Week four’s Fairfield high school football left me intrigued.
Three teams won,– one by the skin of its teeth– two of which won routs.
Let’s recap, starting with the week’s wildest affair.
The Good: Conor McGuinness’ 20-yard field goal with 4.8 left, the
Mustangs’ game-winning drive, Bassick’s Vochan Fowler, Bassick coach Derrick Lewis standing up and talking to the press after the game. Lewis and Warde head coach Duncan DellaVolpe’s postgame embrace where Lewis sobbed into Della Volpe’s shoulder.
The game may not have been played at a high level, but there was a lot of good play and good sentiment.
The Bad: I did a story years ago on Fairfielder Ray Longden and how he’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for most football games officiated. But he– as the clock operator Friday– picked the absolute worst time to not start the clock with 11.2 seconds left. Longden’s capabilities have been steadily deteriorating, and here’s hoping Friday was the last straw.
Oh yeah, and whether Longden was late starting the clock or not, Warde had enough time to run its play, spike the ball and still kick the last-second field goal. So, while Longden clearly made a mistake, I don’t think Bassick got jobbed by the officials.
Twitter Opinion (140 characters or less): Warde squeaks out last-second win for first victory of 2012.
Up Next: Mustangs host Ridgefield on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Good: Where do we begin? How about Prep– on the heels of a tough,
physical loss at Xavier– returning to the form it exhibited its first two weeks? How about 300-plus yards of rushing? How about holding the Gaels– who Prep hadn’t beaten since 2006– to less than 100 yards of total offense? This team looks more and more like a state playoff team every day.
The Bad: Nothing.
Twitter Opinion: Prep offers statement to SCC and state with rout of Shelton.
Up Next: Jesuits must trek to Cheshire Friday at 7 p.m.
The Good: I rag on Ludlowe a lot, but the Falcons left no doubt on Saturday. Ludlowe scored 14 in the first, then steadily pulled away. The Falcons made plays and left no doubt. All in all, a great job by them.
The Bad: I may be nitpicking, but it shouldn’t take losing two straight to Harding to see that effort. But, Ludlowe clearly has talent and could win another game.
Twitter Opinion: Congrats to Ludlowe for breaking 14-game losing streak.
Up Next: vs. Greenwich, Friday, 7 p.m. at Taft Field.
The Good: ND’s Tajik Bagley and Jelani Roman seem to be the real deal. Bagley– only a freshman– scored his third touchdown in as many weeks. Roman caught two touchdown passes for ND and now has three TD catches this year.
The Bad: ND clearly is incapable of competing in the top-heavy SWC. The Lancers are badly outnumbered. Honestly, a winless season is possible.
Twitter Opinion: Lancers outgunned by Oxford, ND falls to 0-4.
Up Next: The slate gets no easier. Brookfield comes calling Saturday at 1 p.m.
Where I’ll be this week
Monday: Warde at Ludlowe, boys soccer, 7
Tuesday: St. Joseph at Warde, girls soccer, 4
Wednesday: Ludlowe vs. Warde, girls swimming, 3:30; New Canaan at Warde, girls volleyball, 5:30
Thursday: Trumbull at Warde, girls soccer, 7
Friday: Prep at Cheshire, football, 7
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.