Football starts a day early this week with six CCC games on Thursday night. So lets get started!
Last week I thought Simsbury would put up a fight against No. 1 Southington, but the Blue Knights proved once again why they are one of the best teams in the state. Hall kept pace by slowing upstart Newington and Northwest Catholic is still undefeated after beating Bloomfield.
The big surprise last week was East Catholic falling to Rocky Hill, even though John Lambert gave the Eagles their third different 200 yard rusher in as many games.
And we all know what Wethersfield and Matt Sanzaro did: 260 yards passing and four touchdown’s a week after dislocating his shoulder.
Anyway, we don’t have much time, so let’s get to this week.
Manchester (0-3) at Newington (2-1), Thu., 6:30 p.m.
Last week: Manchester lost to New Britain, 26-18; Newington lost to Hall, 19-7
This may or may not be a good game on the field, but it is Roy Roberts’ return to Newington.
The former coach of the blue and yellow is now the coach of another set of Indians, the ones in red and white. Manchester has had a tough beginning of the season with losses to Windsor and Southington before falling to New Britain last week.
Newington was a surprise 2-0 before they fell to Hall last week, but still held the Warriors to 19 points.
DT’s pick: Newington
New Britain (2-1) at Conard (1-1), Thu., 6 p.m.
Last week: New Britain def. Manchester, 26-18; Conard def. East Hartford, 41-27
Conard got its first win under new head coach Matt Cersosimo last week and will look to keep it going against one of the most high-profile coaches in the state, Tebucky Jones.
Devon Pencz and Karon Golding hooked up 10 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns last week, so it seems like the Cersosimo offense is starting to click.
New Britain’s Charles Gaskin was benched for the first half of last week’s game vs. Manchester for being late to a team meeting, according to The New Britain Herald, but his backup, sophomore Dajion Hill stepped up in his absence. Neither player was spectacular, but the Golden Hurricanes managed to get by winless Manchester.
DT’s pick: Conard
Hall (2-0) at Simsbury (2-1), Thu., 7 p.m.
Last week: Hall def. Newington, 19-7; Simsbury lost to Southington, 47-7
Another measuring stick game for Simsbury.
The Trojans learned a bit about their team last week when they fell to Southington, but they have no rest as they get right back at it against another 2013 playoff team in Hall.
The Warriors have wins over Glastonbury and Newington, two surprising teams in the conference for different reasons. The Tomahawks have lost two games for the first time since 2011 and the Indians have won two of their first three games for the first time in at least five years.
Hall quarterback Sam Dobbins has thrown the ball 57 times in two games and 63 percent of his completions are to Rob Parra and John Wells, but haven’t been scoring a ton of points, 20 and 19 respectively.
That being said, Simsbury still has a ton of work to do if it wants to compete with the big boys again.
DT’s pick: Hall
Maloney (3-0) at E.O. Smith (1-2), Fri., 6 p.m.
Last week: Maloney def. Farmington, 49-20; E.O. Smith lost to Wethersfield, 50-3
Maloney has to be the surprise of the CCC at this point in the season.
Just three games in, they have already more than doubled their win total from last season and with a win on Friday, will match the total number of wins the Spartans had in 2012 and 2013 combined. They have a new coach and team attitude to thank.
Kevin Frederick has the team confident and strong heading into the middle of the season. Chris Dingwell has been playing well under center and Platt transfer Handy Ellison is running the ball as strong as anyone in the conference.
Last week against Farmington may have shown us what Maloney really is, but Frederick isn’t taking E.O. Smith lightly. He told me over the phone on Monday that Storrs is always a tough place to play.
E.O. Smith has a good passing game led by Brandon DeSautels, although not much happened last week vs. Wethersfield.
DT’s pick: Maloney
Rocky Hill (2-1) at Bloomfield (1-2), Fri., 7 p.m.
Last week: Rocky Hill def. East Catholic, 21-12; Bloomfield lost to Northwest Catholic, 27-18
Last week I thought the rushing attack of East Catholic would be too much for the Terriers, well, that wasn’t the case. Although the Eagles posted their third different 200 yard rusher of the season, they were basically held out of the end zone.
The Rocky Hill runners, on the other hand, did what they were supposed to with Dave Sevigny and Grant Nieves sharing the load. You can look for more of that vs. what’s so far been an underachieving Bloomfield squad.
The Warhawks have a strong running game as well with Andrell Pinnock getting most of the carries, but the defense couldn’t stop Northwest Catholic.
Whichever team can stop the running game will get this win.
DT’s pick: Bloomfield
Last week: 3-2