Wave dial up sec­ond-half surge

Af­ter sloppy first half, Darien scores three touch­downs

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By An­thony E. Parelli

DARIEN — Sat­ur­day at Darien was the clas­sic un­stop­pable force, meets im­mov­able ob­ject matchup. Sta­ples came in av­er­ag­ing more than 36 points per game of­fen­sively, while Darien had al­lowed just five per con­test. Both were un­de­feated at 4-0.

But, Darien is Darien.

Game­timeCT No. 1 and win­ners of the last three Class L ti­tles, the Blue Wave de­fense held Sta­ples with­out a point, down­ing the Wreck­ers 24-0.

“If you would have asked me if I thought we were go­ing to shut them out, I would have thought you were crazy,” Darien coach Rob Tri­fone said. “Af­ter watch­ing them over four games, (they have) so many weapons.”

The first half was a myr­iad of turnovers, penal­ties and squan­dered plus-field po­si­tion.

Darien’s Will Kirby banked a 34-yard field goal off the right up­right and in with 2:07 left in the half for the game’s first points.

“We knew we were go­ing to have some ad­ver­sity to­day and we just wanted to ac­cept that and over­come it,” first-year Sta­ples coach Phil Treglia said. “And I think that although we did make some mis­takes to start the game, 3-0 at half­time was right where we wanted to be. So, we did over­come our ad­ver­sity and were able to play our game.”

But the Blue Wave of­fense fi­nal-

ly started click­ing in the third quar­ter.

On its first drive of the third, Darien’s Will Kirby con­verted a fourth-and-2 to the Sta­ples 14 and Cooper Han­cock con­nected with TJ Cor­nac­chia on a jump ball in the back cor­ner for the first touch­down of the game.

Kirby made it 17-0 late in the third on a 1-yard plunge af­ter Han­cock com­pleted a third-and-6 pass to Will Ro­lapp.

Early in the fourth, Sta­ples got its big­gest play of the game — a 36-yard com­ple­tion from Jake Thaw to Mark Didio to the Darien 22.

But the Wave de­fense stepped up again, as Bruce Fer­gu­son’s in­ter­cep­tion nul­li­fied the threat.

The de­fense made its last stand mid­way through the fourth, hold­ing steady on fourth down to give the Wave the ball at their own 44-yard line. Ro­lapp put the fin­ish­ing touches on the game from 4 yards out.

“We pre­pare re­ally well and that’s a lot of credit to our coach­ing staff, Coach For­get and Coach T,” Darien mid­dle line­backer Con­nor Fay said. “We come out and we’re up by three go­ing into the sec­ond half and we didn’t get shaken in the locker room. We knew we had to come out with an even bet­ter sec­ond half.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Fay, Darien. The Blue Wave pitched their sec­ond shutout of the sea­son and have yet to give up more than one score in any game.

“When­ever we have points on the board, we think of it as a win,” Fay said. “Ob­vi­ously, that won’t hap­pen ev­ery game. There will be teams down the road we give up points to, but we trust our of­fense to score more than we give up.”

QUOTABLE

“I think the kids are great,” Treglia said. “They showed who we are to­day. We are phys­i­cal, we’re tough. We got some things to work on but were go­ing to be there, we just have to keep ex­e­cut­ing and work that lit­tle bit ex­tra in prac­tice to make it hap­pen in the big games.”

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Sta­ples’ Kevin Rabacs at­tempts to tackle Darien re­ceiver Wil­liam Ro­lapp dur­ing the Blue Wave’s 24-0 vic­tory on Sat­ur­day in Darien.

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Darien’s John Lochte­feld at­tempts to tackle Sta­ples quar­ter­back Jake Thaw on a quar­ter­back keeper dur­ing the Blue Wave’s 24-0 vic­tory on Sat­ur­day in Darien.

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Darien quar­ter­back Cooper Han­cock gets off a pass while be­ing rushed by Sta­ples’ Matt Al­masi dur­ing the Blue Wave’s 24-0 vic­tory on Sat­ur­day in Darien.

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

As Tyler Her­get holds, Darien’s Will Kirby scores the first points of the game dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter.

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