DARIEN, Conn. The Darien 7 Blue football squad, undefeated and looking to avenge a controversial 7-6 loss last year, invaded New Canaan's Dunning Stadium Saturday night for a much-anticipated tilt with a 4-1 New Canaan Black squad. The game was supposed to be Darien and New Canaan ... but it quickly became mostly Darien as the Blue team cruised to a 28-6 victory. Some of the game highlights can be seen by clicking on this weblink .
The Wave took the opening drive 70 yards for the night's first score, with the offensive line of Quinn Fay, Brian Keating, Andrew Tomasello, Ryan Corcoran, Kevin Fitzmaurice, John Stevenson, Jacob Navarro, Jake Bieler and Charlie Wright opening enormous holes for running backs Riley Stewart, Tim Herget and Sam McMullin. Joe Hardison and Ben Wilson blocked well from their fullback positions, and Brian Peters called the shots from quarterback like a seasoned Hollywood director. Herget accounted for most of the drive's early yardage with several nice runs off-tackle for big gains. Stewart closed the transaction with a nice cut off-tackle and prevailed in a footrace down the right sideline for the Wave's first touchdown. Herget drilled the extra point attempt over the parking lot fence, and the Blue led 7-0. New Canaan's first drive was halted by defensive line, resembling the 1970s Pittsburgh Steel Curtain, that consisted of Peters, Keating, Bieler, Joe Strada, Tomasello, Teddy Fuller, Stefan Schneider, Fay and Wright, with linebackers Wilson, Ethan Ehlers, Carl Hunter and Herget plugging all gaps. New Canaan punted and the Wave took over on its own 30. All passing attempts were thwarted by Stewart, McMullin and Hardison at safety. Herget began the Wave's second drive with a nine-yard gain off-tackle, and then Hardison broke a fullback dive up the middle to the outside and raced down the Wave sideline for a 61-yard touchdown jaunt. Herget again converted the extra point attempt, and Darien led 14-0 with time remaining in the first quarter. The teams traded punts, and Darien began its final scoring drive of the half late in the second quarter. After Stewart and Herget picked-up valuable yardage on several nice runs, Darien had a first down on New Canaan's 25, but had used all its timeouts. Peters hit Fay on a quick-out pattern, but Fay was tackled inbounds on the 20 and Darien scrambled to the line for another quick-out to Fay. Fay made a beautiful catch and dragged a New Canaan defender several yards to get out of bounds; however, the referee failed to acknowledge that Fay had gotten out of bounds to stop the clock. With the clock ticking down, Peters quickly downed the ball with the clock showing 1.9 seconds remaining. On the ensuing play, New Canaan was flagged for an obvious pass interference call, so the Wave got a free play with no time remaining on the clock. Peters took the snap and lofted a beautiful corner pass to Hardison, who was tackled in the end zone for the Wave's final score of the half. Herget again nailed the extra point, and the Wave took a 21-0 halftime lead. Darien picked-up where it had left off, with Ryan Finn, McMullin and Corcoran running the ball and opening huge holes for Darien's backs. After a long Stewart run down to the 1-yard line, Peters punched the ball in on a QB keeper, and Herget kicked his fourth extra point to propel the Wave to a 28-0 third quarter lead. New Canaan finally scored in the fourth quarter, and then the Wave offense ate up the remaining eight minutes on a long drive to seal the victory.
Some of the game highlights can be seen by clicking on this weblink .
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