(skip this header)

Fairfield Citizen

Friday, October 31, 2014

fairfieldcitizenonline.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Wilton hands Warde fifth-straight loss

Published 1:39 am, Saturday, November 17, 2012
Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

As his team dressed just 27 able bodies for its game Friday against Fairfield Warde, Wilton High School football coach Bruce Cunningham knew his club would have to dig deep.

And dig deep the Warriors did.

Wilton's defense forced four turnovers and its did enough as the Warriors held off the Mustangs, 14-0, on Friday at Fujitani Field.

"That was just a bunch of guys who found a way," Cunningham said. "I can't be prouder of a football team than I am tonight."

Wilton improved to 4-5 -- despite missing 17 players -- and will try to sew up a .500 record when it takes on Trinity Catholic on Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m.

Warriors junior quarterback Brett Phillips ran for a score and threw for one and receiver Weston Wilbur led the team with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Wilbur also intercepted a pass.

"Our defense was ball-hawking tonight," Wilbur said.

Warde subbed sophomore Brandon Bisack for senior starting quarterback Max Garrett midway through the third quarter. Bisack finished 7-for-17 for 78 yards, but was victimized by multiple drops from his receivers.

"Brandon looks pretty good," Warde coach Duncan DellaVolpe said. "He's only a sophomore so this is good experience for him."

"He missed some of those throws ... and they dropped a couple too," Cunningham said. "He's going to be a real-good player. He scared me"

Four times Warde advanced inside the Wilton 35-yard-line and each time the Warriors defense held. On three such occasions, Wilton forced turnovers -- including Wilbur's interception on the first half's final play.

"When you don't execute at all, you're never going to win a game," DellaVolpe said. "We had numerous opportunities and did nothing with them."

Trailing 7-0 at halftime, the Mustangs caught a break, recovering a pooch kickoff and advancing to Wilton's 34. But a bad shotgun snap was recovered by the Warriors at Warde's 41-yard-line.

"We just played really well as a defense," Wilbur said. "We really overcame adversity tonight."

Wilton went the distance in six plays, capped by Phillips' 21-yard touchdown strike to Wilbur on fourth-and-one,making it 14-0.

"The connection's always been there," Wilbur said. "It just came out tonight."

"That was a huge play," Cunningham said.

After a scoreless first quarter, Wilton scored on its first second-quarter possession. The Warriors went 65 yards in eight plays -- aided by back-to-back Warde personal fouls. Phillips' 3-yard run put Wilton on the board, 7-0.

"Defense played very well," DellaVolpe said. "We had two 15-yard penalties ... and that changed the whole game."

ppickens@bcnnew.com; twitter.com/Pat_Pickens

FAIRFIELD WARDE 0 0 0 0-- 0

WILTON 0 7 7 0-- 14

Records: FW-- 1-8; WHS-- 4-5;

W-- Brett Phillips 3 run (Ben Rappaport kick)

W-- Phillips 21 pass to Weston Wilbur (Rappaport kick)