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.
STAMFORD — In need of the same resilience it tapped during the postseason, the Darien football team was able to summon an unyielding and relentless posture for a much shorter stretch during today’s Class LL final.
It has been just over a year since Greenwich coach John Marinelli last stood on a sideline staring at a sea of royal blue. The Cardinals qualified for the Class LL Tournament and drew Darien in the first round. The Blue Wave came away with a 29-3 win, the first step toward a second straight state title.
To say Saturday’s Class S state championship game between St. Joseph and Ansonia looms as a contrast in styles would be a huge understatement. The two teams almost seem as if they are playing different sports.
If there were odds set at the beginning of the season which Marinelli would be coaching Saturday in a state championship game, father Lou and New Canaan would have been a prohibitive favorite over son John and Greenwich.
Darien coach Rob Trifone said there is an occupational hazard that happens late each fall.
When John Marinelli was named the new coach at Greenwich three years ago, among the knee-jerk reactions was the vision of a coach who would take the same high-octane approach from New Canaan, where he was the offensive coordinator, and make it even more caffeinated. There was wild speculation that the Cardinals would soon be throwing the ball 70 times a game out of an offense that seldom took a break from the end of one play to the beginning of the next.