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Darien Football Passing Combination Whips Warde

DARIEN, Conn. – Through the first two games of the season, Darien quarterback Henry Baldwin and fleet receiver Nick Lombardo have proven to be a dynamic combination.

The pair hooked up for two more long scoring passes Saturday as the Blue Wave rolled past Fairfield Warde, 44-21, to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Baldwin and Lombardo connected on scoring strikes of 59 and 61 yards in the first half Saturday to lead the Blue Wave. The pair connected three times for scores in a season-opening 41-7 win over Fairfield Ludlowe.

“They’re clicking real well,’’ Darien coach Rob Trifone said. “Nick’s a track runner, a 10.9 100-meter guy. I think he was underrated by some teams, but not by us. He’s a great weapon and Henry was spot on.”

Lombardo had four catches for 170 yards against Ludlowe, and caught three passes for 132 against the Mustangs on Saturday. Baldwin had another big day, completing 13 passes for 304 yards. He also threw touchdown passes to sophomore Griffin Ross and Jackson Whiting.  Christian Bognar also ran for a touchdown

“It was our home opener, and we wanted to play well,’’ Trifone said. “Offensively I thought we played very well. Defensively, not so well. We let them off the hook a couple of times on third and fourth and long. It was not an X and O thing. It was like we forgot how to tackle.”

Darien’s defense is not as solid as the 2010 team that made the state tournament, but its offense is better. Baldwin, a second-year starter, got terrific protection all game Saturday.

The Blue Wave will get a better test next week against St. Joseph, a 34-0 winner over Wilton on Saturday. “Warde’s a relatively young team,’’ Trifone said. “If we make the same mistakes on defense against a team that’s not so young, like St. Joseph’s, we’ll pay for it.”

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