Vikings pitch first shutout of year

The eighth-grade Shelton Vikings evened their record to 3-3 with a shutout victory over the Aspetuck Wildcats, 28-0.

On Shelton’s second possession of the first quarter, Robert Wood took a handoff and bounced to the outside. He raced 59 yards untouched for Shelton’s first score of the game.

On the Vikings’ next possession, big back Matt Bean followed his blockers for a four-yard touchdown run to give Shelton a 16-0 lead.

Before the half, Bean followed that up with a rugged six-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 22-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings then came out with an impressive second-half drive, where receiver Ryan Rodko made a sliding catch at the 13-yard line to set up all-purpose back Wood for his second touchdown run.

That pushed the lead to 28-0.

The story of the game was the stellar play of the Shelton offensive line, better known as the Big Nasties. Big Nasties Matt Trez, Timmy Hadden, Jake Bucholz, Eddie Radzion, Jaryd Witkowski and Eric Zelanin opened holes for the rushing attack of Wood (135 yards), Bean (49 yards) and Brian Ramos (25 yards).

On the muddy, rainy day in Shelton, the Big Nasties took the challenge of their coaching staff to not allow quarterback Matt Rice to get dirty.

They didn’t disappoint, as Rice had his best passing game by completing five throws for 93 yards. Rodko had two receptions for 72 yards, Michael Casinelli had two catches for 11 yards and P.J. Dejesus had one for 10 yards.

Timmy Peters led the shutout defense with eight tackles. Also contributing to Shelton’s first shutout of the season were Ramos, Wood, Casinelli, Derek Mcleod, Lawrence Mills, Cody Yarrish, Lucas Cafaro and Alex Allegra. Making their first tackles were Rice and Eric Zelanin.

Seventh-grade Vikings

The seventh-grade Shelton AYF Vikings beat Bridgeport, 22-0, improving to 5-0.

Bridgeport came into the game averaging over 35 points per game, but the Vikings defense gave up only four first downs and 58 total yards.

The Viking defense was led by Jake Breton, Jake Delima, Sam Chalk, Jack Carr, Nick Andrade, Andre Valeri, Zack Mcewen, Tyler Janik, Matt Deleito, Colin Mengold, Jake Falanga and Nick Miska. Andrade had a fumble recovery and an interception, along with going 2-for-3 on extra-point kicks.

The power running game of Brian Berrito, Colin St. Pierre, and Paul Ferrigno combined for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The blocking of Jake Ferrigno, Ray Wiener, David Yougquist, Delima, Breton and Sean Rago paved the way.

Ferrigno also had two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings will look to stay unbeaten, when they travel to Norwalk on Sunday at 2 p.m.