Suffice it to say that our Game of the Week selections are undefeated this season.
We still haven’t gotten a real detailed report of what happened in Wolcott’s 48-41 comeback win over Seymour, but we do know that the Wildcats grabbed first-half leads of 26-0 and 34-6. Joey Salemme was as involved as usual in Seymour’s offense, and the passing game finally started clicking with Frank Marcucio and Christian Thurmond hooking up for three touchdowns.
We have to think the Eagles suffered at least a little bit of a hangover from their tough overtime loss against Naugatuck, but they finally started to turn it on just before the end of the first half on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Vincent Gambino to Adam Santopietro. Gambino went nuts in the second half, throwing for 265 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner inside the last minute on a 21-yard pass to Jay Pelletier.
That wasn’t the only exciting game of Week 3. Derby held on for a 44-33 win over Wilby in the return of Tyrae Small. Small came up big for the Red Raiders defense, picking off three passes — two in the end zone — to keep his team undefeated. Derby forced five turnovers for the second game in a row, which has made up for a pretty bendable defense in terms of yardage. Michael Kreiger played another great game, completing 15 of 19 passes for 227 yards and three scores.
Watertown also earned its first win in a thriller against Crosby. The Indians weathered a 393-yard passing game by Bulldogs freshman Mike Marshall and sealed the 36-30 win when Anthony Yordon forced a fumble with less than a minute to play. Yordon had another big game on the ground with 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Woodland, St. Paul and Naugatuck all rolled in their Copper Division openers. The Hawks only beat Kennedy 34-26, but it was 34-0 when all Woodland’s starters came out to begin the second half — more 50-point rule stupidity. Logan Marchi lit up Torrington’s defense to make up for his team’s defensive terribleness, and Naugy jumped all over Sacred Heart in a game that ended in about 23 seconds.
Finally, Ansonia destroyed Holy Cross, 62-13, after the Crusaders had taken leads of 7-0 and 13-7 early in the game thanks to a precise passing attack. Things soon evened out and Arkeel Newsome looked better than ever with 309 yards on 11 carries. Folks around here say Kenny Tinney was the fastest player they’ve ever seen, but Newsome is clearly faster than ever this year and looks unstoppable.
Who Did It
Top Passers: Vincent Gambino (WOL): 21-37, 410 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT; Logan Marchi (SP): 21-33, 420 yards, 4 TD, INT; Mike Marshall (CHS): 18-35, 393 yards, 3 TD; Connor Finn (THS): 22-38, 256 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT; Michael Kreiger (DHS): 15-19, 227 yards, 3 TD; Tanner Kingsley (WRHS): 8-10, 225 yards, 3 TD; Darrien Bell (WIL): 10-17, 186 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT; Joe Kalosky (HC): 15-34, 183 yards, TD; Jason Bradley (NHS): 5-9, 176 yards, 2 TD; Frank Marcucio (SEY): 4-9, 102 yards, 3 TD
Top Rushers: Arkeel Newsome (AHS): 11 rush, 306 yards, 4 total TD; Anthony Yordon (WAT): 26 rush, 177 yards, 2 TD; Joey Salemme (SEY): 41 rush, 171 yards, 2 total TD; Eli Parks (SP): 28 rush, 136 yards, 3 TD; Darrien Bell (WIL): 13 rush, 136 yards, 2 TD; Tom Douty (NHS): 7 rush, 109 yards, 2 TD; Tajik Bagley (AHS): 8 rush, 106 yards, 4 total TD; Parris Wolfe (SH): 15 rush, 105 yards, 2 TD; Tyler Marens (THS): 12 rush, 100 yards, TD; Joe Lynch (WOL): 13 rush, 43 yards, 2 TD
Top Receivers: Austin Morin (SP): 5 rec, 222 yards, 2 TD; Desmond Langs (THS): 13 rec, 200 yards, 3 TD; Jayson Matos (WOL): 10 rec, 183 yards, 2 TD; Adam Santopietro (WOL): 7 rec, 179 yards, 2 TD; Myles Goulbourne (CHS): 5 rec, 131 yards, 2 TD; Trai Weaver (HC): 6 rec, 129 yards, TD; Mike Kenney (WRHS): 2 rec, 128 yards, 2 TD; Mike Reyes (CHS): 4 rec, 118 yards; Taifa Wright (WIL): 6 rec, 117 yards, TD; Sal Frosceno (DHS): 5 rec, 115 yards, 2 TD; Jayson Morrison (CHS): 3 rec, 106 yards, TD; Christian Thurmond (SEY): 4 rec, 102 yards, 3 TD
(Qualifications: 150 yards and/or 3 TD passing, 100 yards and/or 2 TD rushing, 75 yards and/or 2 TD receiving.)
How to See It
Where It Takes Us
That Wolcott-Seymour game carried major postseason implications although it was only a Week 3 contest. Why? Well, both teams entered 1-1 with Ansonia, Derby and tough NVL-SWC Challenge games remaining (among others) on the slate. Three losses will probably be the lowest possible cut line in most of the classes. Now, the Wildcats have two losses with Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Woodland among their remaining opponents. It doesn’t look good for Seymour, and it could be on upset alert in Week 4 against Watertown.
Things will be tough for Wolcott, too, with Ansonia, Derby, Newtown and Holy Cross remaining. The Eagles should not have much trouble with Torrington this Friday.
The biggest game of Week 4, of course, is the Naugatuck-Woodland showdown in Beacon Falls. The Hawks have dominated this series since it began in 2003, winning nine of 10 games. The winner sure looks like it will end up being the Copper Division champion, although both squads have yet to face Holy Cross and St. Paul. We would be surprised if there aren’t at least 1,000 total yards in this game.
Other games this week include Holy Cross-Sacred Heart, Wilby-Ansonia, Derby-Crosby (all Friday) and St. Paul-Kennedy (Saturday).
NVL Fantasy Football Update
We’re trying to stay up to date with our NVL Fantasy Football action — more so than the predictions, at this point (we promise to get those updated one of these days, but it’s a lot of work). Remmy took an estimated 198.6-190.4 win in Week 3 (we’re still waiting on official team stats to finalize everything), and he leads the season series 2-1. Here are the top three individual leaders by position (among those on the guys’ rosters who were in starting lineups):
QB: Logan Marchi (Kyle) 134.4, Tanner Kingsley (Kyle) 118.8, Jason Bradley (Remmy) 93.0
RB: Arkeel Newsome (Remmy) 136.0, Jacob Thomas (Kyle) 55.2, Joe Lynch (Remmy) 52.6
WR: Reid Morin (Remmy) 65.1, Bryan Coney (Remmy) 39.5, Brendan Carroll (Kyle) 34.6
The rosters stand as such based on our acquisitions thus far (there may be more prior to the start of this week’s games):
Team Kyle: QB Logan Marchi (St. Paul), QB Tanner Kingsley (Woodland), RB Tyrae Small (Derby), RB Jacob Thomas (Wilby), RB Joey Salemme (Seymour), WR Brendan Carroll (St. Paul), WR Mike Kenney (Woodland), WR Jay Pelletier (Wolcott), Derby defense
Team Remmy: QB Jason Bradley (Naugatuck), QB Michael Kreiger (Derby), RB Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), RB Joe Lynch (Wolcott), RB Tom Douty (Naugatuck), WR Reid Morin (St. Paul), WR Ryne Griesenauer (Naugatuck), WR Bryan Coney (Naugatuck), Ansonia defense