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Greenwich hosts Danbury in key football game Thursday night

Published 6:20 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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What: Greenwich (7-0) vs. Danbury (2-6) When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: Cardinal Stadium Season recap: Danbury -- After opening the season with a 16-6 loss to Norwalk, Danbury edged Hamden, 15-14, and Bridgeport Central, 36-30. Danbury has lost five straight since beating Central, falling in convincing fashion to Darien, Staples, Trumbull and Ludlowe. The Hatters dropped a tough, 24-20 decision to Westhill in their sixth game of the season. Season recap: Greenwich -- The Cardinals have steamrolled the opposition so far this season, averaging 48 points per game en route to achieving their 7-0 mark. McMahon was the latest team to feel the Cardinals power, falling to Greenwich last week, 49-14. The Cards scored more than 60 points in beating Westhill and Trumbull and have eclipsed the 40-point plateau in each game except their season-opener -- a 20-7 victory on the road against Ridgefield. What's at stake: This is a huge game for Greenwich, which must defeat Danbury to clinch its second straight berth in the FCIAC championship game on Thanksgiving morning at home against defending champion Staples. Danbury, meanwhile, is playing for pride. Series history: Greenwich is 8-0 against Danbury since 2004, with seven of the victories coming by double digits. Last year's 17-7 win over the Hatters was the Cardinals' closest contest against Danbury since it posted a 7-0 triumph in 2004. Taylor Olmstead sparked the Cards' victory over Danbury last November -- a win that secured a spot in the FCIAC championship game -- by blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown. Greenwich beat Danbury 27-7 in 2010, 47-6 in 2009 and 34-18 in 2008. The Cardinals also registered convincing wins in 2007 (41-0), 2006 (28-14) and 2005 (38-7). Watch out for: Greenwich senior quarterback Liam O'Neil has been on the mark, throwing 13 touchdown passes the last three games, three of which came last week against McMahon. Cardinals 6-foot-3 220-pound senior tight end Joe Kelly has been a tough matchup for each opponent. Last week, Kelly had five receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Alex McMurray reached the end zone two more times last week against the Senators, giving him a team-high 12 touchdowns. Player's quote: "This game against Danbury is our Senior Night so we are going to be coming out 100 percent. We are looking forward to playing for the FCIAC title." -- Joe Kelly
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