Update (Tuesday, 2 p.m.): Another round of weather has screwed up the football schedule. The Wolcott-Montville, Ansonia-Prince Tech and Woodland-Capital Prep quarterfinals have been postponed to Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
All semifinals will now be played Sunday.
No. 8 Montville (8-2) at No. 1 Wolcott (9-1): The Eagles are hosting their first-ever home quarterfinal in just their second-ever postseason appearance. Wolcott nearly suffered a come-from-ahead loss on Thanksgiving that would have knocked it down from the top seed, but a late touchdown pass from Mike Nicol to Matt Cyr gave the Eagles their first win over Holy Cross in 11 years. Montville has plenty of experience with NVL teams over the last few years (a loss to Ansonia in the 2010 Class S playoffs, a two-year series against Watertown) and beat the Indians in Week 1 of this season. Montville was vulnerable to the pass in an early-season beating by New London, so perhaps that becomes part of the Eagles’ game plan. Nicol has enjoyed some really good passing games and some mistake-ridden ones, so he’ll need to be more of the clean Nicol throughout the playoffs if the Eagles have a shot.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 38-14. Kyle- Wolcott, 34-21.
No. 8 Prince Tech (8-2) at No. 1 Ansonia (11-0): There will be 16 quarterfinals played Tuesday night. None has a more assured outcome than the game at Jarvis Stadium. The Chargers will be easily favored no matter who they play in these playoffs, but they’re probably six-touchdown favorites against a tech school that just got walloped by the best in its league (Capital Prep). Prince has some nice stats on the season (leading rusher Rakheem Jordan has rushed for 1,674 yards and 19 touchdowns) but the competition is many levels below the defense those guys will see Tuesday. Ansonia just has to stay healthy.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 49-0. Kyle- Ansonia, 42-0.
No. 7 Woodland (7-3) at No. 2 Capital Prep/Classical Magnet/Achievement First (10-0): By out-pointing Prince Tech, the Hawks avoided a third meeting with the Chargers (for now, at least). They also got what is probably the most favorable 7-2 matchup in the state, facing Capital Prep. But the Trailblazers aren’t the typical tech school champ prone to a first-round blowout. We’ve heard plenty of good things about the athletes and speed on the field for Capital Prep. Running backs Bennie Fulse and Mike Jones team with athletic quarterback Antwan Byrd and receiver Dequan Clarke to power and offense that averages nearly 400 yards and 36 points per game. The good news for Woodland is that Capital Prep’s defense is not nearly as good as its offense. The Trailblazers are prone to allowing big plays (see their most recent game against Prince Tech) so the Hawks’ offense should excel. They will just need a few stops on defense and ball control on offense.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 35-28. Kyle- Woodland, 41-35.
Of course, we have to pick the other 13 state quarterfinals (because that’s what we do).
No. 8 West Haven (8-2) at No. 1 Staples (9-0): Remmy- Staples, 42-21. Kyle- Staples, 38-28.
No. 7 Glastonbury (9-1) at No. 2 Southington (10-0): Remmy- Southington, 28-20. Kyle- Southington, 21-14.
No. 6 Greenwich (8-1) at No. 3 Xavier (9-1): Remmy- Xavier, 35-21. Kyle- Xavier, 42-21.
No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (10-0) at No. 4 Newtown (10-0): Remmy- Norwich Free Academy, 24-21. Kyle- Newtown, 21-10.
No. 8 Platt (8-2) at No. 1 Daniel Hand (10-0): Remmy- Daniel Hand, 35-7. Kyle- Daniel Hand, 42-7.
No. 7 Fitch (8-2) at No. 2 Windsor (9-0): Remmy- Windsor, 42-14. Kyle- Windsor, 40-13.
No. 6 New Canaan (8-2) at No. 3 Avon (10-0): Remmy- New Canaan, 28-20. Kyle- New Canaan, 31-14.
No. 5 Middletown (8-2) at No. 4 Masuk (9-1): Remmy- Masuk, 41-28. Kyle- Middletown, 35-31.
No. 7 Bullard Havens Tech (8-2) at No. 2 Berlin (9-1): Remmy- Berlin, 35-7. Kyle- Berlin, 28-13.
No. 6 Weston (8-2) at No. 3 Ellington/Somers (9-1): Remmy- Ellington/Somers, 21-14. Kyle- Weston, 24-14.
No. 5 St. Joseph (8-2) at No. 4 Hillhouse (8-2): Remmy- St. Joseph, 35-27. Kyle- Hillhouse, 28-27.
No. 6 Trinity Catholic (8-2) at No. 3 North Branford (10-0): Remmy- Trinity Catholic, 21-14. Kyle- North Branford, 39-34.
No. 5 Hyde Leadership (9-1) at No. 4 Rocky Hill (9-1): Remmy- Hyde Leadership, 27-21. Kyle- Rocky Hill, 28-22.
Extra Points: If you’re interested in buying advance tickets to any of the league’s quarterfinal games, we’ve got the links for you. Click here for Wolcott-Montville, here for Ansonia-Prince Tech and here for Woodland-Capital Prep. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. … Kyle was among three panelists on Laxworm Radio’s “The Show” on Sunday morning. He, Sean Patrick Bowley and Ned Griffen chatted about Thanksgiving and the upcoming quarterfinals. Click here to listen to a replay. … Ansonia legendary coach Jack Hunt’s funeral will be Monday morning. After Thursday’s game, the Rep-Am caught up with the Ansonia coaching staff after the game to discuss Hunt’s importance to the program. … The Predictions Tracker is updated through Thanksgiving.
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