Blue Wave show no letup

Fast start pro­pels Darien by Knights

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By Scott Eric­son

DARIEN — Com­ing off beat­ing the No. 1 team in the state in St. Joseph last week and deal­ing with home­com­ing dis­trac­tions this week, the Darien foot­ball team could have been ex­cused if its fo­cus was not ra­zor­sharp head­ing into a con­test with Stam­ford.

Los­ing fo­cus is not re­ally part of the Darien foot­ball mind­set at this point.

Satur­day, the Blue Wave came out on point, scor­ing on six of its first seven drives with the lone ex­cep­tion be­ing the end of the half when they took a knee.

Oth­er­wise the team kept all the mo­men­tum gained by beat­ing St. Joseph, rolling over the Black Knights 42-7.

“We couldn’t have mir­rored the week of prac­tice we had against St. Joe’s and I knew that. I just told them not to take step back­wards this week. They took on that chal­lenge and had a good week,” Darien coach Rob Tri­fone said. “Stam­ford is a tal­ented team. Right now, they are strug­gling a lit­tle bit, but they still have big ath­letes over there.”

Darien scored twice in the first quar­ter, three more times in the sec­ond and once on the open­ing drive of the third quar­ter.

They did not punt un­til the starters were pulled in the fourth quar­ter.

Cooper Han­cock threw a touch­down pass to Tyler Her­get and an­other to Will Ro­lapp, while An­drew Lu­cas and Will Kirby each scored twice on the ground.

“(Darien) is big and strong, and they are sound and don’t make

mis­takes,” Stam­ford coach Ja­mar Greene said. “You can watch film and know what they are go­ing to do, but know­ing what they are go­ing to do and stop­ping it are two dif­fer­ent things.”

Lenny Gar­cia scored a touch­down for Stam­ford in the fourth quar­ter.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Con­nor Fay, Darien. Fay had two sacks and dis­rupted the Black Knights run­ning and pass­ing games all af­ter­noon from his mid­dle line­backer spot.

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“We came in and we knew we were the bet­ter team, but we al­ways re­spect the op­po­nent,” Fay said. “We came into this game like we come into ev­ery game, treat­ing it like it’s a state cham­pi­onship. We are not usu­ally a first-half team, at all. Our goal to­day was to come out in the first half and be a first-half team and we were able to do that to­day.”

Matthew Brown / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Darien’s Will Kirby (21) cel­e­brates a touch­down dur­ing Satur­day’s 42-7 vic­tory over Stam­ford in Darien.

Matthew Brown / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Stam­ford’s Bryson Pow­ell Joyner and Darien’s Jack­son Peters bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the Blue Wave’s 42-7 vic­tory on Satur­day in Darien.

Matthew Brown / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Stam­ford’s Isa­iah John­son passes dur­ing Satur­day’s 42-7 loss to Darien.

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