New Canaan Gets Defensive in 20-0 Turkey Bowl Win Over Darien

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With a strong wind blowing out of Darien High School’s north end zone, it looked like the elements would be a factor in Thursday morning’s Turkey Bowl between the Blue Wave and the New Canaan Rams.

In the end, Mother Nature had nothing on New Canaan’s defense. On the strength of four turnovers, three of which led to scores, the Rams pulled off a shocking 20-0 win over No. 3 Darien. “They outplayed us start to finish,” Darien head coach Rob Trifone said. “We certainly had our opportunities, we were in the red zone quite a bit but we couldn’t cash in.

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Darien Edges Past New Canaan 37-34 in Overtime Turkey Bowl Thriller

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It was one of the most memorable chapters in a long and storied rivalry—a rare high school football game that not only lived up but exceeded its hype as the top-seeded Darien Blue Wave escaped New Canaan with a breathtaking 37-34 overtime win over the No. 2 Rams Thanksgiving afternoon in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Dunning Field. Darien senior co-captain Finlay Collins was named the game’s MVP, rushing 10 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns and sealing the Wave’s breathtaking win with an interception of New Canaan quarterback Drew Pyne in overtime at the Wave five-yard line. _____________

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“Hats off to New Canaan, they played a hell of a game.” Darien head coach Rob Trifone told

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2016 Turkey Bowl Essentials: A Breakdown of New Canaan vs. Darien

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Thursday morning will mark the third straight year New Canaan and Darien collide in the Turkey Bowl as the top two teams in the state. As was the case last year, this will be the only time the No.1 Wave and No. 2 Rams face one another as Darien will defend its state Class LL title while the Rams are looking to win their fourth straight Class L crown. And if the previous two Thanksgiving match-ups—both won by Darien by a score of 28-21—are any indication, this year’s game will be another classic chapter in a historic rivalry that dates back to 1928. Even with the absence of an official FCIAC Championship game this season, stakes will be high on Thursday as the game will count toward CIAC rankings, impacting the probability of a state semifinal home game.

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Blue Wave’s Former All-State Pitcher Erika Osherow Debuts at UVA

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Former Blue Wave softball star Erika Osherow made her collegiate softball debut with the University of Virginia yesterday, and from the looks of things the former All-State pitcher has picked up exactly where she left off since graduating last spring. Osherow picked up both wins in a double-header as the Lady Cavs defeated Utah State 9-0 in Game 1, then went on to beat Boise State 12-4 in Game 2. Osherow fired a complete-game shutout against Utah State holding the Aggies to just three hits over five scoreless innings, with six strikeouts and one walk. Osherow also helped her own cause by going 1-2 at the plate with a double and two RBI. In the second game, Osherow picked up the win against the Broncos, pitching 3.1 innings in relief action, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and six K’s.