The Shelton Seahawks eighth-grade Orange team moved its record to 3-0 Sunday, defeating the Norwalk Packers Gold 26-16 at Brien McMahon High in Norwalk.
The defense would start off the scoring, as Matt Keklik returned an interception 20 yards from his outside linebacker spot for an early lead. Norwalk then scored on its next offensive series to knot the game at 8.
The next score came from the Seahawk defense, as Justin Greene recovered a fumble in the Norwalk end zone for a 14-8 lead. Norwalk then scored about halfway into the second quarter and, with a kicked extra point, took a 16-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Shelton would come out in the third quarter and control the game behind the strong running of Jon Sobotka (23 carries for 124 yards) and David Berritto (11 for 66, one touchdown).
In the third quarter, the Hawks would regain the lead again on a Berritto 22-yard scoring run.
Keklik then scored midway through the fourth quarter for the final Seahawk score on a one-yard plunge into the end zone to make the score 26-16, where it stayed.
Defensively, the ’Hawks were led by Nate Miller (six tackles, two sacks), Dan Barone (five tackles, two sacks) and Keklik (four tackles).
Sobotka and Joe Ciliberti would both chip in with interceptions.
The Hawks host the New Milford Saints on Sunday at Finn Stadium at 12 p.m.
Shelton improved to 3-0 with a 26-0 win over Norwalk.
The hard-hitting Seahawk defense, led by Colin Mengold (nine tackles), Andre Valerie (four tackles, one sack), Jake Delima (five tackles), Jake Breton (three tackles) and Paul Ferrigno (one interception), kept Norwalk off the scoreboard all day.
The Seahawk defense held on a first-and-goal from the 3 in the first quarter to set the tone.
On offense, a 14-yard touchdown run by Colin St. Pierre put the Seahawks up 6-0. Two one-yard runs by Mengold and Jake Roberts had the Seahawks in control at 20-0 at the end of the third quarter. Paul Ferrigno’s interception for a touchdown finished the scoring for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks used a punishing defense and ball control offense to dominate the Norwalk Packers. The Seahawks finished with 14 first downs to Norwalk’s three.
This week, the Seahawks host New Milford at Finn Stadium on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The American Youth Football Shelton 79ers team recently completed its first three games of the 2012 season.
The team, featuring second- and third-grade boys, posted a 19-19 tie against Bridgeport after losses to Danbury and Norwalk to open the season.
Utilizing a stifling 5-3 defense, anchored by Alex Romanowski, Tyler Radzione, Matt Lockavitch and Jeremy Aprea, and a grinding running game on offense, highlighted by the fleet footwork of Christian Wood, Aiden Fletcher, Chris Bouteiller and Ray McPadden, the team came from behind in the fourth quarter to tie the score.
The Bridgeport defense then tightened up to prevent the extra point in the final seconds that would have given Shelton the victory.
For many of these kids, this is their first experience playing the game.
Game week three gave evidence of the basics being taught over the past month that are starting to take hold — strong tackling, good perimeter defense, solid blocking and, above all, good sportsmanship.
Rounding out the 79ers strong offensive performance against Bridgeport were Jimmy McGrath, Jack Goode, David Bayusik, Nick Liscio, and Casey Havee.
The defense was aided by the solid play of Adrian Martinez, Mike Vasquez, Josh Merkowitz, Tyler Vaivoda, Munir Ahmed, Greg Fitol and Shawn Chromanski.