Four wins and counting for Darien football team
The Darien Blue Wave football team is fresh off regaining the No. 1 seed in the state and shows no signs of slowing down.
Taking care of business this weekend, the Wave (4-0) scored on its first five possessions and defeated the Stamford Black Knights, 42-7, Saturday afternoon at Darien High School.
The Wave’s running game led the offense in this one, as senior Andrew Lucas and junior Will Kirby combined for 215 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Lucas had 13 carries for 114 yards, while Kirby had 12 carries for 101 yards. They each scored twice.
Senior quarterback Cooper Hancock completed 8-of-11 passes for a modest 100 yards and two TDs, and junior Peter Graham was 3-of-7 passing for 64 yards. Senior Will Rolapp was the top target with five receptions for 80 yards and a TD, and senior Tyler Herget had three catches for 38 yards.
On defense, Darien kept Stamford (1-3) off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, when Lenny Garcia scored on a two-yard run with less than four minutes remaining.
Seniors John Lochtefeld and Charlie Hunter and junior Will Bothwell had sacks for the D, with senior co-captain Connor Fay collecting four tackles and two tackles for a loss.
Junior Sam Wilson had a team-high eight tackles, and senior Alex Quirk and junior Sean Gifford had five apiece.
Through four games, the Wave has allowed just 20 points, pitching a shutout against McMahon in week two, while allowing just one touchdown apiece to Ridgefield, St. Joseph and now Stamford.
Darien came out solidly against Stamford as the defense forced an opening three-and-out series, and then the offense marched down the field and scored on a 12-yard pass from Hancock to Herget.
Lucas scored on a 3-yard run later in the quarter to make it 14-0, and the Wave added three more TDs in the second frame. Kirby sandwiched 4- and 1-yard TD runs around a 16-yard TD pass from Hancock to Rolapp to make it 35-0 at halftime.
Lucas scored his second touchdown on the game on the Wave’s opening drive of the second half, racing in from 15 yards out.
Darien will host the Staples Wreckers in a battle of unbeatens this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at DHS. Staples, which defeated Ridgefield 35-17 last Friday, has matched the Wave;s record of 4-0 under new head coach Phil Treglia.
Staples and Darien are two of three remaining undefeated football teams in the FCIAC. The other is Greenwich, which is 3-0, and the Cardinals will play at New Canaan at 7 p.m. on Saturday.