A month and a half ago, when we were on the eve of the 2012 season, we pointed to Week 6 as potentially being a major turning point.
We’re here, and sure enough, it looks to be that way. (Hopefully the rain doesn’t scare anybody.)
Three very important divisional clashes headline this week’s schedule. Two of them–Holy Cross at Naugatuck and Derby at Wolcott–are absolutely crucial for both teams and will be our Co-Games of the Week while the other–Woodland at Torrington–is the first of five straight huge contests for the Hawks.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Ansonia at Watertown: Chargers coach Tom Brockett said he hoped Arkeel Newsome would be healthy enough to play this week, but they wouldn’t need him anyway. Even if he does play, it won’t be for any longer than the first half. Watertown’s offense is among the worst in the league and won’t put any pressure on the best defense in the NVL. The Chargers won’t have another test until Week 8 against Wolcott, a game in which they may be able to clinch another Brass Division title.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 49-19. Kyle- Ansonia, 48-0.
Friday, Oct. 19
Woodland at Torrington: The Hawks have only played one quality opponent so far and in that game they were waxed by Ansonia (granted, Woodland wasn’t at full strength in that game, but it probably would not have made too much difference). There’s nowhere to hide the rest of the way with the Torrington-Naugatuck-Holy Cross-Wolcott-Seymour string beginning. The Hawks’ offense shouldn’t be too much of a worry in this game, as long as the offensive line can handle some of the pressure brought by Torrington’s linebackers. The Raiders have some athletes in their secondary but they were torched fairly easily by Jason Bradley and Naugatuck last week. Woodland is pretty comparable in that area and should be able to score. If Torrington can get back to its power running game and eat up some clock, it should be able to stick around. But we just never know which Raiders we’ll see.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 35-20. Kyle- Woodland, 40-26.
Seymour at Crosby: The reeling Wildcats get a game they can handle this week after a pair of blowout losses to the Brass’ best squads. Crosby turns over the ball a lot and has no real passing threat even though there are good athletes on the outside. The Bulldogs’ defense is one of the worst in the league, too, so Seymour should be able to move the ball. We’ll have to see how much those two big losses took out of the Wildcats. If they come out ready to play, they are easy favorites.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 34-20. Kyle- Seymour, 41-12.
St. Paul at Wilby: The Wildcats play good defense against bad offenses, something for which St. Paul does not qualify. As bad as the Falcons’ defense is, they should have plenty of chances to score against Wilby. But St. Paul probably won’t be able to do much to stop Wilby’s running game with Jacob Thomas. This actually could be an exciting under-the-radar game just because it has the potential to be a close, high-scoring affair.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 42-35. Kyle- Wilby, 50-49.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sacred Heart at Kennedy: This game usually finds a way to be pretty close every year and Kennedy might be due for its annual upset. Even though the Hearts aren’t big favorites in this game, they do have their main trio back with the rust shaken off following last week’s win over Crosby. You can bet David Coggins and Javon Martin are ready to hook up more than three times this week and Kennedy’s pass defense will probably allow it. And we know the Eagles, who will try to pound away on the ground to wear down the clock and keep it away from the athletic Sacred Heart secondary.
Picks: Remmy- Sacred Heart, 41-28. Kyle- Sacred Heart, 33-20.
As always, make your picks right here. The Predictions Tracker is updated through Week 5. We’ll have thorough breakdowns of our Co-Games of the Week coming Wednesday, so we look forward to catching your thoughts on those games later.
Extra Points: If you haven’t seen them already, check out our midseason report card grades for all 14 NVL teams. … In the Rep-Am Red Zone, see what Kyle says we learned from Naugatuck’s win over Torrington and who are Greater Waterbury’s contenders and pretenders. … This week’s Woodland-Torrington game will be live on WAPJ at 6:50 p.m. Friday. Holy Cross-Naugatuck will be the WATR Game of the Week. … Ansonia gained a first-place vote in The Day of New London Coaches Poll and sits in second. The Chargers moved up to third in the New Haven Register Media Poll. Check them out in the right sidebar.
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