SPB’s Elite 8: Week 4

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MASUK (3-0; This week: at Bunnell), WEST HAVEN (3-0, This week: at Sheehan), NEWTOWN (3-0; This week: vs. Brookfield), ST. JOSEPH (2-1; This week: vs. Stamford)

All four teams move up to fill Darien’s vacated spot. Masuk crushed Immaculate. West Haven handled Notre Dame-West Haven (but not Cameran Tucker), Newtown had no problems with Stratford and, of course, St. Joseph nipped Darien in two overtimes.

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DARIEN (2-1; This week: vs. Danbury) — The Blue Wave doesn’t drop far, but the team looked exhausted while losing a two-touchdown lead in the second half vs. St. Joseph. Losing lineman Matt D’Andrea during stretches of the second half didn’t help. He was a terror in the first half.

As mentioned, getting Peter Gesualdi back from injury is critical.

Now comes rejuvenated Danbury, fresh off a wild 36-30, victory over Central. Time to answer the bell.

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STAPLES (3-0; This week: Idle), ANSONIA (3-0; This week: at Holy Cross), GREENWICH (2-0; This week: vs. Trumbull).

Staples buried McMahon, Ansonia buried Derby and Greeenwich was in a coma last week. Overall, Staples and Ansonia are putting a chasm between themselves and the rest of the state with the exception of maybe Xavier and Hand.

As for the ‘Missed,’  TRINITY CATHOLIC (3-0; This week: at Norwalk) is on the cusp. We dropped STAMFORD (2-1; This week: at St. Joseph) a bit.

The rest we left almost untouched because, honestly, we needed to make it all fit. So don’t read too much into it.

BROOKFIELD (3-0; This week: at Newtown), NEW CANAAN (2-1; This week: vs. McMahon), FAIRFIELD PREP (2-1; This week: vs. Shelton), STAMFORD (2-1; This week: at St. Joseph), SHELTON (2-1; This week: at Fairfield Prep), and BARLOW (3-0; This week: at New Fairfield) remain unchanged.

Sean Patrick Bowley