The eighth-grade Wildcats journeyed to Tiger Hollow Stadium Nov. 8 at night and slipped past Ridgefield 22-16 in a nail biter. The Wildcats advanced to play Darien White for the Fairfield County Football League championship game Saturday at noon in Darien.

It was the second meeting this season between the squads. In the first game last month, Ridgefield's stubborn defense shut down the Wildcats for a 15--0 win. This time around, it was the Wildcats' turn for victory.

A catch by Conor Ginley and run by Timmy Jacobi put the 'Cats within the 1-yard line in the second quarter. After three unsuccessful attempts, quarterback Matt Cerminaro plowed across the goal line for the first score of the game. Cerminaro then found Justin Keith in the end zone for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

Ridgefield quickly retaliated to tie the score at the half 8-8.

In the second half, Josh Evans made the most of his brief stint as quarterback by powering his way through the Ridgefield line for the Wildcats' second touchdown. Evans capped his run with an extra two points, giving the Wildcats a 16-8 advantage. But Ridgefield's offense answered with a scoring drive that evened things up.

Fairfield struck back with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Jack Curtis took a handoff from Evans and escaped for a 65-yard game-winning touchdown run.