For Fairfield Warde head football coach Duncan DellaVolpe, Friday couldn't get much more frustrating.

Despite a stellarly played defensive effort, the Mustangs squandered a number of chances on offense as Warde fell 21-7 to Stamford on Friday night at Stamford High School.

"We gave them life and we gave them the game," Mustangs' head coach Duncan DellaVolpe said. "We did not execute offensively."

Warde's defense forced three turnovers and a pair of missed field goals, but the Mustangs could only tally a first half touchdown as the Mustangs lost for the third time in four games.

However, the Mustangs did get on the board first, with a 50-yard play in eight plays. Quarterback Eric Burns was 3-for-4 on the drive, including an 18-yard completion to Terrell Walden on third and eight to keep the drive alive. Burns capped the drive with a 19-yard pass play to Mike Jacobs to put the Mustangs ahead 7-0.

Stamford answered back with 2:10 left in the half when Mark Seward took the ball 20 yards in to tie the game at seven. On Warde's next possesion, Burns was intercepted by Penn State-bound linebacker Khairi Fortt, who went 48 yards to the end zone to put Stamford ahead 14-7 at halftime.

The Mustangs' defense held Stamford scoreless in the third quarter despite allowing the Black Knights into Mustang territory on each of their two drives, Warde senior defensive lineman Neil Ehlers intercepted Jalen Holmes and Warde also forced a missed 36-yard field goal to keep the Mustangs within a touchdown.

"The score is not indicative of how we played defense," DellaVolpe said. "Our defense played phenomenal. What more can you ask?"

Warde also forced a missed field goal on Stamford's first drive of the fourth quarter. The Mustangs offense could not muster a drive in the second half, as Warde managed just 49 yards of offense in the second half and just 136 yards for the game.

Even when Warde's defense set up its offense, as it did by recovering a fumble on the Stamford nine-yard line with 1:02 left, the Mustangs could not punch the ball in the end zone. The Mustangs could not score with three tries from the one-yard line, that would've given the Mustangs a chance for a miracle.

Warde will travel to Danbury on Friday night in a chance to get back over .500. Game time will be 7 p.m.

"We have to decide whether we want to have a losing season, a winning season or a .500 season," DellaVolpe said.