Dec 012013
Ansonia defensive end Ryan Hovan and Woodland linebacker Chris McDonald will lead their teams in Tuesday's Class S quarterfinals. (Credits: GWImages, Rachael Morin)

Ansonia defensive end Ryan Hovan and Woodland linebacker Chris McDonald will lead their teams in Tuesday’s Class S quarterfinals. (Credits: GWImages, Rachael Morin)

It’s December, so that means it’s playoffs time! Here we go:

No. 7 Coginchaug (9-2) at No. 2 Ansonia (12-0): The Chargers are three games away from a 43-game winning streak, three straight undefeated seasons and a 19th state championship. Arkeel Newsome is 329 rushing yards away from reaching 10,000 for his career.
Remmy’s Take: Does it get any better than a playoff game at Jarvis Stadium? Sure, Coginchaug has heard of Ansonia and is the next team to get its chance at beating the Chargers. I’ve heard it many times: “It’s just another game.” But it’s not. Coginchaug will have an hour-long bus ride down to the Valley to think about all that Ansonia has done as a program. Getting off of the bus will be an experience and it could have a negative effect on the Blue Devils as they prepare to step on the field. The Blue Devils have given up 123 points in their two losses (Valley Regional and Morgan) and have practically blown out the majority of the other teams they have faced. Coginchaug quarterback Tyler Meeker and running back Jack Granger are good athletes and the biggest running threats on the team. But so long as Ansonia has a healthy Arkeel Newsome in the backfield, Ansonia should cruise.
Kyle’s Take: Does it get any better than a playoff game at Jarvis Stadium? Yes, because those games are usually terribly boring. See ya later, Blue Devils.
Picks: Remmy- Ansonia, 52-12. Kyle- Ansonia, 48-7.

No. 5 Morgan (10-1) at No. 4 Woodland (10-2): This game should be the most competitive of the four Class S quarterfinals.
Remmy’s Take: Morgan is a running team with a good running back in Jake Ward. The Huskies have a gigantic line that has allowed Ward to amass close to 2,500 yards on the ground along with 41 rushing touchdowns. Woodland wins this game if running back Sean McAllen has a big game catching passes out of the backfield. Woodland may be the faster team this week but may not have the beef up front to open holes for its running backs. Getting McAllen to the outside will be key for the Hawks. Morgan will be able to chew up clock in this game but I think Woodland has enough playmakers to get the job done at home.
Kyle’s Take: I puzzled for a while about this game, and I came to the conclusion that Woodland will win for a couple of reasons. I was impressed by the Hawks’ run defense against Seymour, and I think that defensive momentum will bode well against a team that runs the ball as much as any team in the state. Woodland’s inside linebackers — Levi Fancher, Chris Slavin and Chris McDonald — were all over the place last Friday and they need to force a turnover or two to win this game. The other thing I like for Woodland is that the Hawks are playing at home, where they are 6-0 this year and have a lot more success throwing the ball than they do away from home. In six home games, Tanner Kingsley has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,848 yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions. In six games away from Beacon Falls, Kingsley has competed just 54 percent of his passes for 1,102 yards, 14 scores and seven picks, and in his last three games not played on the hill, Kingsley has completed only 44 percent of his throws for 385 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. The home cooking is going to help spur Woodland to a win.
Picks: Remmy- Woodland, 27-21. Kyle- Woodland, 34-28.

Of course, we have to pick the other 14 state quarterfinals (because that’s what we do).

Class LL
No. 8 Ridgefield (9-2) at No. 1 Newtown (12-0): Remmy- Newtown, 34-14. Kyle- Newtown, 24-14.
No. 7 Fairfield Prep (9-2) at No. 2 Glastonbury (10-1): Remmy- Glastonbury, 22-20. Kyle- Glastonbury, 28-21.
No. 6 West Haven (9-2) at No. 3 Hall (9-1): Remmy- West Haven, 35-21. Kyle- West Haven, 40-28.
No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (8-2) at No. 4 Southington (9-1): Remmy- Southington, 35-14. Kyle- Southington, 21-7.

Class L
No. 8 Daniel Hand (8-3) at No. 1 Darien (10-1): Remmy- Darien, 28-21. Kyle- Darien, 24-20.
No. 7 North Haven (9-2) at No. 2 Platt (11-0): Remmy- Platt, 30-28. Kyle- North Haven, 34-28.
No. 6 Farmington (9-2) at No. 3 New Canaan (11-1): Remmy- New Canaan, 49-14. Kyle- New Canaan, 45-13.
No. 5 New London (9-2) at No. 4 Middletown (10-1): Remmy- Middletown, 33-27. Kyle- New London, 16-13.

