Vikings’ defense paves way for victory

The seventh-grade Shelton Vikings stayed unbeaten and improved to 4-0 after a 14-7 win over Ansonia.

After a scoreless first quarter, Ansonia used a nine-play drive of 67 yards to go up 7-0 at the half.

The Viking defense was led by Nick Andrade’s four tackles and one interception, Jake Falanga’s five tackles, Jake Breton’s two tackles and two sacks, Brian Berrito’s five tackles and Colin Mengold’s four tackles and four assists.

Ansonia did not score again.

After an Ansonia punt, the Vikings faced a third-and-14. Jake Roberts then hit Paul Ferrigno on a 29-yard slant to continue the drive into Ansonia territory.

Following a penalty and two short gains, the Vikings were in another third-and-long.

Roberts found Colin Saint Pierre right down the middle of the field for the 21-yard touchdown pass.

Nick Andrade’s kick was down the middle and the Vikings were up 8-7.

Berrito (69 yards), Colin Saint Pierre (16 yards) and Paul Ferrigno (65 yards and a touchdown), carried the load for the Vikings.

Ansonia advanced inside the 10-yard line four times throughout the game and only came away with seven points. The Viking defense used three goalline stands to preserve the win.

Jake Delima, Jake Ferrigno, Martin Dominguez, Sam Chalk and Nick Bruno all played well in the win.

The Vikings play at Bridgeport on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Stadium.

Eighth-grade Vikings

The eighth-grade Shelton Vikings were defeated 37-12 by the Norwalk Packers.

With Shelton down 24-0, Robert Wood had a bruising 12-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 24-6 at the half.

In the second half, the Vikings scored when Matt Rice found Michael Casinelli for a 12-yard pass play.

The Viking offense was led by the rushing attack of Matt Bean’s 34 yards and Wood’s 70 yards.

Rice completed five passes for 54 yards and Casinelli had two receptions for 35 yards.

On defense, Timmy Peters and Derek Mcleod seemed to be everywhere, as they led the team in tackles.

Also having big games on defense were Tyler Nolan, Brian Ramos, Jerry Sorensen and Antonio Perez. Newcomer Andrew Uyar made his first tackle.