And we’re off.
The first week of the FCIAC football season is in the books, and we’ve already had plenty of impressive performances, a big upset of the top-ranked team, and a game which featured 115 points.
Without further delay, here is the rundown of scores to kick off the campaign…
Week 1 FCIAC Scoreboard
Friday, Sept. 8
Trinity Catholic 27, Danbury 13
St. Joseph 38, New Canaan 35
Darien 38, Ridgefield 12
Warde 28, Stamford 27
Norwalk 68, Hamden 57
Wilton 42, Brien McMahon 21
Staples 52, Central 0
Saturday, Sept. 9
Westhill 50, Ludlowe 27
Greenwich 70, Trumbull 16
Video on demand and upcoming broadcast schedule
The HAN Network carried two games: St. Joseph at New Canaan on Friday, and Greenwich vs. Trumbull on Saturday. Both of those games are available on demand by clicking here.
An HAN Network doubleheader is on deck for week two as well.
On Friday, Sept. 15, HAN will be in Norwalk as the Bears take on the Westhill Vikings. The FCIAC Tailgate show will be on at 5 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Greenwich Cardinals will face the Trinity Catholic Crusaders at Gaglio Field and that game will be carried live by HAN. The pregame show is at 1 p.m., with kickoff to follow at 1:30 p.m.
A big start
It didn’t take long for the state’s preseason No. 1 team to fall from its lofty perch as the St. Joseph Cadets delivered a stunning performance en route to a 38-35 victory over the No. 1 New Canaan Rams under the Dunning Field lights on Friday.
The Cadets had a fine performance from new quarterback David Summers, who threw for 315 yards and four TDs, and, of course, wide receiver Jared Mallozzi was on point with 11 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 46-yard strike with 4:57 remaining.
The most impressive thing about the win was the way the Cadets responded after the Rams rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit and gained the lead twice in the second half. St. Joseph didn’t let up and came out with the victory against the four-time defending Class L champs.
“You come in to play the No. 1 team in the state, and you’ve got a big shot to do something good,” Cadets’ head coach Joe DellaVecchia told the Trumbull Times. “They’re a super, super team; a super program. I don’t know the last time they lost to anybody besides Darien. It’s quite an accomplishment for our kids.”
“It’s one game,” New Canaan head coach Lou Marinelli told the New Canaan Advertiser. “I take my hat off to them. They just came in here and took it to us. They did a great job. I’m proud of our kids and the way they fought back. I think we have some kids who haven’t played and haven’t been in a fight like this. But it’s okay. We’ll be fine, we just have to regroup.”
Breaking news: Darien wins a football game
While this year’s preseason No. 1 was falling, the team that ended last year ranked No. 1 in the state was busy taking care of business, as the Darien Blue Wave topped the Ridgefield Tigers, 38-12, at Tiger Hollow. The Wave will likely move back into the No. 1 spot in the polls this week.
Brian Minicus had two pick sixes for the Wave, which stretched its state-best win streak to 26 games. Darien hasn’t lost since the 2014 Class L final.
“Our defensive line definitely came up huge,” Minicus told the Darien Times. “Christian Evans, Mike Neary, (John) Lochtefeld and (Drew) Evanchick. They put pressure on the quarterback, put him in a bad position; we just made him blindly throw it and we just happened to be there.
Crusaders light it up
A young Trinity Catholic Crusaders squad turned on the new lights at Gaglio Field and defeated the Danbury Hatters, 27-13, in their season opener on Friday.
New QB Sam Aldof tossed three touchdown passes in the win.
“Sam did some good things in his first varsity start. We had a lot of guys out there for the first time,” Trinity Catholic coach Donny Panapada told Rich DePreta of the Stamford Advocate. “Everyone played their hearts out. It was a great fight.”
Two teams that are popular picks to move from losing records last year to winning campaigns this year staged a slugfest as the Norwalk Bears defeated the Green Dragons in Hamden, 68-57 on Friday.
Norwalk QB Kyle Gordon passed for 319 yards and three TDs to lead a Norwalk offense which had 525 total yards and led 60-33 at halftime.
In a Saturday afternoon game featured on the HAN Network, the Greenwich Cardinals trailed Trumbull, 10-7 early in the second quarter, but reeled off 55 unanswered points to win in a rout, 70-16, at Sacred Heart University.
Quarterback Gavin Muir threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers — Tyler Comizio caught two — and had 364 passing yards.
“We did some things really well,” Cardinals head coach John Marinelli told David Fierro of the Greenwich Time. “Their defensive scheme gave us problems in the first quarter, but then we figured it out, which says a lot about a young team. I don’t think the score is indicative of how good we are as a football team. They are a good football team that’s very well coached and we have to continue to get better and better.”
Some very cool story links from Week One of the FCIAC football season…