Matt Gorski of four-time defending state champion Darien.
(Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Two days, two showdowns.
And in Fairfield and Section 1, they are, simply stated, the regular-season games of the year.
Tomorrow: Darien at Ridgefield, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Yorktown at John Jay, 7:30 p.m.
We’ve been discussing and analyzing these matchups throughout the regular season.
Now it’s time to play the games. And post your picks.
I’ll get things started.
Darien at Ridgefield, 6:30 p.m., tomorrow
If this game were played April 14 instead of May 14, the outcome would have been much easier to predict. At that point, a young Darien team was struggling to find its way and was beset by a variety of injuries.
Now, the Blue Wave have molded themselves into if not a replica something close to the team that has won four straight state titles. Ridgefield, meanwhile, is now the team that is injury plagued. But the Tigers still have to be considered favorites, with their lone loss come against New Jersey prep school power Lawrenceville.
Both teams have suffered major injuries of late to key defensemen. John Mirra, Ridgefield’s leading defender, will be out after suffering a leg injury vs. Lawrenceville. Hofstra-bound Corey Caputo of Darien will miss the next two games at least with a hamstring injury.
Prediction: Ridgefield 9, Darien 7
Yorktown at John Jay, 7 p.m., Friday
When Yorktown pulled out a 13-10 win over John Jay on May 16 of last season, it was almost a cathartic experience for the ‘Huskers.
After all, no team had dominated Yorktown the way John Jay had in recent history. The Indians had actually won three straight against Yorktown entering last season. Considering Yorktown’s dominance of Section 1 since 1980, that was a pretty impressive streak on one hand, and a pretty frustrating one on the other the one belonging to Yorktown.
Did last year’s win signal a “return to normalcy”? Will John Jay continue to play second fiddle to the ‘Huskers for the foreseeable future? Who knows. This much is clear. With a senior-laden defense and perhaps the most potent one-two offensive combination in the state, Yorktown enters the teams’ latest meeting as a solid favorite. But this is John Jay-Yorktown, so anything can happen, and often does.
Prediction: Yorktown 11, John Jay 7
Be sure to weigh in with your predictions and comments and post any info/thoughts on games you attend.
You can also reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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