FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Wildcats youth football teams kicked off the new season Saturday. There are more than 200 boys in the program, a 10 percent increase from last year. The teams have new uniforms as well, reflecting the school colors of Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe.
The eighth grade team topped Westport North, 12-6. Danny King and Ross Gallace had touchdown runs, while Tyler Petry and Connor Byrne had interceptions. Alexei Alatakis also had a nice game running the football, while Mark Garcia, Joe Cartin, Chris Westervelt, Tim Kane, Tommy Chandler and Jack Caserta played well on defense.
The seventh-grade Wildcats, who won the league title last year as sixth-graders, opened the season with a 24-6 win over Norwalk. Jack Curtis, Matthew Cerminaro and Timmy Jacobi scored rushing touchdowns, and John Blumenthal returned an interception for a score. Josh Evans, Clay Zachery, Joey Turner, Jack Kovaleski and Chris Nielsen also played well.
The fifth-grade team stopped Norwalk, 27-7. Joey Gulbin’s 70-yard touchdown pass to Brodie Hopkins on the second play of the game set the tone for Fairfield. Ryan Janz and Ryan Lawrence scored on long touchdown runs, while Liam Hawley, Jason Conklin and Sean Nelson starred on defense.
The fourth grade team dropped a 14-7 decision to New Canaan White. Lorenzo Cooper rushed for 80 yards and scored Fairfield’s touchdown, while Ryan McIntosh ran for the extra point. Other Fairfield standouts included Jimmy Cullinan, John Summers, Jack Gremse, Sean Flanary, Harry Chandler and Jack McKenna.
The third-grade Wildcats Black team lost to New Canaan, 19-13. After trailing 13-0, Fairfield rallied in the second half on an 80-yard touchdown run by Harrison Keith. Fairfield eventually tied the score, and New Canaan returned an interception late in the fourth quarter for the winning points. Karl Schmidt, Max Aderholt-Koon, Paul Sussman, Charlie Mitola, Casey Woodfine, Will Bluementhal, Andre Mead and Farid Sahagun played well for the Wildcats.