H.S. football / Week 3 preview capsules
Bacon Academy at NFA, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Bacon (0-2); NFA (1-1)
Last week: Bacon lost to Plainfield 13-7; NFA lost to Fairfield Prep 24-12
Outlook: Few teams in Connecticut opened with a tougher two weeks than NFA, facing Xavier and Fairfield Prep, two programs that aren't as strong as in previous years, but formidable nonetheless. ... Elijah Parker threw for 173 yards and two scores for the Wildcats last week in the loss to Prep.
Killingly at New London, 6:30 p.m. (theday.com)
Records: Killingly (2-0); New London (1-1)
Last week: Killingly defeated Griswold 48-23; New London lost to Notre Dame-West Haven 33-13
Outlook: New London's defense has quite the assignment here. In regular football terms, "RPO" means "run-pass option." At Killingly, it's "run people over." The Redmen, ranked ninth in The Day's latest state coaches' poll, did that last season, running to a state title. Not much has changed. They ran for 266 yards as a team last week against Griswold. The game plan won't change much. Can the Whalers withstand Killingly's power? The game will be livestreamed on www.theday.com
Montville at Griswold, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Montville (1-1, 0-0 ECC Div. III); Griswold (1-1, 0-0)
Last week: Montville lost to Lyman Hall 41-0; Griswold lost to Killingly 48-23
Outlook: Montville trailed 34-0 last week to Lyman Hall, a program that has struggled in recent years. So who are the Indians? The program that scored 28 unanswered points against Stonington in week one, or the team that was overmatched last week? They'll find out against a Griswold team that scored 23 points on Killingly last week. This is the ECC Division III opener for both programs in the new conference realignment.
Stonington at Ledyard, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Stonington (0-2, 0-0 ECC Div. II); Ledyard (0-2, 0-1)
Last week: Stonington lost to Branford 8-2; Ledyard lost to Bunnell 44-6
Outlook: Ah, the good news. Somebody's going to win, thereby creating a happier narrative somewhere. Stonington played solid defense last week in the 8-2 loss, but its offense has scored but seven points in two games. Ledyard had a rough assignment on the road at Bunnell and comes home to play its next two (winnable) games: Stonington and Montville.
Waterford at Fitch, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Waterford (1-1); Fitch (1-1)
Last week: Waterford lost to Guilford 28-14; Fitch defeated Harding 28-14
Outlook: The annual Mike Ellis Bowl (Ellis, Fitch's coach, used to coach at Waterford) has become a bit of a rivalry game. Fitch rediscovered itself last week in the second half at Harding, running the ball successfully with quarterback Tyler Nelli (140 yards). Waterford, missing a few linemen, fell to Guilford, but has shown signs of improvement from last season's 0-10 record.
Windham at East Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Records: Windham (2-0: East Lyme (0-2)
Last week: Windham defeated Capital/AF 49-0; East Lyme lost to Pomperaug 42-41 (OT)
Outlook: The plan against Windham rarely wavers: stop rugged fullback Natanael Barbosa-Torres, who is among the state's best players. He ran for 142 yards last week. Problem: teammate Issiah English ran for 209, thereby creating another threat for East Lyme's defense, which has yielded 83 points in two games. The Vikes have scored 65, however, thanks to quarterback Chris Salemme, who threw for 273 yards last week.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Coginchaug/Hale Ray/East Hampton, 1 p.m.
Records: Valley/OL (2-0, 1-0 Pequot Sassacus); Cog/HR/EH (1-1, 0-1)
Last week: Valley defeated Morgan 21-6; Cog/HR/EH lost to Haddam-Killingworth 30-6
Outlook: This has become something of a rivalry game as well, always competitive. Valley/Old Lyme used 152 passing yards from Ryan Santos and 125 rushing yards from Nick Braga last week.