While most of Connecticut will have their eyes glued to the Ansonia-Newtown score on Friday night, there will be some other big games going on right here in the CCC.
Game of the Week
Hall (4-0) at No. 1 Southington (4-0), Fri., 7 p.m.
Last week: Hall def. East Hartford, 49-41; Southington def. New Britain, 54-20
Much has been made over Southington quarterback Jasen Rose’s performance last week and rightfully so. He has taken over where Stephen Barmore left off last year and has the Blue Knights playing as well as anyone in the state. But Hall has quite the quarterback as well.
Sam Dobbins is putting up some pretty impressive numbers in his own right. In four games this season, the senior has completed 62 of 99 passes for 894 yards and 14 touchdowns. And a majority of those passes are finding the hands of Rob Parra.
The senior wide receiver has 25 catches for 515 yards and seven touchdowns (four last week vs. East Hartford). Oh, and two rushing TD’s to go with it.
Did I mention last season Hall handed Southington its only loss of the year? Yeah, a 49-37 game in West Hartford. Well, this time the Blue Knights look for redemption as they work their way back to the Class LL playoffs.
Like it was said in this week’s CCC football notebook: “Something has to give.”
DT’s pick: Southington
East Hartford (1-4) at Glastonbury (2-3), Fri., 6:30 p.m.
Last week: East Hartford lost to Hall, 49-41; Glastonbury def. Newington, 21-14
The Hornets might be the most impressive one-win team in the conference. Okay, maybe not impressive, but they did hang with Hall last week in a shootout and Enyce Walker had quite the game.
The senior rushed 25 times for 284 yards and four touchdowns and finished with 373 all-purpose yards.
If last week was a sign for East Hartford and it has finally found an offensive groove, Glastonbury could be in for a fight.
As for the Tomahawks, their defense staved off a Newington rally late (via The New Britain Herald) to get over .500 for the first time this season.
DT’s pick: Glastonbury
Maloney (4-1) at Bristol Eastern (3-2), Fri., 7 p.m.
Last week: Maloney lost to Wethersfield, 41-0; Bristol Eastern def. Fermi, 49-7
Last week was a reality check for the Spartans. After running through their first four games against teams with a combined 3-13 record, they ran into the buzzsaw that it Wethersfield.
Maloney did show some encouraging signs however. Chris Dingwell was not afraid to stand in the pocket, his receivers just had a hard time getting open. Handy Ellison kept taking hand-offs and pounding the ball, the line was just over-matched.
Bristol Eastern has a scary weapon in Gerry Ouellette.
The senior has four kickoff returns for touchdown’s this season, including one for 90 yards last week vs. Fermi (via The Bristol Press).
This week is another test for Maloney and a big game if they are to keep pace with Windsor and Middletown in the Division II West standings.
DT’s pick: Bristol Eastern
Bloomfield (2-3) at Platt (4-1), Fri., 6:30 p.m.
Last week: Bloomfield def. Rockville, 40-6; Platt def. Rocky Hill, 28-17
Apparently, Bloomfield is not who we thought they’d be.
The Warhawks have a strong running game with Andrell Pinnock and Isaiah Colebrook (179.2 yards per game) and what appears to be a strong defense (12.2 points per game), they just can’t seem to score. Aside from last week when they played lowly Rockville, Bloomfield had been averaging 13.8 points per game, including being shutout by Berlin.
Platt can score.
The Panthers haven’t scored less than 28 points in game, including a 38-35 loss to East Catholic in week two.
Everyone knows about Tyzhan Leatherwood. 832 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his quarterback, Joseph Mwamba is looking good as well. The junior has completed 37 of 58 passes for 622 yards and 11 TD’s and has also run for 265 yards.
That being said, if Bloomfield wants this game, they will have to keep up with Platt.
DT’s pick: Platt
East Catholic (4-1) at Northwest Catholic (5-0), Sat., Noon
Last week: East Catholic def. Plainville, 52-22; Northwest Catholic def. Tolland, 26-7
We know what East Catholic is going to do: run the ball.
We don’t know exactly what Northwest Catholic will do, but Owen Tyler will be in the middle of it.
It seems like everything at NWC runs through Tyler. Whether he’s throwing, catching or running, he is going to make plays happen and is a big reason why the Indians are undefeated. Running back Delano Robinson is another one who is getting the job done. Last week vs. Tolland he ran for 96 yards and two scores, right at his average per game.
This looks like Northwest’s toughest test yet, can they stop the double wing?
DT’s pick: East Catholic
Last week: 5-0