Nov 042012

Joe Lynch and the Wolcott running game had nowhere to go against Ansonia, who clinched its third straight NVL Brass Division title with a 41-12 win Friday at Jarvis Stadium. Credit: GWImages/@GWImages

Both division championships are now settled.

Ansonia pulled away from a pesky Wolcott squad to win the Brass Division title Friday night with a 41-12 victory while Woodland dominated Holy Cross and surprised nearly everyone with a 28-0 shutout to clinch the Copper Division championship Saturday night.

That means we’ll see Ansonia-Woodland Part II in about a week and a half for the NVL championship. But there are more pressing matters to take care of before then, especially for Woodland and Wolcott, who will meet in a game full of playoff implications in Week 9.

What Happened

Ansonia finally put away Wolcott in the third quarter after the Eagles stuck around for plenty of the game. The halftime score was only 20-6 and could have been closer if not for several Wolcott turnovers. Arkeel Newsome had his best game of the season, rushing for 254 yards on 34 attempts and scoring three times (it felt like fewer yards because he didn’t break any of his usual long runs). Andrew Matos also scored two touchdowns on passes from Jai’Quan McKnight and ran for another.

Wolcott had about as much success as any team moving the ball against Ansonia although there wasn’t a ton of it. When the Eagles went with their heavy package (three fullbacks and a Mike Nicol run behind them) they were successful, as well as the short and quick passing game (especially in the first half). It wasn’t overwhelming success but it was enough to where some team can probably build upon it. Ansonia’s defense is still awfully good, though.

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Ansonia’s win helped it become one of the first three teams in the state (and the first in Class S) to clinch a playoff berth (doing so with its win and losses by Stonington and Holy Cross). A home quarterfinal is not yet assured but might as well be.

Wolcott, on the other hand, dropped from its top spot in Class M but is still in decent position. Winning one of their last two games (Woodland and Holy Cross) should get the Eagles into the playoffs while losing out would make it pretty unlikely. We’ll have more on this later in the week.

Woodland wide receiver Brian Reis caught a pair of touchdown passes as the Hawks clinched the NVL Copper Division title with a 28-0 win over Holy Cross. Credit: Stan Strusky/sscreativedesign

In the Copper Division title game, Woodland dominated Holy Cross from start to finish. Some of the Hawks’ stats were quite impressive: 19-6 in first downs, 343-132 in yardage and 28:40-19:20 in time of possession. But the most impressive stat was probably the zero on the Crusaders’ side of the scoreboard.

Woodland stifled Holy Cross’ running game, holding Adrian Brown to just 22 yards and the team to 73. The Hawks racked up five sacks, too, and seemed boosted by the return of linebacker Levi Fancher, who led the team with nine tackles. On offense, Woodland’s spread passing game turned into a running game through the air as Tanner Kingsley kept the clock and chains moving with short completions. Anthony Scirpo and Brian Reis each caught two athletic touchdown passes.

The Hawks’ Copper title is their first since 2007, when of course they lost to Ansonia 41-0 in the NVL title game. Woodland also lost to the Chargers 47-16 earlier this year but the Hawks have slightly different looks on both sides of the ball now. We’ll talk about that game as it gets closer, but Woodland has to focus on Wolcott this week. A win by the Hawks would all but assure them a playoff spot.

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The Crusaders are probably out of Class S playoff contention but are not officially eliminated. Winning their last two games could make it close. But the Holy Cross offense looked lost in Beacon Falls and its defense struggled in covering the underneath passing game.

In other action, Jason Abbott led Torrington to a 67-36 win over Kennedy with three rushing touchdowns. Wilby scored the last 46 points of its game against Crosby to come away with a 46-14 victory. St. Paul outlasted Sacred Heart 48-36 thanks to Logan Marchi’s best game of the season, in which he threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more. Naugatuck also cruised past Watertown 52-14 as Mick Pernell scored three times to set the Greyhounds’ single-season record with 25.

Derby and Seymour will finish out the week Monday night at DeBarber Field.

Who Did It

Top Passers: Tanner Kingsley (WRHS): 33-42, 273 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT; Logan Marchi (SP): 20-27, 261 yds, 3 TD, 3 rush TD; Jason Bradley (NHS): 8-11, 181 yds, 4 TD; Mike Nicol (WOL): 10-23, 142 yds, TD, 2 INT; Jai’Quan McKnight (AHS): 4-6, 90 yds, 2 TD
Top Rushers: Arkeel Newsome (AHS): 32 rush, 254 yds, 3 TD; Nate Andrews (KHS): 5 rush, 196 yds, 3 TD; Eli Parks (SP): 20 rush, 151 yds, TD; Jason Abbott (THS): 18 rush, 148 yds, 3 TD; Jacob Thomas (WIL): 10 rush, 129 yds, 2 TD; Joe Masulli (WRHS): 21 rush, 88 yds; Nick Lorenzo (THS): 8 rush, 84 yds, TD; Mick Pernell (NHS): 14 rush, 76 yds, 3 rec, 75 yds, 3 total TD; Jerome Love (NHS): 6 rush, 66 yds, 3 total TD; David Hills (WIL): 7 rush, 57 yds, 2 TD; Jaquan Overbey (SH): 7 rush, 40 yds, 3 total TD
Top Receivers: Anthony Scirpo (WRHS): 12 rec, 125 yds, 2 TD; Jason Pelletier (WOL): 6 rec, 109 yds, TD; Brendan Carroll (SP): 6 rec, 89 yds, 2 TD; Andrew Matos (AHS): 3 rec, 85 yds, 3 total TD; Daija Fitzpatrick (SP): 7 rec, 81 yds, TD; Brian Reis (WRHS): 9 rec, 60 yds, 2 TD

The Blanchette Sporting Goods Player of the Week is Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome. The junior rushed for a season-high 254 yards on 34 attempts and added three touchdowns as the Chargers clinched their third straight NVL Brass Division title with a 41-12 win over Wolcott. Credit: GWImages/@GWImages

What’s Next

Remember, Derby and Seymour wrap up Week 8 with their matchup Monday night at 6 p.m. at DeBarber Field.

