Thanksgiving Football 2012: Tuesday and Wednesday’s game-by-game previews (and pick the winners!)

Masuk (left) and Newtown knock heads in last year's SWC Championship game at Blue & Gold Stadium. One year later, they'll do it all over again -- same time, same place -- Wednesday night.

It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut.

Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week.

A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the year.

For most of you seniors, it’s your last game. Go out in a blaze of glory.

For a few others, it’s an unofficial playoff game. You win or go home.

And for a select precious few, it’s the start of what you hope to be a glorious championship season.

And for everybody, it’s time to tell us who’s going to win the games.

Pretty straightforward. Just read the preview, and pick ’em. (Most of the statistics provided are via teams on, many teams do not provide statistics.)

Look here all of THURSDAY morning’s games.

For complete state playoff scenarios, give the Mad Playoff Scientist a visit. He’s got all the goods for you:


To get you started, we’ve published previews for Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games. The full Thursday breakdown will be published before noon on Tuesday.

Here we go…

Tuesday Night

Bullard-Havens at Bassick

WHERE/WHEN – Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport, 6 p.m.
RECORDS — Bullard-Havens 7-2, Bassick 1-8
T-DAY SERIES — Bullard-Havens 5-2
LAST YEAR — Bullard-Havens 20-0
KEY STATS — Bullard-Havens has allowed just 99 points all year in the CSC, Bassick has allowed 3 1/2 times that amount in the FCIAC. …Bassick QB Vochan Fowler is 4th among reported FCIAC passing and rushing leaders. He has thrown for 1,107 yards and 7 TDs, run for 831 yards and 7 TDs. …Behind John Shannon’s 1,143 rushing yards, Bullard-Havens averages almost 300 rushing yards per game. …Tech sophomore Chris McNamara has accounted for 500 yards of total offense and 6 TDs since taking over for injured QB Equan Brooks vs. Capital Prep on Nov. 10. …After a 5-0 start, Bullard-Havens is 2-2 in its last four games. …The Tigers average 38 points per game, Bassick averages 16.9.
AT STAKE — A shot a qualifying for the Class M playoffs for Bullard-Havens. The Tigers need to win and get some help. Bragging rights.

Who will win Bullard-Havens at Bassick?

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Thanksgiving Eve

Oxford at Pomperaug

WHERE/WHEN – Edward Arum Athletic Complex, Southbury, 7 p.m.
RECORDS — Oxford 7-2, Pomperaug 4-5
T-DAY SERIES — Pomperaug 4-0
Pomperaug 10-7
KEY STATS — At 7-2, Oxford is having its finest season since its varsity program began in 2008. Seven wins is a school record and the the school’s first winning season. …Pomperaug is trying to avoid its first losing season since going 4-6 in 1995. The last time Pomperaug was 5-5 was in 2005. …Oxford QB Brennan Diaz is No. 9 in the SWC in total yards with 1,746 and has accounted for 10 TDs. Teammate Chris Vankamerik leads SWC in receiving yards with 903 and 9 TDs. …Pomperaug averages 21.8 points per game and has won two straight. Senior RB Dylan McAllister is the grandson of former Ansonia coach Bill McAllister.
AT STAKE — A (razor-slim) shot at the school’s first state playoff berth for Oxford. A three-game win streak and a 5-5 season for Pomperaug.

Who will win the Battle of Route 188?

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Ridgefield at Danbury

WHERE/WHEN – Crotty Field at Clapboard Ridge, Danbury, 6 p.m.
RECORDS — Ridgefield 7-2, Danbury 2-7
T-DAY SERIES — Ridgefield 7-3
Ridgefield 56-14
KEY STATS — Danbury has lost six straight games since beating Central 36-30 on Nov. 29. The Hatters have been outscored  …Elijah Duffy has played quarterback the last three weeks due to injury to starter Anferny Ith. …Ridgefield’s Connor Rowe is ranked No. 3 among FCIAC passers with 1,216 yards. He leads the Tigers in total yards with 219 yards per game… Rowe and LB Andrew Barton are committed to Bryant. …Sr. WR/RB Sam Gravitte has scored 20 touchdowns, Aiden Mauro has made 7 interceptions. …Danbury hasn’t won in Thanksgiving series since 2007.
AT STAKE — An outside shot at a state playoff berth for Ridgefield (the Tigers need Prep to beat West Haven and then major bonus help). Danbury’s third victory.

