HAN on Demand: Warde vs. Staples football

Andrew Speed of Staples High School runs from Fairfield Warde defenders on Friday, Oct. 2, at Staples Stadium in Westport. — Dave Stewart photo

The Fairfield Warde football team, still looking for its first win, faced the undefeated Staples Wreckers on a wet, windy and rainy Friday night in Westport.

The Oct. 2 game was carried live on the HAN.Network. In case you missed Friday’s game — or want to watch it again — here’s the complete broadcast of the game (no spoiler alerts in this post). Because of the high winds and rain throughout the game, HAN chose to do a one-camera shoot (instead of the typical four). The rain and wind picked up in the second half.

The Mustangs came into the game 0-2 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference while the Wreckers were 2-0. Next Friday, Oct. 9, HAN will be in Danbury as the Hatters host the Stamford Black Knights.

Here’s Friday’s complete game broadcast (if you don’t see the player window, click here to watch):

Fairfield Warde’s Kris Gjinaj wraps up Staples’ Connor Adrian on Friday, Oct. 2. — Dave Stewart photo

Before the game, the HAN Network hosted its pre-game shows, FCIAC Tailgate and FCIAC Gameday, from inside the “HAN Cruiser,” the Network’s mobile studio. The new Staples High School principal and State Sen. Tony Hwang (who brought HAN’s Kate Czaplinski a birthday cake) appeared on FCIAC Tailgate. Some Staples players appeared on FCIAC Gameday, and Rob Adams and Dave Stewart took a look across the league.

Here’s Friday’s FCIAC Tailgate and FCIAC Gameday (if you don’t see the player window, click here to watch):

The HAN.Network will be in Ridgefield Friday for FCIAC field hockey. Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule of games carried live on HAN:

Monday, Oct. 5: FCIAC Field hockey: Darien at Ridgefield, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6: FCIAC Boys soccer: Greenwich at Stamford, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9: FCIAC Football: Stamford at Danbury, 7 p.m.

Ethan Burger of the Staples Wreckers rushes for a touchdown against Fairfield Warde on Friday, Oct. 2, at Staples Stadium. — Dave Stewart photo

Friday’s game was carried with live streaming video and audio on HAN.Network and its partner sites, including Fairfield-Sun.com and FCIAC.net. All regular season Connecticut sports contests on HAN.Network are broadcast for free. You can the rest of the upcoming schedule here.

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.

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Staples’ junior RB Etahn Burger picks up a few rushing yards during the first half of Friday’s game against Warde. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo