Video Spotlight: Darien’s Rob Trifone and New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli

It is the biggest football rivalry in Fairfield County and perhaps all of Connecticut.

Darien and New Canaan first met in 1928 (Darien won 26-6). Since then there have been 84 more meetings, 20 on Thanksgiving. The Rams hold an 48-35-2 advantage.

On Saturday afternoon, the teams will face off for the 86th time. At stake, the CIAC Class championship.

The teams met in the state final in 2008, a 26-7 win by New Canaan that followed a 28-20 victory on Thanksgiving for the FCIAC championship.

The Blue Wave won this year’s Turkey Bowl, 28-24, the only blemish for New Canaan, which had won the FCIAC title the week before.


There are dozens of story angles, but really, when it comes to Darien and New Canaan, they all become superfluous,

The CIAC held is state championship football media day Wednesday morning at The Aqua Turf. The teams’ coaches, Darien’s Rob Trifone and Lou Marinelli, took a break for a candid and, when Marinelli is involved, always entertaining interview, reinforcing that while the rivalry between the towns might be emotional, the two have been and remain close friends.