Who will win Ridgefield at Danbury?

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Woodland at Seymour

WHERE/WHEN– Woodland Football Field, Beacon Falls, 6 p.m.
RECORDS — Woodland 6-4, Seymour 5-4
T-DAY SERIES — Seymour 6-4
Woodland 28-7
KEY STATS — Tanner Kingsley is one of the NVL’s elite passers. He’s thrown for over 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. Anthony Scirpo is his top target with 45 catches for 624 yards and 15 TDs, followed by Brian Reiss (40 catches, 6 TDs) and Ramhil Rountree (34 catches, 87 TDs). …QB Mike Conlon leads Seymour, averaging 134 total yards per game. RB Jim Vartelas lead team in rushing and scoring. …Woodland averages 383 total yards a game, Seymour 274. …Seymour hasn’t had a winning season since its last playoff appearance in 2008. …The Hawks lost last week’s NVL title game to Ansonia, 56-26.
AT STAKE — A Class S playoff spot for Woodland. A win and some help get Hawks into the field. Seymour’s first winning season under coach Tom Lennon. Bragging rights.

Who will win Seymour at Woodland?

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Notre Dame-Fairfield at Immaculate

WHERE/WHEN – Westside Athletic Complex, WCSU, 7 p.m.
RECORDS — Notre Dame 0-9, Immaculate 0-9
T-DAY SERIES — Notre Dame 11-5
LAST YEAR — Notre Dame 57-16
KEY STATS — Notre Dame hasn’t won since edging Immaculate a year ago. The Lancers have lost nine straight. Immaculate has lost 35 straight games dating back to 2009, when it beat Barlow 28-21 on Oct. 10 of that year. It hasn’t defeated Notre Dame since a 22-18 victory in 2008.
AT STAKE — First win of the season for either team.

Who will win Notre Dame-Fairfield at Immaculate?

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Stratford at Bunnell

WHERE/WHEN– Bulldog Field, Bunnell High School, Stratford, 7 p.m.
Stratford 2-6, Bunnell 2-6
ALL-TIME SERIES — Bunnell 36-20
Bunnell 50-19
KEY STATS — Bunnell has won five straight in the series and 11 of the last 12 dating back to 2000. Stratford’s only win during that stretch was a 40-8 victory in 2006. …Bunnell quarterback Bryan Castelot has thrown for 1,600 yards and 14 TDs vs. 14 interceptions. Teammate Devante Teel has 676 receiving yards and 6 TDs. …Bunnell has allowed 35.7 points per game, while scoring just an average of 24.3 points. …Stratford averages 23.3 points per game and allows almost 30 per game.
AT STAKE — The Manning E. Harvey Trophy; Bunnell’s sixth straight series win. Stratford’s first win since 2007. Bragging rights.

Who will win the Manning E. Harvey Trophy?

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St. Joseph at Trumbull

WHERE/WHEN– McDougall Stadium, Trumbull, 7 p.m.
RECORDS — Trumbull 4-5 5-4, St. Joseph 7-2
T-DAY SERIES — Trumbull 21-6
St. Joseph 35-24
KEY STATS — Trumbull has dominated the series, but St. Joseph has won three of the last five meetings. …QB Jordan Vazzano is second in the FCIAC in passing with 1,804 yards and 23 TDs against 9 interceptions. …13 TD throws have gone to leading receiver Jake Pelletier. …St. Joseph averages 39 points per game, giving up an average of 18. …Trumbull has been outscored by opponents by an average score of 36-26. Its 325 points allowed is the second-worst in the FCIAC. …Trumbull earned a fifth victory with Westhill’s forfeit.
AT STAKE — A Class M playoff spot and possible home quarterfinal for St. Joseph. The Hogs must win to clinch their third playoff berth in four years. The Jerry McDougall Thanksgiving Trophy. Bragging rights.

Who will win St. Joseph at Trumbull?

