Greenwich, St. Joseph rock the state, The Day state coaches' poll

St. Joseph scored 28 unanswered points in the game’s final nine minutes to beat Ridgefield on Saturday afternoon, 38-35.

Hours later, Greenwich knocked off then-No. 6 New Canaan, the four-time Class L champion, 36-21.

Yep. The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference over-delivered this weekend.

There were two FCIAC games this past weekend between teams ranked in The Day Top 10 state coaches’ poll. It was guaranteed to alter the state rankings and CIAC playoff picture, no matter the result.

Greenwich (4-0) got the coaches’ attention after snapping a six-game losing streak and beating the Rams for the first time since 2006. It moved up four spots to No. 5.

St. Joseph (4-1), which opened the season with a 38-35 win at New Canaan, moved up one spot to No. 7. It trailed Ridgefield, 35-10, with eight minutes, 8 seconds remaining.

The Cadets' comeback was the fifth-biggest in state history, according to the Connecticut High School Football Record Book. The record is 28 points and shared by St. Joseph (1974), Bacon Academy (2010), Xavier (2012) and Wolcott (2013).

New Canaan (3-2) dropped out of the Top 10, notable because its been a fixture the last 11 years. It’s won 12 state titles over the past 16 seasons and had both coaches and media buzzing during the preseason. It was the top-ranked team in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 media preseason poll.

Ridgefield (3-2) also dropped out of the poll. Its other loss was to top-ranked Darien on opening night of the season (38-12, Sept. 8).

Middletown (5-0) and Shelton (4-1) moved into the Top 10 for the first time this season at No. 9 and 10, respectively.

Fitch (5-0) is 19th overall and the only local team receiving votes.

— Ned Griffen


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