Path to FCIAC football final still muddled
St. Joseph and Trumbull High both lost for the first time in FCIAC play on Friday, as New Canaan and Brien McMahon of Norwalk vaulted into the top two spots for the FCIAC Championship game, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22, at McDougall Stadium.
New Canaan defeated St. Joseph, 62-21, while Trumbull lost to Staples of Westport, 49-42, in overtime, as the locals both dipped to 6-1 in league play.
The Rams have a leg up on making the finals, but the second spot is still up for grabs with two games remaining before the title tilt in Trumbull.
Here are the current power point standings:
1. New Canaan (6-0) – 810 points, 135.0 avg.
2. McMahon (6-0) – 740, 123.3
3. Staples (6-1) – 790, 112.9
4. Trumbull (6-1) – 750, 107.1
5. St. Joseph (5-1) – 620, 103.3
6. Darien (6-1) – 720, 102.9
New Canaan will clinch a spot in the title game with one more win. The Rams play at Wilton (1-5 FCIAC) Friday and will host Trinity Catholic (0-7) the following week.
The other five teams in the top six are all mathematically alive, but only the McMahon Senators have their destiny in their own hands.
McMahon can secure a finals berth with wins during the next two weeks, but it will be a tough haul as it plays at Ridgefield (4-2) and hosts St. Joseph (6-1).
The McMahon-St. Joseph match-up on Nov. 15, is the key game during the final two weeks, as the Cadets could propel themselves into the final with a victory. The Cadets first need to get by Warde (2-4) next week, but could have the inside track for a finals berth with two wins.
Staples bounced back from a loss to New Canaan with a huge win over Trumbull, which had been unbeaten in league play.
That victory put the Wreckers back in the picture, and they’ll need to beat Central (0-7) and Norwalk (2-5) over the final two weeks, and have McMahon lose at least one game, to have a shot.
In the case of a multi-team tie with one loss, the playoff berth will boil down to bonus points, which are a muddled picture for the moment.
Trumbull hosts Danbury (3-4) and Central (0-7) over the final two weeks, while Darien has just one FCIAC game remaining, playing at Harding (2-5) next weekend.
Trumbull and Darien need to win their final league games, and get some help in the form of upsets and bonus points, in order to qualify for the conference final.
Remaining FCIAC games before final:
New Canaan: at Wilton, home vs. Trinity
McMahon: at Ridgefield, home vs. St. Joseph
Staples: at Central, home vs. Norwalk
Trumbull: home vs. Danbury, home vs. Central
St. Joseph: at Warde, at McMahon
Darien: at Harding.