Five CT Football Alliance games to watch in the first week

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Hearst Connecticut Media

Teams across the state are beginning to hit their stride and discovering what type of team they have the potential to be this season.

That potential is about to be tested by one of the most competitive weeks on the schedule this season.

WEEK 3 HS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE / SCOREBOARD

The Connecticut Football Alliance was created in 2017 to help balance out schedules and add a little juice to the regular season.

While there were two CT Alliance games during the first two weeks of the season, Week 3 and Week 4 provide the most crossover games and some of the matchups are playoff type games.

Listed below are five of the best and most interesting games this week. All will be played Friday night. 

Darien’s David Evanchick (33) tries to bring down New Canaan’s Drew Pyne (10) during the annual Turkey Bowl football game between Darien and New Canaan at Darien High School on Nov. 28, 2019.

Darien’s David Evanchick (33) tries to bring down New Canaan’s Drew Pyne (10) during the annual Turkey Bowl football game between Darien and New Canaan at Darien High School on Nov. 28, 2019.

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No. 3 Newtown (2-0) at No. 1 Darien (2-0)

  • When/Where: Darien High School Stadium, Darien, 7 p.m.
  • Previous Matchup: December 14, 2019. Newtown beat Darien in the Class LL final, 13-7, on a last second pass from Jack Street to Riley Ward.
  • Outlook: No. 1 vs. No. 3 will always pique the interest of any football fan, especially in the beginning of the season and with the recent history between these two programs. Over the past two seasons this game has become a rivalry in a way. This is the third straight season the teams team have met. Newtown won both times. Darien senior defensive lineman David Evanchick is one of the few players left who started in that game in 2019. Newtown will be led by junior quarterback Dylan Magazu who has beaten teams with both his arm and legs to start the season.
Football Action between Fairfield Prep and Daniel Hand, Friday September 10, 2021, at Rafferty Stadium in Fairfield, CT

Football Action between Fairfield Prep and Daniel Hand, Friday September 10, 2021, at Rafferty Stadium in Fairfield, CT

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No. 5 New Canaan (2-0) at No. 9 Hand (0-1)

  • When/Where: Strong Field at The Surf Club, Madison, 7 p.m.
  • Previous Matchup: September 12, 2014. New Canaan won 21-14. It was the season opener that year and New Canaan had two future NFL players — Zach Allen and Lucas Niang — on their roster at the time and Hand has one future NFL player — Jack Driscoll.
  • Outlook: Another top matchup this week. The last time theseteams met in 2014, Hand was ranked No. 2 and New Canaan was ranked No. 9. Over the last 10 years, the Class L state championship game has featured New Canaan or Hand. Both schools have won four state titles in that span. The two met in the 2011 state championship game with Hand winning, 34-10, behind two touchdowns from Nicholas Vitale. Hand lost its first and only game of the year to Fairfield Prep. Its Week 2 game was postponed due to COVID guidelines. New Canaan is off to a 2-0 start, but has not been tested, outscoring opponents 99-0. 
Greenwich’s James Wailgum (2) carries the ball into the endzone for a touchdown against Ridgefield on Saturday.

Greenwich’s James Wailgum (2) carries the ball into the endzone for a touchdown against Ridgefield on Saturday.

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No. 4 Greenwich (2-0) at Shelton (2-0)

  • When/Where: Finn Stadium Shelton, 7 p.m.
  • Previous Matchup: Dec. 1, 2007. Greenwich took home the Class LL state championship that day, beating Shelton 28-14. 
  • Outlook: In the 2000 Class LL championship it was Shelton, led by future NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who came out on top by beating Greenwich 22-8. Greenwich has the offense, scoring 91 points in the first two games this season and Shelton has the defense, allowing three points so far. What will win out? Can the Shelton offense get going this week? Or will the playmakers for the Cardinals step up?
St. Joseph’s Maxwell Warren breaks a tackle against Danbury on Saturday in Trumbull.

St. Joseph’s Maxwell Warren breaks a tackle against Danbury on Saturday in Trumbull.

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No. 2 St. Joseph (2-0) at Windsor (2-0)

  • When/Where: Jack O’Brien Stadium, Windsor, 7 p.m.
  • Previous Matchup: These two programs have never met.
  • Outlook: Over the past decade Windsor has made the playoffs seven times and in four of those years Windsor has met an FCIAC school. Windsor met New Canaan four times, including the 2016 state title game. Elijah Cromartie has led the Windsor offense to two wins to and 80 points in the first two games. St. Joseph has put up 84 points behind the arm and legs of Matt Morrissey. 
Xavier quarterback Drew Kron throws a pass during a football scrimmage against Wethersfield at Wethersfield High, Wethersfield on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Pete Paguaga, Hearst Connecticut Media)

Xavier quarterback Drew Kron throws a pass during a football scrimmage against Wethersfield at Wethersfield High, Wethersfield on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (Pete Paguaga, Hearst Connecticut Media)

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No. 8 Xavier (2-0) at Ridgefield (0-1)

  • When/Where: Ridgefield HS, 7 p.m.
  • Previous Matchup: These two programs have never met.
  • Outlook: The closest these two programs have ever come to playing against each other was in 2011 during the state playoffs. Xavier was the top seed in Class LL and Ridgefield was the No. 7 seed. Due to construction taking place at Tiger Hollow at Ridgefield, the game will be played on an alternative turf field at Ridgefield. Because of the construction, the Tigers didn’t have their first game until week 2. The Tigers started slow against Greenwich, but cut it to eight points late in the fourth quarter. Xavier, sparked by the arm of Drew Kron and running skills of DJ Wright, find themselves 2-0 for the first time since 2014.