DARIEN—The target on their backs keeps getting bigger. But the Darien High School football team continues to meet the challenge.
The Blue Wave exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and went on to defeat Trumbull High School, 42-13 Friday night at Darien stadium.
“Frankly, our expectations for this team and this program are very high. The kids know that,” said Darien’s veteran coach Rob Trifone. “I’m not taking a lot of positives out despite a 42-13 win.”
The good news is Darien remains undefeated at 7-0. And the Blue Wave remain the No. 1 football team in the GametimeCT Top 10 poll.
TIME WAS ON DARIEN’S SIDE
It was scoreless after one quarter. And it was tied 7-7 at intermission.
But there was no panic on the Darien side on a night where 22 Blue Wave seniors and their parents were honored in pre-game ceremonies.
“We are blessed with a veteran coaching staff,” Darien’s Trifone said. “Despite the first half performance, there was no hollering. The kids and the coaches knew how we could perform in the second half and we did.”
Darien senior quarterback Cooper Hancock was 12 of 17 passing for 179 yards in the second half. Overall, he completed 24 of 39 passes for 295 yards.
The Blue Wave scored on all three possessions in the third period capped by TD receptions by Peter Bredahl (14 yards, 19 yards) and Andrew Lucas’ three-yard run after 45 yards of pass completions for 28-7.
Darien settled the issue just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter on a 14-yard TD connection from Hancock to Will Rolapp (14 yards) for 35-7.
“Darien showed why it is a great team,” said Trumbull coach Marce Petroccio.
SILVER LININGS FOR TRUMBULL
Trumbull quarterbacker Colton Nicholas called most of the plays from the line of scrimmage to limit Darien’s defensive substitutions.
But after a march of 5:30, Trumbull (3-4) had a field goal try blocked on its first possession. The Golden Eagle defense was stout but on the field for an excessive number of plays in the first half.
Nicholas completed 16 of 29 passes for 198 yards and he rushed for 67 yards on 15 carries.
He had TD passes of eight yards to Kyle Atherton and 53 yards to Ryan Cranston.
“We made Darien sweat a bit in the first half. But we also left points out there,” Trumbull’s Petroccio said. “I’m proud of the way we battled. We showed glimpses of what we can be.”
DARIEN 42, TRUMBULL 13
TRUMBULL 0 7 0 6—13
DARIEN 0 7 21 14—42
- D—Peter Bredahl 4 pass from Cooper Hancock (Will Kirby kick)
- T—Kyle Atherton 8 pass from Colton Nicholas (Ryan Cranston kick)
- D—Pete Bredahl 14 pass from Hancock (Kirby kick)
- D—Bredahl 19 pass from Hancock (Kirby kick)
- D—Andrew Lucas 3 run (Kirby kick)
- D—Will Rolapp 14 pass from Hancock (Kirby kick)
- T—Ryan Cranston 53 pass from Nicholas (kick failed)
- D—Lucas 4 run (Kirby kick)
Records: Trumbull 3-4, Darien 7-0.