Because a majority of its schools will be out for the remainder of the week due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, the FCIAC announced Wednesday it will be rescheduling its Week 8 and Week 9 football games into a 10-day span before Thanksgiving week.
The FCIAC said its Week 8 football games will be played Thursday, Nov. 8. Week 9 will be played Tuesday, Nov. 9.
If necessary, the league title game will be played Saturday, Nov. 17 at Trumbull.
The way things stand now, Staples and Trinity Catholic will qualify for the FCIAC’s annual tilt if they both win out. Greenwich would supplant either team if they win their final two games and if Staples or Trinity Catholic loses.
Trinity (7-0) plays Darien and St. Joseph in its final two regular season games. Staples (6-0) plays at Warde and at Westhill. Greenwich (6-0) finishes at McMahon and vs. Danbury.
Should Trinity Catholic lose, and Staples and Greenwich win, their regular-season Thanksgiving game will serve as FCIAC title game.
Of course, this arrangement will add stress on teams that are likely to qualify for the state playoffs.
In theory, Trinity, Staples or Greenwich could wind up playing seven games in just 30 days should they reach the state championship in their respective classes.
Petroccio called the scenario “absolutely crazy,” when asked by our own Doug Bonjour.
“We are put in a very, very difficult position,” Petroccio told Bonjour. “But again, it is what it is. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.
“We talked to (Staples) AD Marty (Lisevick) and we gave our opinion, but I had no idea they were going this route—none.”
Meanwhile, several SWC teams have already postponed their Week 8 games to the weekend of Nov. 17, including Masuk-Weston, Stratford-New Milford.
Bunnell athletic director Dave Johnson said the league’s ADs are meeting Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss their league playoff situation. “It’s a good possibility that we might just not crown an SWC champion,” he said.