DARIEN, Conn. -- Nine linemen from Darien High School's varsity football team won the sixth annual Lineman Challenge held Saturday in Berlin, Conn.
Darien won the overall competition and placed in the top three in all but one event.
"We are really proud of the effort," said Rob Trifone, DHS head football coach. "Our boys put in a lot and it shows all the hard work they've done off the field."
This is the first time Darien sent a team to the event, which consisted of 32 teams competing in eight extremely challenging physical tests. The events included sled, tire flip and the grueling "move the mountain" relays as well as a truck push and tug of war.
The team consisted of captains George Reed and Jack Tyrell, Sam Bowtell, Jack Griffiths, Ryan Murray, Spencer Stovall, Mark Evanchick, Jimmy Degnan and Andrew Steuber.
"Each event requires a full six-man team effort," said offensive line coach Tom O'Neill. "So this victory is a testament to our unity and depth up front."
All of the team members agreed, though, that the trophy really belonged to John Carlozzi, the team's head trainer, for his inspiring leadership in the weight room. Team photo, standing, left to right: George Reed, Ryan Murray, Jack Griffiths, John Carlozzi (Trainer), Andrew Steuber, Jimmy Degnan, Mark Evanchick, Spencer Stovall. On ground, left to right: Jack Tyrell and Sam Bowtell.