Nov 242013

animated-turkey-with-footballIt’s finally time for one of the best weeks on the local sports calendar — it’s Thanksgiving football!

For most of the 14 Naugatuck Valley League schools in action Wednesday and Thursday, this week will mark their final games until next September and the last outings for many seniors. For five teams, though, the playoffs are either an assured destination or a hopeful one.

Still, playoffs or not, Thanksgiving is a special week of football. And this year’s matchups could be some of the most even across the board in recent memory. Let’s get to the previews! We start off with the video preview by Kyle and Remmy, which is presented by Pour House Sports Tavern in Naugatuck and Wolcott. (Note: We apologize that the wind might be annoying. It was blustery during our shooting.)

Woodland Hawks (9-2) at Seymour Wildcats (6-4)

The best individual matchup of the Woodland-Seymour game could be Hawks linebacker Levi Fancher against Wildcats running back Joey Salemme. (Credits: sscreativedesign, GWImages)

The best individual matchup of the Woodland-Seymour game could be Hawks linebacker Levi Fancher against Wildcats running back Joey Salemme. Both are pursuing school records in what could be a frosty contest. (Credits: sscreativedesign, GWImages)

When/Where: Wednesday, 6 p.m., DeBarber Field
Radio: WATR 1320 AM (5:50 p.m.)
Twitter: @SeymourFootball, @NVLFOOTBALL, @kylebrennan1
Series History: 12th meeting; Seymour leads, 6-5
Series Stat: Only two of 11 meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer
Last Year: Woodland def. Seymour, 62-26
At Stake for Seymour: First win over Woodland since 2008
At Stake for Woodland: 
First home playoff game since 2004

Remmy’s Take: The Hawks are coming off of a loss in which they were completely dominated. I look for them to get back on track this week in terms of playing a better game. However, if Seymour’s Joey Salemme is at quarterback for the Wildcats, it’s going to be a wild night down at DeBarber. Seymour may not have as many playmakers on the field compared to the Hawks. But I think the defense will show up this week much like it did against Ansonia. Seymour is going to need a turnover or two and I think they get ’em. I’m going with the ‘Cats this week.
Kyle’s Take: These teams enter what could be their final Thanksgiving eve meeting — you heard it here first — from different directions. The Wildcats have to feel good about the way they’re playing while the Hawks probably had a back-to-the-drawing-board feel to the post-NVL title game meetings. The weather could play a big role in this game, especially considering Seymour probably wants to play this as long as it’s physically possible with the winter weather expected Wednesday. Woodland can run the ball, but it seems like the Hawks feel obligated to use Tanner Kingsley even when running is working or seems like the better option. I think Sean McAllen will need a big game for Woodland to win, and the Hawks have to tackle Joey Salemme when he’s in the middle of the field. This should be the series’ best game since 2007.

Picks: Remmy- Seymour, 35-34. Kyle- Woodland, 31-27.

Sacred Heart Hearts (0-10) at Wilby Wildcats (4-6)

Wilby quarterback Darrien Bell will lead his Wildcats' offense against Sacred Heart running back Parris Wolfe and his Hearts. (Credits: GWImages, Kyle Brennan)

Wilby quarterback Darrien Bell will lead his Wildcats’ offense against Sacred Heart running back Parris Wolfe and his Hearts. (Credits: GWImages, Kyle Brennan)

When/Where: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Municipal Stadium
Twitter: @SHHS_Hearts
Series History: 64th meeting; series tied, 31-31-1
Series Stat: There have been at least 70 combined points in the last three games
Last Year: Wilby def. Sacred Heart, 52-28
At Stake for Wilby: Gino Capuano’s 10th career victory
At Stake for Sacred Heart: Avoiding first winless season since 2003

Remmy’s Take: Sacred Heart has been struggling all season long. Wilby will be too strong up front for the Hearts. Wildcats roll.
Kyle’s Take: Kudos to the Hearts’ coaching staff for getting a team out on the field for all 11 games this year. Hopefully the school realizes co-oping with Kaynor Tech is the right thing to do in the program’s interest for next year. The Wildcats shouldn’t have much trouble here.

Picks: Remmy- Wilby, 42-21. Kyle- Wilby, 48-20.

