Premonition can be a funny thing.

Darien's Hudson Hamill was called upon to play quarterback in overtime of the FCIAC championship game against New Canaan at Boyle Stadium Thursday morning.

Starter Timmy Graham was hurt running a draw on the previous play, leading to Hamill standing behind center for the biggest play of the Blue Wave's season.

With Graham on the sideline, surely Darien was going to run the ball.

Hamill lined up in the Blue Wave's short-yardage package, dropped back and floated a pass to an open Griffin Ross for six yards and a touchdown, the deciding score in a wild 28-21 come-from-behind OT victory in a clash of undefeated teams.

Just as Hamill predicted.

"I was telling people that we've been running all year in this formation and I thought I was going to throw a touchdown in the Turkey Bowl," said Hamill, who was named Turkey Bowl MVP while Graham (18 of 35, 243 passing yards, one touchdown, three interceptions) was the FCIAC championship MVP. "And, of course, then they call my number in overtime. I was a little nervous and didn't know what to expect but we were able to complete the pass."

The play was the exclamation point to an improbable comeback for Darien (11-0), which trailed 21-0 at one point and 21-7 at halftime.

New Canaan's offense came out roaring as on the second possession of the game quarterback Michael Collins completed a 46 yard pass to Michael Kraus for a score. Collins would find Kraus again in the second quarter, this time for a 38-yard score. The two Kraus tallies sandwiched a 32-yard catch and run by Alex LaPolice. Kraus finished the day with six catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Collins, meanwhile, completed 16-of-26 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

"You get off to a start like that and can go up 21, it's a good start, but we have to add a field goal or add another score and really keep it up and we didn't do that," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said.

At that point the Rams (9-1) had all the momentum, but right before the half Darien went on a long drive, capped off by a 12-yard catch and run from Colin Minicus.

The Blue Wave defense wouldn't allow another point.

"That touchdown before half was huge," Hamill said of the momentum swing. "We talked in the locker room that it wasn't our best half and we would have to make some plays in the second half to win and that's what we did."

That defense responded by turning New Canaan over four times while holding them to 36 rushing yards on 23 attempts. All without the services of captain and defensive star George Reed, who was held out with a knee injury. The Blue Wave were hampered by injuries all day in addition to Reed's, but were able to scrape by with backups and a lot of medical tape.

"You have to give them a lot of credit," Marinelli said of Darien. "They hung in there and kept fighting; they're carrying players off and taping them up and sending them back out there and they played their butts off."

With five minutes left in the game it looked as if New Canaan was getting ready to ice the game, lining up at the Blue Wave 2-yard line up 21-14, but a fumbled snap gave the ball back to Darien. The Blue Wave promptly turned it back over on a Zach Allen strip sack, but three plays later Hamill intercepted a LaPolice pass intended for Allen out of the Wildcat in his own end zone.

"You can't do that if you're going to be a championship team," Marinelli said of the late turnovers. "As bad as I feel for the way we played, especially in the latter part of the game, you have to take your hat off, they deserve to win."

Following the Hamill pick, Darien proceeded to drive down field highlighted, by nifty catches from Will Hamernick and Todd Herget (six catches, 94 yards). Darien's Peter Archey scored his second touchdown of the day, bulling his way in from 2-yards out and the game was tied at 21 following Stephen Walker's PAT.

The game was sealed in overtime on fourth down when Bobby Trifone intercepted a pass tipped by his brother Christian.

"Who would ever think down 21 in this environment that teenagers would have the wherewithal to hold it together," Darien coach and father Rob Trifone said. "But they did."

Darien, the top seed in Class L CIAC tournament play, faces No. 4 Naugatuck (9-2) at home tomorrow at 1:00pm.