NORWALK, Conn. Jeremiah Harris and Sharod Blackwell give the Norwalk Packers sixth-grade Gold team a dynamic duo in the backfield. Sunday, they combined for all four Packers touchdowns in a hard-fought, 27-14, win over the Aspetuck Wildcats.
Harris scored on runs of 29, 61 and 40 yards while Blackwell scored on a 2-yard run and broke off several other big gainers as the Packers improved to 2-0.
"It's a good 1-2 punch,'' coach Lester Harris said. "It's hard to key on either of them because they're both good runners. They did a great job."
Aspetuck battled Norwalk throughout, and the game wasn't secure until late in the fourth quarter. Leading 20-14, Norwalk delivered the knockout blow with a 40-yard run by Harris on a sweep off the right side. Earlier in the drive, Blackwell raced 22 yards. Renn Lints ran in for the PAT.
Harris scored on a 29-yard run with 3:31 left in the first quarter and Blackwell ran for the PAT to give Norwalk a 7-0 lead. Aspetuck came back with a touchdown late in the first half, but Harris bolted 64 yards with 7:31 left in the third quarter and Blackwell again added the conversion.
Aspetuck drove inside Norwalk's 5-yard line early in the fourth. Blackwell recovered a fumble to end the threat. Harris dashed 30 yards to the Aspetuck 23-yard line on the following drive. Blackwell ran for 20 yards and then scored from two yards out.
The defense was anchored by LeVaughn Lewis, who slammed through the Aspetuck line throughout the game. He had consecutive sacks during the fourth quarter and drew extra attention all game from the Aspetuck linemen. Kelly Gouin played well in the defensive backfield for Norwalk.
Norwalk is 2-0 with powerful Monroe on the horizon Sunday at Brien McMahon. "It's a good start,'' coach Harris said. "We need to keep it going."
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