New Haven region Thanksgiving Week previews (and pick the winners)

Ervin Philips (1) looks for running room for West Haven earlier this season. (Arnold Gold / Register)

Ervin Philips (1) looks for running room for West Haven earlier this season. (Arnold Gold / Register)

Here’s the complete run-down on all of the Greater New Haven area Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Morning high school football games.

Same as before. Just scroll through, read through the previews and pick the winners.

(Most of the statistics provided are via teams on Maxpreps.com, many teams do not provide statistics.)

Be sure to get the low-down on all the potential playoff scenarios and happenings. CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S

And for a complete schedule of all this week’s games and results: THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE

Thanksgiving Eve

NORTH BRANFORD vs. HYDE

  • North Bran Hyde TdayWhen: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
  • Where: Veterans Stadium, West Haven
  • Series history: Hyde leads 8-5
  • Players to watch: North Branford: John Burke, Sr., OL/DE; Josh Melaccio, Sr., RB/LB; Eddie Miller, Jr., QB/FS; Austin Calamita, Jr., SE/S; Hyde: Dwayne Hunter-Parker, Jr., QB/FS; Ronnie Freeman, Jr., WR/CB; Quinton Brown, Sr., RB/LB; Jaquaine Manley, Sr., OL/LB.
  • You should know: North Branford, which advanced to the Class S state championship game last season, will not be making a return trip to the playoffs. However, the Thunderbirds will attempt to win their fourth straight in this series. …Miller, who suffered a concussion early in the first half of North Branford’s Nov. 15 loss to Coginchaug, should be healthy for this contest. When Miller is in the lineup, the Thunderbirds are dangerous. Miller has passed for 1,189 yards and 13 touchdowns and has rushed for seven scores. …Melaccio leads the team with 98 rushes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns through nine games. Calamita (26 catches, 698 yards, five touchdowns) is also a threat when returning kicks and punts. Burke is the anchor on both sides of the line, making 74 tackles and two sacks. …Hyde (5-5), which also advanced to the Class S playoffs last season, is hoping to finish this year with a winning record. …The Howling Wolves are young, and inexperience has made this season a rebuilding one. Still, Hyde has some talented skill players. The Howling Wolves’ offense is based around the run. …Hunter-Parker has done an effective job under center. He has rushed for a team-high 1,103 yards and 10 touchdowns. Freeman has rushed for 510 yards and seven scores, and he’s also caught 11 passes. Senior Brandon Brantle has added 541 yards on the ground. …Manley (88 tackles) and Brown (68 tackles) lead a tenacious defense that has allowed just 16 points per game.
  • • Register’s pick: North Branford.

WOODLAND VS. SEYMOUR 

  • seywoodTdayWhen: Wednesday, 7 p.m.  FRIDAY, 10 AM
  • Where: DeBarber Field, Seymour
  • Series history: Seymour leads 6-5
  • Players to watch: Woodland: Tanner Kingsley, Sr., QB; Jack Pinho, Sr., WR/DB; Levi Fancher, Sr., TE/LB; Mike Kenney, Jr., WR Seymour: Joey Salemme, Jr., RB/DB; Jack Briggs, Sr., FB/DB; Zach Sirowich, Sr., OL/DL/LB; Dan Hink, Sr., OL/DL
  • You should know: Woodland has already qualified for the Class S playoffs. A win over Seymour would push the Hawks as high as a No. 3 seed and Woodland would host a quarterfinal contest. If the Hawks lose, they could drop as low as No. 7. …Woodland has a multi-dimensional offense, but it thrives on its passing game. Kingsley has completed 171 of 251 passes (68 percent) for 2,708 yards and 39 touchdowns. Kingsley has talented receivers in Pinho (25 receptions, 267 yards, five touchdowns), senior Taylor Tucciarone (36-568-12) and junior Mike Kenney (45-868-14). …Sophomore Sean McAllen provides balance, having rushed for 1,249 yards and 12 touchdowns. …Fancher (88 tackles, seven sacks) anchors the Woodland defense. …In contrast to Woodland, Seymour is a run-first team. Salemme is in the midst of a breakthrough season. He has rushed 271 times for 1,743 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Wildcats like to run Salemme out of the wildcat formation on occasion. Briggs (46-205-2) and junior Greg Chase-Patrick (six rushing touchdowns) have also excelled running the ball for Seymour. Senior Christian Thurmond has caught 17 passes for 485 yards and 11 touchdowns. …The Wildcats are led defensively by Sirowich (87 tackles, four sacks), Hink (79 tackles, two sacks) and juniors Julian Falcioni (nine sacks) and Chris Abate (seven sacks).
  • Register’s Pick: Woodland

