In contrast to the FCIAC, which is squeezing its final two weeks of the regular season into one week, the SWC has taken the easy step of rescheduling all of their Week 8 football games for the week of Nov. 17, which is typically reserved for its annual championship game.
The championship was supposed to be held Nov. 15 at Bunnell. But ‘Superstorm’ Sandy created enough local havoc that the league’s athletic directors deemed it necessary to use that week for postponed games.
As for actually determining a league champion, Bunnell athletic director Dave Johnson said the SWC’s priorities were making sure all 10 CIAC games were completed.
“Once those games are completed then the football committee will make a decision,” Johnson told reporter Mike Cardillo. “How we decide a league championship, we’re not going to worry about it today.”
The SWC is in a similar situation as the FCIAC.
It has three unbeaten teams remaining. Like Staples and Greenwich in the FCIAC, league favorites Newtown (7-0) and Masuk (7-0) are scheduled to play Thanksgiving eve (Nov. 21).
Playing the part of Trinity Catholic is Barlow (7-0). Barlow is scheduled to face Masuk in Week 9. Barlow does not face Newtown this season.
The general feeling is if Masuk defeats Barlow, the Thanksgiving Day game will serve as the de facto championship for the third consecutive year. But if Barlow defeats Masuk then the SWC would likely have to make a decision to either crown co-champions, or no champion at all.
But unlike the FCIAC, the SWC is not making extraordinary steps to allow a league title game.
Here are the rescheduled SWC Week 8 games:
- New Fairfield at Pomperaug Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
- Masuk at Weston, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
- New Milford at Stratford, Nov. 17, time TBA
- Bunnell at Oxford, Nov. 17, noon.
- Immaculate vs. Newtown, TBA
- Brookfield at Barlow, TBA
- Bethel at Notre Dame-Fairfield, TBA