Darien pulls away for lopsided win over Wilton
DARIEN -- Darien coach Rob Trifone called the five minute stretch in the third quarter where Wilton cut a 20-point lead down to six a "time warp."
It might as well have been the "Twilight Zone" because nothing in that span fit the rest of the game's flow as Darien dominated both lines and picked apart Wilton's defense with a short passing game, beating the Warriors 40-14 Saturday.
Darien wideout Griffin Ross caught 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns from Silas Wyper, mostly on short passes, to lead the Blue Wave.
Up 20-0 in the third, Darien fumbled near midfield and Wilton's Peter Ciaccio picked it up, running it down to the 1.
Two plays later the Warriors got on the board with John D'Elisa diving in for the touchdown.
After forcing the Wave turn the ball over on downs, Wilton quarterback Brett Phillips had his pass deflected back to him before connecting with Paul Sarbo for a 61-yard scoring strike, cutting the lead down to 20-14.
"We called it a little time warp there where we fumble, they pick it up and then we have a blown coverage," Trifone said. "You take away those two plays and we played very well. We didn't do anything different, we just did what the game plan was."
The game plan was attacking with short passes, running the ball and containing Phillips on the ground, where he he had great success last week.
"We were scared to death coming in," Trifone said. "(Phillips) had over 260 last week and we watched that tape 100 times and fortunately we were able to bottle him up."
Darien opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Nick Lombardo. The Blue Wave increased the lead their next drive, this time on a 1-yard run by Peter Archey. Darien closed out the half with Wyper hitting Ross on a 27-yard strike, making it 20-0.
"Here's the problem, we didn't play real well in the first half," Wilton Coach Bruce Cunningham said. "Their defensive front was controlling everything. I'm at a loss because we couldn't figure out why we were blowing some of those assignments. Then we got back in the game and needed a big stop, but we didn't get a big stop and when it got to 26-14 we were chasing too much."
After Wilton cut the lead to six, Darien again mixed short passes and a few runs, scoring on an 8-yard run by Myles Ridder, making it 26-14.
Archey scored his second touchdown on the following drive and Wyper and Ross connected again for a touchdown to close out the scoring
DARIEN 40, WILTON 14
DARIEN 7 13 6 14--40
WILTON 0 0 14 0--14
Records: D 7-1; W 3-5
D--Nick Lombardo 1 run (Daly Hebert kick)
D--Peter Archey 1 run (Hebert kick)
D--Griffin Ross 27 pass Silas Wyper (kick failed)
W--John D'Elisa 2 run (kick)
W--Paul Sarbo 61 pass Brett Phillips (kick)
D--Myles Ridder 8 run (run failed)
D--Archey 4 run (Hebert kick)
D--Ross 5 pass Wyper (Hebert kick)