The sixth-grade Shelton Seahawks beat the Newtown Nighthawks, 19-14, to end the regular season 6-1.
The Seahawks bounced back after a 27-6 loss to the undefeated Monroe Lions with a hard-fought win over Newtown.
Shelton’s defense set the tone and Jake Breton (10 tackles), Brian Berritto (eight tackles), Colin Mengold (seven tackles) and Jake Delima (five tackles) led the team.
Nick Pavone, Paul Ferrigno and Berritto each had an interception, with Berritto returning his for a 26-yard touchdown.
Connor Greene and Colin St. Pierre each had three tackles.
On offense, Jake Falanga rushed for 157 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. The offensive line of Jake Ferrigno, Jack Carr, Sam Chalk, Leon Maringola, Matt Dilieto and Sean Rago led the way for the Seahawks.
The Shelton Seahawks open the playoffs against the Ansonia Coppers this weekend.
The AYF 8th grade Orange Seahawks finished off their regular season with a 35-0 win over the Monroe Lions Sunday at Wolfe Park in Monroe.
The ’Hawks were led by the rushing of Jon Sobotka (14 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns), David Berritto (six for 64, three touchdowns), Porter McKinnon (four for 29) and Jake Camerino (three for 22).
The offensive line of Mike Simons, Joe Kucky, Matt Liscio, Dan Barone, Nate Miller and Robert Valeri opened up huge holes all afternoon, as the Lions had no answer for a ground game that would total 276 yards.
The Seahawk offense capped off the regular season by scoring 35 points to total 270 points in eight games.
Shelton’s defense finished off the regular season by allowing a total of 40 points to their opponents.
It held the Lions to a total of two first downs on the afternoon.
The Seahawks qualified for the Colonial League playoffs as the No. 1 seed and will host the fourth-seeded Newtown Nighthawks this Sunday at Finn Stadium.
The fourth-grade Seahawks lost their last game of the season to Newtown, 38-6.
Ryan Vano scored the only touchdown for the Seahawks.
On the scoring run, he ran 20 yards to the end zone with only one shoe, as a defender tore the other off on a broken tackle.
The blocking was led by James Daly, Andrew Mysirlidis, Stephen Brnetic, Liam Saranich, Manny Gleen and Carson McKinnon.
Kyle St. Pierre made his quarterback debut on the scoring drive, as Jack Gangi left the game early due to an injury.
Running backs Matt Janik and John Riccio also made contributions on the scoring drive.
Defensively, the Seahawks were led by Michael Monaco, Gavin Rohlman, Zachary Yazdzik and Dakota Sandin. Due to injuries, Graham Malvasi, Max McLoughlin and Joey Thompson cheered the team on.
The seventh-grade Seahawks closed out their regular season in tough contest against the vaunted Newtown Nighthawks.
The Seahawks fought hard for every yard they could get against the tough Nighthawk defense.
The hard-running Seahawk ground game was led by Robert Wood, Spencer Gangi and Connor Murphy, who ran hard all day long at Finn Stadium.
Defensively, the Shelton boys were led by the tackling of Wood, Ryan Daniels, Jerry Sorenson and Michael Lombard.
P.J. DeJesus played hard filling in at quarterback for Matt Rice.
The offense sustained several good drives throughout the game, but was unable to find the end zone.
The Seahawks look to end their season on a winning note in their bowl game on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Five Shelton Seahawk cheerleading teams advanced to the Regionals Cheerleading Championship to be held in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday, Nov. 24.
This past weekend, the Colonial Youth Cheerleading Championship was held in New Milford.
Over 36 squads attended the competition to earn a place at the New England Regional Competition.
Teams must be placed in the top three in their division in order to advance.
The first-year Division 8 (Mitey Mites) placed third, Division 10 Black placed first and Grand Champions, Division 10 Orange placed second, Division 12 placed second, and Division 13 placed first.
All five squads from Shelton will be moving on to compete with teams from around New England, with the goal of advancing to Nationals AYC Championships.
The 2nd Mitey Mite cheerleaders that are a non-compete team performed their routines at the event and won the hearts of all the towns.
Robert Trez, President of Shelton Seahawks, and Lucy Andrade, Vice President of Cheer, are very proud of the girls performances and wish them the best of luck as they move on.
They also want to thank all the dedicated coaches for their time and the great job they have put into the program and the dedication of all our parents.
The next competition is the State Cheer Competition that will be held at Shelton High School on Saturday, Nov. 10.