A quick roundup of what’s good around the state as we inch closer to Week 3.
Our first preview of the week, Jason Sonski takes a trip across Division Street for a preview of Friday night’s border rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. The Chargers, of course, rallied from 26-13 down at halftime to win last year’s clash 33-32 — a game that ended with Arkeel Newsome‘s red zone pick with no time left. (You catch last year’s second half, at right)
The Chargers of 2011 are starting to look like a freight train. What will Ray Kreiger and the Red Raiders bring to the table, especially after losing late to Naugatuck last week? You decide:
In our new feature, run by Kevin Duffy, Pomperaug back/receiver/kicker Matt Paola has been voted SWC player of the week (for all sports) by fans. Congrats to Paola for his strong day in the Panthers’ 45-7 win over Bethel. Duffy also gives his thoughts on who earned his vote.
Ned Griffen of the Day of New London reports that, after some wrangling over playing at a possible neutral site, New London’s football team will be playing at Greenwich’s Cardinal Stadium in this intriguing Week 3 non-conference matchup. As we’ve said before, kudos to New London and Greenwich for making this game happen. Very few state teams (read: none) ever willingly drop Greenwich onto their schedules, which is why we usually see exotic matchups like Greenwich vs. St. Joseph-Montvale (N.J.) or at Naples (Fla.).
New London actually called Greenwich looking to hook up. The matchup should give us a good look at how each of these teams stand in the statewide hierarchy. New London is ranked in most state polls, Greenwich hasn’t been ranked since 2009.
Also coming to you from Ned at the Day, his weekly column ‘The Lonesome Polecat.’ This week, Ned examines Greenwich on the eve of the big game with New London. He also offers his take on this week’s violation of the score management policy: let’s try a running clock, eh?
Reckon it’s better to have a running clock, though, then a rule that has resulted in headaches, meetings and paperwork.
We completely and utterly, thoroughly, emphatically agree. We’ve said as much before on this space. A running clock in the second half would publicly cure this state of this rule’s PC ills. Get past 35-0 at some point the third quarter, keep that clock a-runnin’ and let’s get everyone out of there. No harm, no foul. No fans, coaches and media screaming about the absurdity of this policy. No forms to fill. No committees. No embarrassment for the players and coaches … on both sides of the ball.
Yes. We need a running clock so this won’t be necessary: The losing coach having to publicly speak about being on the losing side of a blowout and how glad he was his opponents were so merciful, as Weaver coach Robert Quinn did this week.
But… hold on, didn’t Quinn just say he declined a running clock? He did because he’s a football coach trying to make his team better so it won’t lose games by more than 50 points in the future.
Quinn is both honorable and practical. But since these second halves are A) pointless and B) played against JV players anyway, why not leave this to actual junior varsity games. Besides, it may be a running clock, but you still get plenty of snaps.
As much as I respect Quinn’s decision to play on regularly, I’ll take a running clock instead of the laborious 50-point ‘score management policy.’
Finally, we’ll end on a semi-positive note, Bryant Carpenter‘s wonderful piece on the family trials of Sheehan’s Gannon brothers, Billy and Jeremy. It’s both a sad and uplifting story. It’s a must-read.