Weekend Game Plan: Ridgefield Or Staples Will Bolster Resume

Staples’ Adam Petro catches a touchdown pass against Wilton. (Photo: Chris Greer)

Game Of The Week

Staples (3-0) at Ridgefield (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m. This is about as good a matchup between any teams outside of the top four. The Tigers are hard to get a read on so far. Their loss to Darien doesn’t make them a bad team. Wins over Stamford and Bridgeport Central don’t make them a good one.

This will be a measuring stick for the Tigers, who were hit hard by graduation losses. They are not the same team that earned or competed for state playoff berths in recent seasons, but they still appear to have the resources to finish high in the league standings.

The Wreckers are in a similar situation. Their best win came against Wilton. They have played well on both sides of the ball. If they can get a victory at one of the state’s toughest home fields, they will set up a battle of undefeated teams next week against Darien.


Fairfield Warde (1-2) at Bridgeport Central (1-2), 7 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a disappointing defensive performance against Wilton. Here is a good spot to rebound.


Trumbull (1-2) at Trinity Catholic (0-3), 6 p.m. The Eagles are 0-2 against Marinelli-coached teams. They have ample weapons to return to the .500 mark against the undermanned Crusaders.

Greenwich (2-0) at Norwalk (2-1), 7 p.m. The Bears’ defense struggled against Fairfield Ludlowe, denying them the chance at a 3-0 start. Now they host the well-rested Cardinals, coming off a bye before next week’s big game against New Canaan.


Fairfield Ludlowe (2-1) at Brien McMahon (0-3), 7 p.m. The Falcons have been one of the early-season surprises. Few would have predicted they could have three wins by the end of September but they are in an excellent position to accomplish that feat.

Capital/AF (1-2) at Danbury (2-1), 7 p.m. The Hatters’ lone loss is to New Canaan. They have made great strides this season under new coach Augie Tieri and are positioning themselves to make a run at a .500 record.


Wilton (2-1) at St. Joseph (2-1), 1:30 p.m. The Warriors are off to a good start, but they are walking into a tough situation against the Cadets, who are going to be in an ornery mood coming off the loss to Darien.

Westhill (0-3) at New Canaan (2-1), 1:30 p.m. The Rams’ offense finally got untracked in Trumbull. They may get caught looking ahead to the showdown with Greenwich, but if so the Vikings just don’t have the personnel to take advantage.

Stamford (1-2) at Darien (3-0), 1:30 p.m. The Blue Wave certainly looked like a team capable of making a run at a fourth straight state title last week. They historically are not the kind of team that suffers letdowns.