NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Packers 13-and-under youth football team won the won the Colonial Youth Football and Cheer championship with 21-8 over the New Britain Hurricanes.
The victory snapped New Britain's 29-game conference winning streak. Norwalk finished the season 9-1, with its only loss coming at the hands of New Britain.
After a scoreless first half. Norwalk's Jeff Cocchia recovered a fumble to set up the Packers' first touchdown. The recovery led to a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Gordon to Ras Fisher (3 receptions). Cocchia's PAT gave Norwalk an 8-0 lead.
Cocchia returned a New Britain fumble 53 yards for the next Packers' score. Gordon hit Tyler Sisko with a conversion pass to increase the lead to 15-0.
Gordon's 20-yard run closed the scoring for Norwalk. Gordon was able to break out on blocks from Mike Santa Lucia and Chris Vitti.
The Packers snapped off long runs by Cocchia and Jakari Walker to kill the clock in the fourth quarter. The offensive line of Connor Barton, CJ Major,Chris Vitti, Nick DiIorio and Jemaine Williams wore down New Britain in the second half. The final first down was on Brian Ehlers diving catch for 13 yards on 4th and 12.
The Packers defense shut down the New Britain offense. Jeff Cocchia, Jakari Walker, Jermayne Daniels, Jermaine Williams, Pat Coulter, CJ Major, Sam Papp, Tyler Sisko and Connor Barton all made multiple tackles.
The Packers were coached by Mike DiIorio. Many of the players were on the Packers team as fourth-graders that won the American Youth Football championship. Under DiIorio, the Packers have gone 37-12 over the past five years.
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