And now the second edition of our weekly REGIONAL high school football rankings. Like the state polls before them, very little movement from the contenders.
Let’s take a look at the big boys of southwestern Connecticut…
NEW CANAAN: [Last week: Defeated Bassick 49-16. Up next: Saturday at Trinity Catholic.]
The words out of New Canaan on Friday was more about Bassick than it was about New Canaan. It went something along the lines of, “Hey, Bassick’s not so bad anymore. They’re on the right path.”
That may be so, but the Lions still have a ways to go. They were significantly overmatched by New Canaan in a 42-16 loss.
This game wasn’t a fair assessment of Bassick’s progress.
It wasn’t a fair assessment of New Canaan’s, either.
Yet, there has been some of chatter on this space about why the six-time state finalist Rams are getting little-to-no love in the state polls. My response is: “We want to pump New Canaan up based on that game? Go away.”
Nevertheless, they’re trending up No. 8 based on their name. We’ll learn a little more about New Canaan and its 2-headed quarterback when it travels to face Trinity Catholic.
(Aside: This was the fourth-straight time New Canaan and Bassick opened the season. Are you kidding? Bassick doesn’t deserve that, nor does it deserve Greenwich in Week 2. Who makes these schedules??? Get it together, FCIAC.
Greenwich looked ripe for the plucking. How wrong we were. The Cards move up from No. 5 to No. 4 [Up next: Friday at Bassick] …Even though it was playing without Peter Gesualdi (ankle injury), Darien dominated Ludlowe. Scary stuff. The Blue Wave move up from No. 6 to No. 4. [Up next: Saturday vs. Warde] …Looks like Masuk’s here to stay after an eye-opening, 47-10 win over Pomperaug. And get used to watching that No. 22 jersey speeding away from you. Moves up two spots to No. 6. [Up next: Friday vs. New Milford]
Norwalk (1-0) gets some love for a decent, if not solid win over Danbury. [Up next: Friday at Stamford.] …We’ve also added Fairfield Prep after it’s dominant victory over Wilbur Cross. [Up next: Friday vs. East Haven] and Wilton for showing some guts in holding off Central. [Up next: Saturday at St. Joseph.]
RIDGEFIELD: [Last week: lost to Greenwich 20-7. Up next: Friday at Ludlowe]
Looks like that high-praise was unjustified. Greenwich beat Ridgefield up front (125 yards rushing yards for Mark Bernstein), and big plays (Jose Melo threw for over 200 yards, a majority to TE Joe Kelly). The Tigers’ offense sputtered early and couldn’t capitalize late in its 20-7 loss.
Troubling, to say the least. So drop them we shall, just not completely. We’re sure to hear from Ridgefield again.
…We’ve also dropped Notre Dame-West Haven after its 44-0 loss to Xavier. [Up next: Friday at Lyman Hall]
Playing without Nick Kelly, who apparently suffered a concussion in the team’s last preseason game vs. Fairfield Prep, Staples found itself in a dogfight with St. Joseph. But the playmakers, specifically James Frusciante, shined through in crunch-time to put the Hogs away. [Up next: Friday vs. Central] …Ansonia destroyed Torrington again. Arkeel Newsome looked in midseason form and, despite a massive turnover of the roster, Ansonia looks like it’s going to be OK. [Up next: Friday vs. Woodland] …West Haven wasted no time showing off vs. Hamden. The best part? They have some players beyond Erv Phillips. [Up next: Friday at Guilford] …Newtown had a 21-0 lead over New Milford as Julian Dunn caught a pair of TD passes from Drew Tarantino. Reports said it probably could have been more had it not been for some penalties. [Up next: Friday vs. Pomperaug]. …St. Joseph impressed the heck out of everyone in its loss to Staples. So the Hogs will stay in “Just missed” for now. [Up next: Saturday vs. Wilton] …Attention: The part of Jawad Chisholm will be played by Bunnell‘s Devante Teel for the rest of this season. They needed those big plays vs. Joe Piatnik and Bethel. [Up next: Friday vs. Brookfield.] …Brookfield needed a late-game big play to hold off Stratford in a back-and-forth affair. Let’s up the scoring dosage vs. Bunnell. [Up next: Friday at Bunnell]. …Shelton had a 16-point lead, lost back Jason Thompson to an injury and fell to pieces vs. Cheshire. They’re 0-1 and drifting close to the cue ball. Looked like the Gales had some quarterback problems, as well. Troubling, but we’ll hold off condemning the Gaels… for now. [Up next: Friday vs. Foran].