Derby hung around with Ansonia for a half — problem is there are two halves.
Derby and Ansonia traded punches throughout most of the first half, but the Chargers pulled away fairly easily in the second half of their 62-28 win, which extended their winning streak to 33 and helped them seize control of the NVL Brass Division. Check out Remmy’s highlights below.
Arkeel Newsome ran for a season-high 311 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries, and Jai’Quan McKnight totaled more than 250 yards and three scores. After Derby started to limit Newsome in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game, the Chargers started effectively using him as a decoy. The first big usage of that came on a third-down screen to Saiheed Sanders, who ran the Chargers into the end zone before McKnight sneaked in for a touchdown. The junior quarterback also ran for two touchdowns to start the second half and expand Ansonia’s lead to 34-14.
Both teams made some first-half mistakes: Newsome fumbled a ball out of the end zone, and Red Raiders wide receivers dropped about four would-be first downs. Derby stayed in the game early with some solid tackling and Tyrae Small’s 78-yard kickoff return touchdown, but it couldn’t punch in a score on the final drive of the first half and that defensive stop gave Ansonia some extra second-half momentum.
Small ended up with 185 yards and three total touchdowns for Derby, but Ansonia held Michael Kreiger under 200 total yards and kept him out of the end zone while intercepting him early in the second half. Both teams looked worn on the defensive side at various points in the second half — Derby almost right off the bat, Ansonia in the fourth quarter.
Some people who watched the game and have commented on the internet said Ansonia didn’t look like the No. 1 team in Connecticut. We don’t know what else those people want, but when you beat a solid and previously undefeated rival by 34 points on the road, that doesn’t command any demerits in our book.
Newsome, meanwhile, unofficially has 7,988 career yards (his Week 5 yardage will be made official soon) and is 292 yards away from breaking Alex Thomas’ career rushing record. Wouldn’t it be something if he did it in the spotlight of the NVL-SWC Challenge? More on that later.
The only other real notable result of the week was Woodland’s 59-14 annihilation of St. Paul. The Hawks’ varsity offense only lasted the first half and scored 53 points on 29 plays, shredding the Falcons’ lack of a defense for 563 yards. Tanner Kingsley vastly outplayed his UConn-bound counterpart Logan Marchi. Kingsley was 12-of-14 for 272 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, while Marchi was 20-of-42 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Another Marchi pick was negated by an iffy Woodland penalty, and he missed a number of his throws pretty badly (there were only a couple of drops, but quite a few passes off by 5-plus yards).
Woodland’s Sean McAllen also set a school record with 274 rushing yards on nine carries and tied the state record with a 99-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half. That was one carry after he sprung an 80-yard touchdown run. Granted, St. Paul’s defense made nhbeast wonder if it had actual people back there, but McAllen is having a really nice first half of his first varsity season. He made some huge plays last week against Naugatuck and did the same against St. Paul.
Courtesy of Rick Volk, who goes around Connecticut to shoot local high school football highlights, here’s a look at the Woodland-St. Paul game.
By the way, St. Paul’s Daija Fitzpatrick was busy upholding his reputation as dirtiest player in the league in Saturday’s game. We usually don’t like singling out players because we know what happens during games, but it’s now getting out of hand and is worth mentioning. Remmy first noticed it in Week 1 when Fitzpatrick threw an official’s flag at Derby coach George French, and Kyle noticed it this weekend when Fitzpatrick made a number of late hits and started a skirmish late in the second half that an incredibly incompetent officiating crew dealt with by basically doing nothing. That crew was an embarrassment to high school football. It’s a good thing we only haul up to Bristol once in a blue moon.
Nothing else provided much of a surprise. Naugatuck pulled away from Torrington for a 33-3 win after a slow first half. Seymour dominated Sacred Heart, 45-6, as Joey Salemme enjoyed another 200-plus-yard night. Wolcott (45-0 over Crosby) and Wilby (27-0 over Watertown) both pitched shutouts, and Holy Cross pumped Kennedy, 43-6.
