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    Monday, August 15, 2022

    H.S. football / Week 5 preview capsules

    Montville´s Miles Sarmiento (5) pushes off the tackle attempt by Stonington´s Ben Massengale (2) during the game on Oct. 1 at Stonington High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

    Friday's Games

    Woodstock at Montville, 6 p.m.

    Records: Woodstock (3-1); Montville (0-3)

    Last week: Woodstock defeated Waterford (30-29); Montville lost to Stonington 55-7

    Outlook: In earlier years, Montville would have circled this game under the category of “easy victory.” Not anymore. Woodstock has been the surprise of the ECC in 2021, tied with Ledyard atop ECC Div. II. The Centaurs edged Waterford last week and lost to NFA by a point earlier this season. Montville has struggled defensively, allowing a combined 123 points in three games.

    Guilford at East Lyme, 6:30 p.m. (note site change)

    Records: East Lyme (1-3); Guilford (1-2)

    Last week: East Lyme lost to Windham 26-23; Guilford was idle

    Outlook: No other team in the league has had worse luck than East Lyme. The Vikings pulled a near upset at NFA and lost by a field goal last week. One of Guilford’s two losses has come to an ECC school (New London), during which the Whalers held receiver Eric Dolmus, named one of the state’s preseason top 25 players, to three catches.

    New Fairfield at Fitch, 6:30 p.m.

    Records: New Fairfield (3-0); Fitch (3-0)

    Last week: New Fairfield was idle; Fitch defeated Bacon Academy 40-0

    Outlook: This is one of the state’s marquee games between two unbeaten teams. Fitch’s defense has allowed 14 points all season, but faces its most difficult test here. New Fairfield, the leader of the South-West Conference, made the playoffs in 2019 and was eliminated by Killingly. Ledyard coaches may have an interest in this game as well. New Fairfield and Ledyard are both unbeaten in Class S.

    Saturday’s game

    Cromwell/Portland at Valley/OL, 1 p.m.

    Records: C/P (2-0, 2-0 Pequot Sasscus); V/OL (1-2, 1-2)

    Last week: Cromwell-Portland defeated Haddam-Killingworth 41-3; Valley/Old Lyme lost to Morgan 20-15

    Outlook: The Warriors lost a heartbreaker to Morgan last week. But they get to play their annual home game at Old Lyme High. Cromwell/Portland is tied atop the Pequot Sassacus with Coginchaug/Hale Ray/East Hampton.

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