H.S. football previews / Week 3
Bacon at Montville, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Bacon (0-1, 0-0 ECC Medium Division); Montville (1-1, 0-0 ECC Medium Division)
Outlook: This was not a pleasant week in The Ville. The Indians played what coach Tanner Grove called "our worst game of the season, scrimmages included," last Friday at New London. Still, they had a chance to cut a large deficit to a two-score game late in the first half before a killer turnover. Degree of difficulty comes down several notches this week.
Ledyard at Windham, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Ledyard (2-0, 1-0 ECC Medium Division); Windham (1-1, 0-0)
Outlook: The Whips rallied from a large halftime deficit to defeat East Lyme last week. They'll need that kind of resolve here. Ledyard, ranked in the top 10 of the latest state media poll, figures to be ornery after what coach Jim Buonocore said was a mostly subpar defensive effort. The offense, meanwhile, did just fine, thanks to quarterback John Rainey, who beat Killingly with his arm and legs. This is Ledyard's second division game in three weeks. Ledyard is the defending champion.
Griswold at St. Bernard/Norwich Tech, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Griswold (1-0, 0-0 ECC Small Division); St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (0-2, 0-1)
Outlook: Griswold's impressive victory over Waterford last week was another illustration of how the Small Division title will likely go through Griswold. The Wolverines open division play with a team that has been outscored 91-16 in its first two games.
Woodstock at Stonington, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Woodstock (0-2); Stonington (1-1)
Outlook: Woodstock, outscored 81-13 in its first two games, is a welcome sight for the Bears, who are coming off a loss to Fitch. Stonington junior Zach Poirier ran for 85 yards in the Fitch game.
Plainfield at Waterford, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Plainfield (2-0); Waterford (0-2)
Outlook: This is a historic night in Waterford. Finally, the new turf field opens, giving the Lancers a home game for the first time since November, 2010. And its primary tenant needs a win badly. The Lancers, hammered by injuries to linemen and skill players alike, would rather not fall to 0-3. ... Plainfield is the most pleasant surprise of the young season to date in the ECC, not merely 2-0, but having outscored Bacon and St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 71-26.
Fitch at NFA, 1 p.m.
Records: Fitch (2-0, 1-0 ECC Large); NFA (2-0, 1-0 ECC Large)
Outlook: The game of the week in the ECC. Fitch has been impressive to date, led by running back Saffwan Davis, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in the Falcons' first two games. Linebacker Kevin Manzanares also forced a turnover last week. Fitch gets a step up in class here, however. NFA has among the best combinations of skill players in the league, led by running back Marcus Outlow.
New London vs. East Lyme at Waterford, 1:30 p.m.
Records: New London (2-0, 0-0 ECC Large Division); East Lyme (0-2, 0-1)
Outlook: The Whalers have been frightening in the first two weeks. Despite a new coach (Duane Maranda), new quarterback (Ackee Barber) and new system (very up-tempo), New London has been about big plays and virtually no mistakes. East Lyme will have a difficult time matching New London's perimeter speed and deep set of receivers.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Old Saybrook/Westbrook, 1:00 p.m.
Records: Old Lyme/Valley Regional (1-1, 1-1 Pequot Sassacus); Old Saybrook/Westbrook (1-0, 1-0)
Outlook: After a week one loss, Valley/Old Lyme got well in a big way last week, throttling Nonnewaug of Woodbury 49-0. Phil Cohen passed for 142 yards and two touchdowns Justin Cheverier rushed for 55 yards on six carries and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jean-Luc Pollard.
- Mike DiMauro
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