Darien rolls in Trifone’s return to McMahon
NORWALK — Darien coach Rob Trifone was a little more emotional ahead of his team’s matchup with McMahon than he would normally be for a mid-season game against a 1-win team.
Not only was Trifone the head coach at McMahon prior to taking the Darien job, he also coached many of the current McMahon coaches including head coach A.J. Albano.
Friday was his first time facing his old team since taking the helm at Darien.
“We knew these McMahon kids would play hard and, I mean, who knows better than me?” Trifone said. “It is tough playing these guys for a number of reasons including that the entire coaching staff played for me. It is obviously business for both sides, them and us but it was difficult.”
Whatever emotions Trifone was feeling did not carry over to his team as the No. 2 ranked Blue Wave rolled over the Senators 42-10 at McMahon Friday.
Hamill also added a 53-yard fumble return for a score and Christian Trifone ran one in from 5-yards out.
Hamill and the other Darien starters were on the sideline in baseball hats midway through the third quarter which he says is a goal every game, though he added nothing came easy against a tenacious McMahon team.
“(The sideline caps) are a thing we picked up from the upperclassmen the last few years. We never come in with the mentality that we are going to blow anyone out but we are ready with the hats when we do,” Hamill said. “That team played harder than any team we have played. They hit hard, they play to the whistle and we had to respond and play with some intensity. It was s great night of football and some hard hitting out there.”
McMahon got a 25-yard field goal from Nick Petridis and a 44-yard run by Chandler Greene to account for its scoring.
Albano said his team can learn a few things from Darien.
“That team has been working for this year since sixth grade,” Albano said. “We are trying to do similar things here but we are not quite to that level. You are facing, to me, the best team in the state and they do all the little things right and we need to learn how to do those little things if we want to get to that level.”
DARIEN 42, MCMAHON 10
DARIEN 22 14 6 0 — 42
MCMAHON 0 3 0 7 — 10
Records: D - 4-0; M 1-4
D - Shelby Grant 47 pass Timmy Graham (Riley Stewart kick)
D - Hudson Hamill 7 pass Graham (Rock Stewart pass Colin Minicus)
D - Christian Trifone 5 run (Stewart kick)
M - Nick Petridis 25 field goal
D - Hamill 14 pass Graham (Stewart kick)
D - Minicus 9 pass Graham (Stewart kick)
D - Hamill 53 fumble return (kick failed)
M - Chandler Greene 44 run (Petridis kick)