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Masuk at Newtown

WHERE/WHEN– Blue and Gold Stadium, Newtown, 7 p.m.
RECORDS — Newtown 9-0, Masuk 9-0
T-DAY SERIES — Masuk 9-6-1
Masuk 46-7
KEY STATS — Masuk the No. 6-ranked team in the state, outgains Newtown in total yards per game 515-327. It also averages more points: 49-38. …Newtown, the No. 10-ranked team in the state, is undefeated heading into Thanksgiving for the first time since 1996, when it eventually lost in the Class LL semifinals. Masuk coach John Murphy was in his final year an assistant on that team, coached by Bob Zito. …Masuk’s Thomas Milone, a UConn baseball commit, has amassed over 1,600 yards of total offense and is tied for third in state with 29 TDs. …Masuk QB Malik Cummings has thrown for 1,800 yards and 19 TDs vs. just two interceptions. …Masuk is No. 1 in the state in total offense with 500 yards per game. …Newtown QB Drew Tarantino has thrown for 1,387 yards and 19 TDs vs. just two interceptions… Cooper Gold has run for 727 of Newtown’s 1,534 rush yards. …Soph. WR Julian Dunn leads the team with 515 yards and 8 TDs. …Senior WR/DB Dan Hebert was lost for the season with a broken arm vs. Bunnell two weeks ago. …Masuk has won two straight since Newtown’s 2009 upset that knocked Masuk out of the playoffs.
AT STAKE — The SWC Championship: Newtown’s first since 1997; Third-consecutive for Masuk. Class LL seeding for Newtown: Hawks can get a home game with victcory. Class L seeding for Masuk: a win gives Panthers a ‘home’ game and the No. 3 seed.

Who will win the SWC Championship?

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Sean Patrick Bowley

56 Responses

  1. dave k says:

    It is the Manning E Harvey , he was my coach

  2. R-MAC says:

    Gonna head over to Bridgeport for the Bullards/Bassick game tonight. I wanna see what the Tigers got left in them after the Trail Blazers burned a path through them a couple weeks ago at Dillon for the CSC Championship. The Tigers were a confused mess in that game getting shutout in the process. I like the Tigers , they have most of their team playing both sides of the ball with a sophomore at starting QB. Looking for Bullards to win big tonight.

  3. Fan says:

    I cannot believe no one covered the Stratford-Bunnell Power Puff Football Game last evening held at The “NEW” Penders Field?? It has become quite a Sports Event around town attended by well over 2000 fans.It was one of the most exciting and hard fought games played in the seris with Straford edging Bunnell 14 to 12
    SB you missed the boat again!!

  4. fciac_fan says:

    Hey SB, I really believe Danbury will upset the Tiggers Wednesday night at home. They have too much speed Ridgefield to handle. Go Hatters….

  5. mr fciac says:

    hey fciac_fan its not 1970 anymore all the teams have speed now.
    maybe danbury should concentrate on trying to play football not track

  6. Jamison says:

    Connor Rowe has 1216 yards per game? That’s some passing game. What is that number supposed to be?

    @fciac_fan: Danbury will be lucky to score on Ridgefield, never mind win the game.

  7. bigmac says:

    woulda picked newtown over masuk but not with hebert out…it’ll be a while before a swc team beats masuk sadly

  8. sawthat says:

    Dont be so sure bigmac, Newtowns Sr class ,even with Hebert(he is a difference maker)is the weakest of of the 4 (including Freshmen) at Newtown right now, the people who are critical of Newtown have no clue,Even the players and supporters of Newtown don’t know how good they are, they only had to work hard for one quarter this season so far, Wednesday is the show, it’s a shame Hebert won’t be on the field,but his spirit will be and I think Newtown is going to serve notice that they will be a be a team to beat in the near future, hopefully the future is now

  9. mr fciac says:

    big mac newtown is a joke they have the talent but not the coaching.
    if they were in the fciac they would win two games at best

  10. bigmac says:

    easy with the fciac talk newtown and masuk are both great teams who could do great in any conference just like theyre doing in the swc. im rooting for newtown vs masuk but i just dont see it happening esp with hebert on the sideline, its getting boring having masuk dominate the conference every year i just wish other teams could step up and not play poorly almost every season

  11. jeb says:

    Newtown fans: Get out the rosary beads and pray that Newtown is not matched up against Staples.

  12. TigerSupporter says:

    Newtown has talent but not where they are beating Masuk;also as is noted here all the time – the upcoming classes are going to be even better – how do you know this? They are beating the teams in the SWC in freshman and jv ball – not hard to do. Newtown has been overrated all year and now we get to see by how much against real teams – Masuk and whoever they lose to in the first round of the states

  13. Sawthat says:

    Mr fciac…Your not a real positive guy are you, and you clearly are an expert in all things regarding the fciac

  14. The Dude says:

    I thought Newtown had a chance against Masuk with Hebert. Without him it will be very, very tough.

