STAMFORD — The last time the Darien football team was on the field for a real game was last December, losing a heart-breaking Class L state final to rival New Canaan.

A later than normal starting date for this season gave Darien more time than it wanted before getting back in action, but when the team finally hit the field it showed why it is ranked No. 2 in the state, trouncing Stamford 47-14 at Boyle Stadium Friday night.

Darien quarterback Timmy Graham said the team was tired of waiting to get back on the field, though the extra week of practice was useful.

“It was a long preseason,” Graham said. “It was an extra week we didn’t really want to practice but we were pumped up to come out here and it that extra week of practice really did show.”

Graham threw four touchdown passes, three to Colin Minicus and one to Rob Trifone, all in the first half before being lifted along with the rest of the starters for the entire second half with the Blue Wave up 47-0 at the break.

“I have played with these receivers since third grade and it is very, very easy knowing where they are going to be,” Graham said. “First game you never know what can happen but coming out here and making a statement in the first half was good but now we need to focus on Greenwich. At Greenwich will be a tough game next week.”

Darien will be at 1-0 Greenwich next Saturday at 4 p.m.

Darien coach Rob Trifone said he knew his team had an advantage over Stamford experience wise coming in, but seeing his team perform the way they are capable of right out of the gate was encouraging.

“We knew Stamford was a young team but want you don’t want a team like ours to do is play down to their level,” Trifone said. “We were able to corral them the first half. The only negative from that first half was that we were not able to run the ball as well we would have liked but they were in a 6-box where the text book tells you to throw the ball.”

In the second half, Tyrell Diaz broke a 47-yard run, putting Stamford on the board.

The Black Knights scored again in the fourth quarter on a run by quarterback Troy Duncan.

The Black Knights knew they were in for a stiff test, but committing five turnovers and failing to get off the field on third and long made the situation worse.

“We faced a heck of a team,” Stamford coach Jamar Greene said. “We got a chance to see what a championship caliber team looks like and it was a good experience. I want to see us smack adversity in the face and get on with the rest of the season. We knew it would be tough but we can’t make that many mistakes against a team that good.”

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

DARIEN 47, STAMFORD 14

DARIEN 23 24 0 0 — 47

STAMFORD 0 0 6 8 — 14

Records: D 1-0; S 0-1

D — Colin Minicus 12 pass Timmy Graham (Riley Stewart kick)

D — Christian Trifone 1 run (Stewart kick)

D — Shelby Grant 5 run (Stewart kick)

D — Safety

D — Minicus 19 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D — Minicus 11 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D - Stewart 33 field goal

D — Rob Trifone 14 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

S — Tyrell Diaz 47 run (kick failed)

S — Troy Duncan 3 run (Cam Freckleton run)