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Bognar's 3 Touchdowns Help Darien Football Bounce Back

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien’s football team had success with a lot of different weapons in Saturday’s 41-7 rout of Danbury High. None of them was more productive than Christian Bognar.

The senior running back rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Wave, who improved to 3-1. He scored on runs of 13, 12 and one yard, all in the first half, as Darien moved the ball at will against the Hatters.

“I’ve never had a three touchdown game,’’ Bognar said. “It felt good. The linemen did everything and all I had to do was run the football.”

Quarterback Henry Baldwin also had a big day, completing 17-of-28 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. James Bennett caught a seven-yard touchdown pass, and Ian Vanderhorn raced 28 yards with a scoring pass. Darien’s final touchdown was an 11-yard strike to Kyle Gifford.

Bognar, who entered the game with 264 yards and three touchdowns, round powerfully between the tackles as Darien dominated the line of scrimmage. “I wouldn’t want to tackle him,’’ coach Rob Trifone said. “I call him the Wild Boar. He’s very powerful kid, with strong legs and a strong upper body. And he’s a tough kid. He likes the role that he’s playing. He's a nice weapon to have.”

After Darien missed a field goal on its first possession, Bognar capped a 43-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. After an interception by Jack Feeley, Bognar capped a 14-play, 88-yard drive drive with a one-yard run. Bognar carried eight times for 43 yards on the drive.

He scored on a 12-yard run on the following Darien drive to make it 20-0 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Darien substituted liberally in the second half as the Blue Wave rebounded from a loss to St. Joseph last week. While the offense purred perfectly, the defense that surrendered 35 points to the Cadets had a big bounce back effort. Danbury’s final touchdown came on a long run against Darien’s second team.

“We wanted to bounce back from last week,’’ Trifone said. “The kids did what they needed to do.”

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