The AYF Shelton Seahawk eighth-grade Orange team lined up at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton for a season-opening match against the Aspetuck Wildcats.
The Seahawks ended up with a dominate 41-6 win in the AYF Colonial League Conference game.
Shelton’s defense held the Wildcats to three first downs, as Aspetuck had a tough time mustering any kind of offense threat.
Leading the ‘Hawk defense was Nate Miller (six tackles), Justin Greene, Matt Keklick, Dave Wells (three tackles each), Jon Sobotka, Robert Valeri and Dan Barone (two tackles each).
Barone and Keklick would also chip in with a fumble recovery each.
Offensively, the Seahawk air attack was sharp — accumulating over 150 yards with quarterbacks Wells and Nick Galuppo each throwing touchdown passes to David Berritto.
Halfback Tim Schiffer would also contribute to the aerial assault, finding Sobotka on a nifty 21-yard halfback pass for the final score of the day.
The ground attack was also in top form, as halfback Sobotka would finish the day with 107 yards on 13 carries (one touchdown).
He ran behind the offensive line of Joe Kucky, Matt Liscio, Mike Simmons, Joe Ciliberti, Valeri and Miller.
Berritto would also contribute to the ground attack with a six-yard scamper of his own for his third touchdown of the day. Keklik and Porter McKinnon each scored extra points to go along with Joe Zoppi’s three kicked extra points and 24-yard field goal.
The AYF eighth graders then moved their record to 2-0 with a decisive 30-6 victory over the Norwalk Packers on Sunday.
The Seahawks offense would be in top form as it racked up 270 yards of total offense behind the strong blocking of Valeri, Ciliberti, J.J. Lever, Vincent Schiavone, Liscio, Tre Genova and Carl Kopf.
Shelton opened the scoring when Wells plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line to cap off the opening drive of the game.
Wells’ touchdown combined with the first of Zoppi’s three kicked PATs to give the ‘Hawks a lead they would never relinquish.
On the Seahawks’ second offensive series, Wells hit Keklik on a 29-yard pass that moved the score to 16-0.
Berritto (12 carries, 71 yards) scored early in the fourth quarter on a six-yard run to extend the Seahawk lead to 24-0 and a final touchdown Jon Sobotka (16 carries, 148 yards) on a 20-yard run would round out the Seahawk scoring for the afternoon.
Shelton’s defense would prove to be strong for the second week in a row, shutting down the Packer offense the entire game and only surrendering a late score with under a minute left.
Playing key roles on the defense were Simons (seven tackles), Miller (six tackles and a fumble recovery), Sobotka (six tackles), Wells (five tackles) and Greene (three tackles and a fumble recovery). Kucky blocked an extra point.
The Seahawks next travel down to Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk on Sunday for a matchup against Norwalk Gold at 11:30 a.m.
The sixth-grade Seahawks flew to 2-0, with wins over Danbury, 19-0, and Aspetuck, 24-8.
The Seahawks line of Jake Ferrigno, Jack Carr, Colin Mengold, Jake Breton and Sammy Chalk paved the way with a two-game total of 379 yards rushing on 60 carries — an average of over six yards per carry.
Brian Berrito, Colin St. Pierre, Jake Falanga and Paul Ferrigno all carried the ball and reached the end zone for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks defense, led by Jake Delima (14 tackles), Mengold (10), Carr (10 and four sacks) and Nick Andrade (four tackles and two interceptions) has been outstanding.
The team defense has held both opponents to under three yards per play.
Nick Andrade was 3-for-3 kicking extra points.
Nick Pavone’s 24-yard touchdown reception finished the scoring for the Seahawks.
Shelton hosts Norwalk this Sunday, 9:00 a.m., at Shelton High School.