Sep 302013
Sacred Heart's Parris Wolfe (left) and Holy Cross' Joe Kalosky lead their reeling teams into Friday's Holy War. Credits: Kyle Brennan/GWImages

Sacred Heart’s Parris Wolfe (left) and Holy Cross’ Joe Kalosky lead their reeling teams into Friday’s Holy War. Credits: Kyle Brennan/GWImages

It shouldn’t come as any shock that we’ve chosen the Woodland-Naugatuck contest to be our Game of the Week. While the Hawks and ‘Hounds battle for Copper Division supremacy, a number of other postseason contenders battle to hold serve. Here are Kyle and Remmy in this week’s video preview, which is sponsored by Pour House Sports Tavern in Naugatuck and Wolcott.

Friday, Oct. 4
Wolcott at Torrington, 7 p.m.:
 Hey, Eagles fans. You can take a deep breath and enjoy a normal game this week.
Remmy’s Take: Wolcott has shown me it can play in semi-big games and make comebacks when it needs to. I’m with the Eagles this week over a Torrington team that’s more than a few years away from being a contender in the NVL. Torrington plays with heart, but Wolcott is too tough and has too much talent at the skill positions. Vincent Gambino has been outstanding for the Eagles. Look for his stellar play to continue this week.
Kyle’s Take: If Wolcott needs a second half like the ones it has come up with in the last two weeks, then I know nothing about anything. I think Joe Lynch is set for a big game in this one.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 48-12. Kyle- Wolcott, 52-14.

Derby at Crosby, 7 p.m.: The Red Raiders should be able to breathe in the fourth quarter, too, but the Bulldogs’ offense is among along.
Remmy’s Take: The Red Raiders have been on a roll — with and without Tyrae Small (suspended for Week 2) and Jordan LaRue (calf injury — looks like he’s possibly out for the year). Quarterback Mike Kreiger has assumed the role of leader and Crosby will have no answer for him this week.
Kyle’s Take: We’re not about to put Crosby quarterback Mike Marshall in the class with the league’s other great quarterbacks, but he could be bound for that status in the years to come. He will lead the Bulldogs to some points, but Derby has five takeaways in each of its last two games. That trend will continue, and Crosby’s defense is not good enough to keep it in the game.
Picks: Remmy- Derby, 42-18. Kyle- Derby, 44-20.

Holy Cross at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.: The Holy War was actually decent for a few years not too long ago. It will not be this year.
Remmy’s Take: Holy Cross showed it can play with good teams despite its downhill spiral after Ansonia took the lead last week. The jury is still out on who the playmaker on the Cross offense is but I don’t know if the Crusaders need a huge performance from a specific player this week to beat the Hearts. Holy Cross big here.
Kyle’s Take: Cross quarterback Joe Kalosky is pretty good, and he has become the man in offense. He and Trai Weaver have developed some nice chemistry down field. I would not be surprised if Drew Bialoglowy notches his first 100-yard game this week. Meanwhile, the shorthanded Hearts continue to struggle.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 42-8. Kyle- Holy Cross, 49-12.

Watertown at Seymour, 7 p.m.: We have our first upset alert of the year.
Remmy’s Take: I really like the way Seymour has played this season. It’s shown it is tough and is willing to run the ball down its opponents’ throats and Joey Salemme is having a ridiculous season at running back. Watertown’s Anthony Yordon has been outstanding this season and the Indians never backs down from a challenge. Watertown typically pulls out one or two upsets per year. So I figured, hey, why not? I have a good feeling the Wildcats might make me pay for this.
Kyle’s Take: Props to Remmy for going out on a limb this week, and it’s really not a bad pick. The Indians are gaining some momentum and look like they firmly have Yordon in control of the offense. They are also a pretty solid defensive team against the run, which is obviously Seymour’s strength. We saw Wolcott suffer a hangover last week after its devastating loss, and the Wildcats could be in the same boat. I think in the end, though, they pull it off.
Picks: Remmy- Watertown, 32-30. Kyle- Seymour, 28-20.

Wilby at Ansonia, 7 p.m.: The Wildcats always give the Chargers a little bit of a game to start, but this is just a final tuneup before Ansonia’s tough stretch begins.
Remmy’s Take: Wilby sophomore quarterback Darrien Bell had a great first three weeks for the Wildcats. He had 329 of the 486 total yards of offense for his squad last week in a loss to Derby. So we may see him make some plays against Ansonia — just not nearly enough to lead his team to a win at Jarvis Stadium.
Kyle’s Take: The question is, as usual, how much Arkeel Newsome plays in this game. In about a full game’s worth of action through three games, he has 657 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores. Yello.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 52-18. Kyle- Ansonia, 56-14.

