The regional Elite 8 heading into Week 7:
Where to begin, where to begin:
STAPLES (6-0) From 3 back to No. 2 again. Wiped out Harding, as expected. Has winless Ludlowe and then Wilton left before hosting Trumbull for a trip to the FCIAC title game.
WEST HAVEN (6-0) Up one to No. 3. Got down early vs. Cheshire but came roaring back for the 34-29 victory. Somebody sign freshman Earvin Phillips (13 carries, 105 yards, 2 TD) to a long-term deal.
DARIEN (6-0) Up-up-up all the way from missed to No. 4. Red Lion Christian may not have been all it was cracked up to be, but the Wave make impressive comeback, earn an impressive victory vs. a team supposedly loaded with future D1 talent. The Wave just find ways to win.
ANSONIA (6-0) Up from No. 8 to No. 5. Can’t see anybody else in the NVL who can stop Montrell Dobbs and Arkeel Newsome. The Chargers are starting to look a lot like 2006 Ansonia, aren’t they?
RIDGEFIELD (5-1) Up from Missed to No. 6. Scored 17 quick points vs. Norwalk and hung on from there. Interesting game vs. McMahon this week, then Trumbull.
STAMFORD (4-2) Up from nowhere into the Missed. They have our attention. If they beat Central this week…
BROOKFIELD (4-2) Up from nowhere into the Missed. The Bobcats have beaten who they’ve had to beat. The Pomperaug game in Week 8 looms large.
ST. JOSEPH (4-2) Up from nowhere into the Missed. …Is this the team we’ve been expecting this year? We’ll find out with Warde, Norwalk and Greenwich up next.
NEW CANAAN (5-1) From No. 2 to No. 7, the Rams were down 21-7 to St. Joseph in the fourth quarter and rallied to tie with a minute left. Then they were down 28-21 with 47 seconds left and rallied again. Lou Marinelli rolls the dice, loses and New Canaan still gets another shot. Crazy game. They were just as good as St. Joe, just didn’t have the luck in the end. They don’t fall far, but now the road to the Class L playoffs got a bit steeper.
TRUMBULL (5-1) Drops from No. 5 into the Missed. The Eagles were utterly outplayed by the upstart Black Knights. They’re beat up physically (few concussions, an ankle and a shoulder or two) and maybe emotionally as well. Has Danbury next, then road games vs. Ridgefield and Staples. Safe to say the season is at a pivotal point.
CENTRAL (4-2) Drops from 7 to the Missed. This year’s Hillhoppers can beat up the less fortunate, but they just don’t seem to have it against the better teams on the big boys this year.
WILBUR CROSS (4-2) Drops out of the Missed. Coach John Acquavita is suspended for a game for last week’s brouhaha with a Cheshire parent. Govs get hammered by Hand. Now they get ticked off NDWH on the road before a crucial game at home vs. West Haven. As good as James Ward is, he can’t keep carrying the team on his back.
NOTRE DAME-WH (3-3), SHELTON (3-3) Both drop out of the Missed. The SCC is tough, but three losses in Week 6 is where we draw the line.
MASUK (6-0) Still the best team I’ve seen from the region, despite giving up a it’s first legit TD to Weston (btw, nicely done Weston). …GREENWICH (4-2) They’re not quite back yet. Beating Central was a start… NEWTOWN (5-1) Gutsy win vs. Bunnell. If the Hawks can survive vs. New Fairfield, Barlow and Stratford, they might be playing in the SWC title game. …POMPERAUG (5-1) Same goes for the Panthers, except sub Stratford out with Brookfield. … BUNNELL (4-2) Newtown loss was similar to New Canaan’s. Got down by couple of TDs, rallied but just didn’t have enough at the end. Still some hope for the young Dawgs, but not much.