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Friday's Games (6:30 p.m.)
Waterford at Montville
Records: Waterford (2-3, 1-2 ECC Medium); Montville (3-2, 1-0)
Last week: Waterford defeated St. Bernard/Norwich Tech, 40-0; Montville defeated Fitch, 65-26
Outlook: Montville has emerged as the highest scoring team in the ECC (203 points) and seventh-highest in the state. The Indians dropped 65 on Fitch last week and won their third straight. They could tie Ledyard at 2-0 atop the division with a win here. Waterford has played better lately, winning two of its last three. Quarterback Jake Mangual threw for a pair of scores last week.
Bacon Academy at St. Bernard/Norwich Tech
Records: Bacon Academy (1-4); St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (1-4)
Last week: Bacon Academy lost to East Lyme 10-7; St. Bernard/Norwich Tech lost to Waterford 40-0
Outlook: Bacon has played considerably better in recent weeks, narrowly losing to East Lyme and Waterford, while winning at Killingly. The Saints have lost three straight since defeating Woodstock Academy in Week 2.
Fitch at Griswold
Records: Fitch (1-4); Griswold (3-2)
Last week: Fitch lost to Montville 65-26; Griswold lost to Stonington 20-6
Outlook: Fitch has lost three straight and has yielded a league-high 236 points. The Falcons have allowed 118 in the last two games. Griswold is 3-2 overall but leads the ECC Small Division at 3-0.
Ledyard at Plainfield
Records: Ledyard (4-1); Plainfield (2-3)
Last week: Ledyard lost to NFA 32-14; Plainfield defeated North Providence (R.I.) 50-26
Outlook: This is bounce back week for the Colonels, who lost their first game of the season last week. Ledyard's loss didn't derail it much from its goals of winning the Medium Division and qualifying for the state Class M playoffs.
New London at Killingly
Records: New London (2-2); Killingly (3-2)
Last week: New London defeated Windham 34-14; Killingly defeated Woodstock Academy, 40-0
Outlook: The Whalers rebounded from consecutive losses last week behind Orrin Parke's 135 rushing yards and Nico Ramos' two touchdowns. New London's defense, meanwhile, didn't allow a point in the second half. The Whalers have had some memorable games at Killingly over the years.
Valley/OL at North Branford
Records: Valley/Old Lyme (4-0); North Branford (4-1)
Last week: Valley/Old Lyme defeated Enfield 50-7; North Branford lost to Avon, 41-38
Outlook: One of the top games in Connecticut this week. Valley/Old Lyme will see an ornery opponent. North Branford's lone loss came last week, squandering a lead late lead. North Branford allowed two touchdowns to Avon in the last 26 seconds.
Saturday's games (1:30 p.m.)
Stonington at Woodstock
Records: Stonington (2-2); Woodstock Academy (0-4)
Last week: Stonington defeated Griswold 20-6; Woodstock lost to Killingly, 40-0
Outlook: The Bears have won two straight, including last week's victory in which their defense played the best game of the season with 10 sacks. Zach Poirier ran for 134 yards as well.
Windham at NFA
Records: NFA (3-1); Windham (3-2)
Last week: NFA defeated Ledyard 32-14; Windham lost to New London 34-14
Outlook: NFA capitalized on Ledyard's miscues and rebounded from its loss to Glastonbury last week. Several players said their injuries healed last week, leaving the rest of the season's outlook very bright.
— Mike DiMauro