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FCIAC championship, state playoff berths on the line in Thanksgiving football

Most eyes will be focused on Stamford’s Boyle Stadium, as the New Canaan Rams take on the Darien Blue Wave in the 50th FCIAC football championship starting at 10:30 a.m.

The traditional rivals, who meet every Thanksgiving in the Turkey Bowl, played for the conference crown last year as well, with Darien rallying from a 21-0 deficit to win, 28-21 in overtime.

The Rams and Wave, who are both 8-0 this fall, also met in the 2008 title game at Boyle Stadium, with New Canaan winning that time, 28-20.

This year’s FCIAC football final is being carried live via pay-per-view by the HAN Network. For information on the game, visit championships.han.network.

The HAN Network’s coverage will begin at 8 a.m., with a pregame show featuring interviews with players and coaches from both teams, and a look at games throughout the state and the FCIAC.

Kickoff is set for 10:30 a.m.

Several other teams are playing in games with state playoff implications.

The Ridgefield Tigers started the holiday early as they defeated the Danbury Hatters, 48-20, on Wednesday to improve to 7-2 and keep their Class LL playoff hopes alive. They’ll need help, however, which would come in the form of a loss by either Staples or West Haven.

Staples will be hosting Greenwich, while West Haven plays at Fairfield Prep. Both games begin at 10 a.m.

As for Staples, it will likely clinch a Class LL berth with a win over Greenwich, needing only a couple of their bonus teams to get victories, which is likely to happen.

Darien has already clinched a Class berth and would seal up a top two seed with a win over New Canaan.

In Class L, New Canaan has clinched a tournament berth, and could move up to the top spot with a win over Darien. If the Rams lose, they would be looking at a road game in the quarterfinals.

In Class M, the St. Joseph Cadets are 6-2 and can clinch a berth with a victory over Trumbull. They’ll host the Eagles at 10:30 a.m.

With a loss, the Cadets aren’t eliminated, but would need a lot of help to get in.

The Trinity Catholic Crusaders have nailed down a Class S tournament bid, and can secure a quarterfinal home game with a victory at Wilton. That game starts at 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the full schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Ridgefield 48, Danbury 20

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26

FCIAC Championship

Darien vs. New Canaan at Boyle Stadium, 10:30 a.m.

• The FCIAC final is available via pay-per-view from the HAN Network. Click here for more information.

Warde at Ludlowe, 10 a.m.

Greenwich at Staples, 10 a.m.

Stamford at Westhill, 10 a.m.

Norwalk at McMahon, 10:30 a.m.

Trinity at Wilton, 10:30 a.m.

Trumbull at St. Joseph, 10:30 a.m.

Harding at Bridgeport Central, 10 a.m.

Darien's Mark Evanchick (90) pressures New Canaan quarterback Michael Collins during last year's Turkey Bowl/FCIAC final at Boyle Stadium. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo

Darien’s Mark Evanchick (90) pressures New Canaan quarterback Michael Collins during last year’s Turkey Bowl/FCIAC final at Boyle Stadium. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo

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