Darien rocks Wreckers 32-6
Updated 6:02 pm, Monday, October 16, 2017
WESTPORT — Friday the 13th can bring out the bizarre in a situation — but that was not the case in the FCIAC showdown between No. 1-ranked Darien and Staples.
Led by senior quarterback Jack Joyce, the Blue Wave rolled the Wreckers 32-6 — the 30th straight win for the defending Class LL champions.
“We were pretty banged up tonight,” said Darien coach Rob Trifone. “One did not play, the other four did, and they did a heck of a job. I said, ‘Look, you have to play with heart,’ and they did.”
Joyce and the Darien offense dictated the tempo throughout the game, dominating the line of scrimmage as the Blue Wave quarterback finished 18-of-31 for 243 yards and five touchdowns — including a pair to senior Brian Minicus.
“It’s just fun for me,” Joyce said. “My receivers are so good, definitely top receivers in the state. It’s just too easy to get the ball to them.”
For the Wreckers, the offense never got started as the Darien defense stifled running back Harris Levi, who managed only 47 yards on 10 carries, and was held without a touchdown run for the first time all season.
It is hard to knock off a team this good without playing a perfect game, Staples coach Marce Petroccio said.
“We played our hearts out; we just did not play well,” he said. “And against a team like that. I mean, they’re No. 1 in the state for a reason. You can’t do the things that we did and expect to beat a team like that.”
Quarterback Danny Thompson finished 7-of-21 for 154 yards and one touchdown — on a 66-yard catch-and-run by senior Ben Pearl, the lone Wreckers score of the night.
But the night belonged to the Blue Wave as they continue to dominate the FCIAC en route to a third straight conference title — although they are only looking to the next game, Joyce said.
“I don’t think about 30-0,” he said. “I think about the fact that we’re 5-0.”
UCONN HUSKY IN ATTENDANCE
Former Staples and current UConn Huskies football player Ryan Fitton was on hand to watch the game. Fitton was also a part of the Class LL state championship baseball team from last spring.
WRECKERS ROCKING PINK
Staples members wore pink gloves and socks during the school’s annual pink-out game in support of breast cancer awareness.
“It means a lot for the program. You’re talking about a sport where you have to deal with injuries more than any other sport, you have to deal with weather, and you have to deal with a tough FCIAC schedule. So all those things put together, I’m extremely proud of the young men that helped to put this together.” — Darien coach Rob Trifone on 30 straight wins for the program.
DARIEN 32, STAPLES 6
DARIEN 7 13 6 6—32
STAPLES 0 0 0 6—6
D— Jack Joyce 36 pass Brian Minicus (Austin Hagander kick)
D—Joyce 15 pass Minicus (Hagander kick)
D—Joyce 18 pass Nick Green (kick failed)
D—Joyce 31 pass Patrick Burke (run failed)
D—Joyce 35 pass Alex Dehmel (kick failed)
S — Danny Thompson to Ben Pearl 66 pass (run failed)
Records: Staples 3-2, Darien 5-0.