Something’s not right here.
We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it.
Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day.
Paraphrasing Phil Connors: “Once again the eyes of the nation have turned here to this … TI-ny village in [southwestern Connecticut]… blah blah blah blah blah.”
A couple upstarts aside, New Canaan is still king of the FCIAC, Masuk still rules the SWC, Xavier is still bludgeoning the SCC, Ansonia the NVL.
Both Masuk and Xavier remain embroiled in a never-ending battle of public opinion for the top spot in the polls, which, by the way, haven’t significantly differed much from last year, either.
Pomperaug’s good. Bunnell’s good. Staples is good. Darien is good. Newtown is good. Hand is good. West Haven is good. We’re still wondering about Trumbull. Hillhouse is down, but not out. Greenwich is on the fence, as are a number of others. OK, yeah, St. Joseph isn’t in the picture, then again they were 1-2 around this time last year anyway.
What, pray tell, is really different? I’ll tell you: nothing.
Is this all you have to offer, 2011? 2010 II? Didn’t we do this last year? Have you run out of ideas?
Many of our preseason dark horses have already “been taken to the glue factory,” as Bay so succinctly put it in our comments section. We’re running out of trendy picks. The usual suspects are still standing.
So who’s left?
Weston takes on Newtown tonight in an intriguing SWC matchup that could tip the scales if the Trojans somehow pull it out. …Seymour? The ‘Cats are 2-0, but they haven’t really played anyone yet. TBA. …Norwalk? TBA until they host New Canaan as an undefeated football team. …How about you, Wilton? Looking good so far, but let’s see you take on New Canaan or someone.
What about the boys from Cheshire? They’re gearing up to take on jilted No. 2 Xavier tonight at Palmer Field. Taking out the defending No. 1 team in the state? Yes, that would be the significant switch we’re looking for. (OK, it would be a switch back to 2009, but a switch nonetheless.)
Shelton? The Gaels are 2-0, take on Notre Dame-West Haven. They haven’t been boss in the SCC since at least 2007. Football’s not the same around here without a strong Shelton club. We’ll keep an eye on them. …What about Derby? The Red Raiders had us excited for a spell, but then lost to Naugatuck. They won’t help our cause without beating Ansonia. …New Fairfield? Bethel? That’s a big game up there. Let’s see something. …Oxford? …McMahon? …Ridgefield? …Greenwich? (actually, I’ve gotten used to Greenwich being out of the mix.)
If I wanted 2010, I would just post all of last year’s videos and call it a day.
Somebody. Do something.
And fast, before we actually relive yesterday today.
WEEK 3 FEATURES/NOTEBOOKS
- NVL: Rivals Ansonia, Derby renew acquaintances tonight
- SCC: Shelton (2-0) ready for some home cooking
- FCIAC Notebook: New coach, new QB have Norwalk winning
- FCIAC: Darien growing up fast
- SWC Notebook: Newtown hosts Weston in marquee conference clash
WEEK 3 GOODIES
ON THE AIR
- North Haven at Branford, 7 p.m. — Sportingnewsct.com
- Ansonia at Derby, 7 p.m. — WELI 960-AM (Weli.com)
- Notre Dame at Shelton, 7 p.m. — Gogreenknights.com
- New London at Greenwich, 7 p.m. — WGCH 1490-AM (wgch.com)
- Torrington at Holy Cross, 7 p.m. — WATR 1320-AM (watr.com)