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Darien thumps Wilton

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Wilton Brett Phillips tries to tackle Nicholas Lombardo. Photo/ Mark Conrad

Wilton’s Brett Phillips tries to tackle Darien’s Nick Lombardo. Photo/ Mark Conrad

Two big plays by Wilton made this game close for a bit in the third quarter but the truth was revealed the rest of the game when Darien was in complete control, winning 40-14.

The Blue Wave used an efficient passing attack, passes to the flat with a few looks deep as DBs cheated up and a solid mix of running plays.

Probably the third best offense in the league behind New Canaan and St. Joseph. No stats to back that up, just an opinion.

The combination of QB Silas Wyper and WR Griffin Ross was clicking today. Ross caught 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Defensively the Wave contained Wilton QB Brett Phillips and did not allow him to break any long runs as he did the previous week. Rob Trifone said after the game that containing Phillips was the Wave’s number one defensive concern.
  • Wilton has a lot of players go both ways and against the hurry-up offense of Darien it is tough to keep pace. The Warriors get to face New Canaan’s rapid fire attack next week, although at home.
  • Darien still alive in FCIAC and Class L with games at Harding next week and at a very tough North Haven the following week. That game is a Class L elimination game of sorts and an interesting match-up of styles.
  • Attendance across the league is down this year it seems and Darien was a glaring example of that Saturday. The initial student section was OK for Senior Day but 75% of it split at halftime of a 20-0 game and the final home game of the season. I seem to recall these student cheering sections with Twitter accounts doing a lot of boasting but it rarely shows up in attendance.

 

Scott Ericson

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