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Norwalk Football Rolls Over Ridgefield

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk High’s Delshawn Wilson ran and passed against the Ridgefield defense all Friday night at Ridgefield’s Lancaster Field. And the Tigers did not have an answer for his mental alertness in the closing minutes of the Bears’ victory, 27-12.

Wilson scored on a botched field goal attempt to put an exclamation part on the win for the Bears (5-1). Leading 20-12, Norwalk lined up for a 34-yard field goal with two minutes to play. Wilson, the holder, had to reach for the wide snap. He handled it cleanly and instinctively ran toward Norwalk’s left end. When he turned the corner, the only thing awaiting him was the end zone.

“I didn’t want it to get blocked and have them go for a touchdown,’’ Wilson said. “I just ran it. I kind of figured the corner would be open because they were trying to block it.”

The final touchdown capped a brilliant game for the senior quarterback and the Bears. He rushed 17 times for 170 yards, completed 7-of-8 passes for 129 yards and had an interception on defense. Derek Edwards ran 56 yards for one touchdown and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for the other score. The defense recorded six sacks and held Ridgefield (4-2) scoreless over the final 35 minutes. Wilson’s run put it away for good.

“I wish I could take credit for that,’’ coach Sean Ireland said. “That’ll be the only time I’ll be happy there was a bad snap on a field goal. That’s all Delshawn. He did that on his own.”

Ridgefield marched 78 yards to score on its opening drive. Norwalk answered with a 57-yard scoring march, capped by Wilson’s 12-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went ahead 12-7 with 11:51 left in the third quarter on Connor Rowe’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Jack Heller.

Edwards answered six plays later, racing 56 yards on a sweep around the right side. Wilson hit Edwards on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 left in the second quarter, putting the Bears up, 20-12. Wilson executed a beautiful fake pump, and Edwards was wide open streaking down the sideline.

Norwalk’s defense bottled up Ridgefield in the second half. Patrick Whalen had two sacks and a fumble recovery, while Gil Araujo, Dave Klein, Kenny Francois and Kwanzee Rice also had sacks. After losing last week to New Canaan , the Bears bounced back with a resounding win against a Ridgefield team whose only previous loss was to Greenwich.

“This was do or die for us,’’ Whalen said. “I was pretty confident coming in. We put in a few new plays, and I was a little unsure about some pass blocking responsibilities. We just have to stay focused.”

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