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Two vital cogs of the record-setting 2016 Darien Blue Wave football team squared off against each other for the first time as freshmen in college last year.

Quarterback Brian Peters of the University of New England and defensive end Quinn Fay of Tufts University were on opposite sides of the field when the two teams clashed last fall.

The two former Wave stars will be in action as sophomores this season. Peters and UNE open the 2018 campaign when they play at Coast Guard Academy in New London at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30; while Fay and the Tufts Jumbos open the year at Hamilton College at 1 p.m.