Darien football tops St. Joseph 22-7 in clash of titans

Darien’s Sam Wilson (9) tackles St. Joseph’s Jaden Shirden during Saturday’s football game at Dalling Stadium in Trumbull. — David G. Whitham photo For the third-ranked Darien football team to reclaim the top spot in the GameTimeCT poll with a victory over No. 1 St. Joseph in Trumbull on Saturday, coach Rob Trifone’s Blue Wave … Read more

High School football: Danbury, Malachi Hopkins overpower Westhill

STAMFORD — Danbury quarterback Malachi Hopkins ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Hatters gained 515 rushing yards Saturday in a 52-20 win at Westhill.

Hopkins ran 16 times for 184 yards and completed 5 of 11 passes for 67 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown to his older brother, R.J., who also ran for a touchdown. Running back Jack Pompea scored twice while gaining 120 yards on 16 carries and Malik Thomas also found the end zone on an 83-yard afternoon.

Westhill had some success setting the edge and containing sweep plays but couldn’t find an answer for Malachi Hopkins when he pulled the ball on the option and ran it himself. Hatters coach Augie Tieri called Hopkins “the focal point of our run game.”

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FOOTBALL: Stamford defeats rival Trinity for first win

STAMFORD — The game plan for the Stamford High football team was simple.

Ground and pound.

Sticking largely to the running game, Stamford ran to a 19-7 win over rival Trinity Catholic Saturday afternoon.

All the points in the game came in the second half.

“The game plan was run first. Our receivers are a little mad about it, but we felt like we were a little bigger than them and we felt we would be run first and ground and pound today,” Stamford coach Jamar Greene said. “We knew we had the counter in our back pocket. We tried to run it late in the third quarter but messed up the snap, but we saw it was still going to be there. We knew it would hit. We didn’t know it would be for a touchdown, but we knew it would be for big yardage.”

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New Canaan football shifts into gear, speeds past Trumbull, 48-7

New Canaan quarterback calls out the play during the Rams’ 48-7 win over the Eagles in Trumbull on Friday night. — Terry Dinan photo If there is anyone in the FCIAC who might question the scoring prowess of the New Canaan Rams football team, just refer to Trumbull head coach Marce Petroccio for clarification. The … Read more

Staples rolls past McMahon for 3-0 start

WESTPORT — Jake Thaw threw three touchdown passes and Staples scored on its own kickoff Friday night as the Wreckers cruised past McMahon 38-14 on homecoming Friday night.

McMahon scored its first points of the season in the second quarter on a Jermayne Daniel plunge and briefly led, 8-7, but Staples hit the easy button the rest of the way while improving to 3-0.

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Football Week Three: Darien takes on St. Joe’s in a heavyweight bout

The Darien Blue Wave and St. Joseph Cadets are no strangers with success on the football field. Darien is the three-time defending Class LL champion and is looking to join the exclusive four-peat club this fall, while St. Joseph was last year’s Class S champ and ia a favorite to contend for the Class M … Read more

Clash of the champions

TRUMBULL — Believing the cliché you have to beat the best in order to be the best is nothing groundbreaking in sports.

It is rare however, to see a matchup where both teams have that same belief about each other.

And, in this instance, both have a point.

GameTimeCT No. 1 St. Joseph dominated then-No. 1 New Canaan at home in its opener to the tune of 28-0, while No. 3 Darien has won the last three Class LL titles and has outscored its opponents 65-6 through two games.

The two heavyweights will do battle Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.

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Papp is Norwalk’s next big man on campus

NORWALK — Everybody at Norwalk High looks up to Sam Papp, and not just because he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at a strong and athletic 255 pounds.

No, it runs deeper than that. Far deeper, in fact.

Once, when he was far smaller than he is now, Papp was occasionally picked on due to a stutter. Since becoming the man-child he is today, he protects those who might fall prey to the bullying of others.

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FOOTBALL: Stamford and Trinity Catholic seek first win

The city football game between Trinity Catholic and Stamford High could not be coming at a better time for the two schools.

Both teams come in at 0-2 having lost week one games they both felt were winnable and both getting blown out in their week two contests.

Now they get to face each other in the first leg of the Stamford city championship with a chance to erase the bad taste left by the first two weeks.

Of course, while one team will pick up its first victory, the other will walk off Gaglio Field Saturday afternoon at 0-3.

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