H.S. football capsules / Week 7

Waterford's Joe Gustafson rushed for over 100 yards in last week's loss to Montville.
Waterford's Joe Gustafson rushed for over 100 yards in last week's loss to Montville.

Today's Games (all 6:30 p.m.)

Montville at Killingly

Records: Montville (4-2, 2-0 ECC Medium Division); Killingly (3-3, 1-2)

Last week: Montville defeated Waterford 41-37; Killingly lost to New London 56-14

Outlook: Montville coach Tanner Grove was not happy with his defense last week, which allowed 37 points in a victory. The Indians have surrendered 33.5 points per game thus far this season. They are, however, tied with Ledyard atop the division and could move a half-game in front with a victory here. Montville and Ledyard play next week.

New London at Griswold

Records: New London (3-2); Griswold (4-2)

Last week: New London defeated Killingly 56-14; Griswold defeated Fitch 14-13

Outlook: The Whalers have won two straight and are playing better heading into a difficult part of the schedule. This one might qualify. Griswold's Dave Jackson kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining last week to give his team the victory. Griswold leads the ECC Small Division.

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech at Fitch

Records: St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (1-5); Fitch (1-5)

Last week: St. Bernard/Norwich Tech lost to Bacon Academy 27-9; Fitch lost to Griswold 14-13

Outlook: Both teams have lost four straight. The good news: At least one team snaps the streak. Fitch rallied from touchdown deficits twice last week, highlighted by Mike Dull's 70-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Royster. St. Bernard/Norwich Tech's Dan McDonald ran for 119 yards in the loss to Bacon.

Stonington at East Lyme

Records: Stonington (3-2); East Lyme (4-1)

Last week: Stonington defeated Woodstock 48-8; East Lyme was idle

Outlook: This is potentially the best game of the week in the region. Stonington has won three straight and it's the best opponent the Vikings have faced all season. Meanwhile, East Lyme remains in the Class L playoff picture after its four straight wins. The official ribbon cutting for East Lyme's new turf field commences before kickoff.

Windham at Waterford

Records: Windham (3-3); Waterford (2-4)

Last week: Windham lost to NFA 40-14; Waterford lost to Montville 41-37

Outlook: The Lancers played well last week, despite the loss. Quarterback Seth Hoagland kept his team alive deep into the fourth period using receivers Donny Craig, Isaiah Jones and Dan Martin. Joe Gustafson ran for more than 100 yards. Problem: The defense couldn't solve Montville's Jeremiah Crowley. It won't be easy with Windham's Wing-T this week.

Woodstock at Ledyard

Records: Woodstock (0-5); Ledyard (5-1)

Last week: Woodstock lost to Stonington 48-8; Ledyard defeated Plainfield 49-7

Outlook: Ledyard's biggest challenge this week is to figure out ways to avoid violating the state's 50-point rule. Woodstock has scored 30 points in five games. The Colonels, meanwhile, are in the middle of the Class M playoff race and look forward to a huge divisional game with Montville next week.

Valley/Old Lyme at Morgan

Records: Valley/Old Lyme (5-0); Morgan (5-0)

Last week: Valley/Old Lyme defeated North Branford 38-13; Morgan defeated Haddam-Killingworth 47-8

Outlook: Perhaps the state's feature game between a pair of playoff contenders. Valley/Old Lyme was impressive last week against North Branford. It has also defeated Avon, illustrating the difference between the teams: Valley/Old Lyme has played the more competitive schedule thus far.

NFA at Cranston West (R.I.)

Records: NFA (4-1); Cranston West (2-5)

Last week: NFA defeated Windham 40-14; Cranston West defeated South Kingstown 28-14

Outlook: Cranston West has played perhaps Rhode Island's toughest schedule to date, losing to traditional powers Bishop Hendricken (33-10) and LaSalle Academy (22-21). LaSalle scored 62 against Fitch earlier this season. The Wildcats need to keep winning to keep pace in the Class LL playoff race.

- Mike DiMauro


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