Outside of a brash pick made out of pure arrogance instead of reality, I’m (really, really, really) happy to say I did pretty darn well for picking these semifinal game.
Let’s take a look-see:
SPB: Greenwich 35-6
Reality: Greenwich 35-13
Synopsis: It was 35-0 before Central finally scored to make it 35-6. They tacked on a cheapie late to keep me from hitting the lottery.
SPB: Shelton 34, Southington 21
Reality: Shelton 21, Southington 19
Synopsis: From what I heard, Shelton seemed like it would put up 34 by the third quarter. But then Southington showed up, Shelton’s stayed in the locker rooms until 1:53 remained and Mike Manzo preserved the win with an interception. Hey, at least I got the winner right this year.
SPB: Bunnell 26, Staples 20
Reality: Bunnell 28, Staples 14
Synopsis: OK, so Bunnell made one more 2-point conversion. Staples scored one-less touchdown. If Colin O’Shea returns a pick back at the end of the first half, I’d have been closer.
SPB: Masuk 28, Conard 12
Reality: Masuk 25, Conard 21
Synopsis:What did I say? Close early, Masuk late? Well the reality was the reverse. It was all Masuk early and close late. …Semantics at this point. I picked the winner. Thanks Masuk.
SPB: New Canaan 27, Middletown 14
Reality: New Canaan 28, Middletown 0
Synopsis: I guess I gave Middletown’s offense too much credit. Then again, I think I threw those two TDs in as garbage TDs… Couldn’t they have given one to Staples?
SPB: Woodland 34, Seymour 30
Reality: Seymour 46, Woodland 28
Synopsis: When informed of this pick, a fellow reporter said: “No. But way to think outside the box.” Yeah, we like to critique each other’s work. I really didn’t think Seymour would lose but, confident I’d be well ahead at this point, I took a shot. … And it was Incomplete.
SPB: Tolland 42, Bullard-Havens 6
Reality: Tolland 47, Bullard-Havens 14
Synposis: Were it not for the dreaded garbage time score, I would have been dead-on with Tech. At least Tolland added one more than I predicted, too. That score for 47 got this game within three points of my pick. Not too shabby. Not too shabby.
SPB: Ansonia 42, Northwest Catholic 13
Reality: Ansonia 25, NWC 7
Synopsis: Of all the correct picks I made (7 of 8 for those counting at home), I was the completely off on this score. Either I overestimated Ansonia’s offense, or underestimated NWC’s defense. Or both… Hmmmm.
By the way, looking at the results, I can say this. SOUTH-WESTERN CONNECTICUT FOOTBALL ROCKS!
We’re still awaiting the final results, but Connecticut Post teams have a chance to win all but one of the state championships this year. Connecticut Post teams were 4-1 in state semifinals not played against a fellow CT Post team. If it had been Stratford instead of BH, I’d venture we would have been 5-0.
Here’s the league tally from Super Tuesday:
FCIAC: 2-2 (Too bad Central had to play Greenwich… still has shot at two titles)
SWC: 2-0 (A tremendous showing for a league that, overall, had a down year. Especially knocking out both FCIAC and CCC teams. But will get at one champion, unfortunately)
NVL: 2-1 (Another knockout punch delivered by a fellow team. But most impressive for a much maligned league as well).
SCC: 2-1 (Hand-North Haven aside, Shelton’s big win gives this proud league a chance for two titles)
ECC: 2-0 (The ECC showed up… good for them).
Nutmeg: 1-2 (Berlin beating Bristol Eastern is just plain shocking. This division is horrible)
Pequot: 1-1 (Cromwell losing, not a surprise since it was against NL. Tolland … must be nice to have that draw, huh?)
CCC: 0-4 (Southington, Conard, Bristol Eastern, Weaver… bleah. This league gets overrated dud conference of the year award)
CSC: 0-1 (But we knew that already. At least they scored first.
Off to the luncheon…