Darien football shuts out Senators 35-0 for second win

Darien’s Will Keating (72) keeps a Ridgefield Tiger in check during the Wave’s opening week win. Darien picked up its second win with a 35-0 shutout of McMahon on Friday. — Dave Stewart photo

With the graduation of so many seniors from last year’s roster, there were numerous question marks swirling about the Darien football team entering the 2018 season.

It’s still early, but so far, the Blue Wave has answered those questions loud and clear.

Darien had no problems with the the Brien McMahon Senators, as they rolleds to a 35-0 decision on Friday night in Norwalk.

The Wave, which has outscored its first two opponents 65-6, improved to 2-0, while the Senators fell to 0-2 and are scoreless through two games. McMahon lost to Wilton 9-0 in week one.

Darien had a strong all-around game, getting help from up and down the roster.

Quarterback Cooper Hancock was solid, completing 16-of-24 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Will Rolapp had a team-best eight receptions for 84 yards, and Tyler Herget had four catches for 25 yards and a pair of short TDs.

Will Kirby led the running attack, carrying the ball 12 times for 79 yards with two touchdowns, and he also went 5-for-5 on PATs.

The defense, which features linebacker and senior co-captain Connor Fay, was unbreakable. Up front, the line starred John Lochtefeld, Alex Quirk, Sam Wilson, Adam Hyatt, Jackson Walsh and Charlie Hunt.

The Wave D set the tone early on, forcing McMahon to go three-and-out on its first three possessions.

On its opening drive, Darien covered 53 yards on just three plays, scoring when Hancock flipped a short pass to Andrew Lucas on the left side and Lucas broke free for a 30-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 3:12 into the game.

A big third-down tackle by Fay forced the Senators to punt from their own end zone, and the result was a short field as Herget returned the kick to the McMahon 17-yard line. Four plays later, Kirby went over the top of the line for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

Hancock and Herget hooked up for the Wave’s third touchdown on a five-yard pass during the second quarter.

Darien then scored on its first two possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach.

Hancock fired a seven-yard touchdown pass to Heget for a 28-0 lead, and backup QB Peter Graham then led an 80-yard TD drive for the final points. Kirby did much of the damage on that possession, rushing four times for 36 yards and a one-yard TD run.

Darien’s victory sets up a clash between two undefeated teams next week as the Wave travels to Trumbull to take on St. Joseph at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. The Cadets defeated New Canaan 28-0 in week one, and topped Warde 44-6 on Friday.

After defeating New Canaan, St. Joseph took over the No. 1 spot in the GameTimeCT poll, while Darien is No. 3.

Darien 35, Brien McMahon 0

Fri., Sept. 14, at BMHS

Darien 14-7-14-0 35

McMahon 0-0-0-0 0

First Quarter

D – Andrew Lucas, 30-yard pass from Cooper Hancock (Will Kirby PAT)

D – Kirby, 1-yard run (Kirby PAT)

Second Quarter

D – Tyler Herget, 5-yard pass from Hancock (Kirby PAT)

Third Quarter

D – Herget, 7-yard pass from Hancock (Kirby PAT)

D – Kirby, 1-yard run (Kirby PAT)

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring