Darien overpowers Wilton
Darien extended its win streak to 19 games with a 35-3 home win over Wilton Saturday behind a stifling defensive performance.
“Three points on the scoreboard is something to be proud of,” Darien defensive end Quinn Fay said. “You have to give Wilton’s offensive line a lot of credit, they’re a tough team, but we came out on top and had a dominant defensive performance.”
That defense made its mark immediately as Nick Green intercepted a pass and ran 26 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage Saturday.
Wilton (4-3, 4-3) answered by converting a 37-yard field goal off the foot of Will Sullivan on the following possession and with three minutes to go in the first quarter the scoring was done for the first half with Darien on top 14-3.
Wilton ended the first half with an impressive stand backed up at its own 10-yard line.
“Defensively we did a good job,” Wilton coach Bruce Cunningham said of the first half. “One of the things is they have a lot of weapons over there and we got mismatched at times, and that’s a credit to them.”
The second quarter started out much better for the Darien offense as it converted on its first two possessions.
Brian Peters hit Green with a perfect over-the-shoulder pass from 24 out on the opening drive of the third and Mitch Pryor followed up on the next possession with a 7-yard touchdown run.
Darien rounded out the scoring midway through the fourth on a 10-yard pass from Peters to Sean McKay.
The Blue Wave offense credited the defense for allowing them to find its footing in a game when they sputtered early.
“It was great,” offensive and defensive tackle Andrew Stueber said. “The defense started out with more intensity and it let the offense get on track, we started slow but once we got in rhythm we did well and that was really a credit to the defense helping us out.”
The upside and downside of being the No. 1 team in the state is you’re always going to get the opponents best effort. That was the case Saturday, and even in a 32-point victory it left the Wave with pelnty to work on.
“We have a lot we have to improve on,” Darien LB/RB Finlay Collins said. “We had too many penalties on offense but defensively we played very well, our coaches prepared us well like they do every week. We took their punch and responded well enough to win.”
The Warriors have state playoff aspirations of their own and will need to win out against Guilford, Danbury and Trinity Catholic in order to have a chance.
“I know the scoreboard doesn’t say it and there’s no moral victories out there so the only way this becomes a positive is if we learn from it and get better,” Cunningham said. “We have to get better and approach this next game against Guilford as a must-win.”
DARIEN 35, WILTON 3
DARIEN 14 0 14 7—35
WILTON 3 0 0 0—3
Records: Darien 7-0, 6-0; Wilton 4-3, 4-3.
D—Nick Green 26 yard interception return (Riley Stewart kick)
D—Tim Herget 31 pass from Brian Peters (Stewart kick)
W—Will Sullivan 37 field goal
D—Nick Green 26 pass Peters (Stewart kick)
D—Mitch Pryor 7 run (Stewart kick)
D—Sean McKay 10 pass Peters (Stewart kick)