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Norwalk Grizzlies 6th Graders Fall to New Canaan

NORWALK, Conn. – Trailing 20-0 at halftime of Sunday's game against New Canaan, it would have been easy for the Norwalk Grizzlies 6th grade football team to call it a day. Instead, they outscored New Canaan in the second half and played with much more determination before falling, 27-16, in the Fairfield County Football League game. Ben Czaja scored on a 37-yard run and Jack Coulter added a 2-yard touchdown, putting the Grizzlies at 0-3-1. "We were hitting a lot harder and holding our blocks a lot longer,'' coach Scott Coulter said. "I think in the first half we were in awe of them a little bit. There's a lot of stuff we have to work on." Czaja got Norwalk on the board with his 37-yard third quarter run. Czaja broke free up the middle and shook off several tackles en route to the end zone. The run was the longest of the day for the Grizzlies. Czaja finished with 92 yards on 12 carries. Anthony Socci notched 34 yards rushing and had several runs for big gains. Coulter also had several strong runs before finishing the Grizzlies' final drive with his 2-yard score. Norwalk's defense also played well in the second half, led by linemen Ajax Diamandis, Connor Mastropietro, Ernie Rafa, Harry Falcone, and Jayron and Jamie Taylor. "New Canaan is always a tough team to beat,'' Coulter said. "I was proud of them the way they battled in the second half." The Grizzlies have a bye this weekend before returning to play at Darien on Oct. 9. Contact Tom Renner at

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