The Darien Blue Wave, the Class LL state champion and consensus No. 1 team in the state’s high school football season-ending polls, is the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s choice to receive the 2017 Joseph W. Kelly Award.
The Kelly Award is presented annually to Connecticut’s top high school football team. It is the third straight year Darien has earned the honor, and the Blue Wave join Cheshire (which won four consecutive Kelly Awards from 1992-95) as the only three-time repeat winners.
“Darien was exceptional on its way to another championship season,” said Walter Camp Football Foundation President Michael Madera in a statement. “We salute Coach Rob Trifone, his staff and players on an outstanding season.”
Darien went 9-1 during the 2017 regular-season. The Blue Wave then defeated East Hartford, 30-10, in the Class LL quarterfinals on Nov. 28. In the semifinals, Darien defeated West Haven 27-13 on Dec. 3 and culminated its championship season with a 31-22 victory over Greenwich on Dec. 9.
In its 13 games, the Blue Wave averaged 33.4 points per game, allowing just 8.2.
Coach Trifone and the Darien team will be recognized at the organization’s High School Breakfast of Champions event, on Jan. 13 at the Omni New Haven Hotel. Darien, along with the three other state football champions (Hand, Killingly and St. Joseph) will be feted. Also that morning, the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team, High School Player and Coach of the Year will also be recognized.