In the first game between Darien and Greenwich since the 2008 season it was all Blue Wave. Looking unstoppable at times offensively, while playing strong defense throughout, Darien rolled to a 42-21 victory over visiting Greenwich, raising its record to 2-0. Here were some key factors to the Blue Wave’s big win.
SETTING THE TONE: After a false start penalty pushed it back five yards, Greenwich was intercepted on its first play from scrimmage and Darien defensive back William Hamernick returned the pick 15 yards for a score, putting his team on top 7-0 exactly nine seconds into the game. Hamernick showed good anticipation on the play, jumping the route.
“We shot ourselves in the foot right away,” GHS coach Rich Albonizio said.
“He read it well, I couldn’t see who it was at first from my vantage point,” Darien Rob Trifone said. “That jump started us and gave us some momentum right away.”
DARIEN’S DYNAMIC OFFENSE: Like Greenwich, Darien runs a spread offense and after putting 46 points on the scoreboard in Week 1 against Hillhouse, the Blue Wave excelled offensively again Saturday. Senior quarterback Silas Wyper completed 19-of-31 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to speedy running back/wide receiver Nick Lombardo. The Blue Wave passed the ball on 11 of their first 12 plays, driving 70 yards on their opening drive. Lombardo hauled in a 16-yard pass for a TD on Darien’s first possession, putting the Cardinals in a quick 13-0 hole.
Knowing he was in line for the starting job, Wyper entered the season extremely prepared both physically and mentally.
“I had a whole different offseason,” Wyper said. “We knew we were playing Hillhouse and Greenwich to start the season – two tough games against great programs – we had to be prepared.”
Protected well by the offensive line, Wyper spread the ball around to Lombardo, Griffin Ross, Kyle Gifford and John Reed.
“The offensively line has done a great job,” Wyper said. “I haven’t been hit much and I think I was only sacked a couple of times the first two games.”
TURNOVERS EQUALS POINTS: The Blue Wave scored directly off two turnovers. Besides Hamernick’s pick six, Reed returned a fumble returned a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown. An interception by Reed, set up another Blue Wave touchdown, as they took possession on the Cardinal 15-yard line.
One of the bright spots for Greenwich was its penchant for continuing to force turnovers. After creating four turnovers in their win vs. Hillhouse in their season-opener, the Cardinals had two takeaways Saturday, both of which were forced by John Fischer. Fischer returned a Wyper interception off a screen pass 12 yards for a TD and recovered a fumble off a sack.
EXTRA POINTS: Darien scored on its first three possessions, driving 70, 82 and 34 yards. Defensive lineman Mark Evanchickhad a sack for the Blue Wave. … Cardinals defensive end Jack Wynne, who had a strong all-around game, registered a sack, as did teammate Peter Agro … Lombardo had six receptions for 96 yards. … Greenwich senior quarterback Jose Melo completed 18-of-32 passes for 182 yards. … Junior Devin McGrath was Greenwich’s leading receiver, catching six passes for 65 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown. … Cardinals fullback/linebacker Kendrick Pozo rolled his ankle on a running play in the first quarter and did not return to action. … Darien totaled 354 yards of total offense, Greenwich had 276.
Here’s the link to the game story of Darien’s win vs. Greenwich: http://bit.ly/1byvWTG