NEW CANAAN — Zach Allen sat in the office of his high school coach last month, speaking in measured tones. The conversation could just as easily have taken place three years ago, with Allen talking about getting ready for his senior year at New Canaan.
Bruce Cunningham stepped down as Wilton’s football coach today, continuing a busy offseason of vacancies in the FCIAC.
Marce Petroccio is proving you can indeed go home again.
In a widely speculated move, Petroccio, after 25 years as Staples’ football coach, informed his players this morning that he was leaving to take the job at Trumbull, his alma mater, where he played for legendary coach Jerry McDougall.
It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
Six FCIAC players were selected among the top 25 in the state on the Connecticut All-State Football teams, selected by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Seventeen other players from the league were named to Class teams.
If this football season were a meal, liver was the main course and creme brûlée the dessert. There were few big games and they seemed to occur on the same day. Most failed to live up to the hype. The polarization between haves and have-nots has not narrowed.
Usually the choice for writers — I am one — who vote in the state football poll have a fairly clear-cut choice when submitting their final ballots and picking the No. 1 team in Connecticut. The options got blurred around 9:30 last night, after St. Joseph’s stunning 42-36 come-from-behind win over Ansonia for the Class S title.
CHESHIRE – There was one word on the minds of every St. Joseph Cadet as the third quarter unfolded in last night’s Class S state football championship game against Ansonia.
Jack Joyce threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Darien defense held off a late rally for a 31-22 win over Greenwich in the Class LL final. It was the Blue Wave’s third straight state title.
STAMFORD — For the past 11 days, since the arrest of three starters on Thanksgiving Eve, the Darien football team has operated under a microscope. The assessment of the Blue Wave’s subsequent four games comes down square on the line of partiality.