Written by Dave Stewart
Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
The FCIAC football championship game will be played and it will be a rematch of last year’s title tilt after both the Greenwich Cardinals and Staples Wreckers romped to victories on Thursday night.
The FCIAC final had been in jeopardy due to the postponement of a week’s worth of games following Hurricane Sandy. However, with Greenwich and Staples scheduled to meet on Thanksgiving Day anyway, the holiday game will again double as the conference title game.
The FCIAC championship game will be held at Greenwich High School at 10 a.m. next Thursday, Nov. 22. The contest is a rematch of last year’s final, which was won by Staples, 31-27.
Greenwich and Staples are both 8-0 following their wins on Thursday. Staples topped the Westhill Vikings 49-7, while Greenwich was a 54-8 winner over the Danbury Hatters.
The Thanksgiving game will not be the final chapter for the Wreckers or Cardinals, as both teams have clinched bids to the CIAC Class L tournament. Staples currently ranks second, with Greenwich in third, so the two teams could meet for a second time within a span of a little over two weeks.
Several other FCIAC teams are in the hunt for State tournament berths, but have yet to clinch.
In Class LL, the Ridgefield Tigers (7-2) are in 10th place and remain alive with one game remaining against Danbury next Thursday.
In Class L, the New Canaan Rams (7-1) are in seventh place and can earn a State berth with one more win. They’ll play at Trumbull Friday night before taking on rival Darien on Thanksgiving morning.
Darien (5-3) is also alive in the playoff hunt, and the Wave, currently 11th, could slip into the top eight with a 2-0 finish against Bassick and New Canaan.
In Class M, the St. Joseph Cadets (7-2) picked up a big win when they beat Trinity Catholic 49-14 on Thursday to move into seventh place. The Cadets would secure a playoff berth with a win over Trumbull on Thanksgiving.
In Class S, Trinity Catholic (7-2) is in seventh place and can secure a tournament berth with a win over Wilton on Thanksgiving.