If you thought Week 6 was nuts, let’s try to recap Week 7.
And this is just Friday night.
Ansonia beats Derby/O’Brien Tech 33-32 in one of the craziest (half) games I’ve witnessed.
Derby/O’Brien Tech, which was given virtually no shot by anyone outside of its own hamlet, came in throwing haymakers behind Ray Kreiger, Jake Tomczak and Rashawn Hendricks. The Red Raiders had Ansonia up against the ropes at halftime 26-13, yet Ansonia… refused… to die. Montrell Dobbs runs 50 times for 278 yards, scores and then punches in the winning a 2-point conversion run with 2:18 remaining, a play that coach Tom Brockett attributed to his team’s weak kicking game, rather than a bold move.
Derby needed one more haymaker, but got one from Ansonia freshman Arkeel Newsome instead, a pickoff at the 10 that ended the game, basically lifted Ansonia into the NVL title game and — and — punched its Class S playoff tickets.
I said Derby needed the upset to revive the rivalry. Well, Derby didn’t win, but the rivalry is revived with an extraordinary effort, a wild ending and gutsy efforts on both sides.
That was one game.
Hand rolls previously unbeaten West Haven, 35-13.
More extraordinary efforts, this time coming from a team that basically looked lost in a 38-14 loss to Notre Dame-West Haven a few weeks ago.
It was the Westies that looked lost this time. Zach Miller completed 15 of 22 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns, three of which to Alec Pacelli (6 catches 141 yards). The Westies got down 21-0, scores on fourth down with seconds left in the first half, only to let Hand march right back down the field and score again. It was 28-7 at halftime.
That was ballgame.
How about this one: McMahon topples Ridgefield 21-12
Probably the shocker of the night, in fact. Ridgefield gets one touchdown following a McMahon turnover, and a field goal, and that’s it. Otherwise, the game was all McMahon. Damien Vega throws two touchdown passes and safety Marc Lugo picks off two passes and Ridgefield’s FCIAC championship hopes are all but dashed.
As for its state playoff hopes, well, the second loss drops Ridgefield into a large group of Class LL schools on the bubble. They’re in 12th place (as of Saturday morning) and still three weeks of football left.
What else, what else…
Well, I took the fans’ suggestion and jetted over to Masuk-Bethel. As I feared, it was no contest. Joe Diaz returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Masuk beats another team by a 45-0 spot. (As promised, I was gone by 28-0 in the second, off to Ansonia-Derby).
This was a pretty key game for Masuk actually because of what happened at Bowen field in New Haven. Xavier, No. 1 Xavier, scored just one long touchdown pass, got a field goal and then leaned heavily on its defense to stop Hillhouse from pulling off the upset.
The Academics scored to pull within 9-6, then had the ball at the Xavier 20 with 30 seconds remaining. An incompletion in the end zone, a stop, a sack and then another incompletion (video at right), and Xavier survived 9-6 in a head scratching score that could sway votes (but how many?) someone else’s way.
What else, what else…?
Shabashe McIntosh and Central beat Stamford to keep its state hopes alive. …Pomperaug’s state playoff hopes are looking rosier with its fifth straight victory. …Kyle Vignone helps Farifield Prep wins its first SCC Division I game since 2008 with a victory over Hamden …
Here’s the roundup from Friday night and lookit some of these, wild, wild scores, especially in the SCC.
Law 49, Branford 35 (congrats to Law for Win No. 1) … And, no this wasn’t a basketball game: Notre Dame-WH 55, Wilbur Cross 42 … North Haven outlasts Trinity Catholic, which was playing without coach Peter Stokes. Stokes was hospitalized with a heart problem, but we understand he kept in touch with his team throughout the night and is expected to make a nice recovery. …Brookfield killed Stratford by a rather shocking 49-7 score. …Naugatuck beat Kennedy 36-13 to keep pace with Ansonia as we head toward Thanksgiving. …But Woodland also won, setting up a showdown between the Greyhounds and Hawks for the NVL Copper Division title.
Lots more to come on this Saturday.
We already have one final, Staples defeats winless Ludlowe 35-10 in an intriguing game that saw Staples QB Chet Pajolek go down on one of Staples’ first possessions (and miss the remainder of the game), and saw Ludlowe on the Staples 1-yard line trailing 7-3 early.
But Tyler Jacobs put on a show, making four of Staples’ seven interceptions (one for a touchdown) and the Wreckers ultimately put this one away.
Here’s your Infinite Live Scoring Blog for today.