Darien routs Wilton
WILTON — In a game where all eyes were on Darien defensive end Mark Evanchick, who came in to the Blue Wave’s meeting with Wilton Friday night needing just two sacks to equal Dwight Freeney for the Connecticut state sack record, it was the offense that stole the show.
Darien quarterback Timmy Graham threw five first half touchdowns en route to a 48-7 drubbing of Wilton on the road.
Darien, the No. 1 team in the Hearst Connecticut Media Elite 8, improved to 6-0 with the win. Wilton fell to 2-4.
“We knew we would be able to throw the ball on them,” Blue Wave coach Rob Trifone said. “I was a little disappointed with our run game, we couldn’t get anything going there, we knew we were better off passing anyway but still you want to be able to have a nice balanced attack; the one thing I did like was our screen game was really working tonight, so that helps Timmy too.”
Evanchick will stay in second place for at least another week as the Warriors (2-5) attempted only five first-half passes and with a 41-0 lead at the half Evanchick only came out for the first series of the third quarter before becoming a spectator for the remainder of the game.
“We thought about it,” Trifone said of giving Evanchick a few more chances in the second half. “But they were running and when they did pass the ball it was a quick gain so it’s not the type of offense that gives Mark the chance to go get them.”
Darien’s first play from scrimmage was a 49-yard catch-and-run from Hudson Hamill. Two plays later Graham found Colin Minicus for the first score. In the first half Graham would add another strike to Minicus as well as two to Max Grant and one to Hamill.
In the second half the Darien starters donned their “sideline hats,” a symbol of a job well done in the early-going.
“What I’ll say about the starters is that they were cheering on the JV kids the entire second half,” Trifone said. “So that’s good because those kids work hard all week and they run the scout team and things like that so it’s a little payback for the younger kids in the second half tonight.”
The teams traded scores in the second half, both coming in the fourth quarter, first Wilton’s Brian Calabrese scampered for a 21-yard run, then Darien responded when backup quarterback Brian Peters found Matt Maignan for a 14-yard score.
Wilton (2-5) is a young squad, with only eight seniors on the roster, and coach Bruce Cunningham looks at Darien as a program to emulate for his young group.
“We are real young so we’ll learn from this,” said Cunningham, who also called Darien “flawless.” “We’re not going to hang our heads on this one--they’re a great football team and they’re going to do a lot of good things.”
DARIEN 48, WILTON 7
DARIEN 21 20 0 7—48
WILTON 0 0 0 7—7
Records: Darien 6-0; Wilton 2-5.
D—Colin Minicus 9 yd pass from Timmy Graham (Riley Stewart kick)
D—Max Grant 34 pass Graham (Stewart kick)
D—Shelby Grant 1 run (Stewart kick)
D—Minicus 55 from pass Graham (PAT failed)
D—Hudson Hamill 1 pass Graham (Stewart kick)
D—Max Grant 5 pass Graham (Stewart kick)
W—Brian Calabrese 21 run (Will Sullivan kick)
D—Matt Maignan 14 pass Brian Peters (Austin Hagander kick)