One team has been considered a state championship favorite since the first day of the practice. The other got hot late and the necessary help on the final day of the regular season to reach the postseason.
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.
NEW CANAAN — Rob Trifone started believing what others couldn’t at about 4:15 Wednesday afternoon.
The Darien High School football team had just finished its final practice for the following day’s annual Turkey Bowl with New Canaan, unbeaten, ranked No. 1 in the state and seemingly unbeatable all fall.
It had been five years since the New Canaan football team had played in — and won — an FCIAC championship. That ended on Friday night, a 31-20 win over St. Joseph.
When I first decided to launch my own website, one of the repeated suggestions was a “Where are they now,” series. Readers love to know what the former high school athletes they followed are now doing.
Thus the seeds were planted for “Catching Up With…”
After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected four outstanding finalists for our BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Fall Male Player of the Year award.