A wildly successful season.
— Rob Trifone and the Wave
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Darien’s 36-23 comeback victory at home on Thursday was just that — winning its first game against New Canaan, Turkey Bowl or playoffs, since 2001, and reversing a 14-0 first quarter Rams edge to do it.
New Canaan went up 14-0 in the opening period on a 54-yard scoring pass from Nick Cascione to Cole Turpin, and a one yard run by Frank Cognetta.
Neal Koller kicked two PATs.
But like it was keeping a secret, only to then be revealed with a kick where it most hurts, Darien proceeded to reel off four straight touchdowns, coming back with a 22 point second quarter to win the day.
Nick Lombardo with his first of three TD caught a 35-yard pass from Henry Baldwin to cut the lead down by six.
Baldwin was smack on the mark with a PAT pass to Jackson Whiting to bring the Wave up to 14-8.
Myles Ridder scored on a 26-yard interception return that had the Rams heads spinning.
And Whiting had a nine-yard reception strike from Baldwin to close out the quarter.
Daly Hebert tacked on the PAT kicks on the last two TD.
Lombardo had his second touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Baldwin in the third quarter and Hebert added the kick.
And Lombardo finished it off with Baldwin in the fourth, making it a touchdown hat trick on another 30-yard pass. Hebert put the ball between the posts for the last points of the season.
Darien led 22-14 at the half.
Last gasps from NC came in the form of an end zone Michael Donnelly fumble recovery, Koller kick; and an intentional safety by the Wave.
Darien finshed out at 7-3, 10th in Class L while New Canaan (8-2) in sixth, moves on to play Avon (10-0) in states on Tuesday.
Jack Dempsey Memorial MVP Baldwin was 15-for-30 for 257 yards with the four TD and two interceptions.
He rushed for 26 yards on five tries.
Peter Gesualdi ran 25 yards on eight attempts, Ian Vanderhorn six time for 24 yards and Jay Harrison had 21 yards on nine carries.
Wave injured leading rusher Christian Bognar had his arm in a sling, hollering strong from the sidelines.
Lombardo, a junior, had three catches for 95 yards, Gesualdi four for 64, junior Gifford two for 33,Whiting three for 29, Harrison two for 23, Griffon Ross one for 13.
Darien kept NC to 164 yards passing on 14 tosses by the Nick Cascione-Teddy Bossidy QB combo — with the former going 11-for-21 for 137.
Jack Gilo led receivers with seven catches for 62 yards.
Cascione led the Rams on the rush with 157 yards on 20 tries.
New Canaan rushed 271 yards on 47 attempts.
Matt Brown paced DHS with 14 tackles.
Vanderhorn made 12 tackles, George Reed nine, Andrew Maley, Whiting had eight apiece, Matty D’Andrea seven, Brian Weigand, Gesualdi, freshman Mark Evanchik five each, Ridder four, Chris Hamernick three, Theo Frelinghuysen, John Reed two each and Harrison, Ben Sickinger and Tommy DiMauro made one apiece.
D’Andrea and Evanchick each cracked a sack.
Hebert punted four times for 130 yards and kicked off six times for 306 with three touchbacks.
Blue Wave football is featured in The Darien Times next Thursday.
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