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Wilton Football Hopes to Cap a Winning Season

WILTON, Conn. - The Wilton High School football team hopes to finish out the 2011 season the same way it began it: with a three-game winning streak. Wilton (5-4) travels to Trinity Catholic (3-6) for the seventh annual meeting of the two teams on Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff is scheduled in Stamford for 10 a.m.

The Warriors surprised many by storming out to a 3-0 start with wins over Bridgeport Central, St. Joseph and Bassick. But the face of the season changed quickly and dramatically after four straight losses.

Wilton was blown out by Ridgfield, then lost three straight heartbreaking games. The Warriors erased a 21-point deficit against McMahon only to see the Senators score a last-second touchdown to steal a victory. Wilton's biggest blow came in a crushing 35-34 double overtime loss against Darien the very next week.

Wilton can end the season on the positive side with a win on Thanksgiving, though. The Warriors crushed Westhill and battled to a hard-fought victory over Fairfield Warde last week. Beating Trinity would give Wilton its first winning season since 2007.

Wilton's offense has been the pleasant surprise of the season, ranked third in the conference and averaging nearly 33 points per game. The Warriors have been carried by breakout seasons from wide receivers Alex Ward (33 receptions, 541 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Rob Keers (32 receptions, 450 yards, 7 touchdowns). Quarterback Sean Carroll has also been impressive, averaging more than 120 yards passing per game.

Wilton and Trinity are tied 3-3 in Thanksgiving Day games. Wilton won last year's holiday contest 38-20.

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