Hey, it’s Week 8 — the time when teams start to figure out whether they’re headed to the playoffs or playing for fun. We’ve got a number of games this week that have postseason implications as we roll into November. Sadly, we’ve got no video previews this week so you’ll have to settle with our writing only.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Watertown at Ansonia, 7 p.m.: Eeps.
Remmy’s Take: Kennedy is something like 0-35 all-time against Ansonia. Watertown is coming off of a loss to Kennedy. It’s not going to be fun for the Indians.
Kyle’s Take: The Chargers will tie their school record with their 36th straight win.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 50-0. Kyle- Ansonia, 48-0.
St. Paul at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.: Those looking for a treat on Halloween should not go to Municipal Stadium.
Remmy’s Take: St. Paul has a slightly better offense than the Hearts. That’ll decide this one.
Kyle’s Take: This one falls squarely into the not-very-attractive-Copper-Division-games category. St. Paul will score, and Sacred Heart will score because neither team plays any semblance of defense. The Falcons’ offense will score more.
Picks: Remmy- St. Paul, 42-28. Kyle- St. Paul, 54-26.
Friday, Nov. 1
Wolcott at Derby, 7 p.m.: A few weeks ago, this looked like it was going to be our Game of the Week between squads jockeying for postseason position. Now, it’s a must-win for the Eagles while the Raiders are likely out of it.
Remmy’s Take: Wolcott hasn’t yet won a big game this season. But with Derby’s running backs all out with injuries, this could be the game where Wolcott has its coming-out party.
Kyle’s Take: A string of physical games has taken its toll on the Red Raiders — particularly on defense. Wolcott moved the ball pretty well on Ansonia and will do even better against Derby. Look for a balanced attack from the Eagles.
Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 49-21. Kyle- Wolcott, 48-28.
Crosby at Seymour, 7 p.m.: The Wildcats have their first winning season under Tom Lennon in their sights after upsetting Derby.
Remmy’s Take: Seymour showed its toughness last week, especially on defense. Crosby will struggle to move the ball on that D this week. ‘Cats, big.
Kyle’s Take: The coaches in Seymour are too good to allow for a letdown after a big win, especially playing an offense that is still young and will turn over the ball. Joey Salemme will take another bite out of the yardage needed to break Edwin Esson’s single-season school rushing record.
Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 42-12. Kyle- Seymour, 49-18.
Kennedy at Torrington, 7 p.m.: One team will notch its first Copper Division win, finally.
Remmy’s Take: The Raiders have lost their fair share of games this season but have been playing very hard. The Eagles are just coming off of a win and are getting better as the season progresses — making strides. This could be the tightest game of the week. Can the Eagles win two in a row?
Kyle’s Take: I saw Torrington last week against Holy Cross and the Red Raiders really didn’t play like a winless team. They’re young and starting to come around. I think they’re in for a nice end of the season and will build some momentum for next year.
Picks: Remmy- Kennedy, 28-21. Kyle- Torrington, 38-26.
Wilby at Naugatuck, 7 p.m.: You’ve gotta keep winning, Naugy. Just keep winning.
Remmy’s Take: Naugatuck shellacked St. Paul last week. The shellackings will continue ’til Thanksgiving morning when Ansonia visits the borough. Jason Bradley and Co. will be too much for the Wilby defense to handle.
Kyle’s Take: Wilby will provide more of an all-around test for the ‘Hounds than did St. Paul last week. Naugy has to stop the run to take control of this game. On the other side, the Greyhounds’ receivers need to sharpen up after a day full of drops last weekend.
Picks: Remmy- Naugatuck, 55-12. Kyle- Naugatuck, 46-20.
Kyle (53-4) leads Remmy (52-5) in weekly predictions. A little bit of news and notes before we send you on your way:
- Kyle, Steve and Bob will have the Woodland-Holy Cross game this week on 1320 WATR. We’ll link to the WATR broadcast in our live scoreboard later this week. (Torrington-Kennedy will also be on WAPJ.)
- Kyle will have some new stuff on the Red Zone blog throughout the week, including his Week 8 local power rankings, his weekly polls analysis, a new edition of Gimme Five, a look at the playoff picture and more.
- Also from the Republican-American, the Red Zone Hall of Fame project has selected seven 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, Kennedy’s Carl Barzilauskas and Seymour’s Edwin Esson. The other league schools will have their days over the next month.
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