WESTPORT, Conn. The Westport sixth-grade North Wreckers left it all on the field this past Sunday in a semifinal showdown against Wilton Black. Points were hard to come by, and the ball just didnt bounce the Wreckers way as Wilton won, 14-0.
Westport found it tough in the first quarter to mount a lasting drive as Harris Levi, Max Lonergan and Clayton Crouch tried to find running room. The defense got the ball back quickly on a Levi fumble recovery, but a Westport fumble gave the ball right back. The defense held off Wilton to the end of the first quarter with multiple tackles by Alec Burns, Brandon Adrian, Jack Beck and Robert Wehmhoff.
Wilton punched the ball into the end zone early in the second quarter for the game's first points. Westport misfired on the next position, turning over the ball on a fumbled pitch. With the swift tackling efforts of Shane Rabacs, William Grotto and Max Pappas, Wilton turned the ball over on downs. But Westport again found it difficult to gain yards and gave to ball over on downs to Wilton. Wilton produced enough of a drive to hit first-and-goal, eventually scoring again and ending the half on top, 14-0.
Westport started the third quarter on defense and quickly shut down Wilton with tackles by Owen Skinner, Lucas Henderson and Ian Cooney. The Wreckers put together a drive as Adrian and Levi found holes for first downs behind the blocking of Jackson Valente, Ryan Burg and Trevor Williams. Lonergan almost connected with Jasper Fowle, but the attempt was quickly defended by Wilton and Westport had to punt.
Wilton moved the ball effectively for two first downs before the Wrecker defense stopped it short by recovering a mishandled lateral pass. For the Wreckers, Beck reached Levi on a 15-yard pass completion, but eventually time ran out on the Westport crew.
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