We’re at the midway point of this season, and plenty of postseason contenders are looking to hold or improve their situations this week. That will be easier said than done for some squads as our championship pictures starts to come into focus. Kyle and Remmy have this week’s video preview, which is sponsored by Pour House Sports Tavern in Naugatuck and Wolcott.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Torrington at Holy Cross, 6 p.m.: Both coaches seem to be feeling better about their teams, but only one will be feeling good Friday morning.
Remmy’s Take: The Crusaders have been on a roll lately. They represented the NVL very well with a big win over Weston. The streak continues this week as Torrington will struggle to get anything going on offense.
Kyle’s Take: When the Crusaders struggled to a 1-2 start, I said that they had to make a concerted effort to get the running game going. Over the last three weeks, Drew Bialoglowy has been one of the most productive backs in the league. I expect that continue against a young Red Raiders defense.
Picks: Remmy- Holy Cross, 42-6. Kyle- Holy Cross, 38-7.
Friday, Oct. 25
Sacred Heart at Woodland, 6:30 p.m.: The Hawks have looked like a state top-15 school through six weeks.
Remmy’s Take: Sacred Heart has been struggling all season long. The struggles continue as the Hearts face one of the hottest teams in the state in the Woodland Hawks. The Hawks have been the biggest surprise, in my opinion, so far this season in the NVL.
Kyle’s Take: Nobody thought the Hawks would be as good as they’ve been on both sides of the ball. Their prolific offense might be a little less of a surprise with Tanner Kingsley have another terrific year, but Woodland’s varsity defense has only allowed three touchdowns in one game. Sacred Heart is no match.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 49-0. Kyle- Woodland, 48-6.
Ansonia at Wolcott, 7 p.m.: In terms of quality contenders, this should be our Game of the Week. Unfortunately, we don’t expect it to be much of a game.
Remmy’s Take: Wolcott hasn’t yet proved it can win the big game this season. Facing Ansonia won’t do the Eagles any good. Ansonia will roll.
Kyle’s Take: The Eagles have never beaten the Chargers, and that won’t change this season. Wolcott doesn’t have the defense to slow down Ansonia, quite simply. Maybe the Eagles can score a few touchdowns, at least.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 49-13. Kyle- Ansonia, 54-14.
Wilby at Crosby, 7 p.m.: With these city teams trending in opposite directions, this could be a decent game.
Remmy’s Take: Crosby is feeling good after earning its first win last week, and Wilby comes into this game after being hammered by Brookfield. Wilby wins this one, despite a great effort by the Bulldogs.
Kyle’s Take: The Bulldogs have young playmakers throughout their offense, including quarterback Mike Marshall, and they seem to be gaining some confidence. They still don’t have the defense to be competitive, though, and Wilby just has to take care of the ball.
Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 34-28. Kyle- Wilby, 38-20.
Watertown at Kennedy, 7 p.m.: It has not been a pretty 2013 so far for either of these teams.
Remmy’s Take: Kennedy played Stratford very tough, while Watertown has been disappointing all season. I think it’s about time the Eagles get their first win.
Kyle’s Take: The Eagles nearly pulled an upset over Stratford in the NVL-SWC Challenge, and the Indians got pumped by New Milford. I have no idea why, but I’m taking the Indians. Sometimes you don’t question an instinct.
Picks: Remmy- Kennedy, 20-14. Kyle- Watertown, 21-14.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Naugatuck at St. Paul, 1:30 p.m.: The Greyhounds are getting hot. That’s bad news for everybody else.
Remmy’s Take: Naugy’s offense plus St. Paul’s defense equals a disastrous day for the Falcons. The Greyhounds’ secondary is good enough to contain the St. Paul passing attack.
Kyle’s Take: Naugatuck’s defense has been tremendous since its loss to Woodland. The Greyhounds have allowed just three points in their last two games and just picked off six passes against Bunnell. That defensive backfield will have some fun against St. Paul, which turned over the ball at will in its last tough game against Woodland.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 60-14. Kyle- Naugatuck, 58-21.
Kyle (48-2) leads Remmy (46-4) in weekly predictions. Since we’re halfway through the season, this should be a good week to get everything around here updated (records and picks). A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:
- Kyle, Steve and Bob will have two games this week on WATR 1320: Torrington at Holy Cross and Ansonia at Wolcott. We’ll link to the WATR broadcasts in our live scoreboard later this week. It will be a special start time of 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a regular 6:50 p.m. airtime Friday.
- It appears as though Derby running back Tyrae Small will be out for the rest of the season with a broken bone in his shoulder. Red Raiders coach George French tells us small was injured on his first carry against Ansonia, yet Small played the rest of the game. He sat out practice before the Bethel game, took a few carries to see how it felt but had to leave the game. French said doctors predict a best-case scenario of a six-week recovery, but surgery could be needed. It’s too bad for Small, a senior who is one of our favorite players to watch.
- Kyle will have some new stuff on the Red Zone blog throughout the week, including a look back at the NVL-SWC Challenge, his weekly polls analysis, a new edition of Gimme Five, the local power rankings and more.
- Also from the Republican-American, the Red Zone Hall of Fame project has selected six honorees from NVL schools so far: Torrington’s Charlie Strid, Watertown’s Rico Brogna, Woodland’s Pat Krakowski, Sacred Heart’s Jim Harris, Holy Cross’ Dan Mulrooney and Kennedy’s Carl Barzilauskas. The other league schools will have their days over the next month.
- Required reading this week from Ned Griffen (polls insight and more) and Sean Patrick Bowley (midseason report).