H.S. football / Week 2 preview capsules
Bacon Academy at Stonington, 3:15 p.m.
Records: Bacon (1-0, 0-0 ECC Div. II); Stonington (0-1, 0-0)
Outlook: Bacon began the season impressively last week, defeating Windham 49-0. Stonington, meanwhile, had a lead over Montville last Friday before the game was stopped at 5:45 p.m. to accommodate town rules about the EEE mosquito scare. The Bears returned Saturday morning, only to lose to Montville 49-46. The 46 points, however, suggested a drastic improvement over the offensive woes from last season. Christian Hudson scored five times last week for the Bears.
Griswold/Wheeler at Ledyard, 3:45 p.m.
Records: Griswold/Wheeler (0-0); Ledyard (0-1)
Outlook: If the old football adage applies — teams make their biggest improvements between weeks one and two — then Ledyard has the advantage here. Griswold/Wheeler was off last week, making this the Wolverines' season opener. Ledyard lost to Woodstock, 31-27, despite 100 yards rushing from Brayden Grim.
Waterford at Montville, 4:15 p.m.
Records: Waterford (1-0); Montville (1-0)
Outlook: One of the region's best rivalries features two teams that combined for 82 points last week. Ryan Douchette scored the go-ahead touchdown late last week as Montville returned to Stonington on Saturday morning and rallied for a 49-46 win. Waterford, meanwhile, used the throwing arm of quarterback Ryan Bakken, who threw for five scores in a 33-13 win over Plainfield.
Valley Reg./Old Lyme at Cromwell/Portland, 6 p.m.
Records: Valley (1-0); Cromwell/Portland (1-0)
Outlook: Both teams did it with defense last week. Valley's Colbe Andrews had two interceptions, Brian Rankin added another, and the Warriors forced a safety in a 23-6 win over Morgan. Cromwell/Portland, a normal contender in the Pequot Sassacus, beat Haddam-Killingworth, 3-0. The winner here takes a step toward another division title.
Xavier at Fitch, 1 p.m.
Records: Xavier (0-1); Fitch (0-1)
Outlook: Fitch struggled last week at Wilton, losing 31-14. Xavier, meanwhile, continues its tour of the Eastern Connecticut Conference, this week at Dorr Field. The Falcons played at NFA last week, at Fitch here and then at New London next week. Xavier had a lead into the second half last week before losing at NFA, 37-27. Sophomore quarterback Drew Kron completed 21 of 31 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns for the Falcons.
Glastonbury at NFA, 3 p.m.
Records: Glastonbury (1-0); NFA (1-0)
Outlook: Glastonbury, a frequent opponent of NFA in recent seasons, opened with an impressive 30-6 win last week over Class LL Manchester. NFA, which opened with a 37-27 win over Xavier, used the arm of quarterback Austin Richards, who threw for 243 yards and three scores — all to Andrew Cote, who finished with 190 receiving yards.
East Lyme at RHAM, 6 p.m.
Records: East Lyme (1-0); RHAM (0-1)
Outlook: The Vikings hearkened the old days last week, using the kind of defense that go them to three straight state championship games from 2003-2005. They blanked Westhill, 14-0, helped along by quarterback Noah Perry and receiver Scott Galbo, who led offense.
Thames River at Bullard Havens, 7:30 p.m.
Records: Thames River (1-0); Bullard-Havens (0-1)
Outlook: Thames River hits the road this week for a night test against Bullard-Havens in the Connecticut Technical Conference. The Crusaders rode a dominating defensive performance while Seth Cunningham rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown during the 14-6 win over O'Brien Tech last week.
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