    Also think Pomperaug pulls a mini-upset over Oxford. Pomp has been playing much better over the last month.

  15. Bay says:

    2012 Thanksgiving Preview

    Prince Tech at Capital/Classical/Achieve 1st
    The proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go towards the cost of printing 3 CSC championship banners to hang in the 3 schools that make up Capital Prep.

    Bullard Havens Tech at Bassick
    You know the CSC is a legit league when their 3rd place team is only a slight favorite over a 1 win FCIAC team.

    Ridgefield at Danbury
    You have 3,000 students in your school Hatters. Find 11 who can play!

    St. Joseph at Trumbull
    Which Eagles team will show up? Either of them will lose this one.

    Seymour at Woodland
    If Oxford joins the NVL next year, Seymour will get the privilege of playing both teams that essentially wrecked their program.

    Wilby at Sacred Heart
    Just thinking out loud here: wouldn’t it make more sense if Sacred Heart played Holy Cross on Thanksgiving?

    Guilford at Hand
    Nothing else to play for, this is Guilford’s Super Bowl, but without all the expensive commercials.

    Masuk at Newtown
    As they say every year “Finally, Masuk plays a real team.” Just before Masuk wins said game by 40.

    Notre Dame-Fairfield at Immaculate
    Word is that Rico Brogna is coming to watch this game. He is going to leave after the first quarter though.

    Stratford at Bunnell
    This game is for bragging rights. The right to brag about being 3-7.

    Oxford at Pomperaug
    Wolverines need this win to finish 9th in Class S.

    O’Brien Tech at Platt Tech
    The winner of this game takes home The 7 Mile Trophy. The schools are actually 8 miles apart, but Eminem threatened to sue them for copyright infringement.

    New Canaan at Darien
    Rams preparing for their 8th straight trip to the postseason. Wave will need a few more Hail Marys to win this one.

    Trinity Catholic at Wilton
    Crusaders need a win to continue the dream, if that dream involves getting thrashed in a Class S championship game.

    Staples at Greenwich
    The FCIAC title game! It is really unfair to the Cardinals that they have to split half the gate with the league, because the athletic department needs this money. I mean, next time they travel to Florida for a game, they may have to fly coach.

    Bridgeport Central at Harding
    Rough year for Bridgeport football programs. Harding is averaging less than 5 points per game. Do we need a punchline?

    Fairfield Ludlowe at Fairfield Warde
    One coach is stepping down, and one always sounds like he would love to. Fairfield football, baby.

    Westhill at Stamford
    On Thanksgiving, it is an annual tradition to point out the towns that have two or more high schools and note that they would be better if there was only one team from that town. I think Stamford wins this year’s theoretical bowl over annual competitors Fairfield, Milford, and Stratford.

    Naugatuck at Ansonia
    This game will settle once and for all which is the best team in the NVL…. at recruiting.

    Amity at North Haven
    Losses to Hand, Xavier and Hillhouse. Yeah, I could live with that if I was from North Haven.

    Branford at East Haven
    The best part about Thanksgiving rivalries is that they are generally played against evenly matched opponents. The worst part about the rest of East Haven’s schedule is that they are generally not.

    Fairfield Prep at West Haven
    Prep was in the driver’s seat, then lost to two teams who will not finish the season with winning records. As the Royal Order of Jesuits like to say “Dat’s crazy yo!”

    Hillhouse at Wilbur Cross
    How much longer until these teams switch spots in Div I and Div II?

    Jonathan Law at Foran
    All of the mothers at this game will be MILF(ord resident)S.

    Notre Dame-West Haven at Hamden
    Bring Jack Cochran to Hamden and watch them win LL in 2014. Then watch him chokeslam a lunchlady and get fired in 2015.

    Bethel at Brookfield
    A couple of recent playoff participants on the outside looking in this year. At least this gives the football players who also play basketball an extra week of practice. Lord knows they need it in that vaunted Yankee division.

    New Milford at New Fairfield
    This is the last (and for 98% of us, the first) chance to see Joe Pacheco in action. Do you think regular Milford and regular Fairfield feel a sense of pride when their offspring wins this game?

    Weston at Barlow
    First time this game has had playoff implications for both teams. Ever. And if you think I’m wrong, well you’re probably right because I did not check any record books before writing that.

