After losing a week ago to New Canaan, Fairfield Warde head football coach Duncan Della Volpe declared that the Mustangs game with Wilton would be a classic.

He was correct.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they came out on the wrong side of the outcome.

Warde allowed a 16-yard touchdown pass on fourth and two from Wilton quarterback Sean Carroll to Alex Ward with just 22.7 seconds in the game as the Warriors held off Warde, 24-21, on Saturday afternoon at Fujitani Field in Wilton.

"They made a drive at the end of the game," Della Volpe said. "We just ran out of time at the end."

The Mustangs' converted on fourth-and-goal from the Wilton one to take a 21-17 lead with 3:54 left in the game when David Wolff plowed through from a yard out. Wolff scored two touchdowns for the Mustangs and Alex Delaney added two scores as well.

"We're pretty good up front." Della Volpe said. "We ran the ball excellent."

Warde proved this running prowess on its opening drive, as the Mustangs went 80 yards in nine plays, including eight runs by Delaney and Wolff. Delaney bulled in from a yard out to put Warde up 6-0, just three and a half minutes into the game.

"That's the exact drive we wanted," Della Volpe said. "That's what we're looking to do."

The Mustangs' defense had trouble stopping the Warriors all day, though. Warde forced a fumble on the ensuing drive, after Wilton moved to the Warde 14. However, after a Mustangs' three-and-out, Wilton moved the ball 34 yards and Hemmerle scored from 14 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to make the game 7-6.

Warde's running attack exploded for a 62-yard scoring drive that was capped by Wolff's one-yard plunge to put the Mustangs up 14-7. Warde piled up 221 yards on the ground in the game. The Mustangs' offense managed to rack up 291 yards of total offense in the game.

"We clicked on offense," Della Volpe said. "We ran well and threw when we needed to."

Wilton tied the score right before halftime, and took the lead when Matt Reyes-Guerra-Dunn hit a field goal from 23 yards out in the third quarter to put the Warriors up 17-14 with 2:01 in the quarter.

The Mustangs' defense kept the Warriors offense out of the end zone on a goal line stand at the start of the fourth quarter when safety Will Halliday tipped a pass away on fourth-and-goal from the Warde three.

From there, Warde took off on a 97-yard, 18-play drive, keyed by a fourth down conversion when Foley found Kevin Sullivan to keep the drive alive. Warde converted two third downs, and two fourth downs on the drive, including Delaney's one-yard run on fourth-and-goal from the one that put Warde ahead 21-17 with 3:54 left in the game.

"The kids finally, I thought, finished the game," Della Volpe said. "I guess we gave them too much time."

Wilton drove 69 yards in nine plays, capped by its 16-yard score from Carroll to Ward on fourth-and two.

"They've got two big receivers," Della Volpe said. "The only kid that was going to catch it was [Ward] and that's what you teach, so what are you going to do?"

Warde had one final chance, but Craig Lowery was tackled at the Wilton 30 on the Mustangs last play.

"We just ran out of time," Della Volpe said. "They had one extra play that we couldn't stop."

Warde will take on Trinity Catholic on Saturday at 1 p.m.