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Week 2 Guide to the games

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St. Joseph quarterback Jordan Vazzano, left, and Fairfield Prep running back Joe Ganim will face off Friday night at Alumni Field.

St. Joseph quarterback Jordan Vazzano, left, and Fairfield Prep running back Joe Ganim will face off Friday night at Alumni Field.

FRIDAY
FCIAC | Scott Ericson Guide to the Games

Harding (1-0) at Stamford (0-1) 6 p.m.: Can Harding move to 2-0? If they do Stamford would be in a deep 0-2 hole with a tough schedule ahead.

Norwalk (1-0) at Danbury (0-1) 7 p.m.: Norwalk’s offensive line dominated Westhill and will look to do the same to the Hatters.

Brien McMahon (1-0) at Bridgeport Central  (0-1) 7 p.m.: If the Senators want to make noise in the FCIAC this season these are the type of games they need to win.

Trumbull (1-0) at Fairfield Warde (0-1) 7 p.m.: The Eagles are looking to regroup after getting thrashed by Shelton. Warde meanwhile is just searching for anything positive.

Wilton (1-0) at Staples (1-0) 7 p.m.: Staples hung with No. 1 Xavier last week and will be looking to open its FCIAC schedule with a victory.

Fairfield Ludlowe (1-0) at Ridgefield (1-0) 7 p.m.: The Tigers see themselves as a title contender and will have Tiger Hollow jumping Friday night.

 

NVL | Gino Moretti & Chris McNamee

Ansonia (1-0) at Sacred Heart (0-1), 7 pm: The Arkeel Newsome express heads into Waterbury at full-steam ahead.

Holy Cross (1-0) at Derby (1-0), 7 p.m.: Red Raiders look to make it two straight after pulsating comeback win over St. Paul.

Kennedy (0-1) at Seymour (0-1), 7 p.m.: Wildcats look to bounce back after tough non-league loss vs. Amity.

 

SCC | Gino Moretti & Chris McNamee

Foran (1-0) at West Haven (0-1): Lions and QB Jake Kasuba could make a major statement with a win over Blue Devils, who are still smarting from last week’s last-second one-point loss at Greenwich.

Law (0-1) at Wilbur Cross (0-1), 4 p.m.: Lawmen look to get untracked after loss to Jack Cochran’s Harding club.

Guilford (0-1) at Shelton (1-0), 7 p.m.: Gaels steamrolled Trumbull, should do the same tonight.

ND-West Haven (0-1) at Branford (0-1), 7 p.m.: RB Cameron Tucker a good one for Green Knights.

Sheehan (1-0) at Amity (1-0), 7 p.m.: Sheehan put up 63 on Trinity last week

 

SWC | Rich Gregory

Newtown running back Cooper Gold.

Newtown running back Cooper Gold.

Bethel (0-1) at Newtown (1-0), 7 p.m.: Defending champion Newtown looking to improve from and build off its Week 1 win. QB Joe Piatnik and Wildcats have other plans.

Immaculate (0-1) at Bunnell (0-1), 7 p.m.: Neither team wants to fall to 0-2.

Barlow (1-0) at New Milford (0-1), 7 p.m.: New Milford defense needs to come up big after allowing 71 points to Masuk last week. Containing Falcons QB Jack Shaban will be a must.

Notre Dame-Fairfield (0-1) at Masuk (1-0), 7 p.m.:  Masuk with a big opening statement in Week 1.

Oxford (1-0) at New Fairfield (1-0), 7 p.m.: Should be a good battle between two teams looking to make some noise this fall.

Pomperaug (0-1) at Brookfield (1-0), 7 p.m.: Early-season clash between perennial SWC contenders, both looking to improve from uncharacteristically sub-par seasons last year.

Regional | Scott Ericson

St. Joseph (1-0) at Fairfield Prep (1-0)  6 p.m.: Prep rolled over Stamford last week but will find this FCIAC opponent to be much tougher. Teams are meeting for the first time in 20 years.

 

SATURDAY

CSC | Rich Gregory

Bullard-Havens (0-1) at Abbott Tech (1-0), noon, Rogers Park: Rogers brothers form a potent 1-2 punch backfield duo for the Wolverines.