HAND VS. GUILFORD

  • Guilford Hand TDayWhen: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kavanaugh Field, Guilford
  • Series history: Hand leads 34-5-1
  • Players to watch: Hand: Nick van Dell, So., QB; Conor Dowd, Sr., RB/S; Tommy Wilson, Jr., S; Dan Rogers, Sr., RB/LB; Guilford: Joe Nault, Sr., QB/DB; Eric Zergiebel, Sr., RB/LB; Ford Linell, Sr., OL/LB; Anthony Pensa, Jr., RB/WR/DB
  • You should know: Hand (7-3) needs a victory here and a bit of help to qualify for the Class L playoffs. The Tigers are the two-time defending champions in that class.  …The Tigers lost their season opener to New Canaan but then reeled off six straight victories. Hand has since lost two of its last three games, but has accumulated enough playoff points to stay in contention. …Van Dell has performed well in his first season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback, completing 153 of 250 passes for 1,950 yards and 18 touchdowns, although he has thrown 14 interceptions. Senior Tom Wilson (44 receptions, 678 yards, nine touchdowns), senior Jake Mirando (41-353-3) and senior Josh DeMartino (31-482-2) are van Dell’s top receivers. …Junior Tyler Phan is one of the state’s best kickers. He kicked game-winning field goals in victories over Hillhouse and Shelton. …Guilford (5-5) is seeking to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2007. Nault does an effective job of directing the Indians’ option offense. Nault has thrown 11 touchdown passes and has rushed for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns. …Senior David Knapp leads the team with 1,051 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, but is recovering from an injury suffered against Hillhouse. Knapp played mainly on defense in the Indians loss to Foran the next week. He will likely play, but may not be at full strength.
  • Register’s pick: Hand.

Thanksgiving Morning

MORGAN VS. OLD SAYBROOK/WESTBROOK

  • Morgan OSW DayWhen: Thursday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Peters Complex, Clinton
  • Series history: Morgan leads 7-5
  • Players to watch: Old Saybrook/Westbrook: Brett Sparaco, Sr., RB/LB; Dion Swain, Sr., RB/DB; Dave Hermansen, Sr., OL/DL; Connor Cole, Sr., TE/LB; Morgan: Alex Lipka, Sr., QB; Jack Ward, Jr., RB/SS; Mark Zumpano, Sr., WR/CB; Gabe Eriksen, So., RB/S/KR/PR
  • You should know: Morgan has done an effective job of running the ball behind a big and experienced offensive line. …Ward, perhaps the top running back in the Pequot Conference, has rushed 202 times for 2286 yards and 39 touchdowns, statistically  Lipka has added 877 passing yards and seven touchdowns in addition to five rushing touchdowns. Eriksen is a threat when returning kickoffs and punts. …Sparaco is one of the more underrated backs in the Pequot Conference and a majority of the Rams offense runs through him. …The teams have split the last two meetings. …Morgan appears to have too many weapons and should win its second straight in the series. …Morgan has clinched in Class S and is awaiting seeding.
  • • Register’s pick: Morgan.