Class M
No. 8 Quinebaug Valley (9-2) at No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (11-0): Remmy- Valley Regional, 49-12. Kyle- Valley Regional, 54-14.
No. 7 Ledyard (9-2) at No. 2 St. Joseph (10-2): Remmy- St. Joseph, 34-15. Kyle- St. Joseph, 41-20.
No. 6 Gilbert/Northwestern (9-2) at No. 3 Joel Barlow (9-2): Remmy- Joel Barlow, 42-7. Kyle- Joel Barlow, 47-13.
No. 5 Brookfield (9-3) at No. 4 Bethel (9-2): Remmy- Brookfield, 28-27. Kyle- Bethel, 20-14.

Class S
No. 8 Bloomfield (9-2) at No. 1 Capital Prep/Classical Magnet (11-0): Remmy- Capital Prep, 34-21. Kyle- Capital Prep, 36-14.
No. 6 Prince Tech (9-2) at No. 3 Rocky Hill (10-1): Remmy- Rocky Hill, 42-7. Kyle- Rocky Hill, 42-0.

Extra Points: Kyle and SPB joined the Laxworm for “The Show” this Sunday to preview and pick all four playoff brackets. Click here to listen to the replay. … Kyle will have a few playoff previews over at the Republican-American’s Red Zone blog this week.

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  34 Responses to “State Quarterfinals Preview”

  1. Ansonia 50-20
    woody 36-30
    ridgefield 27-21
    ff prep 31-16
    west haven 36-13
    southington 24-20
    darien 22-20
    north haven 30-13
    newcannan 41-12
    Newlondon 22-21
    valley reg. 48-14
    st. joes 36-14
    j barlow 40-26
    bethel 28-34
    cca 38-7
    prince tech 33-6

  2. newtown28 ridgefield 14——–enjoy this one
    southington 28 nfa–14——— sothingtons barmore gets it done
    glastonbury 21 prep 14——– better than people think
    new caanan 45 farmington 7——big deal
    darien 28 hand 14——–cant see upset
    north haven 28 platt 20——- not sold on platt
    middletown 26 new london 14——not twice
    st.joes 42 ledyard 14——-who cares?
    valley 50 )((*8878*?&——-6——who cares?
    bethel 28 brookfield 14——bethel ground and pound
    barlow 35 gilbert 20——barlow can score
    rocky hill 42 prince tech—6———rocky hill second best team in field
    cap/prep 30 bloomfield 22——could be other way around
    woody 28 morgan 20——a nvl thing
    ansonia 48 coginchaug 7—— doesnt family guy live in coginchaug?

  3. An amazing stat for all the SCC haters… FCIAC playoff teams are 7-0 vs. SCC teams: Ridgefield over Cheshire and Notre Dame West Haven; Darien over Hillhouse and North Haven; St. Joe’s over F Prep and NDWH; and New Canaan over Hand. On the flip side, SCC playoff teams are 0-4 vs. the FCIAC: F Prep lost to St. Joe’s; West Haven lost to Greenwich, Hand lost to New Canaan and North Haven lost to Darien.

    Playoff Picks…
    Newtown over Ridgefield 21-20 – flipped a coin
    Glastonbury 14 F Prep 13 – flipped another coin
    Southington 27 NFA 19
    West Haven 24 Hall 8
    Glastonbury – F Prep winner could win it all.
    Darien 28 Hand 21
    New Canaan 41 Farmington 21
    New London 15 Middletown 14 – flipped a third coin
    North Haven 36 Platt 22 – chants of OV-ER-RAT-ED may resound
    In a New Canaan – Darien final, New Canaan gets even
    Valley Reg/Ye Olde Lyme 54 Quin 6
    St. Joe’s over Ledyard 31-17
    Joel Barlow 39 Gilbert NoWest 8
    Bethel 20 Brookfield19 – flipped a 4th coin
    Picking St. Joe’s over VR/OL for the title
    Cap Prep/et al over Bloomfield 29-28 – running out of coins
    Ansonia 51 Coginchaug 7
    Rocky Hill 44 Prince Tech 6
    Woodland 25 Morgan 23 – heart over head here
    I’ll be mildly surprised if anyone comes within 28 points of Ansonia. I’ll be stunned if anyone comes within 21.
    No respect for the ‘baugs, ‘chaugs or techs.

    • drake i got one better——-everyone got a piece of scc this year——nvl,woody——pequot—hyde and ccc ,southington

    • Yo Drake, Shelton ripped Trumbull.
      Hope you enjoyed your turkey. I didn’t go to the Derby game, but I heard it was poorly attended. Sad to see.
      I listened to Kyle do the Ansonia game. Naugy was beat on the opening kick. I didn’t think it was too smart to let McKnight play after he got hurt. Didn’t anybody learn anything from RG3 last year?

