NORWALK, Conn. – The Brien McMahon football team nearly erased a 14-point halftime deficit against Wilton, but came up short in a 35-21 loss on Saturday.
Wilton was poised to put the game out of reach on the opening drive of the second half, taking more than six minutes to drive down to the McMahon 4-yard line. But Malik Whittaker intercepted the Wilton pass, re-igniting the Senators.
McMahon drove 80 yards, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Matt Downey to Matt Hargrove on fourth down to cut the Wilton lead to 21-14.
But the Senators’ defense struggled to stop the Wilton attack, as the Warriors answered every McMahon touchdown with one of their own. Wilton running back John D’elisa barreled through McMahon defenders to put his team ahead by two touchdowns again.
McMahon struck again on its next possession on a 4-yard touchdown run by Kyle Jordan. But Wilton converted on a crucial third-and-8 deep in McMahon territory, ending the Senators’ chance at a comeback.
“The boys’ fight was outstanding today. Wilton just made a few more plays than we did today,” McMahon head coach A.J. Albano said. “We only had two real possessions in the second half. Yeah, we scored, but it was only two possessions. We just didn’t stop them.
The game opened in McMahon's favor, as the Senators drove 78 yards on their opening possession. The drive was capped by a 36-yard Jordan touchdown.
A fake punt by McMahon that went awry shifted momentum in Wilton's favor, as Griffin Bender scooped up a fumble for a touchdown.
McMahon (2-3) hosts Fairfield Ludlowe (1-4) Friday at 7 p.m.