H.S. football / Week 4 preview capsules
Bacon Academy at Waterford, 4 p.m.
Records: Bacon (3-0, 1-0 ECC Div. II); Waterford (3-0, 1-0)
Outlook: The winner assumes sole possession of first place in the division and would win it outright by winning the rest of its divisional games. … The programs have come a long way from just two years ago when Waterford went winless and Bacon shared a division title with Montville and Stonington despite a 2-8 record overall. … Bacon has allowed 20 points all season, while Waterford has scored an ECC-best 130 in three games, led by quarterback Ryan Bakken (746 yards, 14 TDs).
Stonington at Griswold/Wheeler, 4 p.m.
Records: Stonington (0-3); Griswold/Wheeler (1-1)
Outlook: This used to be a game that often determined the ECC Small Division champion. Despite the record, Stonington has shown some signs of improvement this season, led by sophomore Christian Hudson, who had 66 yards rushing last week against Waterford.
Amistad at Montville, 4:15 p.m.
Records: Amistad (0-3); Montville (1-2)
Outlook: The Indians have injury issues on a team battling depth issues under the best of circumstances. Amistad may be coming along at the right time, having lost 37-0 two weeks ago to Long Island Lutheran and 36-0 last week to Woodstock Academy.
Fitch at Killingly, 11 a.m.
Records: Fitch (2-1, 0-0 ECC Div. I); Killingly (3-0, 0-0)
Outlook: Fitch and Killingly have done the ECC proud in nonleague games this season. The Falcons have taken down Xavier of the CCC and Bunnell of the SWC, while Killingly stayed unbeaten last week with a tight win over Berlin. … This game may not last very long, either. Fitch prefers the triple option, while Killingly opts for its own version of “RPO” (run people over), meaning fewer pass attempts keeps the clock moving.
Thames River at MCW United, noon
Records: Thames River (2-1, 2-1 CTC); MCW (0-2, 0-2)
Outlook: The Crusaders won a huge game last week, handing league contender Prince Tech a 35-0 loss. They also discovered another option at quarterback in sophomore Jake Brenek, who threw his first career touchdown pass. … MCW, a tri-operative among Housatonic Regional, Wamogo and Wolcott Tech, has the state’s only female head coach, Jennifer Stango Garzone.
Ledyard at New London, 1 p.m.
Records: Ledyard (1-2); New London (0-2)
Outlook: Ledyard won its first game of the season last week, giving the Colonels some momentum heading to Cannamela Field to renew one of the ECC’s oldest and best rivalries. … New London has struggled to score points in the first two weeks, managing six against New Canaan and 13 in a loss to Xavier last week.
NFA at East Lyme, 2 p.m.
Records: NFA (2-1, 0-0 ECC Div. I); East Lyme (3-0, 0-0)
Outlook: NFA coach Jason Bakoulis reminded his team after last week’s loss to Shelton that every goal the Wildcats want to accomplish is still there. It may be harder for the Wildcats, however, depending on the severity of the leg injury to quarterback Austin Richards, who left last week’s game. NFA remained competitive under backup Jakob Hosko, who will see a stout defense again this week. East Lyme has allowed 12 points all season.
Valley/Old Lyme at Stafford/East Windsor/Somers, 2:30 p.m.
Records: Valley (2-1); Stafford (1-1)
Outlook: The Warriors experienced two different losses last week. First, the game: 39-14 to Coginchaug/Hale Ray/East Hampton. Second, the loss of starting quarterback Jack Cox, whose knee injury made sideline him for the season. How quickly they adjust to a new quarterback will determine whether they can achieve their customary winning season under coach Tim King.
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