  4. ValleyFalls1

    Ansonia over Coginchaug 42-14

    Know very little about Coginchaug, no MaxPreps statistics, other than one opposing coach called them physical. Roster at CIAC website shows them having some size. May not have the speed however.

    Anyone know how McKnights ankle is?
    Was verrry impressed how Ansonia switched to Wildcat without taking a timeout to regroup. Less impressed with Naugatuck, really expected a hard game. Oh well…….

    Class LL
    Newtown over Ridgefield 21-20 SWC vs FCIAC Hmmmmmmm
    Fairfield Prep over Glastonbury 20-14
    Southington over NFA 27-20
    West Haven over Hall 35-28

    Class L
    Darien over Hand 21-14
    New Canaan over Farmington 42 to 6 NC is finally CT ready :)
    New London over Middletown 28-21
    Platt over North Haven 28-21

    Class M
    Valley Reg/Ye Olde Lyme over Quincy Valley St 49-12
    St. Joe’s over Ledyard 31-21
    Joel Barlow over Gilbert/NW 49-6
    Bethel over Brookfield 21-7

    Class S
    Capitol Prep over Bloomfield 35-32
    Rocky Hill over Prince Tech 42-14
    Morgan over Woodland 42-41

  5. Anything can happen this time of year. Heck, no one ever though in 2000 Griswold would come into Jarvis and leave with a 7-6 win, but they did. Take no one lightly!! I don’t believe Coach Brockett and this team will. It will be business as usual.

    Here’s something to chew on. In Coginchaug’s two blowout losses (for what it’s worth the Blue Devils second and third games of the season) they gave up a combined 757 yards and 13 TDs rushing.

    Valley Regional/Old Lyme: 24 carries, 356 yards, 6 TDs (Justin Cheverier, 6,170,4)

    The Morgan School: 41 carries, 401 yards, 7 TDs (Jake Ward, 31-313-5)

    Hyde had 38 carries for 317, 3 TDs in a 21-20 loss to Coginchaug.

    North Branford had 27 carries,135 yards, and a TD in a 48-20 loss. An average of 5 yards per carry.

  6. ValleyFalls1

    What is McKnight’s status, anyone got the intell??

    • Last time McKnight got hurt, the word was he was getting an MRI. That wasn’t even close.

      He’s probably fine. I was right near the tackle when it happened. Looked like he just turned his ankle (high ankle sprain on the outer part of ankle). Then again, I’m no doctor. Ansonia should win this game even if it played without McKnight. They’ll have to play it by ear. If they’re up by 35 at the half, McKnight likely doesn’t play in the second half especially with just a few days of rest before the next game.

    • I couldn’t figure out why he played for as long as he did on Thanksgiving.

      • McKnight said his ankle is ‘coming along’ and hopes to play tomorrow.

      • Kyle,I was shocked he keeped going out there.Even up by 4 td’s,thought they would just use wildcat or bring someone in to just hand it off.Very lucky McKnight didn’t get rolled on by linemen and damaged it anymore.Didn’t get it!

  7. newtown
    prep 14
    new caanan
    north haven
    rocky hill

  8. Ansonia 55-7 this gets ugly
    Morgan 28-21 to much Ward
    West Haven
    Cap Prep
    Rocky Hill

  9. For those of you who are interested, check out Capital Prep’s RB –

    Kid’s a bruiser.

  10. No big upsets this year on T day. I will say I was a bit surprised by how badly Cheshire got pounded again in the second half. Great move getting rid of Ecke. Rams went 4-7 this year and should have lost to Sheehan and Hamden. Anyway, my picks for playoff games:

    Newtown 42 Ridgefield 14 Newtown played inspired all year.
    FFD Prep 28 Glastonbury 21 Prep QB runs to a W
    West Haven 42 Hall 14 Westies my pick to win it all
    Southington 35 NFA 20 Barrmore > Outlow

    Hand 28 Darien 26 I wont be surprised to see Hand in finals
    North Haven 21 Platt 7 NH is big and tough
    New Canaan 50 Farmington 7 yawn
    Middletown 21 New London 13 Revenge is sweet for Mtown

    Valley regional 35 East Bum 0
    St. Joes 35 Ledyard 20 Ledyard QB is best Soph in state
    Barlow 40 Gilbert 13 love me some triple option
    Bethel 28 Brookfield 20 love me some triple option

    AHS JV 50 Coginchaug 7
    Capital Prep 28 Bloomfield 14 Looking like AHS vs Capital in final
    Rocky Hill 40 Prince Tech 0 envisioning Dave Chapelle Prince basketball skit
    Woodland 42 Morgan 28 I saw Morgan few times, decent spread team soft D

  11. Quote of the week goes to Mike Quick:

    “I think of all the unbeatens, Ansonia is in the toughest spot on Thanksgiving.”

