All In The Family: Cognetta Brothers A Staple To New Canaan Football Success

NEW CANAAN — When the new starting running back for the New Canaan football team needs advice from the injured player he has replaced, Matt Cognetta does not have far to search.

Guidance is just a couple of bedrooms away.

“He’s always on the sideline helping me, knowing the plays and hitting holes the right way,” said Matt, referring to his older brother, Frank.

As the Rams prepare for Saturday’s homecoming game against Greenwich, there have already been a number of storylines starting to shape their season. One involves the Cognetta family, which has a number of its own storylines.


The Blitz: FCIAC Football Weekly Guide To The Games

The third week of the season features Greenwich in stay-alive mode at New Canaan and an intriguing matchup between Fairfield Warde and Trinity Catholic.


Ludlowe (2-0) at Central (0-2), 7 p.m. All of you who had the Falcons unbeaten at this point raise your hand. I didn’t think so. Ludlowe is the biggest surprise of the seven remaining unbeaten teams, and have an excellent chance of staying that way.

Boys Soccer

Set Pieces: Danbury On The Rebound; Wreckers’ Rally One For The Books

Sean Colley can remember the time when the Danbury boys soccer program was a perennial state power. He was a student at the school when it won back to back state titles in 1997-98 — Colley’s cousin, Jason Weinheimer, scored the game-winner in the first, against Guilford.

“I loved soccer and played in the youth leagues but when I got to the high school it was loaded with talent,” Colley recalled. “I was a baseball player.”

Now Colley is a dean at the school and in his eighth year as the Hatters’ soccer coach. And the program, which played in seven state and six league finals between 1987-98, has not added to the school’s trophy case since.


The Blitz: FCIAC Football Notebook. Seven Teams And Two Tiers Of 2-0

A look at the FCIAC football standings might cause the average follower to do a double-take.

Darien, New Canaan and St. Joseph, the three best teams a year ago, are sitting with 2-0 records. But so are Trinity Catholic, winless last season, Danbury and the two Fairfield schools, Ludlowe and Warde.

That’s eight wins already from four teams that produced a total of 13 all of last season.

And with Trinity Catholic and Warde meeting on Saturday, one of those teams will be 3-0.


Vote For The Rhone Unsung Football Player Of The Week

We have three finalists for the initial vote for the Rhone FCIAC Unsung Football Player of the Week award:

Trinity Catholic’s Thomas Costigan, who had 12 tackles — three for losses — three deflections and one sack in a 38-28 win over Westhill.

Staples’ Nick Esposito, who had 11 tackles and a 30-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown in a 24-0 win over Wilton.

Darien’s Tyler Grant, who entered the game in the third quarter and had two interceptions, including one to preserve a 33-26 win over Greenwich.


10 Again: Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have nine teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote.

Your finalists are: the Wilton boys soccer, New Canaan field hockey, Norwalk boys soccer, Brien McMahon boys soccer, Darien football, Ludlowe football, Ridgefield girls soccer, Warde girls soccer, St. Joseph football and Staples field hockey teams.


Trinity Catholic 38, Westhill 28: Crusaders’ New Long Distance Game Has Buoyed Confidence

STAMFORD — The Trinity Catholic football team has always been noted for having tough players that get the most out of their ability, and for an offense that would go a few yards and a cloud of dust.

That was due in part because the Crusaders — hopefully for only just a little longer — are one of only two teams with grass fields capable of producing any dust.

Now they also have a vertical game with the capability of being more dangerous than at any time in recent memory.