Week 3 is here and it may give us a little bit of a chance to catch our breaths from a thrilling first few weeks. Among the highlights are a battle of unbeatens (Derby at Wilby) and a matchup between two teams teetering on the .500 brink (Seymour at Wolcott). Here’s Kyle and Remmy in this week’s video preview, which is sponsored by Pour House Sports Tavern in Naugatuck and Wolcott.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Sacred Heart at Naugatuck, 6 p.m.: The ‘Hounds can take a breath after the wild one last week. (Click here for the extended highlights if you haven’t seen them yet.) We saw some tweets from guys on both teams who said they’d never been so sore after a football game. That makes sense after what we saw.
Remmy’s Take: The Hearts continue to struggle on both side of the ball. A visit to Naugatuck will not be fun. Naugatuck will likely run the ball with Tom Douty very much during this game as it looks to become more balanced on offense and fire on all cylinders before next week’s big game at Woodland.
Kyle’s Take: This game will give the Greyhounds a good chance to recover from that physical game last Friday night against Wolcott, and it gives the ‘Hounds an extra day to prepare for the Hawks in Week 4. Expect Naugy to near 50 points and work on its defense, which was exposed a week ago.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 49-12. Kyle- Naugatuck, 50-6.
Derby at Wilby, 6:30 p.m.: Who would have thought that our only undefeated matchup in Week 3 of this season would feature the Red Raiders and Wildcats? It was a tough pick to deny this one our Game of the Week honors.
Remmy’s Take: Wilby will attempt to run the ball against Derby and it may have great success. Derby has held it together with the stellar play of Mike Kreiger. Tyrae Small is back this week and I look for the Raiders to establish the run game and go 3-0. This game will be close.
Kyle’s Take: One week Derby does it with offense, and the next week Derby does it with defense. Getting Small back will be a big boost for the Red Raiders, but let’s not pretend that they don’t have other players around. The supporting cast has come up big in two straight games. Wilby’s style will be different than the ones Derby has seen so far, but we don’t know if Wildcats star back Jacob Thomas will play (or at least be 100 percent) for this game. Even though Wilby showed it could throw last week, Derby has a better secondary than Torrington and can probably force some turnovers. The Wildcats’ advantage in this game could be in the trenches, where it will hold a big size edge.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 28-27. Kyle- Derby, 35-20.
Friday, Sept. 27
Ansonia at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.: Two years ago, this was our only hope for a good game against the Chargers. Maybe the Crusaders’ defense can keep this competitive for a little while.
Remmy’s Take: Ansonia has been steamrolling its opponents and this week will be no different. The Crusaders have been struggling on offense, mainly with the run game, and do not have that go-to player this season that will make big plays. Too much Jai’Quan McKnight and Arkeel Newsome this week.
Kyle’s Take: Holy Cross’ defense did enough to beat Derby last week, but the Crusaders’ offense turned over the ball five times and scored only twice. The only player who has consistently contributed on offense over the first two weeks is wide receiver Trai Weaver. He may very well be negated by the Chargers’ strong secondary.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 52-12. Kyle- Ansonia, 40-7.
Watertown at Crosby, 7 p.m.: The Indians’ defense is one of the better such units in the league, but Crosby is loaded with athletes. This could be interesting.
Remmy’s Take: Watertown’s defense showed up last week vs. St. Paul but the Indians came up short in the end. I think that gutty performance will carry over into this week and the Indians take down the Bulldogs at Jimmy Lee.
Kyle’s Take: If the Indians aren’t particularly flashy on either side of the ball, we can’t deny one fact: They are physical. Running back Anthony Yordon rushed for more than 200 yards against St. Paul and he should do the same against the Bulldogs. Crosby has trouble finishing drives and has only two touchdowns in two games.
Picks: Remmy- Watertown, 34-21. Kyle- Watertown, 27-12.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Woodland at Kennedy, 10 a.m.: The Hawks conclude their three-game ease-into-the-season process with a Saturday morning game at the Stadium. They’ve got one more tune-up before things get more interesting.
Remmy’s Take: Kennedy has not yet proven it can stop anyone’s offense. And with Tanner Kingsley coming to down, chances are the Eagles will have a plethora of issues on defense.
Kyle’s Take: Kingsley has 11 touchdown passes in two games and will surely tack on another solid chunk to that total. Woodland’s defense has been a little soft in the middle of the field but tightens up when necessary. The Hawks should have no problem moving to 3-0.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 42-18. Kyle- Woodland, 48-8.
Torrington at St. Paul, 1:30 p.m.: Logan Marchi and the Falcons have suffered a few lopsided defeats at the hands of the Red Raiders in the last few years. That might add a little extra motivation in his last shot against Torrington.
Remmy’s Take: Revenge? Not so sure. But what you can certainly count on is the St. Paul offense to go up and down the field on the Red Raiders. Too much Logan Marchi for anyone in Torrington to handle.
Kyle’s Take: Marchi made a few mistakes against a good Watertown defense last week, and the Indians controlled the clock by rushing the ball. Torrington probably isn’t up to that task, though, and the Falcons are going to put up some big numbers. And let’s face it: St. Paul hasn’t forgotten 80-39.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 49-26. Kyle- St. Paul, 63-14.
For the third week in a row, Kyle and Remmy are on the same page with all their picks (we’re 15-0 so far, so something’s going right). 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 (we hope to have these updated before the start of this week’s games). A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:
- The Ansonia-Holy Cross game will be broadcast by Kyle, Steve and Bob on WATR 1320. We’ll link to the WATR broadcast in our live scoreboard later this week.
- As you can see by the absence of the game here, we’ve picked Seymour at Wolcott as our Game of the Week. The contest is a huge one for both teams’ potential postseason aspirations, as the loser will fall to 1-2 and severely jeopardize their hopes (both have Ansonia, Derby, the NVL-SWC Challenge and other tough games on the schedule). We’ll preview that game Wednesday.
- Kyle will have some new stuff on the Red Zone blog throughout the week, including a look back at the Naugatuck-Wolcott thriller, his Week 3 polls analysis (expect Ansonia to be No. 1 in both), his weekly Gimme Five and more.
- Also from the Republican-American, the Red Zone Hall of Fame project has selected its first honoree: Torrington’s Charlie Strid. Roger Cleaveland did a nice job profiling the great Red Raiders lineman in the Red Zone, and you can check it out here. Watertown is on deck Wednesday.
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