FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Warde football team has reached a critical point in its season after just two weeks.
The Mustangs lost Saturday to Darien, 44-21, to drop to 0-2 on the season. The Mustangs battled gamely after falling behind 30-0 early in the second quarter, but by that time the game had been decided.
“We made mistakes early on that a good team can’t make against Darien, let alone us right now,’’ coach Duncan Dellavolpe said. “If we’re going to do some of those things in a game, I don’t know why we practice.”
Darien moved the ball at will against the Mustangs early on, scoring on five of its first six possessions. And, like its season-opening loss to Brien McMahon, Warde allowed big pass plays. Henry Baldwin and Nick Lombardo hooked up for scoring strikes of 61 and 59 yards. Baldwin also connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Griffin Ross and a 67-yard pass play to Jackson Whiting.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the kids right now,’’ Dellavolpe said. “I don’t know if they’re overwhelmed. There are just big issues that are causing big plays.”
Quarterback Max Garrett, under heavy pressure all game, scored on a tremendous 36-yard run in the third quarter to cap a 12-play, 80-yard march. He also threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Brown, and T.J. Gallagher scored on a two-yard touchdown run.
There were very few positive notes, however, that Dellavolpe could find in this one. “It’s on me, I have to find a way to make this group more competitive. We’ve got a lot of work to do,’’ Dellavolpe said.
Warde plays its home opener Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against New Canaan.