I hope you’re reading this somewhere in a coffee shop in Westport. If you’re not, get your rears in gear.
There’s no time to spare before FCIAC Mega Death Match: 2011 Edition commences this on this soon-to-be snowy day.
If you are hanging in a Starbucks, or at Village Bagels or Westport Pancake House or wherever they chow on breakfast goodies in Westport, you have some time to spare for a quick recap of Friday night in Week 7.
It began like any other this season: Everybody was on the edge of their seats enjoying a thriller at some stadium.
Everyone… except for me. I was in Brookfield, watching Lou Fenaroli bulldoze the reeling Brookfield front lines in the third quarter of what would become a 41-0 route. For me, it was typical. I’ve missed the good ones all year. Maybe, I’m thinking, my compass is just off.
But then, like the Bat Signal, came a Tweet to save me.
From California, of all places:
“@MichaelVelush: @SPBowley Should go to Bethel-Bunnell then”
What was going on there? It’s 28-28, he said. I thought about it. Then I saw Bethel had scored to make it 35-28. That’s when decided I could make it to Ralph DeSantis Field, at least in time for the final quarter.
I backed away from the turf at Brookfield, raced down Route 25, slipped across Route 6 and into the woods of Bethel to witness Brandon Schmidt, Brian Birdsell and the rest of the Wildcats tie a bow around the second great SWC upset of the 2011 season.
Bethel 56, Bunnell 46. This from a team that Weston had used as fertilizer just a few weeks before.
I’d called for an upset last week. I even wondered if Bethel had one in them in the Guide. Ask and you shall receive.
Good show, Wildcats. Good show.
But it wasn’t just Bethel knocking one of Class L’s contenders down a peg. The rest of the playoff division took another hit when Fitch bounced No. 5 New London — remember them, Greenwich? — by the stunning score of 14-0. Down the pole a bit, Windsor felled Farmington, leaving six unbeaten teams in the division.
In Class LL, Stonington (the mighty Bears of Stonington) dropped Norwich Free Academy from the unbeaten ranks, 22-21. Cromwell lost to North Branford.
Down here in Shangri-La (south-western Connecticut for the uninitiated), we were devoid of any additonal stunners. New Canaan took care of Wilton; Fairfield Prep handled Hamden; Ridgefield edged McMahon; Hand (now 7-0) defeated West Haven; Masuk (also 7-0) crushed New Milford, Danbury defeated Trumbull, Shelton beat Amity, Ansonia bounced Crosby, Derby was outgunned against Torrington; Woodland kept pace by defeating Naugatuck.
Read the full roundup here.
So thanks for giving us a little spice, Bethel. You’re still in the playoff race. Newtown’s up next. Let’s see how long you can stay here.
OK. Finish up those pancakes. Scarf down the rest of that coffee. Grab an umbrella and (maybe) some cross-country skis and we’ll see you at Staples Field.