On Friday night the Fairfield Pop Warner Junior Midget team played the visiting Seymour Tigers in the annual Sullivan Bowl at Taft Field.

The Fairfield Giants prevailed 32-12 because of punishing defense, a consistent ground game, and productive special teams.

Fairfield jumped out to a quick lead when Connor Bercik returned the opening kickoff 65 yards for the first score taking a 6-0 lead. The Giant defensive line of Bercik, Bruno Borges, Jack Hoey, and Justin Gonzalez then dug in on Seymour's first offensive series to hold the Tigers to one first down.

The Tigers' punt was fielded by Spencer Green for a short return. After exchange of possessions the Giants were on their own 45 yard line when Nick Franchuk, behind the blocking of Ben Kasper, Matt King, Anthony Battaglia, Borges, and Jaylen Jennett broke through into the Seymour secondary and scampered for a 55 yard touchdown run. After the missed point after the score was 12-0.

In the second quarter the Giant offense went aerial when quarterback Henry Purdy connected with Brendan Beiser for a 45 yard touchdown pass.

The Giants went ahead 18-0. The Fairfield defense, with exceptional play from linebackers Bieser, Franchuk, King, and Will Melbourne, and two excellent tackles from safety Anthony Battaglia shut down the Seymour offense.

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With 27 seconds left in the half Seymour scored on a 30-yard slant pass and the score was 18-6 at the break.

In the third quarter the Fairfield defense was led by Brendan Black, Marcus Sherrod, Ryan Conway, and Jack Haley shutting out Seymour, as it managed only one first down the entire quarter.

The Giants' defense also aided the scoring when, with the Seymour quarterback under a heavy pass rush, Brendan Beiser intercepted a pass and ran it in 40 yards for the score. The quarter ended with the Giants up 24-6.

The fourth quarter again saw the Giant defense shut down the Seymour offense. Except for a Seymour touchdown pass, the defense was stellar.

With the score at 24-12 Nick Franchuk broke through the Seymour line and intercepted an option toss from the Seymour quarterback and ran 60 yards for the score. Green converted the extra point to cap the scoring.

Although Hurricane Irene caused cancellation of Saturday's schedule, the Sullivan Bowl played on Friday night was the first Pop Warner game of the season across the nation.