COGINCHAUG VS. CROMWELL

  • Cromwell Coginchaug TDayWhen: Thursday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Pierson Park, Cromwell
  • Series history: Cromwell leads 6-0
  • Players to watch: Coginchaug: Tyler Meeker, Sr., QB/DB; Jake Ober, Jr., RB/LB; Jack Granger, Sr., RB/LB; Cromwell: Mavric Pelletier, So., QB/DB; Jon Weaver, Sr., OL/LB; Kristian Sapp, Fr., RB/CB; Jarius Bailey, So., RB/WR/DB
  • You should know: Coginchaug is on the verge of qualifying for the Class S playoffs, but needs a victory here. The Blue Devils have never defeated the Panthers, losing all six of the contests in this series. …Coginchaug is balanced offensively. Meeker has a strong and accurate arm and is perhaps underrated. The Blue Devils’ running game is also strong, with Ober and Granger leading the way.
  • Cromwell was 4-1 before a four-game losing streak. The Panthers are young and inexperienced, but have some capable athletes. Pelletier is a promising young quarterback who should only improve as his career progresses.
  • Register’s pick: Coginchaug.

EAST HAVEN AT BRANFORD

  • EH Branford TDayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: MacVeigh Athletic Complex, Branford
  • Series history: Branford leads 37-30-4
  • Players to watch: East Haven: Mike DeMarco, Sr., RB/LB; Dom Dellacamera, Sr, RB; Alex Anastasio, Sr., OL; Frank Whitfield, Sr., QB; Branford: Devan Hall, Sr., QB/DB; Bradley Roth, Sr., OL/DL; Tyler MacNeil, Sr., OL/LB; Owen Karsmarski, Jr., WR/DB
  • You should know: East Haven (1-9) has lost nine straight games since defeating Bassick in the season opener. The Easties have some talent, mainly in the backfield, but remain young and inexperienced. …Branford has yet to win a game this season, but has the benefit of playing at home. …The Hornets have been decimated by injury this season. Hall has missed significant time, but when he’s healthy, he has the talent to move the team down field with both his arm and legs. …Branford has won six straight in the series.
  • Register’s pick: Branford.

NORTH HAVEN AT AMITY

  • AmityNHtdayWhen: Thursday, 10:15 a.m.
  • Where: Johnson Field, Woodbridge
  • Series history: Amity leads 9-7-1
  • Players to watch: North Haven: Ethan Suraci, Sr., RB/LB; Patrick Mikos, Sr., RB/LB; Austin Mahon, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Siwek, Sr., OL/DL; Amity: Tyler Burns, Jr., WR/DB; David Ryan, Sr., QB/DB; David Buono, Sr., RB/LB; Spencer Thomas, Jr., RB/LB
  • You should know: North Haven (8-2) needs to defeat Amity and get some help in order to qualify in Class L. The Indians would benefit from the following teams losing: Hand (Guilford), Farmington (Plainville), Naugatuck (Ansonia) or New London (Norwich Free Academy), in addition to earning enough bonus points from teams they have defeated. …That being said, it’s still been a successful season for the Indians, who defeated three-time defending champion Xavier on Sept. 20. …North Haven thrives on its methodical running game, which is known for its lengthy drives. The one drawback of that offense is when the Indians are playing from behind. That lack of explosiveness hurt the Indians in a loss to Darien on Nov. 15. …Suraci has rushed for a team-high 882 yards and 19 touchdowns. Senior Mike Halloran (662 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns) and sophomore Mike Montano (608-4) have also contributed on offense. …Mikos (109 total tackles), Mahon (73 tackles) and junior Zach Kastenhuber (11 sacks) lead the defense. …Amity (5-5) has been a bit unpredictable this season. It played well in losses to Xavier, Shelton and Fairfield Prep, but has yet to earn a signature win. …Ryan has passed for 1,908 yards and 16 touchdowns. His top target has been Burns, who has made 56 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns. Thomas has made 72 tackles and two sacks. …North Haven has won the last four meetings in this series.
  • Register’s Pick: North Haven

