We’re about to roll out our midseason quiz (sharpen those wits, kids), but here’s where things stand locally as we ready for the season’s second half:
We’ve been having some photo upload problems on the ol’ blog. So this’ll have to be a no-frills SPB Elite 8 until further notice. Full graphics appeared in the papers today, anyway. So most of you know what’s what.
Update: Fixed! >
And, a quick programming note, the threat of rain Friday and Saturday is (once again) fiddling with the schedule. Click here for the latest.
Here we go:
FAIRFIELD PREP (4-1; This week: vs. Hamden, Saturday, 5)
The Jesuits continue to impress with a thorough 39-6 wipeout of Cheshire in an SCC Division I game. Prep is 4-1 for the first time under third-year coach Tom Shea. This is their best record since 2006. The rest of the schedule looks favorable for a Thanksgiving showdown vs. West Haven, just like the good ol’ days.
ST. JOSEPH (4-1; This week: vs. New Canaan, Saturday, 2:30)
The Hogs have answered the call with four straight victories since their opening loss to Staples. They get their third ‘big game’ of the year when improving New Canaan comes to town for a crucial FCIAC matchup. Actually, it’s bigger in terms of the state playoffs. New Canaan needs to win to stay in contention in Class L. The same for St. Joseph in Class M.
NEWTOWN (5-0; This week: vs. Notre Dame-Fairfield, Friday, 7)
Kudos to the Hawks for waking up on Saturday afternoon and taking care of Oxford in the second half. But what was that in the first half? Brennan Diaz and Oxford showed Newtown isn’t invincible in the SWC. Seeing how Masuk’s had no troubles, Newtown’s first half was troubling for an ‘elite’ team. They drop, for now. Trinity Catholic and New Canaan are making a case to leap-frog them in our fair rankings.
STAPLES (4-0; This week: vs. Trumbull, Friday, 7)
The Wreckers are taking care of business in the FCIAC, even if they haven’t been playing up to coach Marce Petroccio’s standards. They get a vastly improved Trumbull team on Friday in the FCIAC’s second biggest game of the Week.
ANSONIA (5-0; This week: at Watertown, Thursday, 6)
We’re going to go out on a limb and say Arkeel Newsome won’t be breaking any national rushing records before his time here is done. But what does he care? The Chargers are winning despite his ankle injury which has kept him out of at least seven quarters of action. He could probably rest another few weeks before Ansonia really needs him again.
GREENWICH (4-0; This week: vs. Central, Saturday, 2)
All’s well in Cardinals Land. Liam O’Neil is back. But we can’t see much resistance coming from the remaining teams on Greenwich’s schedule. Greenwich’s only worry is getting outpointed by an unbeaten Trinity Catholic for an FCIAC championship berth. Yes, it could happen. But, no worries, if it winds up Staples vs. Trinity Catholic and Staples wins, the Cards can stake a claim on the trophy with a victory on Thanksgiving.
(Guh. League title games are silly).
MASUK (5-0; This week: at Brookfield, Friday, 7)
Is there no one in the SWC who can stand up to Masuk? Brookfield, whaddya got?
WEST HAVEN (5-0; This week: at Hand, Friday, 7)
The Westies are about to play their biggest game of the year. Time to find out where they stand in the SCC and state hierarchy. It’s go time at the Surf Club.
TRINITY CATHOLIC (5-0; This week: vs. Fairfield Warde, Saturday, 2:30)
Nope, not in the Elite 8 yet. But, hey… relax, Trinity fans. The word is Trinity Catholic coach Peter Stokes prefers the SPB Elite 8 snub. Hey, we wouldn’t want to take any motivation away from his boys, would we?
NEW CANAAN (4-1; This week: at St. Joseph, Saturday, 2:30)
It seems as if the boys are all right. A week after coach Lou Marinelli suspended seven starters for an off-field incident, New Canaan is back in business. Now’s their time to rejoin the rest of the Elite teams when they face St. Joseph.
RIDGEFIELD (4-1; This week: at Norwalk, Friday, 7)
Connor Rowe returned to action and the Tigers took care of Fairfield Warde. They get Norwalk this week and have a relatively easy road to a 9-1 record and another Class LL playoff berth. Just keep playing well, Tigers…
BARLOW (5-0; This week: at Bunnell, Friday, 7)
Now that the 50-point embarrassment is over, coach Rob Tynan and the Falcons can get back to work. They face Bunnell in a game that’s crucial to their Class M playoff hopes. Did we mention Barlow’s never reached the state playoffs? Well… now you know.