Xavier Falcons (7-3) at St. Paul Falcons (6-4)

It's not an official game, but Xavier running back Andrew Meoli and three-time defending Class LL champs will try to grab a little momentum in case they make the playoffs with a win against St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi and his Falcons. (Credits: contributed, Kyle Brennan)

Xavier running back Andrew Meoli and his three-time defending Class LL champs will try to grab a little momentum in case they make the playoffs with a win against St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi and his Falcons. (Credits: contributed, Kyle Brennan)

When/Where: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., St. Paul Catholic High
Series History: First Thanksgiving eve meeting
Series Stat: This game does not count toward CIAC playoff points
Last Year: St. Paul def. Hamden Hall, 55-48
At Stake for St. Paul: Nothing, because this is a scrimmage
At Stake for Xavier: Some game action in case it slips into the Class LL playoffs

Remmy’s Take: Xavier. ’nuff said.
Kyle’s Take: I’ve had a few people ask me if St. Paul’s stats will count toward the record books in this game, and I believe the answer is yes. I’ll get back to everyone with a sure answer once I talk to the records czar. Either way, Xavier wins big.

Picks: Remmy- Xavier, 55-7. Kyle- Xavier, 49-12.

Ansonia Chargers (11-0) at Naugatuck Greyhounds (9-1)

It took a while last Thanksgiving before Ansonia and running back Arkeel Newsome pulled away from Naugatuck and quarterback Jason Bradley, who broke his foot in the game. The 'Hounds need to win this year's game to assure themselves of a Class L playoff spot. (Credits: GWImages)

It took a while last Thanksgiving before Ansonia and running back Arkeel Newsome pulled away from Naugatuck and quarterback Jason Bradley, who broke his foot in the game. The ‘Hounds need to win this year’s game to assure themselves of a Class L playoff spot, while the Chargers will try to win their 40th straight game. (Credits: GWImages)

When/Where: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Veterans Field
Radio: WATR 1320 AM (10:15 a.m.)
Twitter: @AnsoniaFootball@NVLFOOTBALL, @kylebrennan1
Series History: 114th meeting; Ansonia leads, 66-37-10
Series Stat: Naugy hasn’t won two Thanksgiving games in a decade since the 1980s
Last Year: Ansonia def. Naugatuck, 48-27
At Stake for Naugatuck: Its first Class L playoff appearance since 2010
At Stake for Ansonia: No. 2 seed in Class S playoffs and 39-game winning streak

Remmy’s Take: This could very well be the best game of the week. Arkeel Newsome vs. Jason Bradley. Does it get any better on the new turf in Naugy? No! Naugy certainly has some playmakers on both sides of the ball. Jason Bradley has been on fire (thanks for helping me win NVL fantasy this season) for the Greyhounds. I think if Naugy is able to simplify its offense, it has a chance at keeping this game close by feeding running back Tom Douty the ball very often and having Bradley execute with his arm off of the play-action. Ansonia’s speed will win it this game, though. Too much Newsome, McKnight and Bagley.
Kyle’s Take: Call me crazy, but I think this is going to be a very good football game. The only team that gave Ansonia any trouble was Seymour, which ran the Wildcat offense and utilized onside kicks. Well, say hello to Naugatuck. Greyhounds quarterback Jason Bradley has all the running traits of a good Wildcat back — and he’s also a tremendous passer. Plus, you know Craig Bruno will have his team ready for the trick special teams plays that will surely be in store. It will come down to a few factors. One is whether the Naugatuck linemen can man up and get extra physical for the first time in a big game. Another is whether the Greyhounds can complete sure tackles on Arkeel Newsome. I think Naugy will stay close throughout this game — I actually contemplated picking the ‘Hounds — but in the end the Chargers will be too much offensively.

Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 48-28. Kyle- Ansonia, 40-32.

