong punt return by Hunter Marson, the Wildcats remained scoreless.
The Tigers scored again in the fourth quarter for the game's final points.
The Wildcats will next take on Weston at 3 p.m. Sunday on the road.
In the most physical game of the season, the 5-1 Wildcats scored in the second quarter on a David Summers strike to Will Stearns. Summers also connected with Jesse Lawson for the two-point conversion on a big catch in heavy traffic over the middle to go up 8-0.
Wilton scored to get close, but the front six of Fairfield -- Aidan Kilgallon, Sean Fuller, Justin Coudert, Wyatt Garrity, Michael Eaton and Griffin Forberg -- stuffed the two-point attempt in its tracks. James Tozlosky played a solid game for the home team along with Colin Wilson and Jack Howard.
The team next plays host to Westport at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ludlowe High School.
Despite a gutsy performance by the defense that kept the game close throughout, the Wildcats lost at home to New Canaan Red, 14-0, last Saturday. The hard-hitting linebacker corps of Griffin Gallati, Tristan Breheny, Jason Conklin and Liam Hawley effectively stymied New Canaan's running game and kept it scoreless in the first half. The secondary excelled as well, with Ryan Lawrence, Sean Nelson and Evan Rose batting down deep throws and coming up to help stuff the run.
The sixth-graders are back in action at at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ludlowe against Weston.
The fifth-grade Wildcats lost a hard-fought contest Saturday against Wilton. The Wildcats came out strong with two first-half touchdowns by Lorenzo Cooper – a 73-yard run in the first quarter and a 6-yard score just before half. Two second-half scores by Wilton gave them the 21-12 win. Offensive standouts for Fairfield included running back Jonathan Gladstone and Brendan Howard – with Jack Gremse, Harry Chandler and Ryan McIntosh anchoring a solid defense.
The Wildcats next game is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Westport at PJ Romano Field.
The Wildcats hosted Ridgefield Orange in what turned into a defensive match-up.
Ridgefield would march down the field to open the scoring, 7-0, in the first quarter.
Harrison Keith recorded his first sack and Casey Woodfine forced a fumble recovered by Jack Reilling to help keep the game close. Ridgefield eventually scored one more time to make the score 15-0.
The Wildcats would try one last effort before the close of the half but would give up the ball on an interception.
Reilling finally put the Wildcats on the board with a fake hand off to Keith that he kept for the score. The Wildcats would not convert the extra point, and the game ended 15-6.