FCIAC

New Canaan Linebacker Is The Root Of All Good

NEW CANAAN — He is the quietest member of arguably the state’s most dominant defense, and many insiders will tell you he is also the best.

Just don’t try to get New Canaan linebacker Michael Root to talk too much about himself. While wearing the uniform No. 1 is fitting, Root prefers to rely on his body of work rather than his own words to draw attention.

“It has been a good year but I don’t try to make this an individual thing, it’s really a group effort,” Root said. “ I like to lead more by example. As long as we’re doing well, that’s fine by me.”

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Darien And Ridgefield Travel Similar Paths To State Semifinals

Early September seems more like five years ago as it relates to the perception and progress made by the Darien football team.

With few recognizable names returning and a quarterback getting attention more for his marketable name than his resume, the Blue Wave were expected to be a top-of-the-second-tier team in the FCIAC this fall.

Instead, since a loss to St. Joseph in the fourth week, Darien has run off eight straight wins — half against teams still alive in the state playoffs and, on Tuesday, in the quarterfinal round.

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Commentary: Rams Regain Swagger With Dominating Quarterfinal Win

NEW CANAAN — Lou Marinelli gathered the members of the New Canaan football team for their pregame speech prior to Tuesday night’s final home game of the year.

The theme was bouncing back from adversity.

In a sense, their coach’s words were superfluous: the Rams have been waiting to rebound for five days, ever since the final whistle sounded following their holiday- and perfect-season ruining 28-24 loss to Darien.

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Commentary: Darien And New Canaan Hope Different Roads Lead To State Final Rematch

What a difference five days make.

Thursday morning, the questions looming over Dunning Stadium were whether anyone could touch the New Canaan football team’s inexorable march to an undefeated season and state championship. And whether Darien would get the chance to even participate in the playoffs.

Fast forward to the shifted landscape for Tuesday night’s Class L quarterfinal round kickoffs. The Rams have been humanized from the view they were some kind of mythic machine. The Blue Wave are now viable title contenders.