Holy Cross Crusaders (7-3) at Wolcott Eagles (7-3)

Holy Cross wide receiver Trai Weaver and Wolcott quarterback Vincent Gambino need to win to give their teams chances at making the playoffs. (Credits: contributed, GWImages)

Holy Cross wide receiver Trai Weaver and Wolcott quarterback Vincent Gambino need to win to give their teams chances at making the playoffs. (Credits: contributed, GWImages)

When/Where: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Joe Monroe Field
Twitter: @WolcEagleFtball, @HC_Football
Series History: 39th meeting; Holy Cross leads, 31-7
Series Stat: The Eagles broke a 10-game losing streak to Cross last year
Last Year: Wolcott def. Holy Cross, 21-14
At Stake for Wolcott: Third straight Class M playoff berth, with losses by Stonington and Quinebaug Valley
At Stake for Holy Cross: Class S playoff berth, with a Coginchaug loss to Cromwell

Remmy’s Take: Both teams come into this Turkey Day game with identical records. But Wolcott has been playing better football behind spectacular play by its quarterback, Vincent Gambino. With Joe Lynch in the backfield for Wolcott and Gambino making big plays with his arm, Wolcott will win its second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game against the ‘Saders.
Kyle’s Take: Of these two teams, Wolcott has by far been the more consistent. The Eagles are playing lights-out on offense (remember that they even played fairly well against Ansonia) and their defense should carry some confidence after two strong efforts. Holy Cross has been banged up all year and unless it brings a whole new offensive look out for this game, I think Wolcott will be too much.

Picks: Remmy- Wolcott, 42-20. Kyle- Wolcott, 34-24.

Shelton Gaels (6-4) at Derby Red Raiders (5-5)

Shelton and quarterback Mark Piccirillo will try to make it 11 straight victories over Derby and quarterback Michael Kreiger in one of the state's oldest rivalries. (Credits: contributed, GWImages)

Shelton and quarterback Mark Piccirillo will try to make it 11 straight victories over Derby and quarterback Michael Kreiger in one of the state’s oldest rivalries. The Raiders will try to clinch a winning record. (Credits: contributed, GWImages)

When/Where: Thursday, 10:30 a.m., DeFilippo Field
Twitter: @DerbyCT
Series History: 103rd meeting; Shelton leads, 53-42-7
Series Stat: Six of the nine highest-scoring games have happened in the last nine years
Last Year: Shelton def. Derby, 27-21
At Stake for Derby: Second straight winning season under George French
At Stake for Shelton: 10-game winning streak over Derby, longest in series history

Remmy’s Take: I would have taken Derby in this game, but without arguably the biggest playmaker on the team in Tyrae Small, I have go to with Shelton here. The Gaels have played some SCC teams very tough this year.
Kyle’s Take: Shelton’s banged up, too, but it sounds like tailback Jason Thompson has a chance to return from a collarbone injury. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though Tyrae Small will be able to do the same from his broken shoulder. Derby has enough grit to keep this one close for a half or so, but Shelton has been very good against some outstanding teams this season.

Picks: Remmy- Shelton, 42-20. Kyle- Shelton, 33-14.

Torrington Red Raiders (2-8) at Watertown Indians (1-9)

Torrington and tight end Nate Bresson will try to finish the season with three wins in four games by beating Watertown and quarterback AJ Cattaneo. (Credits: GWImages)

Torrington and tight end Nate Bresson will try to finish the season with three wins in four games by beating Watertown and quarterback AJ Cattaneo. (Credits: GWImages)

When/Where: Thursday, 10:15 a.m., Mills Complex
Twitter: @WHSIndians
Series History:
 48th meeting; series tied, 23-23-1
Series Stat: Neither team has scored 40 points since 1992
Last Year: Torrington def. Watertown, 35-21
At Stake for Watertown: Snapping a seven-game losing streak
At Stake for Torrington: 3-1 finish in Gaitan Rodriguez’s first year

Remmy’s Take: Watertown has had a disappointing season. It’ll end on another bad note after Torrington beats the Indians.
Kyle’s Take: The Indians, as some coaches have told me, are probably the worst team in the league right now. The Red Raiders are looking to finish some nice momentum going into the offseason. Torrington will get it.

Picks: Remmy- Torrington, 42-14. Kyle- Torrington, 38-7.