The big Week 9 matchup is the one in Wolcott between the Eagles and Woodland. The Hawks have struggled against Wolcott over the last few years as the Eagles have won the last four meetings and Woodland hasn’t beaten Wolcott since 2006. Both teams will all but assure themselves playoff berths with a win (and could clinch, with a little help) so there will be a ton on the line. The loser will put its postseason future in serious jeopardy.

If Seymour manages to upset Derby, the Wildcats will try to keep their Class S playoff hopes alive in Watertown. The Indians pulled an upset in that game a season ago.

Ansonia gets a final tune-up before the NVL title game when it faces Wilby on Friday night, while the Saturday slate includes St. Paul-Holy Cross, Naugatuck-Kennedy and Crosby-Derby. Torrington-Sacred Heart is currently scheduled for Thursday night, so they’ll both have short weeks after playing Saturday.

Extra Points

The WFSB Friday Night Football crew did a great job of covering NVL football in Week 8, showing multiple games on each night. They’ve posted their highlights of Ansonia-Wolcott and Wilby-Crosby, so check them out. … More photos and videos, where available, can be accessed by clicking the links in this post. … Remmy will have his highlights from Woodland-Holy Cross shortly. … CPTV Sports will air an encore presentation of Ansonia-Wolcott throughout the week, including Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday at 9 p.m. and Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. … We’ll have to wait until Tuesday to post this week’s predictions thread, updated Predictions Tracker and fantasy scoreboard. We’ll also have a new page going up soon. … Thanks again to everyone who came out to our tailgate last Friday night. It was a lot of fun to see many of you and hopefully we’ll see some of you again in a few weeks for the NVL title game. … In the Rep-Am Red Zone, see how differently Ansonia and Woodland treated their divisional titles and if a team needs to play perfectly against the Chargers.

  15 Responses to “Week 8 Wrap”

  1. So impressed with Woodland. I will say that HC seemed flat all night, which is not the first time that’s happened this season. Kingsley and company legitimate second best team in the conference. Nobody’s actually been close to beating them. Should be a great game this coming week against Wolcott. Both teams must have it!

  2. Check out my story this morning about how differently Woodland and Ansonia treated their division titles, and if a team needs to play perfectly to beat the Chargers.

    • Such a joke that the NVL plays the title game when the title has already been decided on the field! As much of a mockery as the FCIAC is making with their attempt to hold their title game at all costs, even if it means teams playing 3 times in 10 days, it is just plain stupid. Ansonia has nothing to gain and Woodland nothing to lose; we know who’s better, figured that out week 2 at Jarvis

  3. i agree—–all confertence playoff games should be eliminated——–you play teams twice a year continuosly sooner or later things are gonna fall the wrong way.remember few years back when a–train burned woodland for 500 yds on ground and the nvl had the audacity to hold a rematch that had woody quitting at halftime,and a j.v. game ensued.waste of time,expenses and risk of injuries for nothing.creates too many games in short amount of days for teams going to states.

    • Wags – It was also in that game that Woodland lost their best defensive player Eric Alfieri who did not play on Thanksgiving Eve or in the first round of the playoffs that year. Not sure if they win a title but he sure was a difference maker for Woodland that year. Without the stupid NVL Champioship game he plays in those two games. They should only play the NVL title game when it pits the two teams who face each oither on Thanksgiving. You can thank the money hungry SAD’s for this stupid game. It is all about money for them.

  4. Kyle, I have to correct you on Pernell and the Naugatuck scoring record. I didn’t think it sounded right when you mentioned it on the air, but didn’t have the number then. I since found in a 2004 edition of the Connecticut Football Record Book that in 1963 Wayne Edmonds set what was then the state and school scoring record with 28 touchdowns and 7 two-point conversions for a total of 182 points.

  5. Remmy check it out Tyrae Small went off tonite. Lots of yards and points.

  6. Tyrae Small with 279 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. Great game.

  7. Seymour hung in there tonight but too much Tyrae Small. Kid’s a beat. Newsome correct pick for player of the week, nice to see him go off again

  8. Wolcott had Woodland figured out last year. Does this match up 2 best QBs in the NVL? Will be surprised if either team runs away with it, especially after Hawks’ defensive statement vs.HC. Wolcott shut down Derby. May be a low scoring affair. The real race is the Kyle vs. Remmy predictions.

    • Yo Drake! Woodland shot themselves in the foot many times in last years game by committing turnovers. Once again, turnovers will be the key to victory this year. I don’t believe Woodland has beaten Wolcott since Coach Anderson was head coach. Both teams are hungry for this one. Two good teams with good coaching staffs PLAYING FOR SOMETHING in week 8. Doesnt get any better than that! Hope the Gaels don’t give up 60 this week Drake.

  9. oh no not the black mamba—-lol