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New Canaan 35, Staples 2: Rams Quickly Regain Edge After Bye Week

NEW CANAAN — Alex LaPolice spent last Saturday afternoon at his future home.

His preference was to be in his current one.

“I hated the bye week. Hated it,” said LaPolice, the star receiver and defensive back for the New Canaan football team, echoing a common refrain following Friday night’s 35-2 rout of Staples. “It was great to get out here. We were all chomping at the bit.”

Instead of playing what would have been the Rams’ sixth game of the season, LaPolice went with his father to Harvard, the school he will be attending next year, which hosted Lafayette and former teammate Michael Root.

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Football Friday: The Ruden Report FCIAC Midseason Football Report Card

For New Canaan and Brien McMahon, which were unable to fill byes, it is the midpoint of their seasons. For everyone else, that came at halftime of last week’s games.

Darien came into the season as a near-consensus favorite to win the FCIAC title. Despite overcoming a rash of turnovers to rally and win three of their first four games, the Blue Wave’s status has not changed.

But Darien is hardly playing a Secretariat here. It easily could have lost a game to St. Joseph it trailed, 17-0, late in the third quarter. There is a camp that feels New Canaan is the best team.

Since New Canaan must still play the other two schools, St. Joseph next week and Darien on Thanksgiving, answers will fortunately come on the field and not in the court of public opinion.

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The Blitz: FCIAC Football Weekly Guide To The Games

What appeared to be one of the pivotal games of the regular season lost a great deal of its luster, leaving us with perhaps the least interesting slate thus far. Brien McMahon, the outside wildcard in what many believe has become a three-team conference race, gets a bye week before a stretch run to reinforce it is, indeed, for real.

Norwalk (2-4) at Bridgeport Central (2-4), 7 p.m. The Bears have an opportunity to generate a little momentum coming off a win over Ludlowe. A one-point loss to Westhill denied the Hilltoppers a chance to get to .500 here.

Greenwich (3-3) at Fairfield Warde (3-3), 7 p.m. One of the more interesting games of the weekend as the Cardinals look to continue their hot play after an 0-3 start. The Mustangs believe they are better than their record. Here’s the chance to make a statement.

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Poll: Which Team Is Going To Win The FCIAC Boys Soccer Title?

This has been one of the most balanced FCIAC boys soccer regular seasons in recent memory. That Fairfield Ludlowe made it through without a loss is pretty remarkable given the parity.

Consider: The top-seeded Falcons’ reward in the opening round is having to face Wilton — the teams did not meet during the season. The Warriors’ were atop the standings following a 5-0-2 start before hitting a slump. But it closed on Wednesday with a win over No. 2 Danbury and is 3-1-1 against the other playoff teams.

Or that Norwalk is the fourth seed despite just one loss — it has five ties. It must travel to Darien, which after a 2-3 start is unbeaten in its last 11 games.

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