    Middletown at Xavier
    You’ve had a fine season Middletown. Now you get to lose to the other high school in town. You know, the one that has all those kids you don’t know and didn’t go to the same schools as you growing up.

    Stonington at Westerly (RI)
    One of the oldest Thanksgiving rivalries in the United States and we couldn’t care less about it. Looks like the terrorists have won.

    Cheshire at Southington
    Blue Knights are undefeated and playing for a home playoff game. But then why does this game not feel like a lock? O yea, the SCC. My bad.

    Derby at Shelton
    After the Gaels win this one, they will finish the season a disappointing 6-4. Conversely, Derby will finish the season a thrilling 6-4.

    enjoy the games!

  16. bigmac says:

    relax not a newtown fan…just gotta root for someone in the swc ‘ship

  17. Dr. Pepper says:

    Bay – excellent job as always. I can’t help but think we should shuffle the Thanksgiving games to include an all Stamford vs. Fairfield Bowl Day.

    We could start the day with the “if it weren’t for bud luck we’d have no luck at all” bowl between Trinity and Prep. Mid day could be the “Future’s so bright we gotta wear shades” bowl between Westhill and Ludlowe. And finally, the “we looked really good on paper in August” bowl between Stamford and Warde under the lights game.

  18. mooncake says:

    The Newtown team I saw against Staples in last year’s states would easily be over .500 in the FCIAC.

  19. mr fciac says:

    mooncake newtown plays in the swc and cant make it happen give the
    L school some props year after year masuk is in the action big bad
    newtown once every 5 years they make a little noise and ya make it sound like they are staples and greenwich swc my friend that all you need to know about newtown

  20. mr fciac says:

    sawthat LL newtown in the mighty swc immaculate,oxford,nd fairfield ????
    ya played two teams with a winning record

  21. Hsfan says:

    Yea new cannans schedule is so much tougher than newtowns they would never have won eight games with that brutal schedule.

  22. FCIAC fan says:

    #9 @sawthat, My guess is that you have a kid at Newtown who is not a senior, maybe a freshman since you referenced that, but claiming that the current senior class is the “weakest” of the classes and forcasting that Newtown will be a “force to be reckoned with” in the future…’s people like you that make everyone down county roll their eyes when you hear the word Newtown. By no means is Newtown’s senior class weak in any way shape or form, most of those kids having been playing football since the third grade in Pop Warner and have had great high school careers. Maybe not by your standards and having a parent of a underclassmen make a statement like that, which Im sure has resignated down to the kids, is exactly the kind of thing that keeps a football program from becoming a great football program, now or in the future.

  23. Cutler's World says:

    Newtown, without a doubt, is the least respected team in the state and it has been like that all season. This has been due to continual put downs by Sean Patrick Bowley and people (ex mrfciac) on this blog who demean the program and it’s players on a consistent basis. All of you have one thing in common, you let preconceived notions/history determine how you judge this year’s Newtown team. It’s 2012 and up to now this team is perfect. As I have said before, the hate reached the level of pathetic many weeks ago.. Winning two games at best in the fciac? Mr fciac– you should be drug tested before they let you anywhere near a high school sporting event. I can’t wait (*Bart Scott voice*) for Newtown to finally put an end to all of this tmrw night..

  24. NorthernPride says:

    Swc= weakest league in state next to tech league and nvl. Newtown lost a lot of studs last year….fennerolli, lord, morlock…….but so did masuk. Will be an interesting game to see.

  25. Cutler's Son says:

    Newtown loses by 30 points. They lose by 14 with Hebert but without, ZERO chance. I will admit I am wrong if I am but CW, you need to post how the rest of us were always correct when they get blown out tomorrow. Same old Newtown

  26. Dave K says:

    Cutler – Newtown is not the least respected team in the state. But, they are probably the least respected 8-0 team in the state. The cure, beat Masuk or at least make it a game. All other preconceived notions are meaningless.

    If you lose to Masuk by 25+ points, the notions are probably well conceived, no?

  27. FCIAC fan says:

    @Cutler’s World, Sean Patrick Bowley has never been negative or demeaning about the Newtown’s football program and most definitely has not ever put down any of the individual players, this year or any other year. Just not his style.

  28. BHS Fan says:

    Bay, Incredible.

