STAMFORD, Conn. — Surrounded by three Trinity defenders with overtime looming, Darien’s Nick Lombardo pulled down a 35-yard bomb to give the Blue Wave a 26-20 upset victory Saturday afternoon in Stamford.
The loss was Trinity's first of the season.
“I knew I had to get that ball. It was mine,” Lombardo said, smiling ear-to-ear while talking about his first game winning catch, “Hopefully, there will be many more.”
He finished the game with four catches for 85 yards and the one score.
“I don’t know how he caught it. I will have to watch the film,” Darien head coach Robert Trifone said of the play the junior made.
With the game tied at 20 and less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Darien took over at its own 26-yard line, Trifone decided to put the ball in quarterback Henry Baldwin’s hands and go for the win.
Baldwin connected with Peter Gesualdi for 39 yards, setting up the touchdown pass to Lombardo.
The Blue Wave’s record improved to 5-3 with the victory, but the team had higher hopes going into the season.
“If we were 7-0 I may have taken the knee,” Trifone said.
“They made two more plays than we did,” Trinity Catholic Head Coach Pete Stokes said.
Leading Trinity (7-1) were Shaquan Howsie who had two rushing touchdowns, and Neno Merritt, who had two interceptions on defense and a 64-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown on offense.
After the game, the Crusaders’ coach told his team that they had to come together if they still want to make a post-season appearance.
“They have to play for it,” Stokes said, adding that he still expects his team to be in the state playoffs.
Trinity wraps up its regular season at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Wilton. Darien hosts New Canaan in the Turkey Day morning game.