Crosby Bulldogs (1-9) at Kennedy Eagles (2-8)

Kennedy and running back Jacob Gonzalez can finish with the program's most wins since 2008 by beating Crosby and quarterback Mike Marshall. (Credits: Kyle Brennan, GWImages)

Kennedy and running back Jacob Gonzalez can finish with the program’s most wins since 2008 by beating Crosby and quarterback Mike Marshall. (Credits: Kyle Brennan, GWImages)

When/Where: Thursday, 10 a.m., Municipal Stadium
Series History: 49th meeting; Crosby leads, 33-15
Series Stat: Last year’s game was the series’ highest-scoring by 34 points
Last Year: Kennedy def. Crosby, 62-44
At Stake for Kennedy: Most wins in a season since 2008 (five)
At Stake for Crosby: Snapping first Thanksgiving losing streak since 2005-07

Remmy’s Take: Kennedy will run the ball effectively and as a result, it will control the clock. I think Kennedy will intercept Crosby quite a few times and take advantage of those turnovers and turn them into points.
Kyle’s Take: Never one of the holiday’s prettier games, this one won’t be very glamorous. Both teams should feel like they have a decent chance to win, but Kennedy will take better care of the ball and will end up winning it.

Picks: Remmy- Kennedy, 35-27. Kyle- Kennedy, 46-40.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Extra Points: We’d like to thank everyone who’s made this another great year! We especially want to acknowledge the photographers who allow us to showcase their awesome work on our blog. Together, they’ve covered just about every team in the league so you can find photos of many of our league’s players on their websites. We encourage you to browse their albums and consider buying a photo to help support these guys’ work. Visit Gregg’s and Stan’s websites for more. … There will be plenty up on the Rep-Am Red Zone blog early this week, including a special Thanksgiving edition of Gimme Ten and Kyle’s final postseason breakdown, with full scenarios and projections. … Naugatuck’s Wayne Edmonds is the Greyhounds’ inductee to the Rep-Am Red Zone Hall of Fame. Wait for Ansonia’s selection on Wednesday. In the meantime, the old-timer selections from each school are rolling out. The Chargers’ pick is Bubby Natowich, and Naugatuck’s choice is Dick Tuckey. … Make sure to listen to Laxworm’s “The Show” with our Thanksgiving special from Porky’s Cafe in Shelton. The Laxworm, SPB and I chatted with coaches and captains from Derby, Shelton, Trumbull and St. Joseph to preview Thanksgiving and talk about the playoffs. For those interested in the Derby-only stuff, fast-forward to the 62-minute mark.

Playoffs Update (Tuesday): Kyle has posted his final breakdowns and scenarios for all four classes (Class LL, Class L, Class M, Class S), and projections for the 16 quarterfinal matchups should be posted later today. For the NVL teams, Kyle has Ansonia projected to be the No. 2 seed in Class S with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 7 Coginchaug; Woodland is projected to be the No. 4 seed in Class S with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 Morgan; Naugatuck is projected to lose a tiebreaker with Daniel Hand for the No. 8 spot in Class L; Wolcott is projected to finish two points shy of Stonington for the No. 8 spot in Class M; and Holy Cross is projected to finish outside the top 10 in Class S. (Our pal Ned Griffen also has his projections, which differ a little from those by Kyle. We will find out who knows more.)

Red Zone Blog Update (Tuesday): Kyle was also busy cranking out his special Thanksgiving Gimme Ten. Check out the 10 best seasons by local teams, the nine top local games of the season, eight Thanksgiving stats (you’ll have to look in Tuesday’s print edition for that), seven area teams with playoff chances, six of the best local Thanksgiving rivalries, five game-changing players for Thanksgiving, four questions for Thanksgiving, three bold Thanksgiving predictions, two games that will be broadcast and one thing on your Thanksgiving to-do list. Also on the blog are this week’s state polls analysis and area picks by Kyle and Mark Jaffee. There is also a great profile on Ansonia’s Bubby Natowich by Roger Cleaveland.

More News and Notes (Tuesday): Upon consultation with the two curators of the Connecticut high school football record book, Bob Barton and Gerry deSimas Jr., it has been determined that stats from the St. Paul-Xavier scrimmage will not count toward official all-time stats. (The game is, in fact, described as a scrimmage in this Rep-Am story.) That means The Falcons’ Logan Marchi will finish his career tied for the state record with 112 touchdown passes. Woodland’s Tanner Kingsley needs five to tie that mark. … The Seymour-Woodland game will remain on for Wednesday, and a decision will be made about moving the game by 2 p.m. Wednesday. If the game is moved, it would be pushed to Thanksgiving. … As mentioned by some, parking figures to be difficult at the Naugatuck-Ansonia game due to construction at the school, so it’s advised to get there early.

