DARIEN — It is time for the Darien football team to modify and then adopt a familiar sports phrase to adopt: The results stay the same, and so do the names.
NEW CANAAN — Admittedly still overcoming the daze of a season-opening loss to St. Joseph, the New Canaan football team returned tonight to Dunning Field for the first time since, looking to overcome the early sluggishness in their first two games.
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.
Darien coach Rob Trifone cannot recall the last time his team has played a bigger regular-season game before the annual Turkey Bowl with New Canaan. For St. Joseph’s Joe Della Vecchia, it was four years ago, in the eighth week of the season, when his team was ranked No. 3 in the state and the Rams No. 2, both with 7-0 records.
While many wondered if the Ridgefield volleyball team would be able to come close to replicating the best season in program history, its coach, Lidania Cibere, felt like a poker player holding a good hand but being modest throwing chips onto the table for fear of scaring off the rest of the players.