As Wilton and Greenwich battled through an FCIAC Tournament semifinal game last February, more than one opposing coach in attendance expressed the same sentiment: this is going to be the championship next year.
With so many returning players on both sides, it would be hardly surprising if that turns into reality. Both teams are loaded and coming off of good seasons. Plus, the Gartner twins, who ended storied careers at Danbury that only seemed to last seven years because of their sustained level of excellence, have moved on after leading the Hatters to three straight championships.
But it would be most premature to ink in a Wilton-Greenwich rematch in the final. Both teams will have a maze of difficult opponents to get through.
In fact, the top of the league could be as tough as at any time in recent memory, with a number of teams capable of making title runs.
And still there are three.
The same three.
Is anyone surprised?
Darien, New Canaan and St. Joseph each advanced to state championship games on Saturday. The Blue Wave and the Rams will meet for the fourth time in 12 months, this time for the Class L-Large title as we finish up a year with a watered-down eight state championships.
After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past three months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected three outstanding finalists for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Football Player of the Year award presented by BlueStreak Sports Training and Rhone Apparel.
The finalists are: New Canaan’s Zach Allen, Darien’s Mark Evanchick and St. Joseph’s Lars Pedersen
The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak and a prize package from Rhone that includes the Durden 2.0 and Rail Splitter Henley shirts, and the Mahogany pants.