— Mary Albl (@MaryAlbl) September 25, 2015
FAIRFIELD >> A week after being thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball in a season-opening loss to Darien, the Stamford football team was looking to bounce back.
Friday night at Tetreau/Davis Field they did just that.
Led by a stout and psychical run game, Stamford defeated Fairfield Warde 24-16 to improve to 1-1, while Warde dropped to 0-2.
“After getting embarrassed last week against Darien, it was good to come back and bounce back,” Stamford head coach Jamar Greene said. The kids were resilient, they showed heart. We’re still young, we’re still learning how to win, but we’ll take it.”
Stamford was able to play their style of game as they utilized the size of running back Tyrel Diaz, 6-feet, 240 pounds, and the versatility of junior quarterback Troy Duncan.
Duncan threw for one touchdown (30 yards) and added two rushing TDs as he was over 100 yards on the ground. Diaz also passed the 100 yard mark and was a force to pull down, rushing for one score and 120 yards.
“He’s our workhorse,” Greene said of Diaz. “He’s a load. Come late in the game, it takes a toll on the defense; that was part of the game plan.”
Stamford build an early 12-0 lead as Duncan connected with teammate Alex Robushi on a fourth and long to make it 6-0 in the first. Diaz added to the lead with a 35-yard TD in the second quarter.
“We were completely outsized. Athletically, we were nowhere close to them,” Warde head coach Duncan Dellavolpe said.
Warde was able to get some points on the board before the half, as the Mustangs collected a safety – a bad snap from Stamford that went into the end zone.
But for Stamford, it was the defense that was the highlight. Stamford held Warde’s young offense to less than 50 yards in the first half. And when Warde finally found a bit of rhythm, the Black Knights came up with the big plays, including an interception with less than four minutes to play.
Warde committed three turnovers on the game.
“Our being young showed tonight,” Dellavolpe said. “We got off to another slow start.”
The Mustangs, however, showed some fight. Down 18-2, quarterback Jack Potenza found the end zone off a 21 yard run.
Later in the game, down 24-10, Potenza connected with Mike Whiting on a 66-yard pass to make it 24-16.
Stamford 24, Warde 16
Stamford 6 6 12 0—24
Warde 0 2 14 0—16
S–Robushi 30 pass from Duncan (kick failed)
S–Diaz 35 run (run failed)
S–Duncan 62 run (kick failed)
W–Potenza 21 run (Arazian pass from Potenza)
S–Duncan 33 run (kick failed)
W–Mike Whiting, 66 pass Potenza (kick blocked)