FCIAC Football By The Numbers: Two unbeatens, a rivalry win streak, and state playoff bids

Believe it or not, the 2018 FCIAC football season is more than halfway home and there’s still plenty of drama stirring in the state playoff race. In Class LL, three conference teams are inside the playoff bubble with Darien (6-0) at No. 1, Greenwich (5-0) at No. 4, and Staples (5-1) at No. 8. Ludlowe … Read more

Quarterback Michael Collins of New Canaan connects during TCU’s loss to Oklahoma

The TCU Horned Frogs didn’t have the greatest football game on Saturday, falling to No. 9 Oklahoma 52-27, but sophomore Michael Collins of New Canaan made an impact at quarterback. Collins, who entered the game with TCU trailing 28-7 and 8:19 remaining in the first half, led the Frogs (3-4) to 17 unanswered points over … Read more

Ridgefield holds off rival Wilton in football thriller

WILTON — The Ridgefield High School football team’s defense had its back against the wall on two separate occasions in the fourth quarter Saturday against rival Wilton. Both times — with no margin for error — the Tigers came up big in preserving a thrilling 21-6 victory.

“We’re really proud,” Ridgefield senior Kurt Monahan. “Every year for Ridgefield, the defense is always resilient, and we always have a lot of heart. We work really hard, and it shows on the field.”

Monahan made a game-saving play less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Wilton’s Kyle Phillips scored on a 3-yard run to cut Ridgefield’s lead to 7-6. Rather than kick the extra point and tie the game, the Warriors decided to go for two, but Monahan had other plans. Wilton quarterback James O’Brien faked a handoff, rolled to his left, and spotted a receiver wide open in the end zone. Monahan, however, read the play perfectly and batted down O’Brien’s pass to protect the lead.

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Late Staples’ rally downs New Canaan girls soccer, 2-1

New Canaan’s Kaleigh Harden races through the midfield during Friday’s loss to Staples at Dunning Field. — Dave Stewart photo The Staples girls soccer team scored a dramatic 2-1 win over New Canaan on Friday, scoring twice in the final nine minutes. After the game at Dunning Field, however, Wreckers’ head coach Barry Beattie wasn’t … Read more

Summers, St. Joseph trounce Knights

TRUMBULL — It was easily the worst thing that has happened to the St. Joseph High School football team this year. When all is said and done with this 2018 season, however, that 15-point loss to Darien last month just might end up being the best thing that could have happened to the Cadets.

With quarterback David Summers throwing for 182 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, St. Joseph walloped Stamford 42-0. The rout continued a recent trend for the Cadets, since they lost their No. 1 ranking in the state by Darien.

Saturday’s win over Stamford was the Cadets’ third in a row since the loss, their third consecutive shutout and third straight time they have scored 40-plus points. St. Joseph beat Wilton 47-0, Ridgefield 42-0 and Stamford 42-0.

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Bici leads Greenwich defense in romp over Westhill

STAMFORD—On Westhill’s first play from scrimmage on its 5-yard line, Greenwich linebacker Mozi Bici knew what play Westhill was going to run as it broke the huddle.

His anticipation was spot on with Bici blasting through the line, pouncing on the Westhill running back as soon as he got the ball, tackling him for a safety.

That play by Bici set the tone for the day as the Greenwich defense dominated Westhill, leading to a 53-0 win at J. Walter Kennedy Stadium.

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Thaw leads Staples past Norwalk

WESTPORT — Jake Thaw has come into his own as quarterback of the Staples football team.

The junior signal-caller amassed 245 of the Wreckers’ 447 total yards Friday night, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for another while leading Staples to a 40-20 win over Norwalk.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder scored on touchdown runs of 1, 10, 14 and 42 yards and connected with wide receiver Kevin Rabacs on a 28-yard passing play to spark the offense.

“Jake played really well,” Staples coach Phil Treglia said. “He’s behind a good offensive line and he complements what we’re doing. It was just his time to shine tonight and he did.”

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Nicholas leads Trumbull past Danbury

TRUMBULL — The good news for Danbury is the Hatters’ running quarterback is also a pretty good passing quarterback. The bad news was that Friday night they went up against an even better dual-threat in Trumbull’s Colton Nicholas.

Danbury’s Malachi Hopkins, one of the leading rushers in the FCIAC, threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, but Nicholas passed for 244 yards and three scores while also rushing for two, including an amazing 59-yard tackle-shaking run on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak in Trumbull’s 37-26 victory.

“We knew we’d have to throw the football to beat Trumbull but we weren’t consistent enough,” Danbury coach Augie Tieri said. “Malachi is more likely to run for 300 yards than pass for 300, but at least he showed tonight that he can do both.”

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New Canaan football trounces Trinity, 49-7, in return from bye week

Wyatt Wilson, shown in action during the Rams’ Homecoming game, was one of five New Canaan receivers with touchdowns during Friday’s win at Trinity Catholic. — Dave Stewart photo With a bye last week, the New Canaan Rams football team had to live with a demoralizing 42-14 loss to Greenwich for nearly two weeks. That … Read more