Slideshow: Darien tops Greenwich for Class LL football championship

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The Darien Blue Wave and Greenwich Cardinals played a true winter classic on Saturday, with the Wave capturing its third consecutive state football championship, 31-22, in the Class LL final at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium.

The game was played in a steady snow which turned the field winter white.

Darien grabbed an early 14-0 lead on a touchdown pass from Jack Joyce to Tyler Herget, and a 41-yard touchdown run by Joyce in the first quarter. Greenwich hung tough throughout, even closing the gap to 24-22 in the fourth quarter as kicker Zach Moore hit three consecutive field goals.

Both teams finished with 12-1 records. The Wave has appeared in five straight state finals, winning the last three seasons, while Greenwich was bidding for its first state championship since 2007.

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Scenes from the CIAC Class LL football final between Darien and Greenwich on Dec. 9 at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

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