With its 42-0 ‘showcase’ game vs. Pomperaug, Masuk retains the top spot in the regional Elite 8 for Week 3.
Masuk put on a clinic for the defending SWC champions and the casual observers in attendance at Arum Field. In addition to the five touchdowns Casey Cochran threw, Masuk saw no less than four receivers pile up big yards and saw the true potential of junior back Colin Markus emerge in this one. And the defense forced three turnovers and, outside of one 45-yard pass to Matt Paola, held Pomperaug to a measly 22 yards of offense on 31 plays.
The only thing stopping Masuk at this point is itself. Perhaps a dozen penalties were called on the Panthers, nullifying several big plays, including Markus’ long TD run in the second quarter. It’s nothing a season can’t fix. And it’s only Week 2.
They’re among the top 3 or 4 teams in the state at this point. For more, watch Masuk vs. Pomperaug: The Movie! below.
Rounding out the Elite 8: Staples took down Norwalk and remains a strong No. 2. New Canaan fits perfectly at No. 3 with a strong second-half effort vs. Trinity Catholic. Because we haven’t seen them play anyone of consequence yet, Central stays in at No. 4.
No. 5 we’ll stick with Notre Dame-West Haven, with potential to move up based on this week’s results.
Despite some struggles with Danbury, we’re going with Darien at No. 6 because of defense. Ridgefield, which has made mince meat of its first two opponents, debuts in the Elite at No. 7. And, finally, we’re adding Bunnell to No. 8 above several good candidates.
Trending up: Bethel, which pushed Newtown around despite missing four or five regular starters, returns among the ‘Missed’ …Wilton, which did the same to ailing St. Joseph, pops in as well. We threw West Haven in there based solely on record and because they’re a good bet to be 3-0 after this weekend. Shelton returns for its dominant effort vs. SCC Division II Sheehan. We think they’re a good match for the Green Knights Friday night.
Trending down: Newtown. Pomperaug. St. Joseph.
Staying Put: Wilbur Cross (Ward’s great, but where’s the defense?); Oxford (Strong victory over New Fairfield. Stratford up next); Ansonia (Montrell Dobbs is on the short list of top regional backs); Trumbull (Played much better vs. Westhill than they did in beating Wilton).
Below, we present MASUK AT POMPERAUG: THE MOVIE here instead of a separate post. Enjoy.