But thanks to Austin Longi, Greenwich defeated West Haven. Fairfield Ludlowe hung on to beat Lyman Hall. And, with Ridgefield’s victory over Cheshire, the FCIAC had rallied back with three victories Sunday to defeat the SCC 9-8 in the ‘SCC/FCIAC Challenge.’
No truth to the rumor SCC Commissioner will be shipping a set of steak knives to FCIAC commissioner John Kuczo, but the FCIAC did get to puff out its chest for one weekend.
Granted, there are seven more bye-week games to play throughout the season, but after last year’s dismal showing against the SCC in the state playoffs, the ‘Challenge’ victory had to give the league a nice confidence boost, not to mention a good cache of state playoff points, going forward.
But, in case you didn’t notice, there was plenty of intrigue going on outside of the SCC/FCIAC bubble.
Southington needed late offensive burst to defeat Glastonbury in the biggest CCC game of the early going. Derby’s Mike Kreiger out-Marchied St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi to rally the Red Raiders in a comeback victory. Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome set the state career mark for touchdowns. Ledyard’s Jim Buonocore won his 100th game. And, of course, Masuk destroyed New Milford in a game against its former coach, John Murphy.
Lest we forget, we’ll be hearing from the CIAC soon on the fate of one Jason Pace, whose Wolcott team went six points over the 50-point ‘score management’ policy (you’re cool at a 50-point margin) in a 62-6 victory over Sacred Heart.
(Blech, ‘score management.’ Blech.)
For all the stories and links from select publications around the state, check our scoreboard.
Now, with (almost) all of Week 1’s high school games completed, it’s time to ask YOU:
What Did We Learn From Week 1?
Think hard, kids.
Think back to a week ago, when we were all just champing at the bit to get this season started, while we were boldly throwing our thoughts around, trying to hurl our convictions about who was good and who was not through the flimsy arguments of others.
Take a look back at what we all thought about and expected from the players, the coaches, the teams; what we thought about the polls and the leagues and the matchups.
Think hard now. What did we learn in Week 1?
Think back at what you thought and what you thought and said and then compare that to what happened over the last five days.
What did we learn?
Yes, this is a quiz. Yes, you will be graded.
This is a very simple exercise: Tell us what you learned, but you MUST begin your response with, “I learned…”