Cardinals vs. Wave live on HAN Network

Cool’s the rule for Greenwich coach John Marinelli. He’s taking the start of his first FCIAC coaching gig in his stride.

Facing league defending champ Darien on Saturday — after making his debut at Trinity in a 42-38 win in a wacky one last Friday night — is not something he’ll be ringing the field with ceremonial torches for.

The 4 p.m. Saturday game will be broadcast live on the HAN.Network, and its affiliate websites — including and All regular season Connecticut sports contests on HAN.Network are broadcast for free. You can see the initial fall schedule here.

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“I think Rob (Trifone) is going to build it up for his kids,” said Marinelli. “And as he should. But for us, my debut happened yesterday (in Stamford). And our kids are just starting to get into a rhythm with me.”

Darien (1-0) gets started in earnest in game two, after thumping a young Stamford 47-14 last week, away also, in what coach Trifone calls “a hornet’s nest.”

Marinelli, a former New Canaan Rams assistant coach, steps from the wide shadow his father and Rams coach dad Lou casts across the sidelines, statewide.

“That’s his home debut, if you will,” Trifone said of the younger Marinelli. “They are going to pull out all of the stops.”

“The crowd will be the crowd and it will obviously be (my) first time in Greenwich coaching a game,” Marinelli said. “But I don’t see it being another debut. I think we are over with the debuts.”

Showtime has come to the FCIAC in week two. And you can see it all live streaming for free, and then on archive on the HAN Network, right on The Darien Times website starting with pre-game programming two hours before the 4 p.m. kickoff.

There was a second quarter scoring explosion, from all sides, in Marinelli’s first win as coach. He’d like to keep the powder slightly dryer on Saturday.

“I thought we were a little sloppy,” he said. “We did a lot of things to let Trinity back in the game. And they’re very opportunistic. And we didn’t really finish the second half. We’ve got to be a little smarter.

“We know we have to learn to put teams away. We just have to correct those errors.”

Cardinals in game one

Junior quarterback Frank Alfano went 18-for-30, for 225 yards, two touchdowns, intercepted once…Tyler Farris and Joey Longo caught TD passes, had nine receptions, 90 yards, while Farris had four receptions and went same distance…Anthony Ferraro caught five passes for short gains…Senior Luke Bienstock ran in two touchdowns running 100 yards…Kevin Iobbi was a workhorse on the rush.

Blue Wave in game one

Total shutdown over the Knights, ending it essentially up 47-0 at the half.

Star of the Game: senior QB Timmy Graham (18-for-20, 261 yards, four touchdown passes) held the hammer, receiver Colin Minicus played anvil as the pair combined to throttle the hosts early with three scores in the air…Sophomore Nick Green drove a furrow in the field and somersaulted into the end zone for his first big-time high school TD…Shelby Grant and Christian Trifone ran in TDs…Riley Stewart kicked six PAT and fired up a 35-yard field goal…Darien’s D was without blemish, before subs got out to feel there oats in what turned intot a scrimmage late in the second half…Mark Evanchick led with five tackles and three sacks, putting him 14 QB scalps away from the state record.

“Darien is a team that is going to convert offensively,” said Marinelli. “And they are going to take advantage of your mistakes. They’ve always been an extremely opportunistic football team. And typically good teams are. So we have to limit our mistakes and not turn the ball over.”

No turnovers, that was Trifone’s prime concern prior to kick-off of 2015, reflecting on the epic comebacks of 2014 you really can not count on as a matter of course this fall.

“He’s a great coach, and they’re a huge team with a great program,” Trifone said of his next opponent. “It’ll be a big test for us, for sure. And our kids are looking forward to the challenge.”

HAN Network

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