Darien football rebounds, topples Trinity Catholic
Updated 1:36 pm, Thursday, November 10, 2011
Darien High School football coach Rob Trifone challenged his team all week after the Blue Wave gave up four third quarter touchdows on its way to its first loss of the season, a lopsided defeat at Staples.
"After that loss we had to find out what we were made of," Trifone said. "Coming back after that loss and playing well against a solid team was our theme all week."
Blue Wave players got the word, and showed that they are indeed, a talented team.
Junior quarterback Henry Baldwin connected on 15 of 24 passes for 323 yards -- 285 in the first half -- and four touchdowns as Darien raced to a big halftime lead before defeating Trinity Catholic, 49-21.
"That is a well-coached and very talented team," Trinity coach Peter Stokes said. "We had an ugly start to this game but we did a few good things after that.
"We had an opportunity to make a few big plays," added Stokes, referring to a pair of interception opportunities with a wide open field in front of the defender.
"We missed making the play though. We can't afford to not make those kinds of plays."
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In addition to Baldwin's aerial attack, Darien got 192 yards on the ground.
Darien (7-1) lit the scoreboard on its first possession when Ian Vanderhorn scored from 9 yards out and Christopher Smith added the first of his seven extra points.
Gesualdi and Ryan Gregory were on the receiving end of Baldwin scoring passes as Darien raced to a 21-0 advantage after the opening period.
The Crusaders, however, weren't about to give up.
Kevin Epp raced 80 yards for a Trinity touchdown and after the defense held, Danny O'Leary (149 yards passing) combined on a 24-yard screen pass with Jeff Cortese for a touchdown and the Crusaders were back in the game, 21-14.
Darien bounced back in a major way. Gesualdi capped an 80-yard drive with a 26-yard run, Michael Stovall raced 19 yards for another TD and then, following a Gesualdi interception, Baldwin and Harlan Smith hooked up for a 21-yard scoring strike and a 41-14 Darien lead at intermission.
"Rob Trifone is a class act and kept the ball on the ground and let the clock run most of the second half and used all his players," Stokes said.
"I would have gone to the bench earlier against some teams, but I knew Trinity Catholic was not going to give up. I saw what happened when we were up 21-0 and all of a sudden its was 21-14," Trifone said.
Baldwin connected with Gesualdi for Darien's final touchdown on the day.
The Blue Wave host winless Bassick Saturday.
Michael Davis scored on a 3-yard run to close out the scoring for Trinity (3-5), which will entertain St. Joseph Saturday.