New Wave discipline ‘Code’ went 120-0

Trifone: Turkey Bowl incidents ‘immature acts of people not associated with our program’


WATCHFUL EYES — The Wave’s focus was all on the field in its Turkey Bowl 2012 win. Above, the DHS bench, and coaches, watch Nick Lombardo make one of three TD catches. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)


Darien beat New Canaan at Turkey Bowl for the first time in 11 years. And somebody relieved himself in the visitors’ locker room.

Nick Lombardo scored three touchdowns, all on long passes from MVP quarterback Henry Baldwin — and — somebody relieved himself in the visitors’ locker room.

Darien fell behind 14-0 early and still led for good at the half. But of course, somebody had relieved himself in the visitors’ locker room.

Our student-athletes deserve to ‘bask’ in the glory of a hard earned victory over NC and a wild finish to the 2012 season.

— Rob Trifone

Seems like a bunch of non sequiturs, doesn’t it? The type of thing Robin Williams might say for a laugh while at the same time making you reach to scratch your head.

Because, after all, what’s one good thing got to do with the very bad other?

Darien football coach Rob Trifone’s got an answer for that. And the answer is: nothing.

“What an awesome game last week, (I) could not be prouder of our athletes coming back from a 14-0 deficit (to win 36-23) in a game where they have been down for the last 11 years,” said Trifone, commenting on the good, in an event that also is now known for persons, so far unknown, having stolen some New Canaan equipment, while urinating on other unattended Rams gear. “I want to make sure that the stupid behavior of a few does not ‘spoil’ how great the win (and the season) was.”

All indications from the Darien Police, whose hands this incident is in now, and from Darien High, is that no 2012 Blue Wave players were to blame.

And Trifone emphasizes, after two years running of football player-related unfortunate incidents prior to this, there was a good reason the record had become clean.

“Because of the past several incidents, I upgraded our commitment policy to the highest level called ‘The Code.’”

The school policy for breaking commitment — no misbehavior, alcohol-downing or otherwise, or you’re out — calls for a two week suspension.

This season, Wave football’s “Code” went beyond that.

“The football Code that the parents and athletes signed simply says that if they break commitment they will be excused from the team for the entire season,” said Trifone. “I do believe that ‘The Code’ helped out the team down the stretch when they were looking down the barrel of a 4-3 record with undefeated Trinity and 8-1 New Canaan still on the schedule.”

No one drown their sorrows or wallowed in that potential mess.

“Bottom line, 120 total athletes (and) not one commitment violation,” Trifone said.

This and the win is what the Wave wants the game to be remembered for.

“Not (for) the immature acts of people not associated with our program,” he added. “Our student-athletes deserve to ‘bask’ in the glory of a hard earned victory over NC and a wild finish to the 2012 season.”

Wild and wilder all the time.

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