The Apple Valley Classic

SOUTHINGTON VS. CHESHIRE

  • Southington Cheshire TDayWhen: Thursday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Maclary Complex, Cheshire
  • Series history: Southington leads 13-12
  • Players to watch: Southington: Stephen Barmore, Sr., QB; Tyler Hyde, Sr., RB/DB; Zach Maxwell, Sr., WR/DE; Alex Jamele, Jr., WR; Cheshire: Colin Thorne, Jr., TE/LB; Tyler D’Errico, Jr., OL/LB; Andrew Yamin, Jr., RB/LB; Jack Cunningham, Jr., RB/DB
  • You should know: Southington (8-1) needs a victory here to qualify for the Class LL playoffs. Should it lose, it will find itself desperately searching for bonus points. …The Blue Knights have thrived by throwing the ball with Barmore, who has completed 134 of 204 passes for 2,192 yards and 30 touchdowns against just four interceptions. …Barmore, who will attend Yale next fall, throws to one of the state’s best receivers in Jamele, who has made 56 receptions for 1,213 yards and 22 touchdowns. Hyde (691 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns) and Maxwell (seven rushing touchdowns) provide balance offensively. …Maxwell is also one of the state’s best defenders. He has made 53 tackles and 14½ sacks. …Southington has won four in a row since losing to Hall on Oct. 19. The Blue Knights handed Glastonbury its only loss in the season opener. …Cheshire (4-6) has struggled due to inexperience and injury. The Rams have lost three of their last four headed into the season finale. …Six players have thrown at least one pass this season for Cheshire. Finding consistency at quarterback has been difficult, mainly because of injuries. …Yamin (708 rushing yards, six touchdowns) and Cunningham (686 -8) have been effective out of the backfield. D’Errico (87 tackles) and Thorne (67 tackles, one sack, one interception) have led the Cheshire defense. The Rams have a talented junior class, so the future is promising. …This series has been filled with exciting games, many of which have been high scoring. Even with Southington considered the favorite, the Rams’ difficult schedule has prepared them for this challenge.
  • Register’s pick: Southington.

The Stoddard Bowl

MALONEY VS. PLATT

  • Maloney Platt TDayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Falcon Field, Meriden
  • Series history: Maloney leads 28-26-1
  • Players to watch: Maloney: Jaron Cogdell, So., RB/LB; Chris Dingwell, Fr., QB/DB; Mike Gulino, Sr., WR/DB; Platt: Andrew McBride, Sr., QB/CB; Creme Watford, Sr., WR/LB; Tyzhan Leatherwood, Jr., RB/S
  • You should know: Platt (10-0) has already qualified for the Class L playoffs. The Panthers can clinch a home game for the quarterfinals with a victory here. …Platt is balanced offensively. McBride has passed for 1,198 yards and 21 touchdowns in addition to rushing for six touchdowns. Watford has caught 36 passes for 661 yards and 16 scores. …Leatherwood has been a revelation this season and is arguably the top running back in the CCC. He has carried 176 times for 1,753 yards and 26 touchdowns. …Maloney (1-8) has struggled this season due to inexperience. The Spartans have lost eight in a row after defeating Fermi in the season opener. Cogdell runs well out of the backfield and is Maloney’s main offensive threat. …Platt has won five straight in the series.
  • Register’s pick: Platt.

