Week five is in the books.
And if you care, I was perfect yet again with picks.
Ludlowe could not contain Greenwich. Warde failed to cage the Ridgefield Tigers. Prep pummeled Cheshire and ND was blitzed by Brookfield.
Shall we go straight to the recaps?
The Good: Prep dominated both sides of the ball, leaving the Rams bewildered and dazed– not an easy thing to do to one of the state’s finest programs.
The Jesuits look like a Class LL state playoff team: balanced on offense, stingy on defense and decent enough on special teams. Prep’s now outscored its opposition 189-44 in five games and its only loss was to Xavier.
Plus have you seen Prep’s upcoming schedule? Home for Hamden, at Amity, home for Branford and home for ND-West Haven. Those teams have combined for just seven wins.
The Bad: Prep allowed the Rams to hang around in the first half. Tom Shea told me his offense needs to clean up some of its miscues. The Jesuits could’ve had more.
Plus, Prep’s lone loss to Xavier was battered a little this week when the Falcons lost 40-20 to Daniel Hand. That could damage Prep’s state playoff odds, although that Thanksgiving game with West Haven is looming awfully large.
Twitter Opinion (140 characters or less): Jesuits enter weak portion of schedule on a roll after rout of Cheshire.
Up Next: vs. Hamden, Friday, 6 p.m., Alumni Field
The Good: This was a 27-7 game at one point, the Falcons executed a
kickoff return for a touchdown and battled the Cardinals.
The Bad: You can’ give up a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown. You just can’t.
Greenwich is one of the FCIAC’s top teams, but the Cardinals walked in and took a 27-0 off the hop. Based on the summary, it seemed like same old Ludlowe.
Twitter Opinion: Overmatched Falcons fall hard to Greenwich in O’Neil’s return.
Up Next: at McMahon, Friday 7 p.m.
The Good: The Tigers didn’t run up the score more?
The Bad: Ridgefield ran roughshod over the overmatched Mustangs, and probably should’ve won by more than the 21 points it did.
Plus, what happened to Warde’s purported “new offense?” The Tigers were up 19- 18-0 before Warde’s one score. The Mustangs must now close their season 4-1 just to finish .500. That, ladies and gents, is not happening.
I know Ridgefield’s a good team, but Warde is back to the same old Warde.
Twitter Opinion: Tigers run all over Warde.
Up Next: at 5-0 Trinity Catholic, Saturday in Stamford at 2:30 p.m.
The Good: ND’s kickoff return on the game’s final play means the Lacners STILL haven’t been shut out this year. What? I’m drawing at straws here.
The Bad: 54-8? C’mon.
Twitter Opinion: Brookfield blows by ND.
Up Next: at Newtown, Friday, 7 p.m.
Where I’ll be this week
Monday: Warde at Ludlowe, girls volleyball, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Staples at Ludlowe, boys soccer, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Hand at Prep, boys soccer, 3:45 p.m.
Friday: Hamden at Prep, football, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Warde at Trinity Catholic, football, 2:30 p.m.
Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.