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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 TheDay.com! 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.
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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
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
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