YOUR travel itinerary, STORYTIME, and a meager 582 words


Behold, YOUR travel guide for this weekend:


No. 5 St. Joseph (1-0) at Fairfield Prep (1-0), 6 p.m.: We're blessed with another week of FCIAC v. SCC INTERLEAGUEMAGGEDON. We still need some clarity about Prep. This game will help as the Cadets are an FCIAC and Class M threat.

Stonington (0-0) at Fitch (0-1), 6:30 p.m.: It's Mystic, Pawcatuck and Stonington versus Groton and Mystic! It's neighbor versus neighbor! It's GOD'S OFFENSE v. GOD'S OFFENSE. It's live at! Follow at #gamedayct! We ain't too proud to shill.

Manchester (0-1) at No. 7 Southington (1-0), 7 p.m.: Manchester gave Class L runner-up Windsor fits last week before bowing in overtime (25-18). Curious, then, to see how it'll match up against a Blue Knights' defense that allowed just one touchdown in a 16-9 win over Glastonbury.

Wolcott (1-0) at Naugatuck (1-0), 7 p.m.: It's Week 2, and already we're gifted with an NVL Big Boy battle on Naugy's sparkling new turf field. Naugy scored 39 last week and the Eagles SIXTY ONE, so don't expect a defensive struggle.


North Branford (1-0) at Ellington/Somers (1-0), 1 p.m.: Back in the old days (i.e. before this year), these two Pequot standard-bearers were in different divisions and didn't play. That's changed because the league decided in the offseason to schedule interdivision games. THANK YOU, PEQUOT OVERLORDS.

No. 6 Greenwich at Darien, 2 p.m.: These two haven't played since 2008. Stupid FCIAC scheduling quirks.

New London vs. Capital/Classical/Achievement at Dillon Stadium, Hartford, 6:30 p.m.: HATS OFF to Duane Maranda of New London and the Trailblazers' Chris Fulton for scheduling quality interleague competition instead of marshmallows. The Whalers' defense will get a good test as C/C/A's Mike Jones is man-sized and being chased by major D-I programs.

• • • •

STORYTIME! Get to reading.

The gruff but lovable Mike DiMauro, The Day: High school football's newest (and dumbest) rule

Sean Patrick Starfish, JRC Amalgamated: Week 1: What did we learn? (Here's what we learned — New Milford has lots of lush, green trees.) He also provides quick takes on EVERY state game this weekend, a comprehensive, well-done, and maddeningly time-consuming endeavor that will ultimately lead to a nervous breakdown

Kountry Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American: One week down, 13 weeks to go (what we learned in Week 1). Hey! He pilfered Sean's headline! Also, Gimme 5: Counting down to Week 2 games

Pooch Diggity Dogg, JRC Amalgamated: Week 2 football notebook: North Haven running game still giving opponents fits, Sheehan football puts newfound might on display, and Pooch's Picks.

Ray Curren, JRC Amalgamated: Inside the SCC: Hard work pays dividends for East Haven

Kountry Kyle and Remmington, NVL Blog: They present their game of the week preview between Naugatuck vs. Wolcott, and forecast Week DOS

Rich Elliott, Hearst Inc.: St. Joseph, Fairfield Prep renew football rivalry

Scott Ericson, Hearst Inc.: Trinity and Westhill prepare to meet on gridiron

David Fierro, Hearst Inc.: Greenwich, Darien set to renew football rivalry

Mark Jaffee and Kountry Kyle, Waterbury Republican-American: Red Zone Webisode 2

Carl Josephson, The Herald: New Britain ready to start new season at home against South Windsor, and, Southington ready for another tough game against Manchester

Chris McLaughlin, The Herald: Berlin takes on Bloomfield in home opener

Chris McNamee, Hearst Inc.: Guide to the games

Matt Straub, The Herald: Plainville looks to start season with win at home over Weaver

Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant: Five High School Football Games To Watch, and, Notebook: Platt's Run Game Strong Again

Vaya con dios….

Reader Comments


New Canaan still Ram(s) tough, New London goes hard on defense, polls, the week ahead, etc.

They do football differently in New Canaan than in other parts of the state.

NFA, Ledyard, Stonington, Week 7 revue, notables, etc.

Norwich Free Academy wouldn’t make the CIAC Class LL playoffs if the season ended this week. The top eight teams qualify in each class and the Wildcats are ranked 12th.

Waterbury Career Academy went berserk, weekend review, polls, notables, etc.

Howdy, Waterbury Career Academy had scored 50 points, yet trailed the Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech co-op by 14 points entering the fourth quarter last Thursday. WCA head...

Four local schools are positioned well in CIAC playoff picture

Time continues to speed along in football. Six weeks have passed. Six weeks remain. The CIAC playoffs are getting closer, and four area teams are in good standing.

'S' as in 'Southington' and 'speed,' Trifone suspended, upsets, polls ... your usual Tuesday joy

Howdy, Southington defensive end Mike Scanlon was asked how big he was by a reporter after Friday’s game. “Six-foot-1 and 190 pounds,” the junior...

No quit in Shelton, Cromwell/Portland has some dudes, polls, etc.

Shelton's regular-season home winning streak is at 27, thanks to a thrilling 38-35 victory over Xavier last Saturday in a game that Gaels once trailed by 14 points.

Stonington bearing down on defense

Stingy defense has been the norm for Stonington so far. The Bears have two shutouts and held East Lyme to a late touchdown in a 26-7 win on Sept. 23.

Darien ever-evolving, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton scored SEVENTY ONE POINTS, Killingly, New London, etc. We're giving YOU oh, so much this week

Howdy, Darien head coach Rob Trifone wasn’t too concerned about all the new starters this season. Most of them played a lot of snaps during varsity games because the Blue Wave thrashed every...

Whalers have become believers under Roman

The New London football team is slowly beginning to believe in what first-year head coach Juan Roman has been preaching to them, and the wins have followed.

West Haven giving foes the Dickens, and all the usual Tuesday fun. Sorry about that pun

Howdy, Are you a Division I football coach in the market for a nose guard to add to your 2017 recruiting class? If so, then West Haven head coach Rich Boshea has just the man for you to meet. Matter of fact, Boshea wishes you’d...

Both coaches claim underdog status in New London-Killingly matchup

Howdy, New London head coach Juan Roman made it a point of emphasis discussing this Friday’s home game against Killingly. “Right now, we’re the underdogs,” Roman said. “They were the team in the...

WARRIORCATS Warriorcats-up, games of note, notables, polls, and other things

Howdy, Tim King was worried well over a week before his Valley Regional/Old Lyme Warriors playing Ellington last Friday, but that’s what coaches do. Coaches have an innate ability to...

There's a 'D' in 'Montville'

The Montville Indians returned the majority of their defense and will rely on them while their inexperienced offense gets up to speed.