STAMFORD—The FCIAC: where winning streaks come to die.

No. 2 Darien thumped third-seeded Southington 49-7 in the Class LL semifinals Monday night at Boyle Stadium, bringing the Blue Knights 31-game win streak to a screeching halt in the highly-anticipated match up between the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked teams in the state.

Darien’s win comes less than a week after rival New Canaan defeated Windsor in the Class L quarterfinals, snapping the Warriors 22-game streak.

“It’s as good as it gets,” Blue Wave coach Rob Trifone said after the game. “I was telling the kids, 37 years of coaching I’ve never coached in a game No. 1 vs. No. 2, ever, and you rarely get the opportunity so they seized the moment and they showed Southington what FCIAC football is all about.”

Darien won’t have much time to bask in the glory of its dominating performance as it faces top-seeded Shelton Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for the Class LL crown. This year is Darien’s first in Class LL after having dropped the previous two Class L finals to New Canaan. Shelton lost in last season’s Class LL-Small final to Xavier.

“How do you play the No. 1 team in the state on a Monday and then turn around and play Shelton on Saturday?” Trifone asked. “It’s like (the 1982 USA Olympic hockey team) Miracle on Ice — beating the Russians and turning right around and having to beat the Swedish, they have to rally.”

It took only two plays for Darien put momentum on its side in the form of a Quin Fay fumble recovery, and the Blue Wave would never look back.

Following the turnover Timmy Graham hit Rock Stewart from 15 yards out for the games first score.

Graham — who threw five touchdowns on the night — would add a first-quarter strike to Shelby Grant on a fourth-down play from the 3-yard line that followed a Finlay Collins fumble recovery.

Hudson Hamill would then make his undeniable mark on the game scoring three consecutive touchdowns — all on passes from Graham — from 17, 21 and five yards out, respectively.

“We wanted to make a statement,” said Hamill said, who was only really corralled once on the night, when he caught a screen pass and collided with the referee, knocking the ball loose. “We knew Southington was kind of running their mouth and they deserved to, they won 31 straight games. But they haven’t seen anything like us so we wanted to shock them and they came out and played hard.”

After an interception in the end zone by Darien’s Mark Schmidt,Grant would put the exclamation point on the win with an 80-yard scamper down the right sideline.

The fourth quarter saw Darien do something it has done all year, but didn’t expect to in the state semifinals, as the Blue Wave subbed in their JV team to run out the clock.

Sophomore Max Grant scored the final touchdown for the Blue Wave on a jet-sweep from 11-yards out and Jasen Rose tallied the only touchdown of the game for the Blue Knights with an eight-yard run.

“They’re a very good football team,” Southington coach Mike Drury said. “We put ourselves in a hole a little bit there with the turnovers, and you can’t do that against a great team and then we just struggled to find our rhythm; the kids played hard but we didn’t get it done.”

Hamill, Graham, Grant, Mark Evanchick and the rest of the senior core has waited for this moment since the third grade, and not one of them, including Trifone and his two sons Christian and Bobby, wanted to see their reign end Monday night.

“Awesome, awesome,” Trifone said of his senior group. “We have a tight bond and we have all along, it’s so special and they know we didn’t want it to end tonight, it’s going to be tough no matter when it ends but at least end with a state championship.”

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DARIEN 49, SOUTHINGTON 7

SOUTHINGTON 0 0 0 7—7

DARIEN 14 14 7 14—49

D—Rock Stewart 15 yard pass from Timmy Graham (Riley Stewart kick)

D—Shelby Grant 3 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D—Hudson Hamill 17 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D—Hamill 21 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D—Hamill 5 pass Graham (Stewart kick)

D—Grant 80 run (Stewart kick)

D—Max Grant 11 run (Stewart kick)

S—Jasen Rose 8 run (Jonathan Doty kick)