WESTPORT, Conn. The Westport Junior South sixth grade football squd dropped a 20-7 decision to New Canaan Saturday in its opening game in the Fairfield County Football League. Dwight Patrick Daley scored Westport's touchdown on a 69-yard run early in the third quarter.
"Our total is 19 kids and we were down five,'' head coach Carm Roda said. "This is the first year they were on a full field without coaches out there. It's good that they saw they have some things they can work on."
New Canaan scored on a 60-yard interception return in the first quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass late in the first half to establish a 14-0 halftime lead. Westport responded early in the third quarter when Daley broke loose on his long touchdown run. Benjamin Pearl caught the PAT from Brian Gray to bring Westport within 14-7.
New Canaan responded on the next drive. It converted twice on long situationsa third-and-10 and a fourth-and-5to keep the drive alive. New Canaan's Jay Parmalee scored on a 24-yard run to put New Canaan ahead by two TDs.
Westport's defense played well most of the game, including a fumble recovery by Pearl. The offense moved the ball well at times. "We're running the Staples High School offense in sixth grade,'' Roda said. "We have 29 plays put in and it's in a short period of time. It's a neat experience. It's going to take time for them to learn."
Westport returns to action Saturday at noon when it hosts Norwalk at P.J. Romano Field.
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