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Injuries hurt

Wave football braces for toughest part of the season depleted and with no room for error

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ONWARD CHRISTIAN RUSHER — Christian Bognar (No. 44) keeps on a team-leading rushing pace, with almost 200 yards vs. Trumbull. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

FOOTBALL

The growing list of heavy-lifting support players on the DL, in addition to Darien’s scoring star, has altered the script.

They are part of the game, but when it’s key players that you were counting on it hurts more.

— Rob Trifone

“The injury bug has hurt us in the first half of the season,” said Darien football coach Rob Trifone after the Wave dropped two of three in losing 39-26 at Trumbull Friday. “(Peter) Gesualdi is back this week, but of course missed the first five games including Trumbull; not the way we planned the 2012 season.”

And it doesn’t stop there for 3-2, eighth in the FCIAC Darien.

“Will Lochtefeld is out for the year,” added Trifone. “We were missing Theo Frelinghuysen, our corner who was replaced by a sophomore.”

These aren’t excuses. They’re reasons for Darien’s swoon — they’re facts.

With only the top two teams going to the county championship game, and with four games to go in the regular season, the Wave has three teams with no losses in Trinity, Staples and Greenwich — and another four teams with single losses behind those three — all ahead of it.

“They are part of the game, but when it’s key players that you were counting on it hurts more,” said Trifone.

As for those not injured, there’s no easy answer for the Wave falling into the hole, in a league and CIAC race where every loss does significant damage to your playoff chances.

Darien is 10th in the eight-team Class L playoff race.

“The team did not play well, as a team…no one can put their finger on it,” said Trifone. “Just have to bounce back strong against a very good Wilton team.”

Wave football is featured in The Darien Times on Thursday.

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