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Weekend Game Plan: Darien Looks To Stay On Unbeaten Path

Finlay Collins has been one of a number of contributors to Darien's offense. (Photo: Darien Athletic Foundation)

Finlay Collins has been one of a number of contributors to Darien’s offense. (Photo: Darien Athletic Foundation)

After a run of big games, mostly featuring Class LL teams in what has seemed like an elimination tournament, this is a mostly flat week, with just one matchup between teams with winning records and another between city rivals looking to get over the .500 mark.

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Game Of The Week

Wilton (4-2) at Darien (6-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. The only game this weekend between teams with winning records would appear to be another step for the Blue Wave toward an undefeated record heading into the Turkey Bowl. This is the final game of Darien coach Rob Trifone’s four-week suspension. Outside of a 42-35 win against Greenwich, the Blue Wave have not been tested. The Warriors have athleticism but lack size, which will make this a difficult matchup as they look to finish with a winning record.

Schedule

Friday

Norwalk (3-3) at New Canaan (6-0), 7 p.m. Last week’s 12-11 loss to Westhill was the Bears’ third in four games. Now they begin a stretch of three straight games against teams in the hunt for state playoff berths. This game comes in between the Rams’ win over Greenwich and next week’s at Trumbull, their last remaining test before Darien on Thanksgiving.

Fairfield Ludlowe (0-6) at Greenwich (4-2), 7 p.m. The Cardinals come off a difficult stretch needing wins the next two weeks heading into final games against Ridgefield and Staples that will dictate their postseason hopes. It has been a struggle for the Falcons all year. Greenwich running back Kevin Iobbi should find more holes than he did last week at New Canaan.

Trumbull (4-2) at Brien McMahon (0-5), 7 p.m. Next week’s game with New Canaan might be a must-win for the Eagles to extend their season beyond Thanksgiving. Will they be looking ahead? The Senators are one of a surprising four teams in the league that have not yet won a game.

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Fairfield Warde (1-5) at Danbury (0-6), 7 p.m. Call this the We-Haven’t-Yet-Faced-A-Team-With-A-Losing-Record Bowl. Both teams have had some heartbreaking losses. If the Mustangs can stay healthy, they could win three of their final four games and turn a disappointing season into one much more respectable.

Saturday

Trinity Catholic (3-3) at Westhill (3-3), 1:30 p.m. If the Crusaders can run the table, get to 7-3 and qualify for a state tournament berth, they would be a threat to win the title. They have a long path to travel and many teams to jump over in Class S. First they have to get past a confident Westhill team that would love to add a statement win to its resume.

Ridgefield (4-2) at Bridgeport Central (0-6), 1:30 p.m. The Tigers’ 42-7 win over Staples last week was the biggest head-turner of the season: people are still talking about how stunned they were by the margin. The Tigers need to just take care of business before their game in two weeks against Greenwich, a possible state-playoff play-in.

Stamford (3-3) at St. Joseph (5-1), 1:30 p.m. The Cadets have been dominant since opening with a loss to Darien. They also seem to get overshadowed by someone each week, which is likely fine with coach Joe Della Vecchia. St. Joseph is currently No. 2 in the Class M point rankings.