Who Did It
Top Passers: Tanner Kingsley (WRHS): 12-14, 272 yards, 4 TD; Logan Marchi (SP): 20-42, 272 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT; Jason Bradley (NHS): 13-21, 167 yards, 58 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Top Rushers: Arkeel Newsome (AHS): 31 rush, 311 yards, 5 TD; Sean McAllen (WRHS): 9 rush, 274 yards, 3 TD; Drew Bialoglowy (HC): 15 rush, 211 yards, 3 TD; Jacob Thomas (WIL): 20 rush, 202 yards, 3 TD; Tyrae Small (DHS): 14 rush, 185 yards, 3 total TD; Joe Lynch (WOL): 16 rush, 175 yards, 2 TD; Jai’Quan McKnight (AHS): 8 rush, 104 yards, 3 TD
Top Receivers: Mike Kenney (WRHS): 6 rec, 114 yards, TD; Taylor Tucciarone (WRHS): 3 rec, 103 yards, 2 TD; Ryne Griesenauer (NHS): 6 rec, 90 yards; Austin Morin (SP): 4 rec, 69 yards, 2 TD
(Qualifications: 150 yards and/or 3 TD passing, 100 yards and/or 2 TD rushing, 75 yards and/or 2 TD receiving. Performances only include those posted to MaxPreps and/or reported by local media.)
How to See and Read It
Ansonia-Derby: Rep-Am, GameTime CT (video/photos), CT Post (photos), WFSB
Seymour-Sacred Heart: Rep-Am, GameTime CT (photos)
Naugatuck-Torrington: Rep-Am (photos), GameTime CT (photos)
Holy Cross-Kennedy: Rep-Am
Wilby-Watertown: Rep-Am (video/photos)
Woodland-St. Paul: Rep-Am, Bristol Press (video)
Where It Takes Us
The NVL-SWC Challenge, of course. We’ll have a ton on that this week, but here’s the schedule:
Thursday: Brookfield at Wilby; Masuk at Ansonia
Friday: Bunnell at Naugatuck; Woodland at Pomperaug; Newtown at Wolcott; Seymour at Oxford; Derby at Bethel; Joel Barlow at Torrington; Watertown at New Milford; Immaculate at Crosby; Kennedy at Stratford; New Fairfield at Sacred Heart
Saturday: Holy Cross at Weston; Notre Dame-Fairfield at St. Paul
The Masuk-Ansonia and Bunnell-Naugatuck games will be broadcast on WATR. (Masuk-Ansonia will also be aired next week on tape delay on CPTV Sports.) We still haven’t decided which game will be our NVL Blog Game of the Week because there are a lot of good ones out there.
Newsome could, assuming he plays deep into the game against Masuk, break the career rushing record this week. That game lost a bit of its luster in Week 5 when the Panthers suffered a 35-32 upset loss to Pomperaug. On the flip side, the Woodland-Pomperaug game looks more exciting than we originally thought.
The Friday night games as a whole are very intriguing. The Bunnell-Naugatuck game obviously carries the storyline of Bruno’s new team vs. Bruno’s old team, and the Newtown-Wolcott game will attract plenty of attention with the Nighthawks ranked in the top 10 and Wolcott playing some lights-out offense. Seymour-Oxford is likely a Class S elimination game (both teams are 3-2 and the class is very deep), and Derby-Bethel is a terrific under-the-radar game between a pair of contenders.
Look for the first set of previews of these games Monday night.
NVL Fantasy Football Update
Because a few teams are late in getting their stats up this week, we’ll wait and post the results of Week 5 NVL fantasy a little bit later in the week. Early stats show Kyle holding a lead over Remmy.
Here are our active lineups entering Week 6. Things may change before kickoff.
Team Kyle: QB Logan Marchi (St. Paul), QB Tanner Kingsley (Woodland), RB Tyrae Small (Derby), RB Jacob Thomas (Wilby), RB Joey Salemme (Seymour), WR Jayson Matos (Wolcott), WR Mike Kenney (Woodland), WR Jay Pelletier (Wolcott), Naugatuck defense
Team Remmy: QB Jason Bradley (Naugatuck), QB Vincent Gambino (Wolcott), RB Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), RB Joe Lynch (Wolcott), RB Tom Douty (Naugatuck), WR Reid Morin (St. Paul), WR Ryne Griesenauer (Naugatuck), WR Adam Santopietro (Wolcott), Ansonia defense