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Commentary: FCIAC Football Championship A Tradition Worth Fighting To Save

STAMFORD — Most of the people who have been critical of the effort to save the FCIAC football championship are outside observers not familiar with the tradition on an annual basis.

Thus, it is hard for them to understand the extreme effort being made — and it is ongoing — to ensure that Thursday’s thrilling 49th title game was not the last.

Granted, given the constraints that will go into effect next year, namely a 10-game schedule, with the final counting toward that total, some of the proposals have been extreme and would compromise the regular season.

But the amount of time being put into salvaging a galvanizing event shows the importance the FCIAC final holds for the coaches, players and league officials.

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Darien 28, New Canaan 21 (OT): Blue Wave's FCIAC Championship A Rallying Effort

STAMFORD — The Darien High School football team had completed the sprint from preseason favorite to undefeated and playing for the FCIAC championship.

Yet somehow along the way, the Blue Wave got nudged aside by their biggest rival, passed by New Canaan slightly in the polls, if not in public opinion, considered an underdog by most for Thursday’s annual Turkey Bowl, which also was for the conference title.

That deficit paled in comparison to the one on the scoreboard at Boyle Stadium, when Mike Collins’ 38-yard touchdown pass to Michael Kraus gave the Rams a 21-0 lead just three plays into the second quarter.

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FCIAC Championship Preview: Darien's Reed Living The Dream

DARIEN — The Darien High School football team was anointed the team to beat in the FCIAC this season before the 7 on 7 tournaments were even completed.

“We’ve had the hype since the summer,” said George Reed, the Blue Wave’s star defensive lineman and occasional short-yardage back. “You guys have been talking about us since June or July. We didn’t have to talk about ourselves. You have to love this mojo we’ve got going on.”

The Blue Wave have lived up to the hype, with a 10-0 record and No. 3 ranking in the state heading into Thursday’s annual Turkey Bowl game with New Canaan, this year at Boyle Stadium for the FCIAC championship.

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The Blitz: FCIAC Football Weekly Guide To The Games

Yes, there is a little bit of significance to the game Thanksgiving morning — weather permitting — between Darien and New Canaan. If the FCIAC championship gets moved as a stand-alone, there is a good chance the crowd will exceed the 10,000 at Boyle Stadium when the teams met there for the title in 2008.

While the Turkey Bowl is eclipsing the rest of the slate, there are three other games with state playoff implications.

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