With Wednesday and Thursday’s forecasts becoming more grim by the hour, the FCIAC has once again been forced to reconfigure its Week 8 and Week 9 high school football schedules.
The league announced Monday afternoon that all Week 8 games could be played by this coming weekend and all Week 9 games could be played as late as Nov. 17.
Though this likely renders a potential FCIAC championship game involving anyone other than Staples and Greenwich on Thanksgiving impossible, the league held back from canceling it outright according to its press release language on the FCIAC website.
“The FCIAC championship game match-up will be determined after the completion of the week nine (Nov. 15-17) games. If the championship game cannot be rescheduled, co-champions will be declared.”
That statement seemed to leave the door open for a separate championship game (somehow). But one FCIAC board member told The Advocate’s Dave Ruden “the only way to interpret” the statement is that there will be no championship if Trinity Catholic is involved.
Whew. Why couldn’t they just say that?
Anyway, if Trinity Catholic wins its final two games with Darien and St. Joseph, it will be declared co-champions alongside whichever team finishes in the top 2 of the FCIAC playoff standings. If Staples wins out, for example, they’d be co-champs with Trinity since the Wreckers would likely finish first.
If Trinity Catholic loses and Greenwich and Staples win their final two games, their Thanksgiving week game will be for the official FCIAC championship (and the league will collect half the gate in the process. God I love this league).
It took a potential nor’easter to force their hands, but the FCIAC finally made the right decision for their schools, their football programs and, most important, their players.
Just in time.
Now it’s up to the individual schools to reschedule their Thursday games, if needed.
Friday, Nov. 9
- Greenwich at Brien McMahon, 6 p.m.
- Stamford at New Canaan, 7 p.m.
- Bridgeport Central at Trumbull, 7 p.m.
- Harding at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.
- Danbury at Fairfield-Ludlowe, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
- Staples at Fairfield-Warde, 11 a.m.
- Bassick at St. Joseph, noon
- Darien at Trinity Catholic, 1 p.m.
- Wilton at Westhill, 1 p.m.