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Weekend Game Plan: Trumbull And Trinity Catholic Face Off, With Little Room For Error

Trumbull's Jake Chamberlain returns an interception against Ridgefield in week one. The Eagles face Trinity Catholic this week. (Photo: Matt Dewkett)

Trumbull’s Jake Chamberlain returns an interception against Ridgefield in week one. The Eagles face Trinity Catholic Friday night. (Photo: Matt Dewkett)

The schedule this week is not as exciting as the first three, but there is one game with huge postseason implications. In a fall where many of the top teams seem to face off each weekend, this is one with a number of mismatches heading into the league’s bye week.

Game Of The Week

Trinity Catholic (1-2) at Trumbull (2-1), Friday 7 p.m. Two teams that have little margin for error in their state playoff drives. Trumbull has rebounded from its tough opening-week loss to dominate a pair of opponents by utilizing superior talent. The Crusaders provide the toughest test since Ridgefield. The Eagles have a big play attack behind quarterback John McElroy, with Danny Hoffman and Peter Raverta his favorite targets. Markeese Woods is a game-breaker out of the backfield, and Trumbull uses screen and swing passes like a run to get him into a space. It will be a test for the Crusaders’ defense. Trinity has a big offensive line and perhaps the league’s best running back in Jonmichael Bivona. Ball control will be a key. The Crusaders have perhaps the state’s toughest first-half schedule.

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Schedule

Friday

Bridgeport Central (0-2) at Greenwich (2-1), 6 p.m. The Cardinals earned high praise after their near-upset last week of Darien. Coach John Marinelli would have preferred victory to kind words. It will come this week.

Ridgefield (2-1) at Norwalk (2-1), 7 p.m. The second-best game of the weekend. The Bears’ defense was unable to stop Bivona and the Crusaders, and this game will be a litmus test to see just how good the team really is against another of the league’s elite. The Tigers have few weaknesses and quarterback Drew Fowler could return in two weeks.

Staples (3-0) at Fairfield Warde (0-3), 7 p.m. Two teams going in opposite directions. The Wreckers ran for nearly 500 yards against Wilton last week and few opponents have the size to match up against their massive line. The Mustangs came into the year with high hopes, but injuries and mistakes have kept them out of the win column. This is a tough spot to break the slide.

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St. Joseph (2-1) at Danbury (0-3), 7 p.m. The Cadets have looked like a worthy postseason contender with strong play since opening with a decisive loss to Darien. The Blue Wave can do that to you. Not much has gone right for the Hatters so far. This is probably not the week for changed fortunes.

Stamford (2-1) at Brien McMahon (0-3), 7 p.m. The Black Knights have been the feel-good story of the league so far because of the way coach Jamar Greene was treated in the offseason. They have not always been pretty, but the defense has been consistent and they have found ways to win. Finding ways to win has been elusive for the rebuilding Senators thus far.

Wilton (2-1) at Fairfield Ludlowe (0-3), 7 p.m. The Warriors go back on the road hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss. The Falcons have lost to three of the league’s better teams.

Saturday

Norwich Free Academy (1-1) at Darien (3-0), 2 p.m. The Blue Wave will be better off for having been tested last week by Greenwich. It was Darien’s only competitive game during the current 15-game winning streak except for the FCIAC final with New Canaan last fall. Going by NFA’s 36-0 loss to Xavier, this week should be a little easier.

New Canaan (3-0) at Westhill (0-3), 2:30 p.m. The forecast calls for rain, which will lead to all sorts of humor after the events of a year ago. The Vikings gave a Marinelli-coached team a hard time in week one. The task this time will be more challenging.