The Morning After: Postgame Thoughts On Darien’s 33-26 Win Over Greenwich

GREENWICH — Darien’s 33-26 win over Greenwich on Friday night certainly lived up to the hype, often in unexpected ways.

Sprinkled in with some highlight-reel scores and a back-and-forth game, there were nine turnovers and a bank of lights went out in the third quarter, causing a 15-minute delay.

When it was all over, the teams generally ranked 1-2 in the preseason were headed in vastly opposite directions. The Blue Wave are 2-0 despite a first-half lapse in the opener against Hillhouse and five lost fumbles against Greenwich.

The Cardinals’ postseason hopes are on life support at 0-2, with a trip to New Canaan up next.


Darien 33, Greenwich 26: The Blue Wave Overcome The Error Of Their Ways

GREENWICH — Darien football coach Rob Trifone gathered his team on the far end of Cardinal Stadium Friday night, moments after a 33-26 win over Greenwich.

It isn’t often you come away with a victory on the road, against a quality opponent, when you fumble the ball away five times.

“When is the real Darien team going to show up?” Trifone asked his players. “When are we going to stop turning the ball over? Because I have the bar set here.”


The Blitz: FCIAC Football Weekly Guide To The Games

The second week of the season brings us a big domino to the league playoff picture when Greenwich hosts Darien, and one of the inter-league games of the year as St. Joseph hosts Fairfield Prep.

Danbury (1-0) at Norwalk (0-2), 7 p.m. The Mark Ecke era started with an impressive win. Here is an opportunity for the Hatters to build on that.

Bridgeport Central (0-1) at Brien McMahon (0-1), 7 p.m. There will be no 7-0 start for the Senators this season, but the chance to rebound from a frustrating loss.


Fit To Be Tied: Staples And New Canaan Girls Soccer Teams Walk Away Optimistic From 1-1 Draw

WESTPORT — To those who feel the FCIAC girls soccer regular season is nothing more than a springboard for an inexorable march by St. Joseph and Wilton to a championship rematch, the members of Staples and New Canaan offered up a message at Albie Loeffler Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Don’t sleep on us.

In a highly entertaining game most would expect to see in the postseason rather than the fourth game of the year, the Wreckers and Rams played to a 1-1 draw. Each team got brilliant goals, was strong to the ball and deftly created chances.


Bartels, Eilertsen BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Nick Bartels of the Greenwich boys soccer team and Anne Margaret Eilertsen of the Stamford volleyball team are the first BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week for the 2014-15 season.

Bartels and Eilersten will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training.
Bartels scored five of the Cardinals’ eight goals in wins over Ridgefield and Warren Harding.

Eilersten finished with 69 kills, 25 service points, 20 digs and seven blocks in wins over Weston, Fairfield Warde and Westhill.


The Blitz: Meet The New Rams. Same As The Old Rams?

For two weeks, New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli had fans and friends telling him they were curious to see what kind of team he had this season.

And Marinelli, half kiddingly, had the same response: “I’m curious too.”

Last Friday night, Marinelli and friends got their first glimpse of the “defending” FCIAC and Class L champion. With a starting lineup comprised of some very familiar names, and many more unfamiliar outside of the town, New Canaan went on the road and came away with a 21-14 win over Daniel Hand, a team that was No. 2 in the state writers’ preseason poll.