O’Connell, New Canaan, keeping Cooper’s memory alive

NEW CANAAN — Early in the first quarter of the New Canaan football team’s opener at St. Joseph, a Ram safety wearing No. 22 intercepted a pass deep in his own territory.

Eyes quickly scanned the roster, searching for a name that wasn’t there.

That’s because the young man wearing the jersey was Quintin O’Connell, a senior captain for New Canaan.

O’Connell, who normally wears No. 20, donned 22 in honor of Jason Cooper, the New Canaan receivers coach who passed away on July 7 of a heart attack at age 52.

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FCIAC Football Week One By the Numbers: Three tops one, big birds, and first wins

Opening week of the FCIAC football season is in the books and there were some wild games, including an unexpected shutout between top-ranked teams. Seven FCIAC teams debuted new head coaches, with three picking up victories, while the three-time defending state champion Darien Blue Wave started the campaign in typical fashion: With a win. In … Read more

St. Joe’s shuts down and shuts out New Canaan football, 28-0

New Canaan’s Christian Sibbett (44) and Drew Guida (4) close in on St. Joseph’s Jaden Shirden during Sunday’s football game at SJHS. — Dave Stewart photo The last time the New Canaan football team was shut out, it was 2006 and Curt Casali was the Rams quarterback, George W. Bush was President of the United … Read more

Greenwich crushes Trumbull in football opener

GREENWICH — During the preseason, Greenwich High School football coach John Marinelli mentioned AJ Barber as a receiver capable of stepping up and making plays.

Well, Marinelli was right on in his assessment.

Barber, a sophomore, helped set the tone of the Cardinals’ season-opener against Trumbull, catching three touchdowns from quarterback Gavin Muir in the first half.

Those three receptions, coupled by Ryan Raybuck’s interception return for a touchdown sparked Greenwich to a 42-7 win over FCIAC foe Trumbull in the season-opening game for both squads.

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Tiger tamers: Darien football tops Ridgefield 30-6 for opening night win

Darien’s Cooper Hancock eyes a receiver during the Wave’s 30-6 win over Ridgefield at DHS on Friday, Sept. 7. — Dave Stewart photo During the first half of Friday’s opening night football game at Darien High, the Ridgefield Tigers were providing a strong challenge to the reigning Class LL champions. That’s certainly not unexpected and, … Read more

FOOTBALL: Ludlowe learning how to win, beats Westhill

FAIRFIELD — The Ludlowe football team is not used to winning.

The team won one game last season after winning none the year before.

That type of losing culture takes time to shake but Friday night at Taft Field, the Falcons took a huge step towards learning how to be a winning program, beating Westhill 29-21.

The win set off a celebration worthy of a state championship as the large student section streamed onto the field at the final whistle and kept on partying into the parking lot after the game.

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Football preview: Ridgefield needs new starters to be quick learners

If the Ridgefield High football team is going to once again contend for a playoff berth, younger and less-experienced players will need to perform like veterans. The Tigers — who open the season tonight (7 p.m.) on the road against three-time reigning Class LL state champion Darien — lost most of their starters on both … Read more

Football Week One: New coaches for seven teams; Four FCIAC powers top state poll

Get out your coaching scorecards, the high school football season is about to kick off. If the look of some of this year’s FCIAC teams seems a bit different, there’s a very good reason. Nearly half of the conference’s football teams are being guided by new head coaches for the 2018 campaign. Of the seven … Read more