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Weekend Game Plan: State Playoff Contenders Look To Bolster Their Resumes

Owen Shin will try and lead New Canaan’s rushing attack against Trumbull. (Photo: Gregory Vasil)

All eyes will be focused this weekend on Darien, in one of the biggest September games in recent FCIAC memory. Some state playoff contenders will get the chance to sharpen their marks.

Game Of The Week

St. Joseph (2-0) at Darien (2-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. A big regular-season game, in September no less, and one that doesn’t include both Darien and St. Joseph. The Cadets’ win over New Canaan has raised the ante on this one. Here is a complete preview.

Schedule

Friday

Trumbull (1-1) at New Canaan (1-1), 7 p.m. Rams quarterback Michael Collins tied a state record with nine touchdown passes the last time these teams met at Dunning Field two years ago. New Canaan wants to come out sharp from the start, while the Eagles are out to prove the opening loss to Greenwich was an aberration and they can play with the elite.

Bridgeport Central (0-1) at Ridgefield (1-1), 7 p.m. After the Hilltoppers, the Tigers have a bye, then go on the road against Staples and St. Joseph for what could be season-defining games.

Fairfield Ludlowe (0-2) at Norwalk (1-1), 7 p.m. The Bears look to rebound from last week’s loss to Westhill, while the Falcons are still trying to get coach Mitch Ross his first win.

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Westhill (2-0) at Danbury (0-2), 7 p.m. The Vikings were good enough to overcome their turnovers against Norwalk, but need to clean things up to achieve their lofty goals.

Saturday

Wilton (1-1) at Fairfield Warde (1-1), 10:30 a.m. The Warriors will look to prove during this morning special they are a much better team than the one routed last week by Staples. A quality road win would put the Mustangs out to a good start.

Staples (2-0) at Brien McMahon (0-2), 1:30 p.m. The Senators’ brutal early-season schedule does not let up. Did we underestimate the Wreckers during the preseason?

Trinity Catholic (1-1) at Stamford (0-2), 4 p.m. The battle for the Stamford city title begins here. A chance for both schools to be more competitive after last week.