The Fairfield Wildcats sixth-grade squad overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit, tallying two second-half scores, capturing the Fairfield County Football League title, 14-7, over Darien White on Saturday in Darien.
Fairfield turned the ball over twice on its first 4 plays, the second which yielded Darien's only score of the day.
The Wildcats drove the ball into Darien territory late in the third, and were faced with a 4th-and-11 at the Darien 38. Brian Howell scampered 38 yards, thanks to a crushing block by Jesse Lawson, for the first of Howell's two scores.
The defense, led by the front-six of Sean Fuller, PJ Egan, Jaden Sneed, Griffin Forberg, Justin Coudert and Danny Russell, turned the ball back over to the offense with just over five minutes to play and 79 yards from victory. Quickly faced with a 4th-and-1 on their own 30, the Wildcats went for it, continuing the drive by just inches on Summers' sneak.
Faced with another 4th-and-2, just three plays later, Howell went to the corner for 20 yards. A few plays later Howell did it again, for a 15-yard score, giving Fairfield a 14-7 lead, after the two-point conversion.
Fairfield closed it out and celebrated the Wildcats' second straight sixth-grade title,a season in which they finished 10-1.
Seventh-grade team finishes second
The seventh-grade Wildcats lost a hard-fought battle to Wilton Blue, 22-8, on Sunday night in the Fairfield County Football League championship game.
These teams were the top seeds in the playoffs and the first half was an evenly matched defensive battle as expected. The Wildcats took the lead in the third quarter when quarterback Matthew Cerminaro scored, then connected with Zach Taylor for the 2-point conversion, giving Fairfield a 8-0 lead.
The Wildcats finished the season with a 9-2 record, with six shutouts.