Usually when two teams in rebuilding years face each other, the score will be close.
That wasn’t the case Saturday as Darien opened defense of its FCIAC championship with a 38-13 rout of Fairfield Ludlowe, outplaying the Falcons in every facet of the game.
Darien scored a minute into the game on a 39-yard pass from junior quarterback Henry Baldwin to Patrick McDonald. Then, true to their nickname, the Wave scored every three minutes in the first quarter.
With 7:48 left in the period, Baldwin hit senior Ryan Barthold for a TD, then scored on a 10-yard run with 3:58 remaining when he couldn't find a receiver in the end zone.
Ludlowe could do little to stop Darien from seemingly scoring at will against the Falcons' defense.
Baldwin's four TDs were thrown to four different receivers, a great sign for the Blue Wave.
"Today, we started someone at QB who had never taken a snap as a starter and he came up big," Darien coach Rob Trifone said.
Baldwin then threw TD passes of 17 and 27 yards - one to Mike Stovall and the other to Matt Forelli - to put Darien up 35-0.
Kicker Chris Smith closed out the scoring for Darien with a 33-yard field goal with 1:49 left in the third quarter.
Ludlowe made it somewhat respectable by scoring twice in the fourth quarter. Thomas Howell tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Stephen Scholz, then added a 10-yard TD run to account for the final score.
"We are a young team that needs to keep going in the right direction," Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey said. "We are doing that but unfortunately in the FCIAC, there is no such thing as an off week.We are moving in that direction but we are a work in progress.”
Next Friday, Darien (1-0) plays at Fairfield Warde while Ludlowe (0-1) visits Ridgefield (0-1) in 7 p.m. starts.