    • ValleyFalls1

      Some of us think foolish things, some of us are considered foolish, others of us say foolish things thus removing all doubt whether we are foolish or not :)

  12. Steve Sanders

    Newtown over Ridgefield 35-14 – Ridgefield Football under acheives on a yearly basis
    Glastonbury 14 F Prep 7 – Prep has proved me wrong all year, Glastonbury plays D
    Southington 24 NFA 14- Norwich is limping in
    West Haven 37 Hall 13- Bounceback game? But is it a bounceback if you lost on purpose?

    Darien 21 Hand 7- I feel Darien is just better
    New Canaan 48 Farmington 14- Farmington happy to be there
    Middletown 22-New London 12- Middletown still has best player. Still scratching mt head NL lost to Cap Prep by 39?
    North Haven 28 Platt 14 – Platt is in trouble

    Valley Reg/ Olde Lyme 47 Putnam 6- Refuse to say Quinipiac Valley or whatvever
    St. Joe’s over Ledyard 42-10 Ledyard not going to do so well here
    Joel Barlow 42 Gilbert NoWest 17. Shaban say Helllllllllooooooo Lalala.
    Brookfield over Bethel- 21-13 I hate when you get the same match up 2 weeks in a row.

    Cap Prep/over Bloomfield 44-14 They beat NL by 30 so Bloomfield it could happen to you
    Ansonia 49 Coginchaug 0- Coginchaug said they are playing well, so they should keep it under 50
    Rocky Hill 35 Prince Tech 7 Tech school really need their own tourney
    Woodland 39 Morgan 16 – Hawks get an easy win after squeeking by and taking one pounding the last 3 weeks

    I hate that all the 2nd rd games are being played at the same time. What purpose does that serve. I mean you couldn’t play 4 games in the day and 4 at night

  13. Some of you may have seen the new state polls, both of which have Ansonia on top.

    You’ll also notice Ansonia is not a unanimous No. 1 in either poll. Newtown has two No. 1 votes in the media poll and one No. 1 vote in the coaches poll, and New Canaan somehow held onto a No. 1 vote in the coaches poll after losing.

    Check out the polls in the right sidebar.

  14. You can also check out my previews of all four playoff classes — including predictions of all four brackets through the finals — over in the Rep-Am Red Zone.

    • I can see Newtown,because voters might think they play in better league and played harder sch. But not New Canaan because of loss.Now if Ansonia struggles alittle bit(which I don’t think theres a shot at) and Canaan wins L and defeats Darien then maybe voters will vote Rams 1. Or if Newtown wins states,and I don’t think they will,voters may slide them in.

      • Look at the two leagues. Did we not have an NVL vs. SWC match-up this season? SWC edged NVL by a game, IIRC. Newtown is a LL. If anything, they should be ranked lower considering the level of competition it has played, being a LL and all.

        I’ve seen Newtown and they are solid. I’ve also seen Ansonia three or four times this season. How does Newtown stop Arkeel Newsome? Answer: It doesn’t. Newtown has a decent pass game and a bruiser for a RB. But if Brookfield was able to put together some nice drives on Newtown, how can’t Ansonia? The teams will not play this season but if you have seen both in person, you can be the judge. I have, so I can give my opinion on the matter.

        Despite New Canaan’s loss to Darien, I still think New Canaan is a better football team than Newtown. Sure, it would be hard to rank NC above Newtown at this point. But as far as what I’ve seen on the field, I don’t think Newtown beats New Canaan.

        I spoke to someone yesterday about how the polls would play out after the state title games assuming Ansonia wins-out. All Ansonia has to do is give the voters an excuse to rank them < 1. That means if Ansonia doesn’t beat Coginchaug, Rocky Hill or Capital Prep (assuming RH and CP win their games) by at least 3 TD, the majority of the voters will make the case that a New Canaan (if it wins the state title this year) in L is more deserving considering its path to the title. And since LL is so stacked and unpredictable this year, the LL champ can also make a case for #1 in the state. With Newtown already getting some #1 votes, if it wins-out in LL, the Nighthawks will be #1 (assuming Ansonia plays ONE tight game). No way anyone in M is crowned #1.

  15. Where is mrsfootball. Maybe she still is crying over the game that she thought it was going to be a good one or she is still yelling at the coach for onside kicks.

  16. Mrsfootball is doing live updates for weli 2nite.Kyle 1320 doing any playoff games.

  17. doubt if mrs football was a woman—but ya never know—-kinda strange that there were no naugy bloggers pre-game,compared to the past,which makes you wonder if all those same bloggers were the same guy—or maybe a coach

  18. Ansonia plays 2pm Sheehan high school Saturday