FCIAC

Despite Great Numbers, Timmy Graham Remains Darien’s Underappreciated Star

At first thought, the idea seems a bit irrational. Here you have a quarterback who in the last two years has thrown for 50 touchdowns, passed for almost 5,000 yards and led his team to 20 victories in 21 games, yet somehow lacking notoriety.

Such is the curious case of Tim Graham.

The Darien High School quarterback has done all of the above, and then some. Graham and his Blue Wave teammates will face arch rival New Canaan in Thursday’s Turkey Bowl game that will decide the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship. Beating the Rams for the second consecutive year in the FCIAC final might increase the attention the 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior garners, but probably not. And that’s just fine with Graham.

FCIAC

Poll/Contest: Who Will Win The Turkey Bowl: Darien Or New Canaan?

The Turkey Bowl. Darien against New Canaan. For the (last?) FCIAC championship and to secure a home game in the state playoffs. And this is the only meeting between the teams, no CIAC Tournament rematch.

As we begin our coverage of the game, we start off with a simple poll: Who is going to win, Darien or New Canaan? Both teams have similar attributes and neither has really been tested this year, making the outcome harder to predict.

FCIAC

Vote For The Ruden Report Team Of The Week

We have five state championship teams on the menu this week for The Ruden Report FCIAC Team of the Week vote, the last one of the fall season.

Your finalists are: the St. Joseph girls soccer, New Canaan field hockey, Wilton field hockey, Greenwich girls swimming and Ludlowe volleyball teams.

FCIAC

Ridgefield Girls Soccer Team Finds During Title Runs There Is Strength In Numbers

RIDGEFIELD — To even the more-than-casual girls soccer observer, the news that Alex Damron scored a hat trick in Ridgefield’s 3-1 semifinal win over New Canaan in the Class LL semifinal might have sparked a simple question.

Who is Alex Damron?

The avid fan might be aware of Damron, one of a stable of underrated juniors who are carrying the Tigers to unprecedented heights. But outside of Katie Jasminski, who has scored 22 goals, many of the team’s best players have excelled in relative anonymity.

Boys Soccer

Darien Boys Soccer Team Looking To Finish With First State Title

Memo to the FCIAC boys soccer coaches: whether you believe it or not, be generous to Darien in the future with your preseason rankings.

For the second straight year, the Blue Wave were nowhere to be found in the top 8 back in early September — boys soccer is the only league sport that does its own poll. Last season they advanced to the semifinal round of the state tournament for the first time. On Saturday they will be playing in their first Class LL final, taking on top-seeded Glastonbury, the school that eliminated them a year ago.

“I knew we had a good team and I told the kids from day one, we’ve got a point to prove,” Darien coach Jon Bradley said. “Two years in a row our league didn’t rate us, which is all right. It makes it easier.”

FCIAC

Week 9: FCIAC Football Plays Of The Week

The ninth week of the FCIAC football season saw New Canaan and Darien both win to set up a rematch for the FCIAC championship, Trinity Catholic defeat Bridgeport Central to secure a state playoff berth, Ridgefield topple Greenwich to remain in the state playoff chase and four other games.

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Damron’s Hat Trick Propels Ridgefield To Class LL Girls Soccer Final

FAIRFIELD — Alex Damron awoke Monday morning not knowing if she would be cleared to play in one of her team’s biggest games of the season.

Damon went to bed Monday night a hero.

Damron, the speedy and very underrated forward for Ridgefield High School’s girls soccer team, scored her first career hat trick in a 3-1 Class LL semifinal win over New Canaan. The sixth-seeded Tigers (15-2-3), winners now of 12 straight games, will face No. 1 Glastonbury in pursuit of their first state title. Their only other final appearance came in 1992.

FCIAC

Vote For The Rhone Unsung Football Player Of The Week

We have three finalists for the Rhone FCIAC Unsung Football Player of the Week award, which this week is a special running back edition:

Ridgefield’s Patrick Lang, a linebacker who led a strong defensive effort in a 37-7 win over Greenwich.

Norwalk’s Levaughn Lewis, a sophomore linebacker whose interception secured a 29-28 win over Trumbull.

McMahon’s Matt Salata, a center who helped lead a 400-yard rushing effort in a 36-6 win over Fairfield Warde.