FCIAC

Darien 41, Wilton 0: Right Now, The Blue Wave Are ‘Ballin’

WILTON — Moments after suffering a 41-0 loss to Darien on Friday night, Wilton coach Bruce Cunningham gave a reasonable assessment of his opponent.

“They’re good,” Cunningham said. “They’re well rounded, kind of have it all covered, from the offensive line, to the defensive line, to the secondary, to the skill kids on offense, to the quarterback, to the kicker.”

That, indeed, about covers it.

FCIAC

Commentary: New Canaan. St. Joseph. Bring It On

New Canaan. St. Joseph. Saturday afternoon.

We need this.

Like six shots of caffeine on a sleep-in Sunday, we finally have a big FCIAC game to give us a jolt and lift us from our recent torpor.

This has been a strange season. There is a larger middle class, which means a greater number of competitive games. Danbury, Stamford, Trinity Catholic and Fairfield Warde are all solid teams that might look even better if not for difficult schedules.

FCIAC

The Blitz: FCIAC Football Weekly Guide To The Games

The forecast is calling for rain and wind, but one suspects that is not going to keep the fans away from St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon, as the Cadets host New Canaan in what will be one of the biggest games of the FCIAC season.

Many expect the winner will be taking on Darien for the conference championship. That is not clear-cut, but the victor will have a huge edge; the Cadets have no margin for error after their loss to Darien.

Darien (7-0) at Wilton (3-4), 6 p.m. The Blue Wave continue their march, with few remaining obstacles in site for the next few weeks. The Warriors don’t have the personnel to match up, but they have been making the most of what they have this season.

Boys Soccer

Moment Of Arrival: Fairfield Ludlowe Wins First FCIAC Boys Soccer Title With 1-0 Win Over Greenwich

NORWALK — The first FCIAC boys soccer title in Fairfield Ludlowe history was conceived out of careful calculation yet born out of a little bit of mayhem.

Kevin O’Hara has worked with one eye on the future in building the Falcons to be able to compete on an even level in a sport where Wreckers, Cardinals and Tigers have roamed.

The future arrived Wednesday night.

Part coronation, part trumpeted arrival, the top-seeded Falcons played progressively better as the game went on until time ran out and they had a deserved 1-0 decision over Greenwich at Norwalk High School in their first appearance in the final, completing an undefeated conference season.

Boys Cross Country

Ostberg, DeBalsi BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Alex Ostberg of the Darien boys cross country team and Hannah DeBalsi of the Staples girls cross country team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.

Ostberg and DeBalsi will each receive T-shirts and plaques from BlueStreak Sports Training.

Ostberg set course and meet records in winning both the FCIAC and Class L championships.

DeBalsi won both the FCIAC and Class LL championships.

Boys Soccer

Greenwich 3, Staples 2: Irrepressible Cardinals Get Unexpected Return To FCIAC Boys Soccer Final

FAIRFIELD — He graduated enough players to stock the starting lineup for his school’s football team, with a few extra extra for reserves.

Greenwich boys soccer coach Kurt Putnam said the objectives back in August were modest.

“If anybody said this at the beginning of the season, I’d have said really, we’ll take that now,” Putnam said Monday night, minutes after the Cardinals had come away with a hard-fought 3-2 FCIAC Tournament semifinal win over Staples to move a win away from repeating as conference champion. “To be honest our goal was to get back in the state tournament. It wasn’t that we had low expectations, we had honest expectations. The first one was to get back in the state tournament and take it from there.”

While it is completely reasonable to be skeptical that Putnam didn’t think his team could at least return to the conference playoffs, at the same time he probably circled Wednesday night on the calendar to attend the championship game as a spectator.

FCIAC

The Blitz: Officiating A Black And White Issue For League Coaches

It is hardly news for coaches to privately complain about officiating. It happens at every level, in every sport.

But you can make book that a hot topic for league football coaches this season is their displeasure with the officiating. I have been covering the FCIAC for over 30 years, and have never heard a greater number of coaches this upset in any sport. It was brought up by several coaches — unprompted — in the past week alone.

None will speak on the record because coaches are fined for criticizing referees publicly, though a few are almost tempted to take the financial hit.

This isn’t just coming from one or two coaches; it is league-wide. Coaches from teams with winning and losing records.