  29. Ohhh. You’re still mad I said Newtown was trending down one week? How awful of me.

  30. footballfan says:

    Bay- Great job.

  31. Fred G. Sanford says:

    A once proud program has rather quickly morphed into mediocrity at its best. Time for a John Murphy, Marce Petroccio, or young and hungry coach to step up over there. Can you imagine what those guys would do with the raw materials to work with?

    The program deserves better than what the current leadership has provided.

  32. Master Legend says:

    Bay- hilarious stuff! When are you gonna give him a feature column, SPB??

    Max Preps released its newest ranking of small schools. Ansonia ranks 25th nationally, behind a bunch of schools from Tex, Fla and Okla. It’s nice that they made the distinction and realized that not every school is a football factory like Don Bosco and Hoover.

  33. sawthat says:

    FCIAC fan…Didn’t say the senior class was weak, put another way… the program is loaded and poised for a great run, you should try looking at things as they really are instead of judging through that narrow holier than though elitist fciac prism

  34. Dr. Von Nostran says:

    I miss Bay’s weekly posts….But this one was well woth the wait!!

  35. forrest says:

    26.Swc= weakest league in state next to tech league and nvl.

    But lets not compare apples to oranges, looking at the size of the ccc and the scc d2 (red headed step child that the pundits refuse to admit exists, besides HH)

  36. buttermaker says:

    I’m not saying Newtown is the best team in the league but they should get a little more respect. They’re not like a doormat they have a decent program. Doesn’t anyone remember they won a state playoff game last year And then were up 14 to nothing on staples before eventually losing. That’s not too bad in my opinion.

  37. Everyone should relax about Newtown. They’re ranked in both state polls. Top 10. I think that’s respect enough.

    Only reason why everyone says they’ll be rolled by Masuk is because a) Hebert’s gone. B) they’ve had 0 success last 2 years. C) tough to see anybody — not just Newtown — getting a hold of Thomas Milone.

    We’ll see tonight and in the playoffs. These teams have lots to say to a lot of guys out there.

  38. HSFootballFan says:

    Sawthat- current Newtown Seniors have not lost to Masuk on the JV level in 2 years, so maybe you should know what you are talking about before you blab. (Yes, that was without Millone, but Newtown didn’t have Hebert either). This year’s Newtown TEAM, (all classes) is a better team than last year. They lost a few stars last year, but this year’s team plays together very, very well. It’s not always the best players that make up the best teams. And as for looking down the road and into the future, next year, freshman and sophmores, stronger classes? let’s ask poor Danny Hebert about that. Poor kid is a 3 year starter and a captain to boot and he’s out with a broken arm. A great, great kid. So, win NOW Newtown, becuz you never know when you’ll get back there, if at all! And, let’s hope it’s get’s decided on the field and there are no serious injuries! Happy Thanksgiving all!

  39. Dr. Pepper says:

    Fred Sanford, who are you talking about?

  40. greenwave11 says:

    Newtown 35 Masuk 31

  41. FCIAC fan says:

    @sawthat – Here are your words exactly “Dont be so sure bigmac, Newtowns Sr class ,even with Hebert(he is a difference maker)is the weakest of of the 4 (including Freshmen) at Newtown right now”. So don’t rewrite history, you did say that. Again, I’m assuming you have a kid at Newtown, obviously an underclassman “(including Freshman)” as you put it, just support your team (all of them), there isn’t any reason to make that kind of statement. Maybe you’re preparing to point fingers at the “weakest class” if Masuk rolls over you tonight? My hope is that the kids don’t bother reading any of this, thank goodness, show some class, Mr. Newtown sawthat

  42. ballislife says:

    ND Fairfield- Immac- 57-16 last year

  43. Sawthat says:

    Not going to play word games with you, clearly Srs are better than freshman and so on, I didn’t think I had to write a primer on HS football for you… We are talking about potential and the need for that future talent to step up starting tonight… Class Fciac fanlook in the mirror all your trying to do is create a negative from a positive… I doubt you’ve even seen Newtown play… If you had you’ d know that there is going to be a helluva football game in Newtown tonight…

  44. DanGerOus says:

    Looks like all the “experts” picking Newtown to lose (and to lose big) have no idea what they are talking about.

  45. lance says:

    @bay@ jeb enjoy eating crow tommorrow gold was to much for your masuk

  46. JJJJ4 says:

    Gold, Dunn and Tarantino ALL underclass men can you say NEWTOWN NIGHTHAWKS…2012 not over yet… But lickin our chops for 2013!!!!

