For our sake and yours, we hope Week 2 brings us a little more excitement than did the openers. We figured there would be a few semi-competitive games to kick off the season, but there wasn’t a single one that was decided by fewer than three touchdowns. That can’t continue the rest of the season, right?
This is the last week before full-out divisional play begins so there are a few prime interdivision matchups. Maybe a few of them can deliver excitement on Friday night.
We’re still getting a few things together here on the blog (we haven’t yet updated last week’s picks or the preseason predictions pages) but it will all be up and running very soon.
Our Week 2 power rankings are in the video below. You probably won’t find too many surprises in there, but at least you’ll find out where our Game of the Week will be!
Friday, Sept. 21
Woodland at Ansonia, 7 p.m.: While we would love for this game to be as competitive as some of the series’ best games, it’s tough to see it happening as long as No. 2 suits up in lavender. Newsome barely broke a sweat last week in rushing for five touchdowns on nine carries against Torrington, and the Chargers actually showed a few wrinkles in their offense for the first time in a long time. Ansonia’s defense was plenty good enough, but Woodland’s offense should be a better test. Tanner Kingsley had an excellent first week in the spread, throwing for five touchdowns. He’ll be missing one of his best targets in Rahmi Rountree, who will be suspended for the game after being ejected from the Sacred Heart contest. That could actually hurt on defense as much as on offense because Rountree could have helped slow down Newsome’s breaks to the outside. Woodland will probably need to play a near-perfect game to get the win. Look for plenty of blitzing from both teams. If Kingsley gets the ball out as quickly as he’s capable, the Hawks could stick around. But Ansonia’s defense matches up with Woodland’s offense better than the Hawks’ defense against the Chargers’ offense.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 48-18. Kyle- Ansonia, 54-25.
Torrington at Wolcott, 7 p.m.: For Torrington, this may be as close to a Week 2 must-win situation as there’s ever been. After a demoralizing loss to Ansonia last Friday, the Red Raiders don’t have any time to sulk with a trip to Wolcott coming up. Joan Toribio didn’t have the debut he wanted against the Chargers, but that of course was against a much more superior defense than he’ll probably see the rest of the year. The Eagles had no problems against Kennedy and Mike Nicol showed a better commitment to getting the ball out of his hands on passing plays rather than prematurely tucking and running. That ability to let plays develop can really help Wolcott as it faces better teams, including this week. Confidence–and the revenge factor after last year’s beatdown–are on the Eagles’ side, but Torrington knows it needs this game. That could make this the best game of the week.
Picks: Remmy- Torrington, 28-20. Kyle- Wolcott, 41-33.
Holy Cross at Watertown, 7 p.m.: The Crusaders didn’t have much of a test in Week 1 but clicked in every phase of the game. Their competition takes a slight notch up this week at Watertown, who must be a little deflated after its sloppy nonconference loss to Montville. Holy Cross didn’t need to use many of its tricks against Crosby and probably won’t need to pull them out against the Indians, either. If Watertown plays as poorly in the turnover department as it did last week, this game will get out of hand in a hurry. The Indians have to figure out a way to get their speedy playmakers more involved. Either way, the Crusaders’ offense will end up being better.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 35-15. Kyle- Holy Cross, 42-14.
Sacred Heart at Seymour, 7 p.m.: Even though the Wildcats probably aren’t quite as good as they were last year, we said during the preseason that they might have a better shot as securing a winning record this season because of their easy schedule. Whitney Tech was no match last week and Sacred Heart probably will not be this week, especially if the Hearts play without David Coggins and Javon Martin. They may be deemed eligible by the CIAC on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean Cortez Johnson will play them Friday night. If they do play, that could give Sacred Heart a much-needed boost on offense. But we’re assuming they will not be in the lineup, and the Hearts’ offense struggled to move the ball anywhere last week against an unproven Woodland defense. All Seymour has to do is play a clean game to get to 2-0.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 21-7. Kyle- Seymour, 34-0.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Wilby at Kennedy, 11 a.m.: We knew Kennedy didn’t stand a chance against Wolcott in Week 1, but many folks (including Kyle) picked Wilby to beat Naugatuck. That clearly wasn’t the case and the Wildcats’ offense really struggled against an apparently quality Naugatuck defensive front. Wilby should be able to get back on track this week with Jacob Thomas and Brandon Sierra facing a weaker defense. Kennedy doesn’t seem to be a threat to outscore anyone.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 28-16. Kyle- Wilby, 33-12.
Crosby at St. Paul, 1:30 p.m.: There’s plenty of talent in St. Paul’s passing game, but it took far too long for it to get going last Saturday against Derby. The Falcons may have more success against Crosby this week, although the Bulldogs have some talent in their secondary. Crosby’s offense couldn’t do anything against Holy Cross but tried to throw more than we’re used to seeing from the Bulldogs. That could add up to a three-hour game.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 40-20. Kyle- St. Paul, 55-22.
As always, we invite you to make your picks with us on this thread. We’ll keep track of them in our Predictions Tracker throughout the season. Remmy was 7-for-8 on his Week 1 picks while Kyle missed three games. We’ll have all your picks updated very soon.
Our Game of the Week thread is coming up a little later this week and will feature the Naugatuck-Derby contest at the Ryan Complex.
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