We’re in Week 7 already and we have the potential for the Copper Division championship to be sewn up by Friday at about 10 p.m. That would be an unlikely scenario but it’s absolutely possible and gives us some perspective on how late we are in this season already (it’s almost November!).
While the Woodland-Naugatuck game Friday night will be our Game of the Week, the Holy War at Municipal Stadium will be just as important in terms of figuring out how the Copper shapes up entering a huge Week 8 in which the Crusaders will visit the Hawks with the division title potentially on the line.
Also this week, Wolcott and Ansonia get final tune-ups before their Week 8 matchup at Jarvis Stadium that will be for the Brass Division title, while Derby tries to keep its slim Class S playoff hopes alive when it welcomes back alumnus Dan Dunaj and his reeling Torrington squad.
Friday, Oct. 26
Sacred Heart (3-3, 1-2) at Holy Cross (4-2, 2-1): This has the potential to be the most interesting game of the week. With the Crusaders seemingly improving their offense each week and finally back in a strong position in the Copper Division, they play in what could be a bit of a trap game this week against the Hearts, who have won three of four and both games with David Coggins and Co. in the lineup. Sacred Heart’s offense, with Coggins at wide receiver and Javon Martin playing very well in his two weeks at quarterback, is definitely capable. We would expect Isaiah Wright to play man on Coggins with probably some safety help from Maurice Fabiani over the top. Coggins will still probably get his yardage but if Cross gets some stops, it should be able to score more easily on Sacred Heart’s defense. The Hearts are improving on that side of the ball, too, but the Holy Cross line is better and will give Adrian Brown and Wright room to run. After Crusaders quarterback Kristian Harmeling had a good game last week against Naugatuck, it will be interesting to see how much his arm is used against Sacred Heart, as their best defensive players are in the secondary (Coggins and Martin). Cross can’t get used to turning over the ball like it did against Naugy. But the Crusaders’ superior defensive front and pressure from guys like Gerron Pendarvis and Bryan Burnette will be a little too much. Don’t be surprised if this one is tight in the fourth quarter.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 34-15. Kyle- Holy Cross, 35-22.
Torrington (2-4, 2-2) at Derby (4-2, 2-2): We’re not sure of Dillon McMahon’s status, but his potential absence Friday night would absolutely hinder Derby’s chances at winning this game. Still, there are other pieces available (perhaps look for Michael Kreiger to become more involved in the passing game) and Torrington’s defense has been torched in most of its big games this season, including the last two blowout losses to Naugatuck and Woodland. We have to wonder how much the last two losses, plus the hazing incident, have taken their toll on Torrington and whether or not the team can come back to compete.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 35-21. Kyle- Derby, 41-27.
Watertown (1-5, 1-3) at Wolcott (6-0, 4-0): The only thing the Eagles have to be aware of is not letting this game become a trap with the Brass Division title game coming up in Week 8 at Ansonia. Wolcott matches up better against Watertown in every area of the game although the Indians are playing a little bit better of late (the switch to AJ Cattaneo at quarterback has opened up the offense a bit more). The most important goal in this game for Wolcott is to come out healthy so the team is at full strength for their trip to Charger Land.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 42-20. Kyle- Wolcott, 48-13.
Ansonia (6-0, 3-0) at Crosby (1-5, 0-3): It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the Chargers’ starters actually play in this game. Does Tom Brockett rest the big guys most of the way to prepare for Wolcott? Or do they get their usual two full quarters of action? Either way, there’s nothing to see here.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 42-3. Kyle- Ansonia, 49-0.
Wilby (3-3, 1-2) at Seymour (4-2, 1-2): Seymour’s very slim Class S playoff hopes are on the line this week when it hosts Wilby, fresh off a thrilling, 52-50 win over St. Paul. Wilby lost Jacob Thomas early in that game so it would be tough to beat Seymour if Thomas isn’t available. Wilby is definitely a scrappy group who doesn’t play great defense but has some athletes on offense who are able to score. Seymour isn’t necessarily explosive on offense but manages to move the ball pretty well against the middle- and lower-level teams in the league. These teams will probably try to do very similar things (Mike Conlan and Brandon Sierra are similar quarterbacks and their offenses are dedicated to running) so we expect the slightly better defense to emerge with the win.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 35-27. Kyle- Seymour, 34-32.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Kennedy (0-6, 0-3) at St. Paul (0-6, 0-3): Well, well, well. St. Paul has come close to two wins, losing twice to city schools by one score late in the game. It’s tough to see the Falcons’ offense not racking up a ton of points a week after Sacred Heart hit the 60-point mark against Kennedy. The name of the game for the Eagles will be running the ball successfully. St. Paul absolutely will allow that to happen. If the Falcons turn over the ball more than a time or two, Kennedy will be right in it. But right now the young Eagles team doesn’t have the athletes to match up with St. Paul’s offense.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 68-41. Kyle- St. Paul, 56-38.
As always, make your picks right here. We’re updating the Predictions Tracker right now and it will be up to date shortly. Our Game of the Week thread, previewing the big Woodland-Naugatuck game, is coming up later this week.
Also, St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi is up for the WFSB Friday Night Football Player of the Week. Click here to vote.
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