The only bad thing about Week 2 is that all seven games are on Friday night, which means you can only pick one to see for yourself. The good news is that a few of the games should be awfully good, including Holy Cross at Derby, Kennedy at Seymour and our Game of the Week, Wolcott at Naugatuck.
In fact, Kyle and Remmy headed to the borough for our weekly preview video. If you haven’t seen a good view of the Greyhounds’ new field, take a look at this:
Friday, Sept. 20
Crosby at Woodland, 6:30 p.m.: Woodland looked a bit better than expected in Week 1. Crosby looked about the same as we expected in Week 1. That’s good news for one team and bad news for another team.
Remmy’s Take: We now know the Hawks have some playmakers at wide receiver. The running game will be good enough to roll past Crosby.
Kyle’s Take: The Hawks were much more balanced in their season-opening win over Branford (19 passes, 32 runs) than y’all remember from last year. Look for Sean McAllen and Coby Vaccarelli to get another 10 touches each this week while it’s business as usual for Tanner Kingsley and his new receivers, including Mike Kenney and Dylan Abarzua.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 47-18. Kyle- Woodland, 48-12.
Holy Cross at Derby, 7 p.m.: Derby must be coming into this game on a high after its remarkable comeback win over St. Paul, but the Red Raiders won’t be at full strength in Week 2. They’ll face a better defense in Holy Cross, but the Crusaders struggled mightily on offense in their opener.
Remmy’s Take: Derby will be without its biggest playmakers in running back Tyrae Small and wide receiver Jordan LaRue. That’s what makes this game a toss-up. Kreiger’s late-game heroics in Week 1 may give the Red Raiders the lift they need going into Week 2 to win this tough game against the Crusaders. Holy Cross doesn’t have a stud on offense to carry it through big games. Will someone finally show up? If not, it could be a long day for that offense.
Kyle’s Take: I wouldn’t even hesitate in picking the Red Raiders if Small were playing, but he’ll be suspended after his ejection from the St. Paul game. Maybe it’s not as huge as loss as it seems on the surface, though. Ricky Bartone, the backup running back, played very well last week and Mike Kreiger is still the quarterback. Derby’s defense won’t be attacked as much as it was last week and Holy Cross didn’t show anything last week that wowed me on offense.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 27-20. Kyle- Derby, 21-17.
Ansonia at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.: Yikes.
Remmy’s Take: Bad timing for the Hearts. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ansonia quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight doesn’t play in this one (he didn’t play last week vs. Torrington due to turf toe). This will be a long night for Sacred Heart.
Kyle’s Take: I feel bad for everyone involved with this game.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 49-7. Kyle- Ansonia, 47-0.
St. Paul at Watertown, 7 p.m.: It will be interesting to see how the Falcons bounce back from their devastating loss to Derby last weekend. One would imagine with Logan Marchi leading the team, it will be a fine performance.
Remmy’s Take: Marchi is the real deal. And from what I saw in Week 1, St. Paul has a surprisingly decent running game with running back Eli Parks in the backfield. Watertown is coming off of a loss to Holy Cross, which didn’t need much firepower on offense to get the job done. I like the Falcons this week — big.
Kyle’s Take: The Falcons are going to score an awful lot of points. For Watertown to have any chance of keeping it close, its not-too-bad front seven is going to have to get after Marchi. That probably will not happen, and the Indians’ offense struggled mightily against Holy Cross.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 49-21. Kyle- St. Paul, 53-14.
Kennedy at Seymour, 7 p.m.: The modern-day NVL rushing attempt record could be set in this game. Too bad that record doesn’t exist.
Remmy’s Take: Will Seymour pass the ball? Better yet, will it need to? Probably not in this game. But the ‘Cats will need to think about when to use the pass to win games and this may be a good time to attempt some passes. They’ll need it later in the season against some of the stronger teams in the league. Kennedy could keep this close if Seymour decides it wants to run, run, run.
Kyle’s Take: It was a big-time head-scratcher as to why Seymour didn’t attempt a pass against Amity. Maybe that was a matchup-based decision, but eventually the Wildcats will have to integrate it. Based on what Kennedy always does (single wing all day) and what Seymour did last week (so much double wing) there will be a running extravaganza. Seymour’s defense is better.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 35-20. Kyle- Seymour, 28-12.
Wilby at Torrington, 7 p.m.: The Gaitan Rodriguez era at Torrington got off to a rough start, which was expected. Now we’ll get to see what the Red Raiders can do.
Remmy’s Take: Torrington struggled mightily against the run in Week 1. I expect the same this week with Jacob Thomas in the Wilby backfield.
Kyle’s Take: Even against Ansonia, you have to do better than negative-4 first-half yards. It’s just tough to see who is going to step up in Torrington’s offense. At Wilby, meanwhile, we know who the man is.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 42-12. Kyle- Wilby, 34-14.
Once again, we’re totally in line with each other (that will change soon, we’re sure). By the way, we both went 8-0 in Week 1 and almost nailed a few scores on the head. Maybe we’re finally learning how to do this stuff!. As always, we invite you to make your picks with us on this thread. We’ll keep track of them in our Predictions Tracker throughout the season (standings after Week 1 will be updated sometime this week). A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:
- The Naugatuck-Wolcott game, which will be our Game of the Week, will be broadcast live Friday night on WATR and CPTV Sports. We’ll link to the WATR broadcast in our live scoreboard later this week. The preview of that game will be up Wednesday.
- Update: Wolcott coach Jason Pace will not be suspended for the Eagles’ lopsided win over Crosby (we still don’t know whether it was 61-6 or 62-6, but that’s neither here nor there). Good thing.
- Kyle has some new stuff on the Red Zone blog, including a look at his latest ballot for the New Haven Register poll. (By the way, that poll is out and Ansonia has jumped to No. 1. In the first coaches poll, the Chargers are No. 2.) He also has a look at 10 things we learned in Week 1.
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