Greenwich High football doubled up by Darien, 42-21

Greenwich High School's Justin Henry makes the leaping catch over a Darien defender during Saturday afternoon's game. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich High School’s Justin Henry makes the leaping catch over a Darien defender during Saturday afternoon’s game. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School football team’s first road game of the season didn’t go as planned earlier today, as Darien High School was just too much for Big Red to handle and upended the Cards 42-21.

Before Greenwich could blink, Darien was leading 14-0, as William Hammernick picked off a pass from GHS quarterback Jose Melo and sprinted 15 yards for the touchdown. Darien’s Jay Harrison scored inside the Greenwich 10 for the 14-0 lead.

“We played a lot better last week,” Greenwich High School head coach Rich Albonizio said. “I thought West Haven was more physical than Darien, but Darien was exceptionally well-coached and they protected. We didn’t get a good rush on them. We just got out-played. We gave up two touchdowns on offense and every time we tried to get back in the game, we got a penalty. They were much better than we were today.”

Greenwich netted one touchdown in the second, third and fourth quarters. With time expiring in the half, Austin Longi caught a 12-yard reception for a touchdown. Big Red’s defense came through in the third quarter, as John Fischer picked off Darien starting quarterback Silas Wyper and ran 12 yards for the pick six.

In the fourth quarter, Melo fired a missile to Devin McGrath for the 32-yard touchdown reception.

With the loss, Greenwich fell to 1-1 on the season and will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they host New Canaan High School.

For more on the game, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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