Platt Tech (3-3) at Bassick (2-3), 4 p.m.: Bassick’s two wins are against teams that are a combined 0-11.
Pooch’s Pick: Platt Tech.
Wolcott (5-1) at Oxford (5-1), 6 p.m.: These two lost only to Ansonia.
Pooch’s Pick: Wolcott.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton (3-3) at Haddam-Killingworth (2-4), 6:30 p.m.: Juniors Shaun O’Connell and Jacob Carlson have combined to rush for 17 touchdowns for Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton.
Pooch’s Pick: Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton.
Lewis Mills (3-3) at North Branford (2-3), 6:30 p.m.: Senior Matt Sibley is North Branford’s team leader in tackles with 74.
Pooch’s Pick: North Branford.
Morgan (4-2) at Ellington (5-1), 6:30 p.m.: Ellington has won five in a row since losing to Valley Regional/Old Lyme in the season opener.
Pooch’s Pick: Ellington.
St. Paul (4-2) at Woodland (0-6), 6:30 p.m.: St. Paul has rushed for 1,802 yards, an average of 300 per game, and 16 touchdowns.
Pooch’s Pick: St. Paul.
Branford (4-2) at Creed/Career/Whitney Tech (1-5), 7 p.m.: Branford in the hunt for a Class M playoff berth.
Pooch’s Pick: Branford.
No. 10 Cheshire (5-1) at No. 3 Shelton (6-0), 7 p.m.: It’s Cheshire’s defense against the Gaels’ offense. Usually defense prevails, but Shelton’s offense has yet to be contained this season. The Gaels have scored 33 or more points in every contest.
Pooch’s Pick: Shelton.
Fairfield Prep (4-2) at Xavier (3-3), 7 p.m.: If quarterback Pat Conte is active, Fairfield Prep has a good chance to emerge victorious If not, the Jesuits will struggle again offensively.
Pooch’s Pick: Xavier.
Foran (2-3) at East Haven (2-3), 7 p.m.: Foran hasn’t played since Oct. 7. There may be some rust early.
Pooch’s Pick: Foran.
Hand (1-5) at Notre Dame-West Haven (3-3), 7 p.m.: Notre Dame still has a shot at the Class L state playoffs but would need to win out. Hand would love nothing more than to spoil the Green Knights’ postseason push.
Pooch’s Pick: Notre Dame-West Haven.
Hillhouse (5-1) at Hamden (2-4), 7 p.m.: Hamden coach Tom Dyer faces his former team, the Academics, whom he guided to two state titles before becoming a Green Dragon this season.
Pooch’s Pick: Hillhouse.
Lyman Hall (1-5) at Guilford (2-4), 7 p.m.: Lyman Hall picked up its first win of the season last week against CREC, but now it’s back to life in the SCC.
Pooch’s Pick: Guilford.
Masuk (5-1) at Bunnell (4-2), 7 p.m.: How much is left in the tank for Bunnell after last week’s heartbreaking loss to Newtown?
Pooch’s Pick: Masuk.
North Haven (3-3) at No. 4 West Haven (6-0), 7 p.m.: Single wing versus Wing-T. Ah, football at its finest.
Pooch’s Pick: West Haven.
Sheehan (3-3) at Law (2-3), 7 p.m.: Sheehan’s seemed to have righted the ship. The Titans are in search of their fourth straight win.
Pooch’s Pick: Sheehan.
Stratford (2-4) at New Milford (4-2), 7 p.m.: Stratford seeks third straight win.
Pooch’s Pick: New Milford.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme (5-1) at Granby (1-5), 7 p.m.: Senior Garrett Burdick has made seven interceptions for Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
Pooch’s Pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
Wilbur Cross (4-1) at Amity (1-5), 7 p.m.: It’s tempting, Wilbur Cross, but do not look ahead to next week’s clash with unbeaten New London.
Pooch’s Pick: Wilbur Cross.
Seymour (5-1) at Ansonia (6-0), ppd to Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Many thought Seymour was the team to beat in the NVL entering this season. Never forget: the NVL title goes through Ansonia, until proven otherwise.
Pooch’s Pick: Ansonia.
Stafford/East Windsor/Somers (5-1) at Coginchaug (1-5), 1 p.m.: Stafford will try to rebound after losing for the first time last week.
Pooch’s Pick: Stafford/East Windsor/Somers.
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby (0-5) at Old Saybrook/Westbrook (4-1), 1 p.m.: Old Saybrook/Westbrook has won three in a row since losing to Valley Regional/Old Lyme on Sept. 17.
Pooch’s Pick: Old Saybrook/Westbrook.
Last week: 17-2. Season record: 108-28.