Despite an unbeaten record, the Darien football team had yet to put together a well-played first half, trailing several times at the break before rallying with dominant second-half performances.

So, a week after coming back from 17 down against St. Joseph, there would be no need for a comeback Saturday. The Blue Wave took it to Warde from the opening whistle, winning 42-14 Saturday.

The Blue Wave hit the field with their foot on the gas and did not let, up, rolling out to a 35-7 halftime lead.

"We have not played a good first half all year long," Darien coach Rob Trifone said. "Hillhouse, Greenwich, St. Joe's, we did not play a good first half and have come out sluggish. We worked on tempo this week and it showed. The line was getting off the ball and were much crisper and we curtailed the turnovers until the third quarter, but other than that I thought we played our most complete game yet."

Darien (5-0, 4-0 FCIAC) remains tied atop the FCIAC standings with New Canaan and Stamford with 450 power points.

On the opening drive, Will Hamernick shook tackles on his way to a 38-yard touchdown, making it 6-0.

Shelby Grant followed on the next drive with a 9-yard scoring run and Timmy Graham hit Hamernick for a 16-yard touchdown pass, making it 21-0 after one.

While the offense was building a three-touchdown lead, the Blue Wave defense -- especially ends Mark Evanchick and George Reed -- was all over Warde quarterback Brandon Bisack. Darien was either sacking or disturbing him in the pocket as the Blue Wave forced the Mustangs to go three-and-out time and time again.

"We made it tough on ourselves," Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe said. "The two ends cause problems. When you have two kids on the edges like that it takes you a little bit out of your game. They are just a solid 11 on the team and that is their strength."

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