After some hard luck losses to open the season, the seventh-grade Shelton Seahawks notched their first victory with a 44-20 drubbing of Bethel.
The turning point of the game came with five seconds left in the first half. With Shelton at the Bethel three-yard line, coach Pontillo showed confidence in his offense by going for the touchdown instead of an easy field goal.
He was rewarded, when quarterback Matt Rice dove in for his second touchdown of the game to put Shelton up 14-7 at the break.
To open the second half, Pontillo again got creative with an onside kick, that speedster Spencer Gangi recovered for Shelton.
The offense took six plays to score, as Robert Wood rushed 31 yards for the first of his three touchdowns. That gave Shelton control of the game, 22-7.
The offensive line of Matt Trez, Eddie Radzion, Colin Scanlon, Tyler Nolan and Alex Allegra opened hole after hole to lead their running backs to an incredible 365 yards on the ground.
The running backs were led by Wood’s 202 yards rushing, and the tough inside running of Gangi, PJ DeJesus and Alexander Adzima.
Rice also contributed six points by kicking three point-after touchdowns.
On defense, Shelton closed the scoring when Matt Bean intercepted a pass and raced 48 yards to paydirt to put an exclamation point on the Seahawk victory.
Shelton’s defense got huge contributions by Evan Beauchem, Brian Ramos, Lawrence Mills and Jerry Sorenson to keep Bethel at bay.
Next week, the Seahawks put their winning streak on the line as they travel to Oxford to play their new rival.
The sixth-grade Seahawks moved to 4-0 with a 28-6 win over the New Milford Saints.
The Seahawks reached paydirt with Sean Rago, Jake Breton, and Brian Berrito on the ground, behind the blocking of David Youngquist, Dan Sheehy, Jake Ferrigno and Jake Delima.
Jake Roberts was 7-for-11 passing for 115 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Colin St. Pierre for 38 yards.
Berritto had three catches for 35 yards.
Nick Andrade made two PAT kicks for the Seahawks.
Shelton used eight different running backs to rush for 247 yards on 23 carries for an average of 10.7 yards per carry.
On defense, Niko Motasky led the Seahawks with six tackles. Jake Falanga, Jake Breton and Andre Valeri each had four tackles for the Seahawks.
Rago had two tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the Seahawk defense.
The Seahawks play Bridgeport this Saturday at Kennedy Stadium at 2 p.m.
With a 33-0 victory over the New Milford Saints, the AYF Shelton Seahawk fourth-grade team moved back to a .500 this past Sunday at Finn Stadium in Shelton.
Shelton’s other victory this season was a 32-0 victory over Ansonia.
Led by quarterback Jack Gangi, the Seahawks converted three touchdowns on the ground against New Milford, with backs Max McLoughlin, Ryan Vano and Matt Janik and one pass conversion to Gavin Rohlman.
John Riccio, Graham Malvasi and Kyle St. Pierre also carried the ball with significant gains to make the Seahawk touchdowns possible.
They ran behind the offensive line of James Daly, Stephen Brnetic, Michael Monaco, Andrew Mysirlidis, Liam Saranich, Zachary Yazdzik, Dakota Sandin, Carson McKinnon and Manny Gleen.
The Seahawks defense, led by linebackers Malvasi, McKinnon and Saranich, defense lineman Daly, Gleen, Dakota Sandin, Joey Thompson, St. Pierre, Rohlman and Carson McKinnon, and a solid secondary composed of Vano, Gangi, McLoughlin, Janik and Riccio has been outstanding in shutting down their opponents in both victories.
Kicker Andrew Mysirlidis provided the team with great field position, averaging 30-yard kicks on every attempt.
The Seahawks next travel to Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport to face the Bridgeport Chargers on Saturday at 12 p.m.
The Shelton eighth-grade Orange team kept its record spotless, moving to 4-0 with a 35-6 win over the New Milford Saints.
The Seahawk defense was in top form, as 15 players contributed 24 tackles and two fumble recoveries. New Milford had just four first downs the whole game.
On offense, a 24-yard touchdown run by Jon Sobotka (four catches for 89 yards, two touchdowns) put the Seahawks up 6-0 on the first offensive series.
Jake Camerino then scored next for the Seahawks on a 14-yard run to paydirt to extend the lead on their second series.
On the next offensive series, an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Berritto from quarterback David Wells (6-for-7 for 96 yards, two touchdowns) would extend the lead to 21-0 and Sobotka’s second touchdown run of 52 yards right before halftime made it 28-0.
In the second half, Wells found receiver Joe Zoppi (three catches for 59 yards) on a 24-yard pass for the fifth Seahawk score of the day.
Chipping in with extra points were Porter McKinnon, Tim Schiffer and Camerino. The offensive line was led by the blocking of Robert Valeri, Joe Ciliberti, Matt Liscio, Dan Barone, Mike Simons, Joe Kucky and Nate Miller.
This week, the Seahawks will travel down to Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport for a matchup against the Bridgeport Chargers (4-0) in a battle for first place in the Colonial League Conference.