Blue Wave show no letup
Fast start propels Darien by Knights
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.
“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.”
Darien’s Will Kirby (21) celebrates a touchdown during Saturday’s 42-7 victory over Stamford in Darien.
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.
Stamford’s Isaiah Johnson passes during Saturday’s 42-7 loss to Darien.