Darien football runs over Warde behind 188 yards from Wilson

FAIRFIELD — The Darien football team hasn’t exactly been the familiar old Blue Wave so far this season.

So it was a bit jarring when Darien took yet another hit, a punch in the mouth if you will, when Warde opened Friday night’s game with a long touchdown strike.

As it turned out, it didn’t take long for the Blue Wave to get back in a groove.

With seniors Jake Wilson and Simeon Doll leading the way, Darien found the end zone eight times and defeated Warde 55-14 at Tetreau/Davis Field.

For Wilson, who rushed 28 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns, the Wave’s offensive explosion was built on confidence.

“We established our offense pretty early on that first drive and we were confident in ourselves,” Wilson said. “That’s what it comes down to. To find our groove on the first and second drive really gave us the confidence that we could run all over the team.”

“The issue was when they were going to get back on track with running the ball,” Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe said. “We were worried about that and our tackling was very, very bad tonight. That was the difference. We haven’t been in this situation with this group.

“I think they were a little too emotional, spent a little too much energy and that kind of stuff and things got away from us in the second half.”

The lead-up to the game was a kind of Bizzaro World compared to the teams’ fortunes during the past decade.

Warde won its first three games, while Darien lost two of its first three -- two things that hadn’t happened since 2009. That was also the last year in which the Mustangs defeated the Blue Wave, winning 14-0.

Warde quarterback Charlie Gulbin wasted little time getting the Mustangs on the scoreboard, hitting Gerald Jacobs over the top for a 68-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.

Darien tied the score when Doll, who passed for 184 yards and three TDs, connected with Trevor Herget for a 37-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-16 play.

Gulbin answered with a 4-yard TD run for a 14-7 lead after one quarter, but the Mustangs did not score the rest of the way.

The Wave tied the score on a Doll-to-Briggs McGuckin 4-yard pass early in the second quarter, and took the lead for good on a 23-yard TD run by Wilson 1:46 before halftime.

Darien then put up 21 points in the third quarter to blow the doors off the game.

“We knew coming in that we needed to establish our offense because it’s been stagnant,” Darien coach Mike Forget said. “They came out and eventually took over the game.”

Wilson credited the offensive line for his impressive numbers.

“I think James Thom had 12 pancakes, not even an exaggeration,” Wilson said. “They’ve been hungry all week. They’ve been disrespected since the start of the season,  since St. Joe’s. They came out here today and they threw those guys around.

“They make the holes, I’m just the lucky guy who gets to run through them.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jake Wilson, Darien: The senior running back was a workhorse with 28 carries for 188 yards and three touchdowns to set the pace for the Wave.

QUOTABLE

“Just getting better every day. A lot of the stuff that happened was us making mistakes and we were trying to eliminate the mistakes that were made. So we’re just trying to prevent those things from happening and get better.” – Darien coach Mike Forget on the Wave's 1-2 start to the season

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports

 

DARIEN 55, WARDE 14

Darien 7 13 21 14 -- 55

Warde 14 0 0 0 -- 14

W -- Gerald Jacobs 68 pass Charlie Gulbin (TJ Sinis kick)

D -- Trevor Herget 37 pass Simeon Doll (Tucker Stevens kick)

W -- Gulbin 4 run (Sinis kick)

D -- Briggs McGuckin 4 pass Doll (Stevens kick)

D -- Jake Wilson 23 run (kick failed)

D -- Herget 16 pass Doll (Clifton Shelton pass Doll)

D -- Wilson 1 run (kick blocked)

D -- Brady Pokorny 29 pass Doll (Stevens kick)

D -- Shelton 7 run (Stevens kick)

D -- John Rooney 64 run (Stevens kick)

Records: Darien 2-2, Warde 3-1