The Carini Bowl

LYMAN HALL VS. SHEEHAN

  • Sheehan Lyman Hall DayWhen: Thursday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Sheehan’s Riccitelli Field, Wallingford
  • Series history: Lyman Hall leads 26-15
  • Players to watch: Lyman Hall: Kyle Smith, Jr., QB; Koby Mensah, Jr., RB/LB; Lucas Furgalack, Sr., WR/DB; Jerry Rodriguez, Sr., WR/DB; Sheehan: Jeremy Gannon, Sr., QB/WR/DB; Brandon Gauthier, Sr., WR/FS; Rafael Dominguez, Sr., RB/DB; Jordan Lytle, Sr., OL/LB
  • You should know: Sheehan struggled during the season’s first half due to a difficult schedule, but has since reeled off four wins in a row entering this contest. The Titans (5-5) will clinch a winning record with a victory here. …Gannon is one of the SCC’s most versatile players, throwing for 941 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for 10 scores and making 27 receptions, including four for touchdowns. Gannon has shared the duties at quarterback with senior Justin Lange, who has passed for 833 yards and six scores. …Gauthier, one of the SCC’s most underrated players, has caught 55 passes for 1,000 yards and five touchdowns. Dominguez has rushed 118 times for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. …Defensively, Lytle has tallied 103 total tackles and 3½ sacks. Defense and lack of depth have been concerns for the Titans, but their offense is certainly explosive enough to fare well here. …Lyman Hall (2-8) has made significant strides this season. The Trojans snapped a 16-game losing streak when they defeated East Haven on Oct. 25. Lyman Hall also won the next week against Branford and was leading the following week before Hyde eventually rallied. …Smith has a strong arm and has done a solid job of directing the offense, despite playing behind an inexperienced line. Smith has passed for 1,267 yards and nine touchdowns, and he’s also a threat to run. …Mensah leads the team with 692 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Rodriguez also caught 31 passes for 577 yards and four scores. Furgalack has made 55 tackles. …Sheehan won last season’s contest 55-14. Prior to that, the Trojans won two in a row in the series.
  • • Register’s pick: Sheehan.

FORAN VS. LAW

  • Foran-Law-TDay-newWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Law High, Milford
  • Series history: Law leads 21-17-2
  • Players to watch: Foran: Nick Weissauer, Sr., WR/DB;Jake Kasuba, Jr., QB; Sean Deegan, Sr., WR; Zach Hubler, Sr., OL/DL; Law: Tim Maher, Sr., QB/WR/RB/DB; Mark Thibault, Sr., FB/LB; Nick Casagrande, Sr., OL/LB; Ryan Siddall, Sr., WR/DB
  • You should know: Foran (7-3) is still in contention for a Class M playoff berth, but would need a victory here and tons of help to qualify. It’s a long shot, but possible. … The Lions operate out of a spread offense that has been highly successful this season. Kasuba has completed 180 of 274 passes for 2,751 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has multiple targets, including Weissauer (70 catches, 997 yards, six touchdowns) Deegan (36-878-10) and senior Connor Cadrin (28-405-8). Foran also has a decent running game, which keeps defenses honest. …The Lions’ defense is an underrated unit, with senior linebacker Anthony Kopatch, senior lineman Anthony Melendez, senior defensive back Sam Olsson, senior lineman Colin Lydiksen and junior linebacker Dave McLenithan leading the way. …Law steadily improved as the season progressed despite dealing with a plethora of injuries. The Lawmen lost their first four games before defeating East Haven on Oct. 11. After that win, Law lost two more before earning consecutive victories over Branford and Lyman Hall earlier this month. …Maher is one of the most underrated players in the SCC. He has played almost every offensive position during his career. …Senior Joe Ziebell leads the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. Law coach Mark Robinson called Casagrande the “heart and soul” of the offensive line. Thibault, despite being undersized, is one of the team’s top defenders. …Foran has won the last five meetings in the series.
  • Register’s pick: Foran.