NVL Fantasy Football Update: Remmy has clinched the 2013 NVL Fantasy Football championship by beating Kyle, 250.4-196.5, in Week 10. Remmy leads Kyle, 6-4, on the season. We’ll take one last go at it this week with the following starting lineups:

  • Team Kyle: QB Tanner Kingsley, QB Logan Marchi, RB Jacob Thomas, RB Joey Salemme, WR Trai Weaver, WR Jayson Matos, WR Mike Kenney, WR Taylor Tucciarone, Naugatuck defense
  • Team Remmy: QB Jason Bradley, QB Vincent Gambino, RB Arkeel Newsome, RB Joe Lynch, RB Sean McAllen, WR Ryne Griesenauer, WR Adam Santopietro, WR Reid Morin, Ansonia defense
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Nina Poeta

Valley Strong: There’s a movement right now going through the Valley to help out 16-year-old Seymour cheerleader Nina Poeta, who was just diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor after she’d been experiencing headaches. In just a few days, an online fundraiser has already come up with more than $50,000 for the Poeta family as Nina’s radiation treatments are set to begin Monday. The fundraiser is still open, and you can click here to find out more about Nina and how you can donate to her cause. Nina’s part of the group that always supports the Wildcats on the field, and it’s pretty incredible to see the support everyone is sending her way. We’re wishing and praying for the very best for Nina and her family.

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  77 Responses to “Thanksgiving Predictions”

  1. Last meeting between Seymour and woodland, how come?

  2. Arkeel Newsome vs. Jason Bradley in an of its self makes no sense. They both play OFFENSE. Jason nor Arkeel alone will dictate the victor of this game. Arkeel has yet to be hit and tackled by a real defensive player. Bradley’s arm and leadership are questionable. Give some credit to the other players on these teams.

    • Newsome plays cornerback, as well.

      Don’t come making a hit and run on Jason Bradley by questioning his leadership without explaining yourself. I’ve known Jason since he was 8 years old and I’ve seen seven of Naugy’s 10 games this year, and there hasn’t been a shout of a doubt about his leadership from anybody.

    • Of course it makes sense. Both are the clear leaders and play-makers for their respective teams. Arkeel also plays defense, in case you have not seen him play in person.

      Football is a team sport. No one player will win the game by himself. That’s evident. But both of these kids play pivotal roles in the success of their teams.

      As far as giving credit to other players, we have mentioned MANY players throughout the season on each of these teams. McKnight, Bagley, Bailey, Sanders, the entire Ansonia O-line, Greisenauer, Malik Brooks, K-Rob, Hopkins, Tom Douty, Coney, down to the Naugy linemen.

      • I’m sure the other players that work just as hard appreciate to consolation prize mention.

      • If you think we’re about to list the entire roster every time we mention a game, then you can keep standing in the everybody-gets-a-trophy line.

        It’s probably the same one as the I-only-care-about-my-kid line.

      • I give credit where credit is due. Offense alone does not win games. Turkey day is going to be interesting you probably shouldn’t sit next to me if your hyper-sensitive because I keep it real, even with my own kid. Whom by the way is about to bring it. Get ready!

      • The most craziest thing is when your mommy goes on a blog starts talking crazy and you’re a player most embarrassing thing in the world….

    • Just as Kyle said, don’t take shots at Jason and not back it up. Jason first off has a remarkable arm and that isn’t even under question. I don’t know many quarterbacks in this league that can even make the throws he makes. And to question his leaderships is ridiculous too. If you would like facts, here’s facts. Jason was names captain of the baseball team last season, as a sophomore. Jason was names captain of the basketball team prior too his junior season. Jason is also the captain of the football team as we know and seems to be doing quite a good job at leading his team to a 9-1 record. Those are some facts. And this isn’t just coming from his older brother. I am also his biggest fan who has watched him mold into the fine young leader he is today. I also played every sport with him since we were young and experienced his leadership first hand. His leadership shouldn’t even be questioned if you knew him.

  3. I’m sure he’s a great kid and is a decent quarterback however that does not equate to being a good leader. Is he going to be able to keep his team motivate his when they are down a couple TDs. Does he have the ability to play all 4 quarters when a victory may not be guaranteed? He’s young and questionable.

