H.S. football capsules / Week 5

Today's Games

(All 6:30 p.m. unless noted)

Fitch at Montville

Records: Fitch (1-3); Montville (2-2)

Last week: Fitch lost to East Lyme 49-13; Montville defeated Plainfield 48-20

Outlook: Montville has won two straight, thanks mostly to Jeremiah Crowley, who has gained 697 yards in the last two weeks. Montville has also scored 97 points in its last tw0o games. Fitch, meanwhile, has yielded a league-high 171 points in the first four weeks of the season. Fitch has lost two straight.

Griswold at Stonington

Records: Griswold (3-1); Stonington (1-2)

Last week: Griswold defeated Woodstock, 41-8; Stonington defeated Waterford 35-21

Outlook: Stonington earned its first win last week, scoring two late touchdowns to snap a 21-21 tie at Waterford. Quarterback Divante White ran for three touchdowns, including the final score with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game. This has become a rivalry in recent seasons, a renewal of the game that often decided the ECC Small Division title.

Ledyard at NFA

Records: Ledyard (4-0); NFA (2-1)

Last week: Ledyard defeated New London, 21-3; NFA lost to Glastonbury, 6-0

Outlook: NFA's loss at Glastonbury last week wasn't as disturbing as the injury report. All-state caliber lineman Tuzar Skipper missed most of the game with a bad ankle, while a tender ankle slowed BC-bound running back Marcus Outlow. Even junior running back/linebacker Khaleed Exum-Strong was moving gingerly at times. And it doesn't get easier. Ledyard is the ECC's last remaining unbeaten team and has scored 167 points in four weeks.

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech at Waterford

Records: St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (1-3); Waterford (1-3).

Last week: St. Bernard/Norwich Tech lost to Windham 40-14; Waterford lost to Stonington, 35-21

Outlook: Waterford has played better lately, defeating Bacon two weeks ago before taking Stonington deep into last week's game. Seth Hoagland ran for two scores last week for the Lancers.

Enfield at Valley/Old Lyme

Records: Enfield (2-2); Valley/Old Lyme (3-0)

Last week: Enfield lost to Ellington, 42-21; Valley/Old Lyme defeated Avon, 21-18

Outlook: Valley/Old Lyme nearly squandered a 21-6 lead last week and had to recover an onside kick to thwart Avon's rally. Valley led 21-6 at the halftime, then had a pair of TDs called back by penalties.

Windham vs New London at East Lyme, 6:45 p.m.

Records: Windham (3-1); New London (1-2)

Last week: Windham defeated St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 40-14; New London lost to Ledyard 21-3

Outlook: A very big game for the Whalers, who have lost two straight. New London was limited to three points last week. Its defense must deal with Windham's Wing T. The Whips don't have the depth or athleticism of the Whalers but have enough to win this game.

Saturday's game

East Lyme at Bacon Academy, noon

Records: East Lyme (3-1); Bacon (1-3)

Last week: East Lyme defeated Fitch 49-13; Bacon defeated Killingly 21-14

Outlook: This is the game between the authors of last week's biggest surprises. East Lyme didn't merely defeat Fitch, but rolled up 49 points. Bacon, after losing its first three, won at Killingly. The Vikings have a chance to win their fourth straight and actually start creeping their way into the Class L playoff race.

- Mike DiMauro


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