Just wrapped a jam-packed show with the mysterious Mr. Laxworm. Pretty good show this week.
You had me ranting onward about the FCIAC’s insane rescheduling format in light of ‘Superstorm Sandy,’ the pointless continuation of superconference league championship games, and the Northern-Eastern inferiority complex, etc.
About 40 minutes in, we welcomed NFA coach Jemal Davis to talk about his 8-0 football team and his thoughts on the brouhaha over his violation of the ‘Score Management’ policy vs. Stamford. Some pretty good responses there.
And, finally, we welcomed NVL Football and Rep-Am writer Kyle Brennan, who’s well ahead of the game in determining who has already clinched state playoff berths (Windsor, Avon, Ansonia) and who’s close to clinching.
The show went an hour and 20 minutes. Laxworm and I talk for the first 40 (since Davis was having trouble joining the discussion). Davis finally joins us at the 40 minute mark. and Kyle joins us at the 1-hour mark.
DeAngelo Berry easily slips through Shelton’s defense on his way to a 51-yard, third-quarter touchdown in Saturday’s 59-17 victory. | Screen cap by Sean Patrick Bowley
Nearly five quarters and eight days ago, Xavier trailed Hillhouse 49-21. Despair and defeat dripped from their facemasks.
Let’s check in with the Falcons now, shall we?
Lessee, they scored four touchdowns in four possessions in the fourth quarter to shock Hillhouse, 50-49.
They added four more touchdowns in five possessions in the first half against Shelton. Then they tacked on four more touchdowns and — and — added a field goal that bounced off the crossbar and in for the final points of a 59-17 victory.
So that’s 12 touchdowns and a field goal in five quarters.
In the age of ‘Score Management,’ no less.
Yipes. Welcome back to the living, Xavier.
The Falcons, who are still banged up a big on defense (and, believe it or not, it showed vs. Shelton), are fine and dandy on the offensive end, thank you. They’ve scored 50-or-more points in three straight games and are 7-1, looking good in the Class LL playoff race with a showdown with West Haven next week.
Shelton barely laid a finger on back DeAngelo Berry, who touched the ball just 11 times and scampered for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. They rarely touched quarterback Tim Boyle, who was 10-for-10 for another 200-or-so yards.
So now the showdown for one of the Class LL playoff spots is ready to rock for Week 9. West Haven vs. Xavier. Let’s get ready to rock.
Once again, a very slow night here in Shangri-La since the SWC and FCIAC have pushed their games due to the aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy. But it was busy up north.
Southington rallied back from an early deficit vs. Simsbury and then used a big second half to win 35-14. Stephen Barmore threw four touchdown passes and Southington scored 28 unanswered points over the final three quarters.
Middletown nipped Farmington 14-6 in a big game with Class L playoff ramifications. The Dragons climbed to No. 5 and, in the process, knocked Farmington (6-2) to No. 9, just below the cutoff.
Here are the ever-changing CIAC playoff standings.Uber-freelancer Kyle Brennan of the NVL Football Blog and the Rep-Am has calculated our first state playoff clinchers: Ansonia (Class S), Windsor (Class L) and Avon (Class L) are all in. We’ll wait for Polecat HQ to confirm. Polecat has confirmed.
We’ll let the boys have their fun. We’re not touching playoff scenarios until next week.
SCC: West Haven 47, Wilbur Cross 12 | Xavier 59, Shelton 17 | Cheshire 39, East Haven 0