  47. tp says:

    Great job tonight by the Nighthawks…future is bright for Newtown. Not many HS teams starting 3 sophomores that can go 10-0 and beat a team like Masuk. Respect is earned and the Nighthawks are on their way…SWC or in any league this is a very good team…LL playoffs await and anything is possible for this group…Good Luck Hawks.

  48. The Dude says:

    Props to Newtown. Just an awesome performance tonight. They might be able to give Staples and Xavier a game after all.

  49. Cutler's Son says:

    Looks like masuk wasn’t as good as everybody thought! Newtown had a good game plan but still just another SWC team they beat. Lets see what they can do against the big league champs before crowning them the next NE Patriot dynasty.

  50. Rocco says:

    Sean, any chance I can call Bob Maffei and get my $6 back? I don’t think the game would have been much worse if they put 11 folding chairs on the field instead of the THS defense.

  51. NBCoach says:

    It looked like Masuk’s defense had no life in it on the go ahead TD. Too many Masuk players going both ways. Milone had Copper in the backfield but arm tackled him. Same with second defender. Poor tackling form on part of Masuk. No one on Masuk likes to hit with the pads. Once again, Masuk is a one dimensional offensive team. Key on Milone and they are toast. Hand did the same thing last year with Milone in the semis. They took him (no TD’s and negligible yardage) and the other receivers out of the game and that’s all she wrote

  52. To theTHS Cannon Guy/Rocco says:

    I am a long time Trumbull Football fan and a parent of former Trumbull students. Our Cannon Guy refers to himself as “Rocco”. Alot of fans look forward to hearing our cannon “OLD YELLER” at every home game. Just wondering why you deserted your cannon during the St.Joes game? When we finally scored, and it took us a while, I was eager to hear ” OLD YELLER ” howl on another beautiful fall evening in New England. I looked to “Old Yeller” in the end zone and she was gone, as was “ROCCO” Such a HUGE disappointment, “ROCCO”. We did score 3 TDs in the 2nd half. All us die hard THS fans missed hearing “Old Yeller” boom away after the first THS touchdown in the end of the 3rd quarter. Aren’t THS touchdowns the reason for firing up “Old Yeller”? Isn’t that your big contribution to the game and a passion of yours? Did you give up on the team? Or maybe your just one of those guys who never played the game, or coached the game, but thinks he is funny with sarcastic comments like you posted on this blog . I thought about your ticket price comment. I guess it makes sense to me now, tickets were $5 if they were bought before gameday and $7 at the door. Not $6 as you stated in your glorious opinion of Trumbull Football and Bob Maffei. But, since you are the Cannon Guy, I’m willing to believe you don’t pay to get in anyways and you even get an end zone seat, so why would you even know the price of the ticket. It seems to me, “Rocco”, you don’t have your facts straight. Are you insinuating the THS Football players play like 11 folding chairs? It sure sounds that way to me. See at THS football games, everyone knows who the “Cannon Guy ” is.It’s a very prestigous and sought after job.I hold that “Cannon Guy” in high regard as do many others who you have been going to games for a long time like myself. Coach Maffei and his staff have done all they could to win this year. Rocco, thanks for being a TEAM player. Are u miserable, frustrated,or just simply lack intelligence? I bet it’s all of the above. Write and hide Rocco, but your cover has been blown. Why don’t you stick to what you do best, like firing off the cannon, not firing off your mouth on a High School Football blog. Happy Thanksgiving, “Rocco” aka “Cannon Guy.” Congratulations. Everyone now knows who “Rocco” is. Trumbull Football appreciates your loyal and positive support towards the program, the coaches, and most importantly the kids. We don’t need people like you supporting Trumbull Football. I guess the old saying is true, “misery loves company” I think it’s time for a changing of the guard for “Old Yeller.” Trumbull Football and “Old Yeller” deserve better.

  53. Fred G. Sanford says:

    I find it interesting and laughable that you want to oust the guy who fires the cannon and defend the leadership of the program. It surely appears that the head coach abandoned the PADS philosophy long before the cannon guy bailed on packing his powder after suffering through seven unanswered St. Joes touchdowns. You surely must be related to Bob Maffei to defend him and the product he has put out for the last how many years now? Mediocre work ethic equals mediocre at best product.