The eighth-grade Shelton Vikings evened their record at 2-2 as they defeated the Oxford Wolverines, 8-6.

The Viking defense came up big in this hard-fought victory. Trailing 6-0, defensive lineman Matt Trez scooped up a fumble at midfield and rumbled 40 yards to the Oxford 10-yard line.

From there, on fourth-and-goal, quarterback Matt Rice followed his big offensive linemen Eric Zelanin, Jaryd Witkowski, Jake Bucholz, Eddie Radzion and Trez to paydirt. Rice then kicked the two-point conversion for the 8-6 lead.

Matt Bean led the offense with 49 yards rushing and Rice hooked up with Ryan Rodko for a 41-yard pass play.

Total team defense is what made the win. Shelton’s defense was led by the tackling of Derek Mcleod, Tim Peters, Bruno Pulicki, Trez, Rodko and Bean. Tyler Nolan and Josh Kozlowski joined in with their first tackles.

Fittingly, PJ Dejesus sealed the victory with a game-ending interception for the Vikings.

Shelton’s next game is at home on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Seventh-grade Vikings

The seventh-grade Shelton Vikings rolled to a 28-0 win over Oxford.

The Vikings defense posted the shutout behind the play of Jack Carr’s six tackles, Dan Sheehy’s three tackles, Andre Valeri’s three tackles, Russell Demarco’s three tackles, Matt Deleito’s three tackles and Colin Mengold’s three tackles.

Shelton forced three turnovers, with Nick Andrade’s interception and fumble recoveries by Sam Chalk and Russell Demarco.

On offense, the Vikings opened up the scoring with Lucas Haray’s two-yard run. Nick Andrade’s PAT kick pushed the lead to 8-0.

Brian Berrito ran it in from three yards out and Andrade connected on the PAT to make the score 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Jake Roberts was 6-for-8 passing for 105 yards and two touchdowns. David Yacowitz’s 10-yard touchdown catch and Paul Ferrigno’s 66-yard touchdown reception gave the Vikings a 28-0 halftime lead and they coasted to victory. Nick Miska, Sean Rago, Dan Sheehy, Ben Peters, Shawn Nitsche, Martin Dominguez and Nico Motasky all played well in the win.

The Vikings host Ansonia on Sunday at 1 at the Lafayette School.