A view from the WGCH 'Press Box'

Editor’s Note: Each week during the high school football season, the radio crew from WGCH 1490 AM in Greenwich will have a column about the high school sports scene online at Greenwich-post.com. The views expressed in the column are that of the individual composing the column:

The Greenwich High School football team kicked off its 2012 football season last Friday night in grand style, beating the Ridgefield Tigers, 20-7. Many considered the Tigers to be the favorite in this one, considering the Cardinals’ injury problems and the loud hometown crowd. To be honest, the Cardinals should have won by more, but they scored early and took the fans right out of it.


Still, the Ridgefield bleachers were standing-room only, especially in the student section, where the “blackout” was in full effect. Earlier in the week, Greenwich students announced a “whiteout” on Facebook, in an effort to get fans to make the trip to Ridgefield for the game. Greenwich students (and fans) were asked to dress in white for the game.

Over on the Ridgefield side, Chris Erway and I called the game, with a perfect view of the Greenwich grandstands. As always, there were Cardinals fans, who usually travel well. There were also a handful of fans dressed in white.

A handful.

Like Keyshawn Johnson is known to say on TV: “Come on, man!”

Look, I get that the trip to Ridgefield isn’t short, but I’ve long said Greenwich is a great sports town. It is. But I sometimes wonder what it is that students are up to that they skip out on the games (please, no wise cracks). Even at home games, the same “white out” attempts are made, with inconsistent results. I’ve seen boisterous student cheering sections at Ridgefield, St. Joseph and New Canaan, among others.

If you aren’t going to the games, you’re missing out on your friends. Your neighbors. You’re missing out on nice guys (at least they are to me) like Taylor Olmstead and Alex McGee, putting forth strong efforts on the defensive side of the ball when the Cardinals needed it.

Last Friday, you missed Joe Kelly, running to daylight for a touchdown. You didn’t see Mark Bernstein, who almost single-handedly took momentum away after a Ridgefield touchdown. You didn’t get to watch Jose Melo and Alex McMurray, running the offense effectively, thus minimizing the loss of Liam O’Neil.

You didn’t neutralize the Ridgefield blackout. Your team did.

So what will happen at Cardinal Stadium when Trumbull comes to town for the home opener in October? Will there be students disguised as empty bleachers? I always thought the “Friday Night Lights” concept would have students packing the stands. I can’t say that I was right about that.

I want to see it. I want to relay that on the radio. I want the crowd noise to wash over us. Make Cardinal Stadium an intimidating place to play.

Your team deserves it.

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