Weekend Game Plan: Darien And Greenwich Meet In Key Showdown

The second week in the season is when clarity starts to take form. First-week impressions can quickly turn into trends or aberrations. With just a nine-game season, an 0-2 start can either wipe out postseason hopes or signal the fear of an early free-fall.

The second week this year brings us our first must-see game of the season.

And for one team, unbelievably, its first game.

Boys Soccer

Staples 1, Greenwich 1: Late Goal Makes Draw Feel Like Victory For Wreckers

WESTPORT — This was a draw for the 5-percenters affiliated with the Staples boys soccer program and affirmation for FCIAC fans that equanimity is likely to return in the championship chase.

“Ninety-five percent of the time we’re pissed off when we tie,” Staples coach Dan Woog said moments after his team had done just that, playing Greenwich to a 1-1 decision Tuesday afternoon. “If it is going to be a tie, I’d rather it be us than them.”


Week 1: FCIAC Football Plays Of The Week

They’re back…..The FCIAC Football Plays of the Week.

The first full week of the season saw Greenwich win a wild shootout with Trinity Catholic, defending FCIAC and state champions Darien and New Canaan post impressive wins, and an unusual number of long scoring plays.

And this week our FCIAC Football Plays of the Week has many of them, with highlights from eight of the nine games.


Upon Further Review: Greenwich Counting On Technology To Provide Added Edge

STAMFORD — When John Marinelli was named in the offseason as the head coach at Greenwich, based on his reputation as offensive coordinator at New Canaan, there were two expectations: that the Cardinals would employ a wide-open offense and also be at the forefront of the technological revolution in sports.

After his first game, on Friday at Trinity Catholic, one of those two components turned out to be true.

The Cardinals were relatively conservative in their 42-38 victory. They ran the ball three more times (35) than they passed it.


Stamford’s England Gives Verbal Commitment To St. John’s

Tiana England pretty much has known all along through the recruiting process what her top choice was. Once the opportunity presented itself, it just took until last week to make the decision and Monday afternoon to announce it.

England, the Stamford High School guard considered by many the best girls basketball player in a very loaded FCIAC, has given a verbal commitment to attend St. John’s.


Greenwich’s Nick Bartels, Stamford’s Andrea O’Connor BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players Of The Week

Nick Bartels of the Greenwich boys soccer team and Andrea O’Connor of the Stamford volleyball team are this week’s BlueStreak-Ruden Report Players of the Week.

Bartels and O’Connor will each receive our T-shirts.

Bartels finished with 5 goals and 3 assists in wins over Wilton and Ridgefield.

O’Connor finished with 26 kills, 11 service points and 5 blocks in wins over Weston and Bethel.


Vote For The Rhone Unsung Football Player Of The Week

We have three finalists for the first Rhone FCIAC Unsung Football Player of the Week award this season:

McMahon’s Roshad Russell, who had two sacks and led a strong defensive effort in a 28-3 win over Wilton.

Norwalk’s Eddie O’Hara, who moved from fullback to guard because of injuries and played well in a 33-26 win over Warde.

Staples’ Nick Roehm, who led a strong defensive effort at defensive tackle during a 21-14 win over Danbury.


Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have seven teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote, the first of the new school year.

Your finalists are: the Ridgefield volleyball, Greenwich football, New Canaan girls soccer, Trumbull football, St. Joseph girls soccer, Staples girls swimming and Wilton girls cross country teams.


Greenwich 42, Trinity Catholic 38: Marinelli’s First Win With Cardinals Doesn’t Come Easy

STAMFORD — John Marinelli will not long forget his first head coaching win, and not just because it was his first win.

He will remember the grit his players showed in a wild 42-38 victory at Trinity Catholic, which is indeed as good as advertised. The tempo of the game had wild swings, starting at a crawl, exploding into a second-quarter sprint, then settling into a second-half chess match.