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Fairfield Warde Falters in 2nd Half

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Warde's football team dominated Darien in the first half of Friday's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference game. In the second half, however, Darien unleashed the defense that carried the Blue Wave to the league championship last season.The Blue Wave blanked the Mustangs in the second half and scored four touchdowns to rally for a 29-19 victory. Warde (1-1) managed just 48 total yards of offense and three first downs in the second half after rolling to 203 yards of offense in the first half."We were just out synch in the entire third quarter with our offense,'' Warde coach Duncan DellaVolpe said. "I don't know why. We just couldn't get any thing going."Darien took advantage of a short field due to special teams mistakes – a theme throughout the evening for Warde – and scored on its first drive on a 38-yard field goal by Christopher Smith. Warde answered with a 10-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chris Foley to Kevin Krug. Warde marched 47 yards in seven plays on its next drive to take a 12-3 lead on a 6-yard run by Joe Marx. With 6:57 left in the first half, Marx capped a 77-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass.Warde led 19-3 at half, and Foley looked unstoppable. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 11 yards and Devin Lofton added 49 yards rushing on 16 carries. The Mustangs' defense allowed Darien just 37 yards of total offense.Things changed dramatically early in the second half. Lofton went out with what appeared to be leg cramps. He tried to return later in the half, but left after a few plays. Foley, under a heavy rush throughout the second half, completed just one pass for five yards.Warde also struggled with its punting game, continually leaving Darien with short fields. Three Darien scoring drives in the second half covered 43, 31 and 28. Darien's final touchdown came on a 64-yard middle screen pass from Henry Baldwin to Peter Gesualdi.Warde, which opened its season with a win in Week 1 over Brien McMahon, has another tough assignment next week when it travels to New Canaan.

Contact Tom Renner at trenner@mainstreetconnect.us.

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