    Lets be real Arkeel playing corner is not the Arkeel Newsome vs. Jason Bradley being referred to here.

  4. I would like to take this time to commend Remy and Kyle once again for the outstanding work to keep this blog going and perhaps more importantly for their patience with outspoken people like myself and a few others on this blog. As I scan the other blogs that are available on the Internet, I have come to the conclusion that the people in the Valley are more knowledgeable than people from anywhere else in the State of Connecticut as far as High School football is concerned. True, we snipe at one another from time to time but there is no one on this blog that I wouldn’t sit down and enjoy a libation with (soft or otherwise). So, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope your team wins it’s game (except for the Greyhound fans). LOL

  5. mrsfootball go away

  6. mrs football comments are interesting——sounds like pre-game libation has started . ansonia—naugy game should be a war.
    ansonia—in a close one
    kennedy—-eagles end season with a w
    wilby—- season mercifully ends for hearts
    torrington——watertown is bad
    holy cross—–gotta feeling cross pulls out close win
    woodland—unless woody has 6 turnovers
    derby— only because shelton is SCC team
    i wont even justify st.paul—xavier debacle

    another great year and job by kyle and remmy—its a lot of fun.on that note
    a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone. Dress warm

  7. Woodland

  8. Although not all NVL teams season ends by Thursday, want to also say great job on another season on the NVL Blog Remmy & Kyle! Awesome work and 1 day this type of coverage of the NVL will trickle into hoops and baseball!
    Who’s winning the season predictions tracker? I know not me!
    Ansonia- Think this will be good game but with parking disaster, who will see it?
    Holy Cross- Does Wolcott ever win a big game?
    Woodland- This maybe game of the week, I flipped a coin
    Shelton- I want Derby to win, just don’t see it
    Xavier- Why? I don’t get this game & how it is even allowed

    A few of my comments for the year:
    1. Congrats to all the student/athletes who made it through the season, playing any sport is a big committment and now a days less and less kids are giving that committment, so you guys all deserve credit!
    2. Coaches, who put their own lives on hold, to help shape the lives of kids they hardly know as freshman and get paid cents per hour to do so, you are truly great people and our world needs more people like you!
    3. Blogs- Let’s make them all more personal. No fake names, fake anything, put your name, picture and email up and we will see who still makes the same comments (good, bad or just downright awful).
    4. Stop talking bad about players, coaches, leagues or teams!! Enough!!! This isn’t college or pro football, it’s high school!!! 90% of blog posts are fine but these people who talk about all this non-sense, here’s reality:
    New Canaan isn’t playing Ansonia this year or probably ever, so give it up!
    Yes, the NVL has some weaker teams, but so does every other league!
    The kid you a ripping for not being a great player is 15 or 16 years old, just trying to play a sport he enjoys, he’s not on a full ride (unless he goes to a private school & is really good) and he isn’t paid to play, so calm the bashing of these teenagers, they don’t have their license yet but you feel the need to rip them apart! Just not right!
    5. Can we do a better playoff? I’m sure we can but how? And can they start basketball season at least a week later so kids who play in the finals don’t have to practice 2 days before their 1st game of basketball, how is that even legal??
    6. Can we bring back the Shelton/Ansonia REGULAR season game?? Please make it happen, then Ansonia would play everyone in the Valley and every year we can have an answer to all the bs SCC talk by beating Shelton 8 out of every 10 years!
    That’s my rant and now I need to focus on coaching and not blogs cause it’s hoop season for me. Just glad there’s no NVL girls hoop blog cause they’d be all over me this year!! Happy Thanksgiving, Go Chargers!!!

  9. Welcome mrsfootball… don’t listen to these clods.
    Wilby 34 Sacred Heart 7
    Xavier 57 St. Paul 21
    Kennedy 29 Crosby 6
    Torringtonn 44 Watertown 22
    Ansonia 48 Naugatuck 26
    Wolcott 21 Holy Cross 14

  10. Cant believe the season is winding down.

    My T-day picks:

    Seymour 28 Woodland 21 Seymour goes out a winner because of toughness
    Wilby 35 SH 0 This season can’t end fast enough for SH. Tough year
    Xavier 50 St. Paul 7
    Crosby 14 Kennedy 7
    Steubenville 28 Watertown 0, T-day dessert in Ttown = cake with a file in it.
    Wolcott 48 HC 42 High scoring game, hope its enough for Eagles
    Shelton 49 Derby 21 get the post game nummies ready mrs. oldschool, lol
    AHS 62 naugy 21 AHS been practicing for 10 weeks for this game.

