Though Hurricane Sandy is sure to push many of this week’s games at least a day off schedule, they will go on at some point. The two big ones–Holy Cross at Woodland and Wolcott at Ansonia–will be fully profiled in our Game of the Week thread, coming up later this week.
In the meantime, though, there’s an important game in the Valley between Derby and Seymour, a contest the Wildcats need to win to keep their faint Class S playoff hopes alive. (The other four potential playoff contenders are in our Co-Games of the Week.)
In the other contests, Naugy looks to break its two-game losing streak and needs a win over Watertown to ensure a .500 season. Crosby faces Wilby, Torrington visits Kennedy and a potential 100-point affair is set for Saturday night under the temporary Bristol lights for Sacred Heart-St. Paul.
Friday, Nov. 2
Derby at Seymour: A few weeks ago, it looked like the Red Raiders’ season might have been on the line in this game. But following Derby’s upset loss to Torrington, it’s now Seymour who has much more to gain (and lose) when these two rivals renew an old Valley classic. The Wildcats have not been especially explosive or pretty against any teams with more than a couple wins but they have managed to rack up a 5-2 record. The Raiders, meanwhile, have been on a downswing–especially on defense–and have lost two in a row. Mike Kreiger had the best game of his career against Torrington, though, tossing six touchdown passes and hooking up with Dillon McMahon for four scores. Seymour does not have that capability. Mike Conlan’s biggest threat is on the ground. The Wildcats will have to chew up the clock and limit Derby’s possessions to be in this game. The Red Raiders’ defense needs to come and lay some hits early.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 42-28. Kyle- Derby, 41-20.
Watertown at Naugatuck: The Greyhounds went from a potential Class LL playoff team and leader in the Copper Division to having only a winning record left as an achievable goal. Defense has been their undoing over the last three halves, breaking down in the second half against Holy Cross before getting blasted by Woodland’s passing attack. Watertown is nowhere near as explosive as either of those teams, though, and has had the knack of turning over the ball pretty often. While the Indians’ defense is usually OK, Naugy’s offense has been much quieter of late and is probably poised for a re-breakout. Mick Pernell must be itching to get back out there and have a good game and Jason Bradley should have all sorts of confidence. Plus, that Naugy defense cannot be happy with its last two performances.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 35-20. Kyle- Naugatuck, 42-14.
Crosby at Wilby: The Wildcats have not been able to top any of the league’s better teams but have had a pretty nice season for themselves after Patrick Russo walked out on them just more than a week before the season. The players respond well to interim coach Gino Capuano, and he might be the favorite to land the permanent job after the season. Wilby might have beaten Seymour if Jacob Thomas were healthy. Brandon Sierra is probably the best athlete who will have the ball in this game and Crosby simply turns over the ball way, way, way too much to win this game. The Wildcats’ defense is deceptively good against teams that can’t chuck around the ball.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 39-35. Kyle- Wilby, 34-13.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Torrington at Kennedy: We don’t really have anything else to say about Torrington’s games. They’re pretty much shots in the dark, anyway, because we just don’t know which team will show up. Either way, Kennedy is too young to win this game. Next year, maybe.
Picks: Remmy- Torrington, 55-20. Kyle- Torrington, 62-14.
Sacred Heart at St. Paul: Neither of these defenses stand much of a chance of stopping the other without intercepting some passes. Remember that Wilby-St. Paul game two weeks ago? Look for the same thing, except replace Wilby’s running game with Sacred Heart’s passing attack. Last time David Coggins played in Bristol, he caught more than 250 yards’ worth of passes. Nobody should be surprised to see the same Saturday night under the temporary lights.
Picks: Remmy- Sacred Heart, 48-35. Kyle- Sacred Heart, 56-38.
As always, make your picks right here. We’ll be updating the Predictions Tracker soon and it will be up to date shortly. Our Game of the Week thread, previewing the two division championship games, will be up later this week.
Extra Points: Woodland’s Tanner Kingsley and Derby’s Mike Kreiger are up for the WFSB Friday Night Football Player of the Week. Click here to vote. … Ansonia is still ranked No. 2 in the latest The Day Coaches’ Poll while Wolcott and Woodland both received votes. The New Haven Register Media Poll is not yet out. … Check out Kyle’s Week 8 power rankings on the Red Zone blog. More to come there throughout this huge week, including a new look at the playoffs.
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