The Elm City Bowl

WILBUR CROSS VS. HILLHOUSE

  • CrossHHTdayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Wilbur Cross, New Haven
  • Series history: Hillhouse leads 56-30-7
  • Players to watch: Wilbur Cross: Elijah Long, Sr., RB/LB; Jaylin Fuller, Sr., RB/SS; Stevie Swinson, Jr., RB/DB; Wali McKelvey, Jr., SE/FS; Hillhouse: Harold Cooper, Sr., RB/DB; Corey Maddox, Jr., QB/DB; Tarrol Stafford, Sr., OL/DL; Jalen Gardner, Jr., OL/DL
  • You should know: Hillhouse (4-6) will not have a chance to defend its Class M state championship and will finish with a losing record for the first time since 2004 (the Academics went 5-5 in 2009). …This will be the final game for Cooper, who won two state titles during an outstanding career. This season, Cooper has rushed 146 times for 1,576 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has career totals of 626 carries for 6,526 yards and 97 total touchdowns. His career rushing yardage is fourth best in state history. …Maddox, in his first year under center, has passed for 568 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed for 488 yards and three scores. …Stafford (85 tackles, 7½ sacks) and Gardner (63-6) lead a physical and aggressive defense. …Cross (4-6) snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Cheshire on Nov. 16. …The Governors have been somewhat of an enigma. They have the talent to compete with any team on the schedule, but haven’t always played a complete game. …They certainly have the talent to emerge victorious in the Elm City Bowl for the first time since 2009. …The Governors thrive on running the ball. Swinson (190 carries, 1,424 yards, eight touchdowns) and Fuller (111-825-13) are a formidable duo in the backfield. Long has caught a team-best 40 passes for 496 yards and five touchdowns. McKelvey has made 68 tackles and two interceptions.
  • Register’s pick: Hillhouse.

FAIRFIELD PREP VS. WEST HAVEN

  • WHPrepTdayWhen: Thursday, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Alumni Field, Fairfield
  • Series history: West Haven leads 14-3
  • Players to watch: West Haven: Ervin Philips, Sr., RB; Duane Gary, Sr., QB; Jesse Ridgway, Sr., LB; Marshont Little, Jr., FB; Fairfield Prep: Colton Smith, Jr., QB/DB; John DelliSanti, Jr., WR/S; Nick Crowle, Sr., FB/LB; Tony Fox, Sr., DL
  • You should know: West Haven has already qualified for the Class LL playoffs. A victory here would clinch a home game for the quarterfinals. …The Westies (9-1) are currently playing as well as any team in the state. West Haven has won nine straight games since losing to Greenwich in the season opener. …The Westies are dangerous offensively, led by Philips, perhaps the state’s best running back. Gary is a dual-threat quarterback who can run and throw. Little is also explosive out of the backfield. …Defensively, West Haven is somewhat vulnerable, but it’s still a talented unit led by Ridgway and fellow seniors Nyrell Moore and Eli Gaskins. …Fairfield Prep (8-2) can clinch a Class LL playoff berth with a win here. If the Jesuits lose, their season is over. …Fairfield Prep is another talented squad that is equally as good offensively as it is defensively. …Smith is also a dual threat. He has passed for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns and has added 1,101 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns. DelliSanti (32 catches, 694 yards, eight touchdowns) and Crowle (94 rushes, 581 yards, 11 touchdowns) have also excelled on offense. …Crowle (73 tackles, two sacks), Fox (45 tackles, four sacks) and senior Max Trudeau (87 tackles, six sacks) leads a stingy and tenacious defense. …West Haven has won the last five meetings in the series.
  • Register’s pick: West Haven

The Silver Turkey

103rd SHELTON VS. DERBY

  • DerbySheltonTDayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: DeFilippo Field, Derby
  • Series history: Shelton leads 52-43-7
  • Players to watch: Shelton: Mark Piccirillo, Jr., QB; Kyle Drost, Sr., WR; Mike Pingree, Sr., WR/RB; Mike Ortoli, Sr., LB; Derby: Mike Kreiger, Jr., QB; Sal Frosceno, Sr., WR/DB/K; Tyler Dobek, Sr., WR/DB; Jordan LaRue, Sr., WR/DB
  • You should know: Shelton had a promising start to the season, winning its first four games. The Gaels have since lost four of six to fall out of playoff contention. Still, Shelton remains a dangerous team. …The offense is led by Piccirillo, who has passed for 1,740 yards and 17 touchdowns and has rushed for 556 yards and 15 touchdowns. Pingree (1,738 all-purpose yards, 14 touchdowns) and Drost (21 catches, 400 yards, four touchdowns) have also contributed for the Gaels. Ortoli has made 53 tackles. …Like Shelton, Derby also won its first four games. The Red Raiders then dropped four in a row, and now Derby (5-5) needs a victory here to finish with a winning record. …Derby’s offense is explosive. Kreiger has completed 135 of 231 passes for 2,005 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has talented targets in Frosceno (25 catches, 471 yards, six touchdowns), LaRue (25-423-5) and Dobek (48-633-8).  …Shelton has won 10 in a row in the series, although the last two have been decided by less than 10 points.
  • Register’s pick: Shelton.

