Football: Darien defeats St. Joseph, 49-7

The St. Joseph High football team was concerned with how its inexperienced players would do in a big-game atmosphere; host Darien High worried that a bye week might leave some rust to be removed from its steam-rolling tactics.

It was the visiting Cadets that were correct, as the Blue Wave dominated in every aspect of its 49-7 victory on Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

“They are real good up front and I can’t remember the last time we got beat like this,” St. Joseph head coach Joe Della Vecchia said after his team dropped to 2-1. “They are big and strong, and I don’t think we got close (to Darien quarterback Tim Graham) until Cam’s hit, and look how that turned out.”

Darien, now 3-0, led 21-0 when Cam Ryan put a big lick on Graham, and the ball rolled to the right. Darien’s Hudson Hamill picked up the ball at the 17 and scrambled through a bevy of tacklers to turn a possible turnover into a touchdown.

“I don’t think I’ve anything like that in thirty-two years of coaching,” Della Vecchia said. “We just stood there and their guy did something. They made the right calls all game.”

St. Joseph’s touchdown came on Cory Babineau’s perfectly-placed 40-yard pass to Kevin Trefz with 1:49 remaining. Nick DiCairano booted the conversion kick.

The Cadets were the first team to threaten. Trefz took a short snap from punt formation and threw to Liam Seperack in the slot for a 37-yard gain to the Darien 38.

Babineau completed passes to Trefz (7 and 6 yards) and Ryan (8 yards) before sneaking behind Jak Ganser for a first down at the 12.

Three plays netted two yards and DiCairano’s 27-yard field goal had the distance, but was wide to the right.

Darien took over on its 20 and went the distance aided by two major penalties on the Cadets before Graham fired a 26-yard touchdown pass to Shelby Grant. Riley Stewart made the first of seven PATs for a 7-0 lead at 3:55 of the first.

“People kept asking me what a week off was going to do,” Darien head coach Rob Trifone said. “‘Are you going to lose your rhythm (from a 2-0 start).’ It was nice to get back on track. They missed that field goal, we scored, and then got on a roll.”

Darien took a 14-0 lead after one quarter on Colin Minicus’ 58-yard touchdown reception.

After a St. Joseph fumble, the Blue Wave made it 21-0 two plays into the second period on Christian Trifone’s 3-yard run. Then came Hamill’s TD run off the Darien fumble.

The Blue Wave took the second half kickoff, and on first down Grant caught a short pass and turned it into a 67-yard gain to the one. Christian Trifone bucked over from there.

They went 55 yards on their next possession, with Grant scoring from a yard out midway through the third.

After another Cadet fumble, Darien went the 26 yards in 7 plays with Christian Trifone scoring from the two.