Eighth-grade Seahawks stun defending champion Chargers

The Shelton Seahawk eighth-grade Orange team (5-0) won a battle for first place in the Colonial League over the defending national champion Bridgeport Chargers.

Offensively, the Seahawks were in top form, as coach Jeff Lever’s team would put up over 300 yards of total offense on the previously undefeated Chargers (4-1).

The tempo of the game would be set early on, as the blocking of Nate Miller, Dan Barone, Robert Valeri, Joe Kucky, Matt Liscio and Mike Simons would give quarterback David Wells plenty of protection to throw to running back Jon Sobotka (12 carries for 112 yards) on a 62-yard touchdown pass.

On the Seahawks next offensive series, running back David Berritto (10 carries for 109 yards) ran 19 yards for a score to push the lead to 12 -0.

On the third offensive series for Shelton, Sobotka would score again on a seven-yard run.

With a Joe Zoppi extra point, the lead extended to 20-0, where it remained at the half.

Matt Keklick’s one-yard plunge into the end zone and Berritto’s five-yard scamper put the final score at 36-6.

Defensively the ’Hawks would be just as dominate, as they held the high-powered Charger offense in check by limiting them to six points on the afternoon.

Shelton was led on defense by Sobotka (10 tackles), Miller (four tackles, one sack) Barone (four tackles,) Simons (three tackles) and Vincent Schiavone (two tackles).

The eighth-grade team will try to move its record to 6-0 this Sunday at Finn Stadium as it will battle the Oxford Wolverines at noon.

Seventh-grade Seahawks

The Seahawks dropped an exciting back-and-forth game 38-24 to Oxford.

With Shelton trailing 6-0 early in the second quarter, Matt Trez recovered a fumble at the Oxford 17.

It then took Matt Rice only one play to throw a 17-yard strike to Robert Wood.

After Rice kicked the first of his three extra points, Shelton had an 8-6 lead. Following a big 35-yard run by Connor Murphy, left tackle Matt Trez brought the Shelton crowd to their feet when he took a handoff and rumbled two yards for the first touchdown of his career to give Shelton a 16-12 lead.

Late in the third quarter, Shelton’s backup quarterback Matt Bean showed off his speed when he raced 50 yards untouched to bring the Seahawks within a point, 25-24.

After that Oxford scored two late touchdowns as the Seahawks ran out of gas.

On offense, the tight end trio of Joey Grinrod, Eric Zalanin and Justin Barbato did a great job sealing the outside so the Seahawk running backs had room to run. Defensively, Shelton got huge efforts from Brian Ramos, Jake Buckholtz, Connor Murphy and Nathan Oakes.

Worth mentioning was the incredible two-way play the Seahawks received from Wood, Trez and Radzion.

Shelton hosts Danbury on Sunday at Finn Stadium at 4 p.m.

Sixth-grade Seahawks

The sixth-grade Shelton Seahawks rolled to 5-0 with a 24-7 win over the Bridgeport Chargers.

The Seahawk defense held Bridgeport to four first downs and only 89 yards of total offense.

Jack Carr and Colin Mengold led the team with five tackles each. Brian Berritto, Andre Valeri and Jake Delima each had three tackles on the day.

The Seahawks defensive line of Matt Dilieto, Micheal Kucky, Jordan Peck and Nick Miska caused problems all day for the Chargers. Nick Andrade was 3-for-3 on the conversion kicks and added a 17-yard fake punt run and two tackles on the day.

Brian Berritto started the Seahawks off in the first quarter with a 18-yard touchdown reception from Jake Roberts.

Colin St. Pierre added a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks the 16-0 halftime lead.

After a Bridgeport touchdown early in the fourth quarter the Seahawks used St. Pierre, Berritto, Paul Ferrigno and Jake Falanga to grind out a 73-yard touchdown drive that ended the scoring at 24-7 Seahawks.