Saturday, Oct. 5
St. Paul at Kennedy, 3:30 p.m.:
 The Irrestible Force vs. The Immovable Object — can Kennedy kill the clock with its run, and can anything stop the Falcons’ passing game?
Remmy’s Take: The Falcons have been putting up ridiculous numbers on offense. As always, the issue up in Bristol is defense. Kennedy may score a good number of points this week but not enough to stop the monster that is the St. Paul passing game. Kennedy no longer exclusively runs the single wing since losing some of its staff after the 2008 season. I’d love to see them pull it out for just one game and see if St. Paul can stop it. Eh, probably not going to happen.
Kyle’s Take: The Eagles’ pass defense is not very good, as evidenced by Tanner Kingsley’s 10 throws last week. Their only shot is to put together some long, long drives and leave the Falcons with fewer possessions. It does not seem likely that Kennedy will get any stops.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 50-35. Kyle- St. Paul, 55-22.

For the first time this year, Kyle and Remmy differ on a pick (we’re both 22-0 so far, so someone is headed for his first loss). 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 keep promising to update them, and we will at some point). A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:

  • The Woodland-Naugatuck 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. It will be a special start time of 6:20 p.m. We will preview that game as our Game of the Week on Wednesday.
  • Kyle will have some new stuff on the Red Zone blog throughout the week, including a look at the 50-point rule, his weekly polls analysis, a new edition of Gimme Five, the first set of local power rankings and more.
  • Once each team has made its Week 3 stats official on MaxPreps, we will update the records pages. Arkeel Newsome, Logan Marchi and Tanner Kingsley continue to climb the charts.

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  49 Responses to “Week 4 Predictions”

  1. Naugy
    Holy Cross
    St. Paul

  2. Derby Red Raiders
    Holy Cross
    St. Paul

  3. I have Derby twice because I am old and shaky. I also left the Seymour/Wolvott game at half time. Shocking to hear the final score. Seymour actually had a few 4 an outs in the first half inside the 20. They completely dominated and it did not look like they were going to be in any trouble. Not so fast my friend. The Gambino kid must have come up a lot bigger than he did in the first half. My hat is off to anyone who stayed and had to listen to that blasted public announcer for Wolcott.

  4. Woodchucks – heart over head here 37-34
    Wolcott – should be easy 42-19
    HC – even the Pope could pick this one 42-14
    Watertown – colors over cats 26-24
    Lavender – yawn 67-18
    Derby – to set the stage 48-34
    St Paul – by a bundle 55-20

  5. Polls are updated in the right sidebar. Ansonia is now the sole No. 1 in both.

  6. naugy——–close to call——-kingsley will need help
    derby——to all my derby friends(and there aint many)enjoy this week
    hc—would like to see hearts pull upset
    st.paul—–im a closet kennedy fan but theyre testing my patience
    seymour—–its hard to pick these when nobody plays defense
    ansonia—–chargers are healthy again
    wolcott—–solid offense—–dont need a defense with t-towns offense

  7. Naugy 35 Woodland 20 greyhounds have better athletes
    Holy Cross 28 SH 7 could be closer
    AHS 55 Wilby 14. I predict poor attendance at this game
    St. Paul 49 Kennedy 28. Marchi puts up video game #’s
    Derby 28 Crosby 20 Crosby showed life last week, don’t look ahead Derby
    Watertown 21 Seymour 14 damn, last week still hurts
    Wolcott 48 T town 7 even if Edgar was free and had eligibility, Wolcott still wins

  8. Woollcott over Torrington
    Seymour over WATERTOWN
    Crosby over Derby “I’m truly biased”
    St Paul over Kennedy
    Ansonia over Wilby
    Holy cross over Sacred Heart
    Drumroll ……..
    Woodland over Naugy

  9. Count one more day as having passed in which I have not yet decided who I’m going to pick in the Naugy-Woodland game.

  10. naugy in a close one 33-32
    wolcott big time 48-20
    hc all over SH 39-12
    seymour over watertown 33-26
    Ansonia over Wilby 55-20
    derby over crosby 40-13
    st paul over kennedy 54-7

  11. ValleyFalls1

    -Wolcott over Torrington 49-14 Eagles lead from start to finish. No heroics required this week
    -Seymour over Watertown 35-21 Seymour plays both 1st and 2nd half, actually wins both (21-14, 14-7)
    -Derby over Crosby 49-28 Crosby is big, athletic and soft, bad combination, Derby is small, with athletes and tougher, better combination
    -St Paul over Kennedy 81-78 Pass meets Run. Offense owns the night, defense banished to twilight zone
    -Ansonia over Wilby 49-6 Chargers cage wildcats
    -Holy Cross over Sacred Heart 35-14 Heaven speaks; Crusaders trump Hearts
    -Woodland over Naugatuck 42-41.5 Birds and Dogs in a cat fight, Avians by a beak tip

    SWC Watch

    Masuk over Oxford
    Newtown over Barlow
    Weston over New Milford

  12. lol——devastating injury

  13. its good for derby to have him back—–with depth issues its a plus to play full boat———-joe the shot is getting tricky—he brought out the magic marinara and got the kid ready for THE GAME

  14. I really did get out the sauce but it was meat sause not marinara. Hey old friend to the local sports world died yesterday. Red Clynch passed away out at his personal mecca the ND campus. Died where he loved it most. Will miss you Red eye……

  15. sad news—-known him since i was a kid——big ND guy—-if he passed on the nd campus——how ironic…hopefully beneath td jesus———irish to the core.R.I.P BIG RED

