Trifone gets win No. 250 as Darien football blanks Norwalk
NORWALK — The explosive Norwalk offensive attack has put all of its opponents on their heels at some point this season.
The No. 2 team in the GametimeCT Poll, the Blue Wave defense got excellent pressure from its line and lock-down coverage from its secondary, shutting down the Bears on the way to a convincing 40-0 win at Testa Field Friday night.
The victory was also No. 250 in the career of Darien coach Rob Trifone between his time coaching McMahon and Darien.
“Going into the game (Norwalk quarterback) No. 4 Kyle Gordon. Our focus was to stop him,” Darien senior linebacker Sam Wilson said. “Coach (Rob Trifone) has been through so much, from McMahon to now, he has always been such a great coach and such a great leader. We are all so happy for him.”
While his players were happy for Trifone’s accomplishment, he was thrilled to see his team functioning to the best of its ability on both sides of the ball.
“We haven’t played to our potential the last couple of weeks. Since the Greenwich game. After Greenwich we had a little bit of a letdown,” Trifone said. “We were all over them this week because, that’s how they should play. On both sides of the ball. Norwalk’s offense is very good and they have a lot of weapons. We were certainly scared of their speed, but our defense did a heck of a job.”
“As far as 250, I have been so blessed, with so many good kids,” Trifone said. “We have great coaches and kids. You don’t get 50 without all that, you certainly don’t get 250 without it.”
Darien struck first with Peter Graham tossing a screen pass to Sean Gifford, who broke free for a 30-yard touchdown.
The next score for Darien also came off a short pass.
Graham hit Will Kirby, who took off down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown catch and run.
In the second quarter, the Blue Wave methodically kept moving the ball with Kirby running in a touchdown from 8-yards out and Connor O’Malley plunging in from 4-yards out, putting the Blue Wave up 28-0 at halftime.
Darien got second-half touchdowns on 2-yard and 15-yard scoring runs run by Kirby.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Sam Wilson, Darien. This could have gone to any Blue Wave defender, but Wilson always seemed to be near the ball from his linebacker position.
“(Darien’s defense) is always in the right spot,” Norwalk coach Sean Ireland said. “They fly around, they read their keys. We think we have plays open and the next thing you know, they are blowing it up. They are very well coached. We thought we had some tendencies on them but they read their keys very well. Credit to them.”
DARIEN 40, NORWALK 0
DARIEN 14 14 6 6—40
NORWALK 0 0 0 0—0
D—Sean Gifford 30 pass Peter Graham (Hayden Hall kick)
D—Will Kirby 70 pass Graham (Hall kick)
D—Kirby 8 run (Hall kick)
D—Connor O’Malley 4 run (Hall kick)
D—Kirby 2 run (kick failed)
D—Kirby 15 run (kick failed)
Records: D—9-0; N—4-5