A tip of the cap to you, South-West Conference. You defeated the Naugatuck Valley League, 8-6, in the first NVL-SWC Challenge. We will now wallow in our sorrows.
Of course, the game that got all the attention last week was No. 1 Ansonia’s 56-21 win over Masuk. Arkeel Newsome ran for 391 yards and six touchdowns, and he broke Alex Thomas’ all-time rushing record on his first carry of the second half. His 53-yard touchdown run gave him 8,290 career rushing yards, 11 more than the 8,279 Thomas accumulated from 2004-07. Newsome finished the night with 8,380 career rushing yards.
It was a dominant performance by Ansonia (6-0), which moved the ball at will and held Masuk to two varsity touchdowns — one on an 81-yard pass and the other on a 35-yard pass following a fumble. The Chargers’ defense looked very quick and played probably its best game of the season, holding a very good Masuk running game to about 130 yards. Of course, detractors keep on saying that these Panthers are perennially overrated and not even as good as they usually are (both points are true) but anybody who saw that game knows how good Ansonia is. The beat goes on.
The other high points of the NVL-SWC Challenge for this league came in the Naugatuck-Bunnell and Woodland-Pomperaug games. The Greyhounds (5-1) dominated the Bruno Bowl to the tune of a 39-0 win that could have been much worse. Naugy’s offense rolled up more than 500 yards before bringing in its second string early in the third quarter, and the ‘Hounds picked off six passes. Woodland (6-0), meanwhile, had its way with the Panthers in a 42-13 victory and never looked back after Mike Lang’s 90-yard kickoff return touchdown to start the game.
The swing games of the Challenge both went to the SWC. Bethel took a 13-0 lead over Derby before the Wildcats’ offense even made it onto the field, and they cruised to a 48-20 win. That puts the Red Raiders (4-2) in precarious postseason position with tough games against Seymour, Wolcott and Shelton still on the schedule. Seymour (3-3) is probably out of postseason contention after losing a 27-6 decision to Oxford. The Wildcats’ offense never got going, and with games against Derby, Ansonia and Woodland still remaining, they will have to pull an upset to finish above .500.
Holy Cross (4-2) kept its season alive Saturday with a 37-7 win over Weston. The Crusaders’ defense was spectacular with a fumble recovery, four interceptions, a blocked punt and a safety, while Drew Bialoglowy stayed hot with 185 yards and three more touchdowns.
In the other game of note, No. 6 Newtown smoked Wolcott, 56-14. The Nighthawks did whatever they wanted on offense and raced out to a 35-0 lead in the game. Wolcott (4-2) now finds itself in some trouble in the Class M postseason race with games against Ansonia, Derby and Holy Cross remaining.
The week’s other scores — Brookfield 49, Wilby 14; Joel Barlow 62, Torrington 21; New Milford 55, Watertown 11; Crosby 43, Immaculate 20; Stratford 21, Kennedy 18; New Fairfield 54, Sacred Heart 12; St. Paul 57, Notre Dame-Fairfield: 20.
Who Did It
Top Passers: Jason Bradley (NHS): 20-32, 396 yards, 4 TD; Logan Marchi (SP): 12-16, 315 yards, 5 TD, INT; Vincent Gambino (WOL): 15-25, 273 yards, TD, INT; Mike Marshall (CHS): 11-25, 233 yards, 2 TD; Tanner Kingsley (WRHS): 15-26, 220 yards, 4 TD; Joe Kalosky (HC): 189 yards, TD
Top Rushers: Arkeel Newsome (AHS): 26 rush, 391 yards, 6 TD; Chris Matthews (CHS): 17 rush, 218 yards, 2 TD; Drew Bialoglowy (HC): 185 yards, 3 TD; Sean McAllen (WRHS): 16 rush, 111 yards, TD; Jacob Thomas (WIL): 12 rush, 94 yards, 2 TD
Top Receivers: Ryne Griesenauer (NHS): 10 rec, 153 yards, TD; Jayson Matos (WOL): 6 rush, 114 yards, TD; Tajik Bagley (AHS): 3 rec, 98 yards, TD; Adam Santopietro (WOL): 5 rec, 94 yards; Taylor Tucciarone (WRHS): 3 rec, 93 yards, 2 TD; Reid Morin (SP): 4 rec, 83 yards, 2 TD; Bryan Coney (NHS): 3 rec, 82 yards, 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-Masuk: Rep-Am (photos/video), GameTime CT (photos/video), CT Post (photos), WFSB
Wilby-Brookfield: Rep-Am (photos)
Woodland-Pomperaug: Rep-Am (photos/video)
Naugatuck-Bunnell: Rep-Am, CT Post, WFSB
Seymour-Oxford: CT Post, GameTime CT, Rep-Am (photos/video)
Derby-Bethel: CT Post
Wolcott-Newtown: CT Post, WFSB
Torrington-Joel Barlow: GameTime CT (photos)
Holy Cross-Weston: CT Post
St. Paul-Notre Dame: Bristol Press (video)
Where It Takes Us
Ansonia and Wolcott will meet on Friday in a battle of the NVL Brass Division’s only two remaining undefeated teams. The Eagles have never beaten the Chargers, and what an upset it would be if the first victory came this week. We won’t bet on it.
The most competitive game of the week should be the Seymour-Derby game at DeFilippo Field. Derby comes in on a two-game losing streak and has to win this game if it has any shot of staying in the Class S postseason race. The Wildcats are probably out of the running there, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of this game to them. (Also, congratulations to Seymour coach Tom Lennon for the birth of his son. On a related note, we heard Sacred Heart coach Cortez Johnson was also expecting a new child. Congrats to both!)
The league’s other playoff contenders — Woodland, Naugatuck and Holy Cross — all have winnable games to hold serve and improve their positions.
Naugatuck’s Jason Bradley and Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome are up for the WFSB Friday Night Football Player of the Week award. Click here to vote.
NVL Fantasy Football Update
Kyle ended up beating Remmy, 243.2-184, back in Week 5 but Remmy took an estimated 226-188.5 win over Kyle during the NVL-SWC Challenge (final numbers will be in early this week). We’ll post a full update on the numbers as soon as they’re all filled out.
Here are our active lineups entering Week 7. 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 Sean McAllen (Woodland), WR Reid Morin (St. Paul), WR Ryne Griesenauer (Naugatuck), WR Adam Santopietro (Wolcott), Ansonia defense