Barber, Muir unstoppable as Greenwich shuts out New Canaan for CIAC Class LL state title

STAMFORD — With A.J. Barber catching and throwing touchdowns, Gavin Muir consistently moving an up-tempo offense and the defense displaying its usual dominance, the first half just kept getting better and better for Greenwich in Saturday’s Class LL football final against New Canaan. By the time the first 24 minutes of play concluded, the Cardinals … Read more

St. Joseph scores state championship record 70 points to claim Class M title over Berlin

SHELTON — It took some fits and starts for St. Joseph’s offense to get rolling in the CIAC Class M football championship game at Finn Stadium. Once it did, the Cadets were unstoppable, winning a second straight state title while scoring the most points any team has ever put up in a championship game as … Read more

CIAC Football Championships: Three FCIAC teams in hunt for two crowns

Greenwich, New Canaan and St. Joseph will all be in action as the CIAC football championship games are played on Saturday. The Greenwich Cardinals and New Canaan Rams will square off for the Class LL title at 10 a.m. at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. The game features a father-son head coaching match-up between New Canaan’s Lou … Read more

An emotional week of triumph, tragedy and family for Greenwich coach John Marinelli

Since taking the reins of the Greenwich football program in 2015, John Marinelli has returned the Cardinals to their place among the state’s elite teams. On Saturday, unbeaten Greenwich will play in a state final for the second straight season, lining up against the New Canaan Rams, the team Marinelli grew up watching, playing for … Read more

Greenwich overwhelms Newtown to advance to Class LL state title game

GREENWICH — Greenwich was a frequent visitor to Newtown’s end of the field, in fact, Nighthawks’ territory seemed like it was the Cardinals’ second home during Sunday’s Class LL Tournament football semifinals. Possession after possession, Greenwich started with the ball in Newtown territory in the first half, with almost all of its drives ending at … Read more

New Canaan rolls over Fairfield Prep, sets up Marinelli showdown for LL title

FAIRFIELD — Two months ago, the New Canaan Rams were 3-2 and were staring at a lost football season with no playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Now, they’re ready to rumble for a state championship. New Canaan delivered its most complete performance of the season on a big stage as the Rams … Read more

St. Joseph defense smothers Killingly in semifinals, ends Redmen’s reign as Class M champions

TRUMBULL — The question before the house when St. Joseph played host to Killingly for a spot in the Class M title game was simple. Could St. Joseph’s defense keep Killingly’s balanced attack off the field long enough for the Cadets’ offense to maintain its high level of excellence? Answer: A profound yes. Coach Joe … Read more

Fairfield Prep welcomes perennial champ, LL newcomer New Canaan in 1st home playoff game

The last time Fairfield Prep played in a CIAC state championship football game was 2013, but the last time it won a state title was back in 1988. Let’s look back on 1988 for a moment. The title for Prep was the third football state championship won by the school. At the time, it gave … Read more

Greenwich’s defense hoping to meet its next challenge in Newtown

Greenwich’s football foes have featured teams with potent running games such as New Britain and Staples and squads with prolific aerial attacks like New Canaan. And as was the case in their Class LL Tournament quarterfinal-round game against New Britain, the Cardinals’ defense aced each offensive test they faced. The Cardinals’ next challenge is Sunday, … Read more

O’Connell sets three New Canaan football records in Rams’ quarterfinal win

Quintin O’Connell was preparing for New Canaan’s showdown with Shelton in the Class LL football quarterfinals on Tuesday night when he received some words of wisdom from linebackers coach Jason Miska. “Play like a champion,” Miska said, “and we’ll win this game.” O’Connell and the Rams made those words ring true. It was a record-setting … Read more