- COACH — ROB TRIFONE (12th year, 100-22)
- CONFERENCE — FCIAC East
- PLAYOFF CLASS — Class LL (704 boys enrolled)
- HOME — DHS Stadium
- 2017 RECORD — 12-1 (Class LL Champions, GameTimeCT No. 1 Ranking)
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 7 vs. Ridgefield, 7 p.m.
- TEAM WEBSITE — dhsbwfootball.org, Maxpreps, TWITTER — @DHSBWFootball
- TYLER HERGET Sr. WR, (6-1, 175)
- TJ CORNACCHIA Sr. WR, (6-1, 165)
- ANDREW LUCAS Sr. RB, (5-11, 185)
- CONNOR FAY Sr. LB, (6-0, 220)
- ANDREW DONOVAN, Sr. P / K
OL/DL Michael Neary (All-State), OL/DL CB Connor Tienken (All-State), QB Jack Joyce, WR/S Brian Minicus, RB Mitchell Pryor (All-State).
This season for Darien won’t be as much about of how good the Blue Wave can be. They’ve made that clear in their dominant and unprecedented run of three-straight Class LL championships.
Instead, the biggest obstacle in the Blue Wave’s way will be the daunting strength of the FCIAC, according to coach Rob Trifone.
“This is maybe the strongest I’ve seen the league,” Trifone said. “Some of them are obvious: the Greenwich, St. Joe’s, New Canaan… Trumbull, you know what Marce (Petroccio) is going to do there, and Wilton, they’re loaded and Ridgefield, Kevin (Callahan) always does a good job there.
“So, I think you’re going to end up seeing solid teams with one or two losses battling it out type of thing and you just have to take it week by week.”
Despite graduating yet-another a state-championship class — one that earned the program’s third-straight No. 1 ranking in the final GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 in spite of the suspensions of three top players (two for the season) following an assault of a New Canaan student — Darien has proven year in and year out that is has no trouble reloading.
For the first time in recent memory however, the quarterback position isn’t set as Week 1 draws near.
Going into camp, Trifone knew he had a decision to make between senior Cooper Hancock and junior Peter Graham, what he didn’t foresee was how difficult that decision would end up being.
“It’s tighter than we would have thought at this point,” Trifone said. “We thought at this point there’d be a little bit more of a gap, but they both progressed so they’re better and better.
“It’s not like they stayed the same and it’s a tribute to them because they’ve been working hard and I told them the other day that it’s a good thing. Most teams only have one good quarterback and we have two great quarterbacks and they’re both going to play.”
For the rest of the offense’s part, there’s not much worry.
Andrew Lucas is a senior running back that figures to be the workhorse this season after performing well in a reserve role last year. Speaking for both the offense and the seniors on the team, he isn’t concerned with how the battle plays out.
“I think we’ll be fine,” Lucas said. “The coaches have a pretty good idea of how to find who’s going to be best for the position. They’ve done it every year, so I’m sure they can do it this year.”
Quietly, Darien has boasted one of the best defenses in the state over the last few seasons. Connor Fay—a senior, consensus first-team All-State linebacker starting his third year of varsity—is the centerpiece to that success.
Fay is under no delusion that it will be an easy task trying to stop the likes of future college quarterbacks like David Summers of St. Joseph, Gavin Muir of Greenwich and Drew Pyne of New Canaan, but trusts in his coaches and their scheme.
“Our mindset is to do what we know what we can do and do our best to eliminate those threats,” Fay said. “Obviously, we’re not going to be able to stop every ball, especially against the quarterbacks we’re going to see, but we know we can do a good enough job to give our offense a chance.”
That kind of faith is part of the reason that each senior class is able to leave their own legacy, as well as prime the younger players to do the same.
“They’re great leaders and they know that the reason this program has done what it’s done is we take care of the younger guys,” Trifone said. “And they know they need to do the same and they’ve done a wonderful job. I think they’re consummate leaders.”
- Sept. 7 — RIDGEFIELD** 7 p.m.
- Sept. 14 — at McMahon** 7 p.m,
- Sept. 22 — at St. Joseph* 1:30 p.m,
- Sept. 29 — STAMFORD** 1:30 p.m.
- Oct. 6 — STAPLES** 2 p.m.
- Oct. 19 — at Warde** 6 p.m,
- Oct. 26 — TRUMBULL* 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 — at Wilton** 7 p.m.
- Nov. 10 — BRIDGEPORT CENTRAL** 1:30 p.m.
- Nov. 22 — at New Canaan* 10:30 a.m.
Home games are in CAPS
* Conference game