FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The positive development for Fairfield Warde’s football team from Friday’s gut-wrenching 33-28 loss to Brien McMahon was the performance of its offense.
The Mustangs showed they can move the ball and score points, and only a last-minute score by the Senators prevented the Mustangs from winning their season opener.
“I love what we have,’’ Warde coach Duncan Dellavolpe said. “We have what I want. But we’re sophomore dominated, and we have to hurry that along.”
The Mustangs got a big game from senior running back Dawud Mohamed, who rushed 18 times for 81 yards. Mohamed also scored two touchdowns, including one with 1:17 left. He also ran in for the conversion to put the Mustangs ahead 28-27 for their only lead of the game.
“He’s worked his tail off and deserves everything he gets,’’ Dellavolpe said. “He’s a little spark plug for us.”
McMahon won when Trevon Forney escaped the Mustangs’ defense on an 89-yard touchdown pass with 46.3 seconds left.
Quarterback Max Garrett added 41 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries and also threw a touchdown pass. Ryan Brown had five receptions and a touchdown. T.J. Gallagher, a sophomore, looks like he’ll be an effective runner as well. Warde has good balance and size along its offensive line.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half,’’ Dellavolpe said. “We tend to start slow. But I told the guys look, we’re still in this. We played a lot better in the second half.”
Warde faces a critical point in its season in the next two weeks. The Mustangs meet Darien Saturday and then host New Canaan Sept. 29.
“It seems like we’re in every game,’’ Dellavolpe said. “We've won some and lost some. They got this one. We’ll have to get the next one.”