The 63rd Green Bowl

NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN VS. HAMDEN

  • HamdenNDTDayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Hamden High
  • Series history: ND leads 39-21-2
  • Players to watch: Notre Dame: Cam Tucker, Sr., RB/LB; Sal Esposito, Sr., FB/LB; Drew Arciuolo, Sr., RB/DB; Zack Cofrancesco, Jr., WR/DB; Hamden: Keno Simpson, Sr., RB/LB; Maliek Williamson, Jr., RB/LB; Trevor Perry, Sr., WR/DB; Aaron Green, Sr., TE/LB
  • You should know: Notre Dame’s 4-6 record is not indicative of just how talented the Green Knights are. Notre Dame has lost to St. Joseph and West Haven, who have already clinched playoff berths, and to Fairfield Prep, Ridgefield, Hand and Xavier, who are all still in contention for the postseason.
  • Notre Dame prides itself on running the ball. Tucker is one of the top running backs in the SCC. He has rushed 168 times for 910 yards and 18 touchdowns. Esposito has chipped in with 430 rushing yards and three scores. Arciuolo has made 33 catches for 620 yards and 11 touchdowns. …Esposito (67 tackles), Arciuolo (39 tackles, five interceptions) and Cofrancesco (72 tackles) lead the defense. …Hamden won three of its first four games, but has since lost six in a row. …Hamden has some talented skill players, including Perry and Williamson, while Simpson and Green have excelled on defense. …Notre Dame has won seven straight in the series.
  • Register’s pick: Notre Dame-West Haven.

115th ANSONIA VS. NAUGATUCK

  • Naugy-AnsTDayWhen: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Veterans Field, Naugatuck
  • Series history: Ansonia leads 68-35-11
  • Players to watch: Ansonia: Arkeel Newsome, Sr., RB/DB; Jai’Quan McKnight, Jr., QB/DB; Matt Simon, Sr., OL/DL; Ryan Hovan, Sr., OL/DL. Naugatuck: Jason Bradley, Jr., QB; Ryne Griesenauer, Sr., WR/S; Bryan Coney, Jr., WR/S; Matt Burke, Sr., LB
  • You should know: Ansonia, which has won 39 straight games, has already secured a berth in the Class S playoffs. The Chargers can clinch the No. 2 seed and a home game for the quarterfinals with a victory here. …This marks the final regular-season game for Newsome, the state’s all-time leading rusher. Newsome has rushed 178 times for 2,235 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. Hovan and Simon lead an experienced and physical offensive line, which is perhaps the best unit in the state. …McKnight is a threat to both run and pass. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and has rushed for 417 yards and seven touchdowns. Junior Witold Gul and sophomores Tajik Bagley and Tyler Bailey provide McKnight with targets in the open field. …Ansonia will need a big effort out of its defense against the potent Naugatuck passing game. Bradley is one of the top quarterbacks in the NVL and has a slew of receivers to throw to. …Naugatuck needs a victory here to qualify for the Class L playoffs. Should the Greyhounds lose, they can still qualify as long as they receive enough bonus points. Naugatuck will also qualify with a loss if either North Haven (plays Amity) or Hand (plays Guilford) lose. It’s an uphill battle if the Greyhounds lose to Ansonia. …Ansonia has won the last two in this series and 10 of the last 11.
  • Register’s pick: Ansonia.

Comments

  1. Dave says

    …..no class Ray…..no class….Those boys give it up just like your Chargers do. I am sure coach Brockett would be “proud” of you.

