Despite the fact that both Ludlowe and Warde both lost this past weekend, the Mustangs and Falcons appear to be teams headed in opposite directions.
Warde fought valiantly against the No. 2 team in the state, New Canaan, 34-13. Craig Lowery was the lone bright spot, scoring-wise, for the Mustangs. But Warde’s defense was about two or three plays from having the game be a lot closer. The Rams were perfectly adept and making eight yards on 3rd and 6, or 14 on 3rd and 13.
The Mustangs put up a fight, and impressed New Canaan’s coach, Lou Marinelli, enough that he was complimentary of Warde after the game was over.
“I think Warde has come a long way,” Marinelli said. “[Warde coach Duncan Della Volpe] is doing a great job. They’re very well-coached. There were times, especially in the beginning, where they had us back on our heels.”
For more on that game, read my story from the Stamford Advocate
From the other side of town, Ludlowe is now 0-4, with an embarrassing and frustrating loss to Harding, 12-6. The win for Harding was its first over an FCIAC opponent since Nov. 11, 2006, when the Presidents beat Bassick.
Ludlowe ran 47 of its 56 plays in Harding’s territory, but could not find a way to score an offensive TD. Ludlowe’s lone score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone. For more on that game, read my story from the Connecticut Post
Tom Hammons ran the ball well in the wildcat and threw the ball well as well. I expect him to start at quarterback on Saturday against Norwalk.
The real epidemic is that the Falcons are starting sophomores on the offensive line. However, Ludlowe’s frustration lies from not even being competitive in three games against three of the best teams in the state, and then scoring just six points against a Harding team which had allowed 113 points in three games, all losses.
I will give credit to Ludlowe’s defense. The only points the Falcons allowed were on a fake punt and set up on a blocked punt.
I think Warde’s two losses are a function of superior competition. We’ll learn a lot about the Mustangs on Saturday when they go to Wilton. The Falcons appear to be in shambles at the moment. McCloskey promised big changes, but if the Falcons can’t beat Harding, how are they supposed to beat anyone in the FCIAC?
If Warde and Ludlowe were going to play today, I’d pick the Mustangs, 41-0. However, we still are seven weeks away and a lot can happen between now and then.
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