Week 10 Thursday primer and Live Updates: NVL title up for grabs (not really) and other biggies


Trinity Catholic's Shaquan Howsie carries the ball vs. Darien November 10, 2012. The Crusaders can clinch their first state playoff berth since 1993 and squash St. Joseph's playoff hopes with a victory tonight at Bunnell. Photo: Lindsay Niegelberg / Stamford Advocate

Week 10 got underway in earnest last night with Newtown clinching a spot in Class LL with a 40-8 win over Immaculate, Ridgefield keeping its slim playoff hopes alive by crushing Central 53-16, and Foran getting blasted by Guilford.

Tonight, it’s the NVL Championship game at Municipal Stadium – OR – ‘Lotsa Luck, Woodland. Just don’t get hurt before Seymour!’

We won’t be attending the NVL proceedings, leave it to the guys at the NVL Football Blog to break down that bloodbath game for you.

Kyle Brennan of the Rep-Am pretty much eviscerated the NVL athletic directors in this post on the Red Zone Blog. We’ll concur, Captain. Unless the teams didn’t meet in the regular season, dump this game.

Here in Shangri-La, we have our attention on a few much, much bigger and more intriguing games, including Trinity Catholic at St. Joseph.

Trinity can clinch a spot in the Class S playoffs for the first time since the state championship season of 1993. St. Joseph must win to keep its Class M playoff hopes kicking. Game time is at 7 p.m. on the campus of everybody’s favorite home away from home: Bunnell High School in Stratford.

Elsewhere tonight, Staples and Greenwich can both assure they’ll be playing for the FCIAC title on Thanksgiving AND clinch playoff berths in Class LL tonight. Staples hosts Davell Cotterell and Westhill at 5 p.m. Greenwich hosts Danbury at 7 p.m.

Also: Barlow travels to Brookfield with designs on inching closer to its FIRST state playoff berth. A win doesn’t ensure the Falcons a spot in Class M, but it’ll at least make them feel better about their chances.

Masuk hosts Weston in a game that’s key to Weston’s playoff hopes. If the Trojans can (somehow) pull off an upset, they’ll be in line to clinch sooner rather than on Thanksgiving.

New Canaan travels to Trumbull. A win gets the Rams back into the Class L playoffs, their eighth-straight appearance since 2005.

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Sean Patrick Bowley