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.
- Also from the Republican-American, the Red Zone Hall of Fame project has selected three honorees, including two from the NVL: Torrington’s Charlie Strid and Watertown’s Rico Brogna. Woodland is on deck for Wednesday morning.
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