FCIAC | Scott Ericson

Greenwich (1-0) at Darien (1-0) 2 p.m.: Everyone is looking forward to Greenwich-New Canaan in Week 3, but Darien is legit and will give the Cardinals all they can handle.

Trinity Catholic (0-1) at Westhill (0-1) 2 p.m.: The winner will be well on its way to a City championship, lots of pride on the line in this one.

SWC | Rich Gregory

Weston (0-1) at Stratford (1-0), 1:30 p.m.: After going 2-8 last year, a 2-0 start would be huge for Stratford. Weston may have other plans, however.

Chris McNamee

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13 Responses

  1. JB says:

    Chris, great work … you are carrying on the blog tradition. We all appreciate your coverage!

    Prep vs St Joe is the game of the week. I don’t see St Joes scoring more than 21 points in this game and doesn’t have the defense as good as last year … Prep wins a close one 24 – 21 … why did Joes schedule this game?

    Darien faced a down Hillhouse team last week. Greenwich beat the 5th ranked team in the state. Greenwich manhandles the Wave … 42 – 14

  2. HS Fan says:

    Game previews (in the paper this morning) are a bit weak – not enough of them and little detail. The old format was much more robust. Something to think about. Thanks.

  3. Jebediah says:

    St Joes scheduled the game because if you want to be a top team, you dont turn away any games. I give them credit for scheduling a LL out of conference game while some teams would rather not take a chance on a loss and drop in the standings.

  4. GHS Fan says:

    JB – As a GHS fan I hope you are correct, but I am pretty sure Darien is going to be a lot tougher than that. GHS won their game, but I think the overall craziness of the game – including the three day layover in the middle of the 3rd quarter – worked in GHS’s favor.
    Darien dominated a team that is perpetually very good.

    So, I remain hopeful of a GHS win vs Darien, but I doubt the game will be over until the clock runs out.

  5. JB says:

    Wow, lucky win for Joes … watched the replay video and looked like a Joes receiver pushed off and got away with it at the buzzer. Bad call determines the game? Interesting to what folks think but “no call” won the game on last play.

  6. JB says:

    Looked at replay again … Prep you were robbed of a win. We feel for you, but next time destroy that guy … know the time, score, etc. Take the refes out of the game … in HS ball officiating general sucks.

  7. KM says:

    Kid through it 45 yards in the air. What a great finish. No call was the right call on that one. SJ clearly better team most of the night. I would argue Prep was lucky to even get to that position. Feel bad for the kid but he basically fell over his own feet as he tried to turn. Any contact was minimal.

  8. RAY BROWN says:

    jebadopah——-why didnt they schedule prep last two years?

  9. JB says:

    Thanks, KM, on the video it looked more like contact. Great game anyway. Joes will need to work on defense to beat NC … offense looked good against one of the best defensive teams in the state.

    But, man, is Darien for real? I was totally wrong. Wasn’t at the game but beating Greenwich that soundly must have been impressive. FCIAC being turned upside down if Darien is that good. Could see the Turkey Bowl as the title game. But St Joes has a great chance playing both teams plus Ridgefield before then. Could be the Cadets’ year.

    This year will be very interesting with a bunch of “where did that come from” games … like Xavier getting stunned by North Haven.

    Ansonia #1 is now hard to debate.

  10. wave says:

    hey JB, you almost got the score right, just switch the teams! lol, “manhandle”.

  11. JB says:

    wave … agreed, I am eating crow.

  12. JB says:

    OK, i just watch the Hudl replay of the the St Joe v Prep game Hail Mary that SPB posted and I stand by my early post. Sorry, but the Prep DB was shoved/tripped – bad no call.

  13. Pat McGroin says:

    jebadopah – The FCIAC and The SCC have agreements to fill the bye weeks of each other… Just so happened St. Joe’s and prep had the same bye week in the 2nd week.

    So props to the league for getting this done, rumor was, St. Joe’s Dellavechia was crying that he had too, i guess we’ll never know now.

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