Weekend Game Plan: Darien Finally Gets To Host Friday Night Lights

Nick Green and Darien hope to make a strong impression in their first home night game. Photo: Matt Dewkett)

After a strong opening week of games, most of the league contenders are prohibitive favorites this weekend. There are two games that should offer intrigue for four schools looking to establish themselves as potential high-in-the-standings teams.

Game Of The Week

Staples (1-0) at Wilton (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. Come off a .500 season, lose your entire offensive line and get written off. That was certainly the case for Staples this preseason. The Wreckers are confident and think more highly of themselves than seems to be the case outside Westport, where the view is more modest.

Valid confidence? We will learn a lot more when the Wreckers travel to Wilton, which is coming off a 7-3 finish and believes it has the personnel to have another winning season. This is a great measuring stick game for both schools.



Brien McMahon (0-1) at Darien (1-0), 6 p.m. Let there be lights. After years of work, the Blue Wave finally get to play their first home night game. Their first road night game of the season, at Ridgefield, turned out pretty well.

Darien’s first guest is one of coach Rob Trifone’s favorite former assistants, A.J. Albano. This is a tough spot for the Senators.

Ridgefield (1-0) at Stamford, 6 p.m. Black and orange will be the colors of the night on both sidelines. The Tigers are reeling from a tough opener and out to prove they are indeed state playoff contenders.

The Black Knights are coming off a one-point loss to Fairfield Warde and will try for the upset.


New Canaan (0-1) at Danbury (0-1), 7 p.m. One suspects the Rams, coming off a loss to St. Joseph and their No. 1 ranking, are going to be in an ornery mood. New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli is going for the state record for coaching wins.

Trumbull (0-1) at Fairfield Ludlowe (0-1), 7 p.m. How will the Eagles rebound from last week’s humbling loss to Greenwich? Trumbull showed what it is capable of offensively early in the game before everything fell apart.

This is the first home game for new Falcons coach Mitch Ross, who is looking to turn all the optimism into a few wins.

Westhill (1-0) at Norwalk (1-0), 7 p.m. Call this The Sleeper Bowl. No two teams were mentioned more by opposing coaches this summer as having the possibility to make bigger climbs than the Bears and Vikings, who combined put up 117 points last weekend. This could be a four-hour game.


Fairfield Warde (1-0) at St. Joseph (1-0), 1:30 p.m. This is the ultimate example of a trap game. The Cadets beat New Canaan last weekend and travel next Saturday to face Darien, the new No. 1 team in the state. Has any school ever beaten two No. 1s in three weeks?

Mustangs coach Duncan DellaVolpe will not be lacking motivation to try and rally his players.

Greenwich (1-0) at Trinity Catholic (1-0) 1:30 p.m. Talking about lights, the Crusaders won their first home night game last weekend. Now they must face a team that last week scored 70 points and has close to three times as many players. Cardinals quarterback Gavin Muir looked sharp last week, but it was the defense, which got overshadowed, that really impressed.