Usually Week 5 marks the halfway point of the season, but because we are in the middle of the Best Season EverTM, we still aren’t there! Most of this week’s games should be pretty insignificant with heavy favorites in each, but the Ansonia-Derby and Woodland-St. Paul games have potential with their importance.
Here are Kyle and Remmy in this week’s video preview, which is sponsored by Pour House Sports Tavern in Naugatuck and Wolcott.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Seymour at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.: Welcome to the season, Wildcats. Got another shutout in you?
Remmy’s Take: Seymour will be able to run the ball at will. There is no stopping Joey Salemme, who leads the Wildcats with 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Kyle’s Take: The ‘Cats are about two or three plays away from being 4-0. That, of course, isn’t how football works but it shows that they are a pretty good ball club. The Hearts are not, but they’re showing up week in and week out. I’ll say something here about this “Electric Company” I keep hearing about and assume it’s a compliment toward Seymour’s cool players.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 49-0. Kyle- Seymour, 42-0.
Friday, Oct. 11
Naugatuck at Torrington, 7 p.m.: The wind that had inflated Naugy’s sails for the first three weeks has changed direction. Luckily for the ‘Hounds they get a good opportunity to bounce back.
Remmy’s Take: The Greyhounds are coming off a big-time loss at Woodland just a week ago. But they get back on track this week against a struggling Torrington bunch.
Kyle’s Take: Like we have said a few times recently, Torrington is a year or two away from being back in the thick of things. The Greyhounds need a game to stabilize things. I know constantly throwing the deep ball is a favorite of Craig Bruno’s offense, but it hasn’t been very successful so far this year.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 42-12. Kyle- Naugatuck, 54-14.
Crosby at Wolcott, 7 p.m.: Congratulations to Eagles quarterback Vincent Gambino for finally making Remmy’s fantasy team.
Remmy’s Take: Wolcott has been on a roll lately and could be undefeated if not for Naugatuck blocking a PAT. Gambino has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league and he will have another big night in front of the home crowd.
Kyle’s Take: Gambino might not even throw for the most yardage in this game with Crosby freshman Mike Marshall on the other side. But the Eagles have playmakers up the wazoo. They will have no problem in this one.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 49-14. Kyle- Wolcott, 42-7.
Holy Cross at Kennedy, 7 p.m.: Hey, at least after this game you can try to forget about it by saving 20 percent at Swirls Frozen Yogurt Bar.
Remmy’s Take: Kennedy has no answer for Holy Cross’ passing game. The Crusaders have a tough road ahead of them facing teams such Woodland, Naugatuck, St. Paul and Wolcott. This week should not be as tough.
Kyle’s Take: This is a pretty blah game. Cross might be finally settling into a little bit of an offensive groove, and Kennedy couldn’t do a darn thing against a terrible St. Paul defense last week.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 42-20. Kyle- Holy Cross, 38-12.
Wilby at Watertown, 7 p.m.: Wilby’s Jacob Thomas ran for 130 yards against Ansonia. That’s good, even in a big loss. Watertown: What happened against Seymour?
Remmy’s Take: Wilby is the best of the Waterbury teams — better than Holy Cross, in my opinion. The Wildcats should be able to run the ball very effectively against Watertown, which struggled mightily to contain Seymour’s running backs last week.
Kyle’s Take: I agree with Remmy’s assessment of the Wildcats, but unfortunately they don’t play the Crusaders. As long as Darrien Bell takes care of the ball, Wilby will roll. Just when we were about to give a little respect to Watertown, the Indians play a mega-stinker against Seymour.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 52-18. Kyle- Wilby, 34-13.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Woodland at St. Paul, 1:30 p.m.: Hey now, might this be a good game? Regardless of whether it is or isn’t, it’s a good thing the game starts at 1:30 in the afternoon. We may beat the sunset.
Remmy’s Take: The Hawks are firing on all cylinders right now. The defense impressed me last week. They’ll need a good performance from the secondary to stop Logan Marchi and Co. But St. Paul’s real problem is its defense, which means Woodland wins this game and could very well score on every drive.
Kyle’s Take: Nobody outside the Woodland locker room expected the defensive effort the Hawks put forth against Naugatuck. I thought they were strong against the pass and did a great job containing Naugy quarterback Jason Bradley. A similar game plan would prove successful this week. Woodland players said after the game that its defense against the Greyhounds was built around keeping the quarterback in check, and Marchi is similar to Bradley in his ability to run and keep plays alive. If Woodland’s front is able to get more pressure and contain the edge (here’s looking at you, Levi Fancher), the back end should be OK with safety Coby Vaccarelli, corners Sean McAllen and Mike Kenney and outside linebacker Taylor Tucciarone. Besides, unless Kingsley throws an interception, St. Paul will not get a stop against Woodland’s offense. Here is the Hawks’ chance to help their quarterback make up some room in the touchdown record department.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 54-27. Kyle- Woodland, 58-21.
Kyle took a one-game lead on Remmy last week as the guys faltered on their first picks of the season (both whiffed on Woodland’s win over Naugatuck, and Remmy lost his Watertown upset gamble). 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 (they will finally be updated this week). A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:
- The Seymour-Sacred Heart 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 5:50 p.m. on Thursday.
- Kyle will have some new stuff on the Red Zone blog throughout the week, including a look back at the Woodland-Naugatuck game, his weekly polls analysis, a new edition of Gimme Five, the first set of local power rankings and more.
- We will have a few records updates a little later this week, both in that section of the website and here on the front page. Logan Marchi, Tanner Kingsley and Arkeel Newsome are all of interest in that area. If you missed our post-Week 4 NVL fantasy update, check it out here.
- On Laxworm Radio’s weekly Sunday morning show, Ansonia coach Tom Brockett joined Mike, SPB and Kyle to chat about the Chargers and the season. The guys also talk about Ansonia’s spot atop the polls, the Woodland-Naugatuck game and the upcoming Ansonia-Derby contest. Click here to listen to the show replay.
- The Ansonia-Derby game is up for the NBC Connecticut Game of the Week feature. (They don’t do as good a job as our friends at WFSB in the broad scope, but they do nice work on whichever game ends up as the one.) Click here to vote. You can also vote for Joey Salemme as the WFSB Friday Night Football Player of the Week. Click here to do that.
- Also from the Republican-American, the Red Zone Hall of Fame project has selected three honorees from NVL schools so far: Torrington’s Charlie Strid, Watertown’s Rico Brogna and Woodland’s Pat Krakowski. The other league schools will have their days over the next month and a half.
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