DARIEN — For 12 minutes Saturday, Danbury held it close with one of the top football teams in the state, let alone the FCIAC.

The next 12 minutes showed the separation between the Hatters and Darien. The Blue Wave scored five touchdowns in the second quarter and rolled to a 49-6 win.

“We play in spurts,” Hatters coach Alex Trasacco said. “That’s a problem because of our youth. That’s all it is. We played them in a dogfight the first quarter. A couple of things happened, and our inexperience showed.”

Danbury (0-5) didn’t earn a first down in the first half, but for the first two Darien drives, the Hatters’ defense didn’t allow the Blue Wave much, either.

Then the Blue Wave (5-0), ranked third in the state media poll and second in the coaches poll, took over the game.

Their defense dominated from the start, holding the Hatters to 5 net yards in the first half, minus-28 yards rushing. Danbury ran 27 first-half plays, and only seven gained yardage.

Darien’s victory was marked by one milestone, and the Blue Wave couldn’t quite earn another.

Coach Rob Trifone won his 200th game. With twins Christian and Bobby on the roster, Trifone has known many of his players since they were 8. He said that meant a lot

“They’re very talented and, the bigger thing, they love the game and know the game. They get it,” Trifone said. “I’m blessed to be part of that.”

The Blue Wave left lineman Mark Evanchick in the game a little longer than the rest of his varsity teammates, trying to get him the state sack record, but he left two shy of Dwight Freeney’s state record of 60.

Evanchick sacked Jordan Khuth three times in the first half. Khuth left the game after Evanchick hit him hard as he threw on the second-to-last play of the first half; Trasacco said he’d have check with trainers on Khuth’s condition after the game.

A Danbury sack, by Marvin Payton, made sure the Blue Wave stayed off the scoreboard early.

But the Hatters got nowhere, either, and Shelby Grant’s 35-yard touchdown run made it 7-0 after one quarter. Darien scored four plays into the second quarter, scored on its next drive, then blocked a punt that was recovered by Christian Trifone in the end zone to make it 28-0.

The Hatters, meanwhile, had just one big play, a 21-yard pass from Khuth to Massiah Crandell. Unfortunately for them, it came on third-and-23.

“We told them all week that if we played our game, we could stick with them,” Trasacco said.

“We’ve got to get better at executing every play. We’ve got talent. We’ve got the athletes to play with anybody. It showed in the first quarter.”

Payton threw a 48-yard pass down the left side to Pierre Moudourou in the fourth quarter, setting up Tyren McCrea’s 2-yard touchdown run with 6:23 left.

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DARIEN 49, DANBURY 6

DANBURY 0 0 0 6—-6

DARIEN 7 35 7 0—49

Dar—Shelby Grant 35 run (Riley Stewart kick)

Dar—Hudson Hamill 13 pass Tim Graham (Stewart kick)

Dar—Sean O’Malley 1 run (Stewart kick)

Dar—Christian Trifone recovered blocked punt in end zone (Stewart kick)

Dar—Colin Minicus 38 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

Dar—Spencer Jarecke 12 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

Dar—Grant 58 run (Stewart kick)

Dan—Tyren McCrea 2 run (run failed)

Records: Danbury 0-5; Darien 5-0