Week 8: FCIAC Football Guide To The Games

The Brien McMahon defense faces its stiffest test of the season Friday night when it plays Ridgefield.
The Brien McMahon defense faces its stiffest test of the season Friday night when it plays Ridgefield. (Photo: Roger Hargrove)

The big game of the weekend is Friday night at Tiger Hollow, where Ridgefield hosts unbeaten Brien McMahon, which can reach the FCIAC championship with two more wins. This will be the Senators’ biggest test to date.

This is also the only game featuring two teams with winning records. New Canaan will clinch an FCIAC playoff spot with a win over Wilton.

Friday

Stamford (2-6) at Norwalk (3-5), 6 p.m. Two teams that have struggled this season looking to salvage respectable records.

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Brien McMahon (7-0) at Ridgefield (6-2), 7 p.m. The Senators may not admit it, but they are tired of the perception they are paper tigers. Now they get to offer a rebuttal against real Tigers looking to keep their state playoff hopes alive.

New Canaan (8-0) at Wilton (3-5), 7 p.m. The contender for most often heard sentence from opposing coaches: Imagine what Wilton would be like if it had some depth. Unfortunately lack of numbers has contributed to a lack of wins. New Canaan is looking to officially wrap up an FCIAC championship berth.

St. Joseph (7-1) at Fairfield Warde (2-6), 7 p.m. Do the Cadets suffer a letdown off of last week’s loss to New Canaan or take their anger out on Warde? Either way shouldn’t affect the outcome.

Danbury (3-5) at Trumbull (6-2), 7 p.m. Two teams coming off of tough late losses. The Eagles’ postseason hopes are now on thin ice.

Staples (6-2) at Bridgeport Central (0-8), 7 p.m. The Wreckers should be revitalized after their overtime win against Trumbull. Brian Gordon’s debut season at Central has been difficult.

Westhill (4-4) at Greenwich (6-3), 7 p.m. The Vikings, whose status remains at an elevated state from two years ago, would really make a statement here with a win over the Cardinals. But can they slow Austin Longi?

East Haven (1-7) at Fairfield Ludlowe (4-4), 7 p.m. The Falcons, who have lost three of their last four, don’t want a reversal of last season, when they came on strong at the finish. East Haven has lost seven in a row.

Saturday

Bassick (1-6) at Trinity Catholic (0-8), 1 p.m. Does first-year coach Donny Panapada get his initial victory here?

Darien (7-1) at Warren Harding (3-5), 2:30 p.m. Harding’s strategy on how to win the game of Where’s Jack? Go totally dark until no one cares anymore.

— Dave Ruden

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