Football: AYF roundup

The seventh-grade Vikings are now 6-0 after a 44-26 win over Norwalk.

Paul Ferrigno rushed for 151 yards on 11 carries and had three rushing touchdowns.

Brian Berrito, Tyler Janik, Colin Saint Pierre and Ben Peters combined for another 123 yards rushing, for a total of 274 yards in the game. Jake Roberts completed 4-of-8 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Ferrigno had 99 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The offensive line of Jake Breton, Ray Wiener, Jake Ferrigno, Nick Miska, David Youngquist and Sean Rago dominated all day.

Nick Andrade was 4-of-5 on extra points and Berrito returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

Berrito led the Vikings on defense with two tackles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions. Jack Carr added three tackles and a sack, Breton had three tackles, a sack and blocked a punt. Colin Mengold had four tackles. Jake Delima chipped in with two tackles.

Nick Bruno, John Bednarz, Lucas Haray, Conor Greene and Dominic Zlamany all played well for the Vikings.

The Vikings will play next on Oct. 19, at 4 p.m.

Eighth-grade Vikings

The eighth-grade Shelton Vikings lost a heartbreaker to the undefeated Danbury Hatters, 33-28.

With Shelton trailing 6-0, Robert Wood took the kickoff and raced 79 yards to paydirt. Matt Rice kicked the two-point conversion and the Vikings had an 8-6 lead.

Shelton then fell asleep a little and Danbury scored on its next three possessions to take a 25-8 halftime lead.

The halftime speech woke the Vikings up and they came out blazing in the second half. Wood (104 yards rushing) capped a 10-play drive with a punishing 7-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 25-14.

Wood then recovered the onside kick, and to close that drive Rice fired a 10-yard scoring strike to PJ Dejesus.

Following the extra point, Shelton trailed 25-22.

With Shelton down 33-22 and Danbury driving, Ryan Rodko stopped the Hatters tailback on a fourth-and-3 for a 2-yard loss to give the Vikings the ball back.

After Rice found Derek Mcleod for a 20-yard pass play, Rice dove in from 3 yards out to close the gap to 33-28. With about two minutes left and the Hatters again trying to run out the clock, they went for it again on fourth-and-3. Matt Trez and Eddie Radzion stuffed Danbury for no gain, giving the Vikings one last try to pull out the victory.

The Vikings traveled 47 yards to the Hatter 40, but ultimately ran out of time and fell just short of the huge upset.

Offensively, Michael Casinelli had four receptions for 39 yards.

The Shelton defense was led by the bone-jarring tackling of Timmy Peters, with eight stops.

Wood, Dejesus, Rodko, Trez, Casinelli, Radzion, Mcleod, Jerry Sorensen and Carl Leonzi.

Shelton will play its final regular season game at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Lafayette School in the annual pink-out game to support the fight against breast cancer.

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