  11. For the old-timer fans here … check out this profile on Ansonia’s Bubby Natowich:

  12. AHS 42-21 game for a bit
    Derby 28-27 Hate the SCC
    Ttown 27-20
    HC 27-22
    Kennedy 26-20
    Seymour 27-20
    Xavier 275-21 why play this one.
    Wilby 33-13

  13. Mrs Football. I encourage you to enjoy the game and your child’s contribution to it. Many years from now it won’t really matter except for your memories and probably the final score. A great Holiday to all except for Drake and maybe the Fisherman.

  14. with proposed oxford—seymour turkey day matchup in the future,id like to see
    woody–wolcott and hc—- wilby and st.paul—sacred heart. to my man the shot
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING—if derby pulls upset, crow orders will be at all time high.Does duchess deliver?

  15. ValleyFalls1

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Seems like the season just started, and here we are. Normally I try to make some humorous comments on each game. However, for Thanksgiving I will not. Every team and every player playing on Wednesday night and Thursday deserves recognition for possessing the drive, determination and the “guts” to play this game. And for the coaches that work tirelessly to put their players in positon to play their best. And for the parents, school administrators, cheerleaders and all the rest.

    There are many ways we express our national identity, For many Thanksgiving is probably the most important expression of national pride. The same pride the players and coaches demonstrate all year in preparation for the each game, the season and this day. All this brings to mind a quote attributed to President Teddy Roosevelt from a spreeh in France in 1910:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    That being said here are my predictions:

    Ansonia over Naugatuck in a very tough game
    Kennedy over Crosby
    Wilby over Sacred Heart
    Torrington over Watertown
    Wolcott over Holy Cross
    Seymour over Woodland
    Shelton over Derby

  16. that proves george patton is a ANSONIA fan—-have a happy one jake—from former team and linemate

  17. my bad– i thought it was patton lol

  18. I have refrained from making picks lately but I do want to mention two games that have been bantered about. First it’s Ansonia over Naugatuck. This game looks like a blowout to me. Newsome will be too much to deal with and Bradley will be under attack all game. Secondly is Shelton versus Derby. This game would be a lot closer with Small and company who are injured right now. No one was more surprised than Woodland when they won that game last week. Derby has shown a lot more life on defense and I look for them to keep it very close. More injuries aside they could pull the upset and crowdogs will be the order of the day.

  19. dont know joe.i think the ansonia—-naugy game will be typical valley war.Naugy will have to bring its A game on defense and ANSONIAS defense will also have to play well.The turf believe it or not might factor into game i tried to contact naugy a.d to get a read on parking situation,but nobody answered p-hones—–they must have had caller i.d.

  20. To The Shot and his band of brothers… I ain’t takin’ the bait.

  21. im almost embarrased not to mention the sad situation of the seymour cheerleader——having gone thru similar situation with my nephew i know the shock and pain—–prayers to her and her family

  22. ansonia in a close one 38-23
    woody all over seymour 44-20
    Xavier pads stats 46-13
    Kennedy over crosby 32-12
    torrington over watertown 38-13
    Holy cross upset special over wolcott 33-30
    shelton finally sticks the fork in the raiders 44-20
    wilby over sh 33-13

  23. just a heads up for those attending naugy game——parking will be as bad as rumored—–coming from naugy a.d.s office———–get there early

  24. Kingsley will throw for 9 touchdowns this year. Mark my words

  25. big deal

  26. Another drunk or loaded Woodland fan making bets with his mouth that his ass can’t cash.

  27. Howdy, friends. Just wanted to point you to lots of updates toward the bottom of the main thread (all of them added Tuesday morning). They include links to my Thanksgiving Gimme Ten list, my final playoff breakdowns and scenarios, some news and notes and other links of interest. A quick summary of main points:

    – The postseason scenarios are probably of particular interest to the five teams in the running. Check out Class L (, Class M ( and Class S ( I’m not sure Naugy and Wolcott are going to get the help they need.

