Wilson, Darien defense end Greenwich’s title reign in Class LL quarterfinals

DARIEN — Like the regular-season meeting between Greenwich and Darien, Wednesday night’s Class LL Football Tournament quarterfinal showdown wasn’t decided until the fateful final minutes of action. And like last time, the Blue Wave held on for a hard-fought win. This time, the stakes were much higher though and senior linebacker Sam Wilson helped the … Read more

St. Joseph, Shirden race past Wilton in Class L

TRUMBULL — One down, two to go. Jaden Shirden scored six touchdowns Wednesday night, leading No. 1 St. Joseph past No. 8 Wilton, 49-7, in the Class L quarterfinals at Jerry McDougall Stadium. The victory leaves Joe Della Vecchia’s Hogs two wins away from winning a third straight state title in its third different class, … Read more

Pyne’s 300 yards leads New Canaan over Wethersfield in Class L

NEW CANAAN — Drew Pyne scanned Dunning Field following New Canaan’s 42-7 win over Wethersfield in the Class L football quarterfinals on Wednesday night and the moment, as he described it, was surreal. “Looking around right now, I can’t believe I’m never going to come here and suit up again,” Pyne said. Of course, the … Read more

‘Gritty’ defense propels Southington past Ridgefield, into LL semifinals

SOUTHINGTON — Points, as expected, were precious. In a Class LL quarterfinal playoff game featuring two of the state’s best defenses, second-seed Southington held on for a 13-9 victory over seventh-seed Ridgefield on Wednesday evening at Fontana Field. The Blue Knights (10-1) will now host third-seed Darien in the semifinals Monday night back in Southington. … Read more

Six FCIAC teams kickoff state football tournaments tonight

Six FCIAC teams will kick off postseason action on Wednesday as the CIAC tournament gets underway with the quarterfinal round. Click here for a rundown of where to follow the games on twitter. Here’s the complete schedule Class LL Quarterfinals No. 6 Greenwich (9-1) at No. 3 Darien (9-1) Watch: Darien Athletic Foundation Listen: WGCH … Read more

New Canaan shuts out No. 3 Darien for Turkey Bowl three-peat

DARIEN — Lou Marinelli was a man enjoying the moment. His New Canaan football team had just won its third consecutive Turkey Bowl, secured a home game in the state tournament, and had beaten rival Darien on their home turf. “It doesn’t get any more perfect than that,” Marinelli said with a smile. The Rams … Read more

Norwalk defeats rival McMahon, wins Testa trophy for record sixth-straight time

NORWALK — Norwalk senior lineman Sam Papp was not letting go of the Testa Trophy as he cradled it on Casagrande Field after Norwalk beat McMahon 32-20 Thursday morning in the teams’ annual Thanksgiving showdown. Papp and the Bears have won the Sam Testa Trophy six-straight years now, the most consecutive wins in the history … Read more

Rinello, Barber lead Greenwich over Staples, will face Darien in states

WESTPORT — Greenwich junior quarterback James Rinello entered the Cardinals’ game against Thanksgiving football rival Staples with 28 touchdown passes and a mere three interceptions to his ledger this season, and he improved upon those already impressive numbers on Thursday. Rinello threw for 231 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for Greenwich, which concluded its … Read more

Stamford tops Westhill for 3rd straight year

STAMFORD—The third time was again the charm for the Stamford football team. The Frank Robotti and Paul Kuczo Trophies will remain prominently in the Stamford High School athletic trophy case as the Black Knights posted a 26-14 Thanksgiving Day triumph over intracity rival Westhill at J. Walter Kennedy Stadium. Click here for more

Phillps pushes Wilton past Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech, into playoffs for first time in 24 years

STAMFORD — For the first time in 24 years, the Wilton football team is going to the state playoffs. With a 63-20 victory over the Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech co-op squad on Thursday morning Wilton earned the eighth and final spot in the Class L playoffs. Although the CIAC’s official pairings don’t come out until Friday, … Read more