  16. Naugatuck 30, Woodland 21 – Welcome back to reality for Woodland who has had a cupcake first 3 games. Naugatuck the better team all around

    Wolcott 44, Torrington 20 – Wolcott in a better class coming off giving up 52 points

    Holy Cross 48, Sacred Heart 6 – perfect timing for HC to play SHHS after a terrible showing against Ansonia

    Seymour 28, Watertown 21 – Should be a short game, Watertown is going to want to run the clock as much as possible but will fall short of the upset

    Ansonia 55, Wilby 14 – Boring

    Derby 38, Crosby 21 – Relatively easy win for Derby

    St. Paul 55, Kennedy 32 – St Paul should be able to score at will. Will get a few stops and win the game

  17. Wolcott 65 Torrington 7- pace goes to appeal a game suspension after this one.
    Seymour 42 Watertown 21- Seymour is playing good ball again. As my friend fish said, “when you get a dog down, piss on him”.
    Derby 35 Crosby 7- crosby hasn’t played defense in 10-15 years.
    St Paul 56 Kennedy 28- Kennedy has athletes they just can’t seem to ever bring it together though.
    Ansonia 62 Wilby 14- newsome has 2 carries for 300 yards and 6 td’s.
    Holy cross 28 Scared Heart 7- don’t know much about either team.
    Naugy 35 Woodland 14- I think naugys defense steps up huge in this game and shuts Kingsley down.

  18. Wolcott
    St. Paul
    Holy Cross
    Naugatuck, in another close one.

  19. Naugy- I literally just flipped a coin
    Wolcott- Seriously, what is up with boys sports at Torrington!
    HC- Sacred Heart is improving but still just not enough bodies!
    Seymour- tough loss to recover from but I trust Lennon moved them forward
    Ansonia- Wilby is probably best City school but this ain’t basketball
    Derby- Don’t look ahead
    St. Paul- cause they have Marchi, this will be like a video game, high scoring!

    Yesterday would have been my grandfather “Pop” Shortell’s 91st birthday! He would have loved this blog although I would have had to show him to use something besides his typewriter to see it! With Derby week approaching, I could just see his yearly quote in the Evening Sentinel, “I’d rather beat Derby than win the lotto!” And he wasn’t kidding!
    Also RIP to Red Clynch, great man, loved the Valley, football and Notre Dame. I 1st met him when I won the Derby Elks free throw competition as a 10 year old and he was with me all the way from winning the Valley, then the state title and until I lost by 1 FT in the Northeast regional in Holyoke, Mass.

  20. Heard the news yesterday about Red.Loved his Irish and Derby. Took care of me out is South Bend. He was a good man that will me missed.

  21. Ansonia 50-12 battle of unbeatens next week
    Derby 35-20 read above
    Seymour 28-20
    HC 34-6 Feel for the Hearts
    Wolcott 49-13
    St. Paul 42-27
    Woodland 35 -33 Naugy seems to always get beat in this game

  22. Hey Blue did he take you on his walking tour? On my first visit we covered the entire campus and more. Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto, the bookstore and on and on. Almost couldn’t make the game my legs were so sore. Everyone out there thought he was a leprechaun!

  23. AHS 96——i remember your free throw run——-hard to believe you couldnt hit one in high school——musta been the coaching lol

  24. Did the campus. Was there for USC game Pete Carols last yr at USC. Did everthing campus walk bar and elks club. Morris inn was awsome place to hang. Grotto and college hall of fame. I have been out there twice and hard but fun to do for a Michigan fan like me.

  25. shot when we got there first place from the airport was to Knute Rockne gravesite.

    • I can see you where a indoctrinated like everyone else he took out there. One night at the Elks Red got a guy to show me his Super Bowl ring from the very first Super Bowl and I promptly went ahead and dropped it. We had 6 guys on the floor looking for it. Great Times!

  26. Naugy
    Holy Cross
    St. Paul

  27. I have a ton of stories but most of them cant be mentioned on here. By the way I miss Pop Shortell. He was my mentor when it came to officiating basketball. He would stand at half court and I would have to run end to end getting exhausted, but I learned the game. Nice of you to mention him ’96.

    • Ditto about missing Pop.

      Back in the ’70s I had an operation done at Griffin and it was tough sleeping that night. Pop spent 2 or 3 hours with me, just shooting the sh** about Valley football. Called everybody ‘big guy’. I still remember part of the conversation, I was asking him why the 1959 All-Valley team had 5 backs on it without a quarterback. I thought Neil Evans from Ansonia should have been there, but Pop said, “Hey big guy, he had one good game!” That game happened to be vs. Shelton when he scored 2 touchdowns. Who knew about the rest of the year?

      Actually called out the batteries in front of home plate when he umped a baseball game. And his basketball refereeing was classic.

  28. Wolcott
    St. Paul
    Holy Cross

  29. Naugy 54-42
    Wolcott 35-7
    Derby 42-13
    Holy Cross 49-13
    Seymour 27-21
    Ansonia 52-13
    St Paul 55-28