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.
"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."
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)