Darien claims FCIAC football title over New Canaan in OT

The Darien Blue Wave rallied from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit and defeated the rival New Canaan Rams in an epic FCIAC football championship, 28-21 in overtime, on Thanksgiving Day at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium.

The league title is the fifth for Darien, while New Canaan has eight. The Blue Wave has won the last three Turkey Bowl meetings with the Rams, although the Rams defeated Darien in last year’s Class L championship.

Both teams will host semifinal games in the CIAC Class L tournament next Saturday, with Darien as the No. 1 seed and New Canaan at No. 2.

Darien quarterback Timmy Graham was named the FCIAC championship MVP, completing 18-of-35 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.

Hudson Hamill was the Wave’s Jack Dempsey MVP Award-winner, finishing with an interception and the winning TD pass to WR Griffin Ross in overtime.

New Canaan WR Michael Kraus was the winner of the Rams’ Jack Dempsey MVP Award. He collected six receptions for 149 yards and two TDs, an interception and 38 yards on two kickoff returns.

The Rams had the early advantage on the Blue Wave, as quarterback Michael Collins hit Michael Kraus for a 46-yard TD, Alex LaPolice for a 32-yard TD, and Kraus again for a 38-yard TD, all in the first 13 minutes.

Darien scored on a 12-yard pass from Graham to Colin Minicus with seven seconds remaining in the half, and made it 21-14 when Peter Archey scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

After New Canaan turned the ball over twice inside the Darien 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, the Wave went on a 94-yard TD drive, tying the score when Archey rushed for a two-yard TD with 2:15 to play.

In overtime, Hamill came in to sub for the injured Graham and lofted a six-yard TD pass to Ross to give Darien its first lead.

Bobby Trifone then ended the game with an interception on New Canaan’s third play in overtime.

For more on the game, click the links below.

• Darien Times: “It’s up to you guys”: Wave beats NC for FCIAC and Turkey Bowl crowns

• New Canaan Advertiser: Holiday Blues: Darien rallies past New Canaan for FCIAC football crown

• MSG Varsity: Darien stuns New Canaan for FCIAC trophy

The Darien Blue Wave, including Griffin Ross (19) , who caught the game-winning touchdown in OT, celebrate their FCIAC football championship. (Steven Buono/Darien Times Photo)