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Today's Games (6:30 p.m.)
Bacon Academy at Fitch
Records: Bacon (2-6); Fitch (3-6)
Last week: Bacon lost to Montville 48-7; Fitch defeated Woodstock 28-6
Outlook: Fitch has won two of its last three and stands a good chance to make it three of four heading into its Thanksgiving Day game against Ledyard. The Falcons don't have playoff hopes, but could ruin Ledyard's, thus giving them plenty to play for. Robert Duncan ran for a pair of scores last week for the Falcons.
East Lyme at Montville
Records: East Lyme (5-3); Montville (5-4)
Last week: East Lyme defeated St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 40-0; Montville defeated Bacon Academy 48-7
Outlook: Two of the league's most determined running backs play in this game. Montville's Jeremiah Crowley ran for 313 yards last week and increased his ECC-leading total to 1,718 this season. Crowley needs 282 yards in his last two games to reach 2,000. East Lyme's Eric Stirtan, meanwhile, can eclipse 1,000 for the season (he has 918) in this game. Stirtan leads the Vikings with 12 touchdowns. East Lyme can also secure its first winning season since 2009 with a victory.
Waterford at New London
Records: Waterford (4-4); New London (6-2)
Last week: Waterford defeated Griswold 33-20; New London defeated Middletown 23-21
Outlook: The Whalers were the talk of the state this week after their thrilling victory over Middletown, then the state's No. 3 team. Lost in the emotion of the last-second victory was quarterback Danny Maranda's precision. He finished 18-for-19, spreading the ball to several different receivers, including Jelani Lucas and Jose Garcia. New London must win out to have a chance at the Class L playoffs. Waterford has won three of its last four and has a dangerous offense with quarterback Seth Hoagland and receiver Donny Craig, among others.
Saturday's games (1 p.m.)
Stonington at NFA
Records: Stonington (6-2); NFA (7-1)
Last week: Stonington defeated Ledyard 28-21; NFA defeated Killingly 56-12
Outlook: Stonington has won six straight, including last week's beauty over Ledyard that gets the Bears at least a share of the Medium Division title. The Bears need to win out to ensure a Class M playoff spot. If NFA wins out, it would earn a state quarterfinal home game. BC-bound running back Marcus Outlow ran for 260 yards last week, increasing his season total to 1,090. Outlow has 395 yards in his last two games.
Valley/Old Lyme at Old Saybrook/Westbrook
Records: Valley/Old Lyme (8-0, 4-0 Pequot South); Old Saybrook/Westbrook (4-4, 1-3)
Last week: Valley/Old Lyme defeated Cromwell 49-2; Old Saybrook/Westbrook defeated Nonnewaug, 34-16
Outlook: Valley/Old Lyme coach Tim King earned his 100th career win last week. This should be No. 101 as the Warriors can a Class M playoff berth and at least a tie for the Pequot South title. Valley/Old Lyme is on its way to the top seed in Class M and a home game in the state quarterfinals.
- Mike DiMauro