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After a long Week 8, we’re set to begin our second-to-last regular-season week. Right now we have no changes to the schedule (some Week 8 games were pushed to later than usual) but we’ll let you know if any come.
Week 9 is notable for Friday’s Woodland-Wolcott matchup that holds huge playoff implications. But Ansonia has a tune-up for the NVL championship game and flickering playoff hopes for Holy Cross and Derby are still alive. Derby, Seymour, Naugatuck and Holy Cross also have chances to post winning records with victories.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Torrington (4-4) at Sacred Heart (3-5): The Red Raiders’ offense, while banged up and erratic, has been highly prolific over the last two weeks. Sacred Heart, meanwhile, has floundered over its last two games after picking up some momentum with the return of their three best players. These two teams really don’t have a whole lot of rhythm so it is basically a toss-up at Municipal Stadium. Both teams struggle on defense so get ready for some points.
Picks: Remmy- Torrington, 48-28. Kyle- Sacred Heart, 46-42.
Friday, Nov. 9
Ansonia (8-0) at Wilby (4-4): We can only assume that the Chargers’ starters will be out by halftime, if some of them play at all. Saiheed Sanders should have a pretty sizable workload out of the backfield again for Ansonia. On to the NVL title game for the Chargers.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 49-7. Kyle- Ansonia, 48-6.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Naugatuck (5-3) at Kennedy (0-8): Few of us thought the Greyhounds would have a shot at a winning record early this season after the chaos with Rob Plasky’s resignation. But here they are on the brink of their sixth victory. Naugy should be able to handle a young Kennedy squad that just hasn’t been able to stop anybody this season. Steve Gesseck tells us that the Greyhounds’ staff might have been premature in calling Mick Pernell the single-season scoring leader in Naugatuck history, but he might achieve that feat in this game.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 55-20. Kyle- Naugatuck, 62-14.
St. Paul (2-6) at Holy Cross (5-3): Talk about two teams trending in different directions. St. Paul was left for dead a few weeks ago but has played well over the past two weeks, pounding Kennedy before upsetting Sacred Heart. Meanwhile, Holy Cross is coming off its worst loss of the season to Woodland, failing to rack up even 150 yards of offense in seeing its playoff hopes likely go up in smoke. The Falcons have played much better since they stopped throwing the ball 35 times a game but the Crusaders’ run defense is pretty solid. Still, the momentum working in different directions might make this one closer than we would have thought a few weeks ago.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 35-30. Kyle- Holy Cross, 42-28.
Crosby (1-7) at Derby (5-3): The Red Raiders can clinch a winning season for the first time since 1996 with a victory on senior night against the Bulldogs. Derby was successful in the air and on the ground against Seymour, and Crosby’s defense isn’t quite as good. Plus, the Bulldogs turn over the ball more than anybody in the league. Looks like Derby will finally turn the corner.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 42-19. Kyle- Derby, 47-12.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Seymour (5-3) at Watertown (1-7): The Wildcats looked pretty good for the first 26 minutes of their game against Derby before the Red Raiders started running the ball right down their throats. If Watertown was paying attention, we might see some running out of the Indians, too. But Watertown has struggled to have any consistency in its offense all season so it will be a slightly easier task for Seymour this week. The Indians have played decent defense at times this season and pulled an upset over the Wildcats in a similar position last year.
Picks: Remmy- Watertown, 28-27. Kyle- Seymour, 31-14.
As always, make your picks right here. The Predictions Tracker is updated through Week 8. Our Game of the Week thread, previewing the Wolcott-Woodland game, will be up Wednesday.
Also, since we had the Monday night game this week, we can now show the fantasy standings for the week.
Week 8 Fantasy Football- Remmy def. Kyle, 148-120
- Team Kyle (3-5): QB Mike Nicol 9, RB Arkeel Newsome 43, RB Mick Pernell 33, WR Anthony Scirpo 24, WR Rahmi Rountree 2, TE Levi Fancher 0, Ansonia defense 9
- Team Remmy (5-3): QB Tanner Kingsley 28, RB Tyrae Small 51, RB Jaquan Overbey 22, WR Andrew Matos 30, WR Dillon McMahon 14, TE Raeshaun Finney 0, Holy Cross defense 3
Extra Points: Ansonia is still ranked third in the latest New Haven Register Media Poll. Woodland and Wolcott also received votes. Check out the poll. … Woodland-Wolcott is nominated for the NBC Connecticut Game of the Week. Click here to vote. … Woodland-Wolcott will also be the WATR Game of the Week. Air time is 6:50 p.m. Friday. … In the Rep-Am Red Zone, check out Kyle’s breakdown of the NVL’s three major playoff contenders, the Week 9 power rankings and see how differently Ansonia and Woodland handled their division titles. More to come in the Red Zone throughout the week, including the latest playoffs breakdown Thursday. … The Predictions Tracker is updated through Week 8.
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