Nov 212014
 

nvl football blog logoHey, it’s the final week before Thanksgiving. Good stuff.

Naugatuck and Wolcott are both in action as they try to set up chances at the NVL title on Thanksgiving. The Greyhounds will host St. Paul, and a Naugy win will clinch its spot in the Class L playoffs. Wolcott, which will be without running back Mike Audibert, will face Sacred Heart-Kaynor Tech.

Other games include Woodland at Derby and Torrington at Crosby.

Kyle’s WATR crew will have the call of the Naugatuck-St. Paul game on 1320 WATR at 6:50 p.m., while the Woodland-Derby game will be live on CPTV Sports (and we assume on YouTube).

In Thursday night action, Seymour beat Watertown 53-7 and Oxford topped Wilby 34-14. Ansonia, Holy Cross and Kennedy are on byes this week.

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Nov 182014
 
Naugatuck, helped by dynamic slot receivers C.J. Wall (3) and Jalen Datil (11), can seal a Class L playoff spot with a win Friday over St. Paul. (Credit: Elio Gugliotti/Citizen's News)

Naugatuck, helped by dynamic slot receivers C.J. Wall (3) and Jalen Datil (11), can seal a Class L playoff spot with a win Friday over St. Paul. (Credit: Elio Gugliotti/Citizen’s News)

We’re just one week away from Thanksgiving, and for many teams the merciful end of this season. Ansonia, Naugatuck and Wolcott are all still alive for at least a share of the NVL championship and state playoff berths. The latter two are in action this week, while Ansonia is on a bye. There is no Game of the Week this week, as you can clearly tell by the schedule.

These Week 11 picks are presented by Blanchette Sporting Goods.

Thursday, Nov. 20
Seymour (6-3) at Watertown (1-8), 6 p.m.:
 Seymour and Watertown played before Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and the Indians upset the Wildcats. Who knows?
Remmy’s Take: I believe Watertown had a fluke game against Naugatuck last week. Seymour will run the ball 40 times this week and dominate the line of scrimmage.
Kyle’s Take: The Indians picked off Jason Bradley three times last week and haven’t been absolutely terrible on defense. Unfortunately for them, their offense is very bad.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 42-14. Kyle- Seymour, 28-7.

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Nov 142014
 

nvl football blog logoWe’ve only got three weeks left in the regular season, and seven NVL games are on tap tonight.

Our Game of the Week is in Wolcott, where the Eagles can keep their hopes alive for their first NVL championship — and a Class M playoff berth — against Derby.

Kyle’s WATR crew will have the call of the Woodland-Holy Cross game on 1320 WATR at 6:20 p.m.

Naugatuck will visit Watertown, while Ansonia will host Kennedy. Both teams still have chances to win outright NVL championships.

Other games include Oxford at Seymour, Sacred Heart-Kaynor Tech at Crosby and Wilby at St. Paul.

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Nov 122014
 
Wolcott's one-two punch of Mike Audibert (23) and Vincent Gambino has been a formidable offensive duo all season. (Credit: GWImages)

Wolcott’s one-two punch of Mike Audibert (23) and Vincent Gambino has been a formidable offensive duo all season. (Credit: GWImages)

Wolcott is one of three teams still alive for the NVL championship, even if they can really only grab a share of it. Both the Eagles and Derby still have hopes at making the state playoffs, but whichever team loses this week is probably out of the running. (Wolcott may have a little more room for error, but it wouldn’t feel very good.)

This Game of the Week is presented by Blanchette Sporting Goods.

Remmy’s Keys to the Game: Derby had better hope its defense shows up this week or it has absolutely no shot at beating Wolcott. What occurred last week in Derby was unreal. Kind of like when I picked the Down + A play with San Francisco in the original Tecmo Bowl — the defense simply couldn’t stop it. What I have yet to figure out is how Wolcott, which got blown out by Masuk, beat a solid Naugatuck team that simply embarrassed Derby just a week ago. I am not too confident in Wolcott’s ability to play great defense in this game but I have a feeling the Eagles’ D will force enough turnovers to put this game away in the mid-third quarter. Wolcott needs to do one thing this week: Take away the Derby ground game.

Kyle’s Keys to the Game: About midway through the season, Derby played three straight games in which it allowed single-digit points. Maybe some folks thought it meant the Red Raiders’ defense was developing into a real threatening unit. Of course, those games came against some of the league’s poorest offenses, as Derby has allowed 92 points over the last two weeks. Wolcott’s offense is better than that of Seymour, which posted 44 (OK, two kickoff-return touchdowns were in the mix). The Red Raiders need to stop the Eagles’ rushing attack first. That’s been the real strength of Wolcott this season, as the passing game hasn’t been the primary attack. Derby also can’t afford to come up empty on offense early in the game. Wolcott’s defense hasn’t put forth a fully quality defensive effort against a good team this year — its shutdown of Woodland came before the Hawks had fully settled in to the wing-T — so there’s room for Derby to move the ball. It can’t turn it over.

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Nov 112014
 
Woodland's Sean McAllen rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns last week against Ansonia. (Credit: GWImages)

Woodland’s Sean McAllen rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns last week against Ansonia in the Hawks’ 30-28 loss. (Credit: GWImages)

There are only three weeks left in the regular season, and we’re down to three — Ansonia, Naugatuck and Wolcott — in the NVL championship race. All three are back in action this week.

Check out our Week 10 picks, brought to you by DiGiorgi Roofing and Siding.

Friday, Nov. 14
Holy Cross (6-3) at Woodland (3-5), 6:30 p.m.:
 The Hawks were an onside kick away from securing the biggest upset in program history. Now they have to try to bounce back.
Remmy’s Take: Woodland can take its loss to Ansonia one of two ways: Tank the rest of the season or bounce back and keep some momentum going. I think the Crusaders finally runs into a team that will expose them. Hawks get it done this week at home.
Kyle’s Take: It’s going to be an emotional challenge for Woodland to recover this week and be ready to go Friday night. I think the Hawks will get it done, though. Holy Cross’ defense has been downright terrible lately and Woodland is really clicking with its wing-T.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 35-21. Kyle- Woodland, 28-21.

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Nov 062014
 

nvl football blog logoFour teams are still alive for at least a share of the NVL championship. That number figures to grow smaller after Week 9.

Naugatuck (6-1) will visit Derby (6-1) in one of the last big swing games left in the NVL. The loser will likely be eliminated from the NVL title race, while the winner will still be alive. Both teams are also looking to stay in playoff qualifying position, where both are currently sixth in their respective classes.

The action gets started with Thursday’s Holy Cross-Crosby game at Municipal Stadium. The Crusaders can wrap up the NVL Brass Division title with a victory. Kyle’s WATR crew will have the call of that game on 1320 WATR at 5:50 p.m.

Friday’s other games include Ansonia at Woodland —  also on 1320 WATR at 6:20 p.m. — Wolcott at Oxford and Wilby at Kennedy. Saturday’s two games are Torrington at Seymour and Watertown at St. Paul.

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