Darien High School's varsity football lineman repeated as champions at the seventh annual Lineman Challenge held in Berlin this past Saturday.

Darien has won the event, which this year consisted of an astounding 44 teams, both times it has entered the contest. Of the nine grueling physical challenges, which include a truck push, an 80-yard tire flip and the punishing 'move the mountain' relay, Darien incredibly finished first in six events. In a show of tremendous athleticism and strength, the rope never moved against Darien in five tug-of-war bouts.

"To come away victorious again in this highly competitive event, just goes to show the great effort our boys have put in off the field," coach Rob Trifone said. “We train these young men to finish what they start and they put in a complete team effort to achieve just that here today."

Returning to this year’s team were captain Mark Evanchick and senior Spencer Stovall. George Reed, a participant on last year’s team, was also on hand to pass along his wisdom and event strategy. Key contributing members were senior Andrew Clarke, juniors Andrew Stueber, Brian Keating, Cord Fox, Quinn Fay and Justin Plank as well as sophomore Charlie Zuro.

Once again, the team dedicated the trophy to their trainer, John Carlozzi, for his motivating inspiration.