    • says

      i doubt that very much—–i think east haven should consider dropping football all together—-plus i like sticking it to scc fans—nothing personal against kids

      • says

        Ray,

        The NVL needs to stop losing to Pequot teams and taking teams in that get booted from the SCC before they talk. It’s not for you Ray stick to the NVL please don’t try and play with the big boys. You need to learn a little more about the game.

        • Kyle says

          You guys are such fools. One guy from Ansonia takes on two different conferences by himself. God you guys are such mommas boys. Who cares what Ray says, its his opinion. You SCC cats talk about playing with the big boys. What big boys have the SCC beat up on this year. WEst Haven DOWN Hand SMACKed both by FCIAC teams.

          Just shut up and let Ray talk, you guys are such babies. SCC hasnt done anything this year for you to deserve to talk.

          Keep getting them Ray, these lawyers and hedge fund owners wouldn’t last a day in the valley, nevermind the Norwoods!

    • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

      @maxpower – Good. Now we know whom to blame! (just kidding). And you’re absolutely right. Have a game and a great Thanksgiving!

  2. New York East says

    You have to revamp your info on Morgan. Jake ward is the 2nd leading rusher in the state with 2286 yds &
    39 TDs. Also, Morgan has qualified for states (they’re a 5 in S) & are waiting to see how things shake out
    on Thursday in regards to seeding; they could be as low as a 7 or as high as a 3!

  3. gobballfan says

    Ray…And if Ansonia dropped all of their bad teams, they would only have a football team that plays in a second class league and in the smallest division in the state. Nothing against the kids, just like sticking it to Ansonia fans.

        • FauxRealism says

          @ Ray
          East Haven is no worse than Wilby and Crosby. So what’s the difference between the SCC and the NVL? EH doesn’t have to play ANY playoff contenders (their 2 crossover games were Hamden and Wilbur Cross = more than fair), while the supposed greatest team in the HS football universe Ansonia played BOTH Wilby and Crosby (= no competition).

          You love to criticize SCC D2… but the heavyweights of the SCC D1 don’t play weaklings like Ansonia does.

          • gobballfan says

            I agree, but D1 SCC does play some of the D2 teams, but they also play each other as well. And look at who D2 Branford had to play: Wilton, ND, Prep, Hillhouse, North Haven. Let’s see Ansonia have to deal with that.

  4. says

    SCC D1 and Ansonia should never be in the same breath or air. Thats not for the them at all…..It’s a fact and Ray can blab till he’s blue because he knows nothing and he’s treated that way. Ansonia wouldn’t be .500 if it played a SCC D1 schedule. They would have to play full games week in and week out if they tried that craziness. That’s big ball football not play a quarter against Kennedy and take a nap time. No. NO No. Ray couldn’t handle that and Ray don’t talk about dropping programs when 70 % of your doo doo stank conference needs to drop their programs. East Haven would probably go 5-5 in the NVL damn there second best team lost 66-20 to a Pequot team in the playoffs last year. Pequot and this clown is talking SCC. What a joke BAHHHAAHHHAAA

  5. Kyle says

    Stan you saying Ansonia would go .500 just loses all credibility for you. We beat up that West Haven team in the preseason Super Bowl. Oh but Ansonia cant beat big bad Hand and Xavier. Jeeze, SCC so overrated. OMG its guilford! OMG East Haven, OMG Fairfield Preppies! I went to the Amity/Ansonia practice and it was a joke! Arkeel didn’t even get touched!. Amity has 5 wins and should have been beaten by SEYMOUR! Psh SCC… comical….HAHA Laugh at you people. Oh wait I forgot, North Haven, dumped by Darien. You folks been getting OWNED by the big boys in the FCIAC.

    Listen you people have right to an opinion but my god you people that are supposed to be so classy just act like children. Throwing turmoil towards 17 year old kids. One guy takes on about 40 cities on his own and gets under your skin so bad. It hilarious What is this obsession with Ansonia, we love all the attention you give us. Thanks

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