    – I had a few folks ask me whether St. Paul’s stats Wednesday night would count toward official records, so I asked the two guys who curate the state record book. Because the game is being classified as a scrimmage, they will not count toward records.

    – The Seymour-Woodland game is still set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. Seymour’s AD told me they will have a decision made by Wednesday at 2 p.m. If the game is moved, it would be on Thanksgiving. Something tells me the Wildcats will want to play no matter what.

    Thanks again to everybody for a great year.

    • If Kingsley is going to throw 9 TDs, then for Seymour’s sake, they’d want it to be over as quickly as possible. Game doesn’t get moved.

      • Kyle,
        Who put the poll together for Ansonia football best player? I know it must be hard but (and nothing against the kid cause I know him and he’s a friend) how do you put Adam Richmond on that list??? I can think of 100 players off the top of my head who were better. I’m not trying to be rude but all the other players have a legit reason to be there, I don’t think he does. Just my 2 cents.

      • I’m not sure exactly. I’m pretty sure the guys went through the state record book and found anyone from Ansonia to put those names in there, and then added some other big names.

        Let’s just say that none of the polls have been scientific. They’ve been mostly good for riling up some opinions in the comment sections.

  28. Kingsley throws 9 tds what. With the weather and wind under /over 3tds.

  29. to be honest ive been attending ansonia games since i was 7 with my dad.some of the players listed couldnt make my all-neighborhood tea,m.i know you cant name everyoneand the intentions were good but that list is so dillusional its sad..Next time your better off asking the real experts

  30. Trying to do a list of the Ansonia greats is imposible. So many players to name. Each decade loads of all staters. Not going to get into who should be on the list.

  31. Awesome video of Sandy Osieski vs Derby in the Red Zone. Going to shot gun offense at that time was cutting edge. I remember Seymour running spread in the mid to late 80’s. We had no idea how to defend it and QB Joe Stochmal carved our secondary up. Shotgun spread no huddle teams are prevalent in every conference in the state now. I’d like to see the return of tough defenses and more old school pro style offense myself. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and their families. Enjoy the best holiday of the year!

  32. Looks like the St. Paul-Xavier game may be canceled. It’s been changed to TBA, which leaves tomorrow and Friday (Xavier won’t want to play Friday if it sneaks into the playoffs tomorrow).

  33. Steve Sanders

    Seymour over Woodland – It gets old watching the Woodland sideline jump around against every team like they are on the Bama sideline. Hope they play tonight, and hope Seymour takes it to them.
    Wilby over SH. Goota feel for Cort Johnson and the hearts. But Wilby has too many athletes.
    Kennedy over Crosby- Kennedy will outlast and out coach the bulldogs.
    Torrington over Watertown- What has happened to Watertown? To me the fact that they can’t put anything relevant out there kills the league. They need to re group and rededicate.
    Holy Cross over Wolcott- Holy Cross with an outside shot to make S and I feel they have the athletes to win.
    Shelton over Derby- As badly as I root for Derby to win this game every year, the Gaels shoukd walk away with the victory. They didn’t reach expectations and will wanna take it out on under manned Derby
    AHS over Naugy- Naugy is going to be so jacked up. First Thanksgiving on new field, a shot at an L berth, i don’t care what anyone says this game and challenge is the reason why Bruno came to Naugy. They are going to do all sorts of trickery, but Arkeel is Arkeel ad he will put the Chargers on his back for these last two weeks. AHS defense should have something to prove as well.

    Really hope the Cats and Hawks play tonight. If i’m Seymour I would play this game in a tsunami. It’s raining at a good pace, but don’t change it to tommorow.

  34. Seymour-Woodland is now at 7 p.m. I’ve been told speedy dry is en route to DeBarber.

  35. oh boy it should be a mess by end of 1st qtr—–could work in cats favor——wet ball could cause havoc for both teams

  36. Final analysis ……….Derby keeps this close. Ansonia romps. Woodland might escape. Hope not. Happy T Day to all, especially the lower Valley and all the men that have played before.

  37. happy thanksgiving shot from one turkey to another

  38. Thank you my friend.

    Hey that Osieski article did not mention that Ansonia beat Derby twice that year which was not a usual occurrence. it was 6-0 the second time down in Bridgeport at the old Kennedy stadium.