We round up top performers from the weekend’s football games and look ahead to next week.
Austin Andersen, St. Luke’s: Made 12 solo tackles in a 27-7 loss to Canterbury.
Conrad Avallone, Torrington: Two touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Wilby.
Keith Berrouet, SMSA co-op: Ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-36 win over the Coventry co-op.
Will Bothwell, Darien: Three sacks in the Blue Wave’s big 27-21 win over Greenwich.
Tommy Candelora, Notre Dame-West Haven: Had eight catches for 152 yards and a touchdown in a 34-16 win over Fitch.
Logan Chappell, Griswold/Wheeler: Ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-6 win over Montville.
Artie Cocchia, McMahon: Scored his first two touchdowns in a 40-15 win over Stamford.
Elijah Cromartie, Windsor: Threw three touchdown passes in a 35-13 win over E.O. Smith.
Seth Cunningham, Thames River: Ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-21 win at Platt Tech.
Chris Danas, Middletown: Went 28-for-38 for 515 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-21 win over Farmington.
Curtis Dion, Seymour: Ran for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 29-18 win over Oxford.
Aaron Faiella, Coginchaug co-op: Was 19-for-35 for 206 yards in a 7-0 win over Haddam-Killingworth.
Dan Finizio, Notre Dame-Fairfield: Scored four touchdowns and had an interception in a 36-26 win over Lyman Hall.
Connor Fletcher, Wilcox Tech: Ran for the winning touchdown in a 13-12 win over MCW United.
Jeff Garrity, Newtown: With Miles Ricks injured, stepped in at running back and ran for a touchdown in a 35-13 win over Danbury.
Pat Giancarli, Holy Cross: Caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the Crusaders’ 26-14 win over WCA.
Kyle Gordon, Norwalk: Ran for 154 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of a 42-14 win over Trumbull.
Joey Gulbin, Fairfield Warde: Threw three touchdown passes and caught one in a 34-21 win over New Milford.
Ethan Haberman, Hand: Caught four touchdown passes in a 47-7 win over East Lyme.
Galen Hickey, Bristol Central: Ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and ran for the winning touchdown in a 14-12 win over Platt.
J.P. Iaropoli, Fairfield Prep: Caught two touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, and had an interception to preserve a 33-28 win at NFA.
Niles Knighton, Rockville: Made 15 tackles, including three and a half sacks, in a 31-3 win over Gilbert/Northwestern.
Brady Lafferty, Southington: Threw for five touchdowns in a 41-7 win over East Hartford.
Zach LaPolice, New Canaan: Had 135 return yards (including a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown), four catches for 75 yards and a score, and an interception in a 41-21 win over Staples.
Izzo Lizardi, Hall: Ran for three touchdowns and returned an interception for another in a 41-7 win over South Windsor.
Isiah Lovell, E.O. Smith: Five solo tackles, five assists, three sacks and two forced fumbles in a 35-13 loss to Windsor.
Mike McLaughlin, Stafford co-op: Had 11 second-half carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Ellington 35-3.
Ryan Miner, Xavier: Forced a fumble in the last five yards of what would have been a 97-yard Shelton touchdown run. The Gaels won 28-21.
Mike Morrissey, St. Joseph: Ran a fumble back for a touchdown, helping give his team a 14-point lead at halftime on the way to a 41-0 win over Ridgefield.
Jimmy O’Brien, Wilton: Went 15-for-17 for 200 yards and a touchdown in a 45-14 win over Bunnell.
Matt O’Connor, Westhill: Ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 14-8 win over Bridgeport Central.
John Orsini, Wethersfield: Scored five touchdowns in a 47-0 win over Bristol Eastern. (Corrected spelling)
Jason Palmieri, Woodland: Had two touchdowns, one on an interception return and one on a reception, in a 42-0 win over Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech.
Nick Pestrichello, Newington: Ran for 143 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 261 yards and two scores in a 42-35 win over Maloney.
Tyler Phommachahn, Avon Old Farms: Two touchdown passes, including the winner in overtime, in a 35-28 win over Brunswick.
Eric Pino, Windsor Locks co-op: Ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-20 win over Granby/Canton.
Tyler Pjatak, Shelton: Two touchdowns and 130 rushing yards in a 28-21 win over Xavier.
Sheldon Schuler, Ansonia: Threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Chargers beat Derby 42-6.
Jack Sharpe, Killingly: Gained 386 yards on 23 carries, five of them for touchdowns, in a 49-7 win over Brookfield.
Jaden Shirden, St. Joseph: Had four touchdowns and 257 yards on 25 carries in a 41-0 win over Ridgefield.
Arsen Shtefan, Conard: Ran for three touchdowns in a 61-41 win over Enfield.
Jason Shumilla, Cheshire: Threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter of a 37-0 win over Wilbur Cross.
Justin Skates, Berlin: Threw for 285 yards in a 20-13 win over Plainville.
Dan Verrastro, Masuk: Ran 12 times for 157 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Guilford.
Isaiah Williams, Naugatuck: Had three touchdown catches in a 38-0 win over Kennedy.
John Wise, New Canaan: Ran 25 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Staples.
Jackson Zalinsky, Notre Dame-West Haven: Went 15-for-22 for 256 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score in a 34-16 win at Fitch.
GAMES TO WATCH
Stafford/East Windsor/Somers at Rockville, 6:30 p.m.: Just one common opponent for these two top Pequot teams: Granby/Canton. And for both of these teams, that was an overtime game. Stafford opened the season with a 27-26 overtime loss to Granby/Canton but has won four in a row. Unbeaten Rockville got a 14-7 overtime win in that game, its third of six.
Simsbury at Southington, 7 p.m.: The 6-0 Trojans have been the darkhorse underdog pretty much since, well, Shelton lost to Cheshire. Really. Their support in the GameTimeCT poll has grown steadily since, a man-who-beat-the-man process (Simsbury beat Hall, Hall beat Cheshire, so) that boosted Simsbury into another polling echelon. Here’s the actual biggest direct test of where Simsbury stands: Southington moved up to No. 8 this week.
Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m.: While we await a 48-minute test for Hand, I can hear what you’re thinking: “If he talks about ‘a test for Hand’ one more time…” OK, let’s just say West Haven has shown it isn’t bad against good teams. The Westies had last week off after winning their first two games, against North Haven and NFA. Weather forecast is chilly and possibly wet. Let’s see.
Platt at Windsor, 7 p.m.: Platt is 3-3 in Class M. Windsor is 4-2 in Class L. One of these teams, both highly regarded in the preseason, is going to be in deep playoff trouble by the end of the night.
Shelton at North Haven, 7 p.m.: Shelton is 4-2 in Class LL. North Haven is 3-3 in Class L. One of these… well, see above.
Xavier at Notre Dame-West Haven, 7 p.m.: Since entering the “mortals” portion of its schedule, getting past losses to No. 1 Hand and No. 2 St. Joseph in the first two weeks, the Green Knights are 4-0. Xavier’s three-game winning streak got the Falcons back into the mix, though a loss to Shelton on Friday dropped them back to .500.
Middletown at Wethersfield, 7 p.m.: Wethersfield has lost only to Hand. Middletown has lost to Hand and Maloney. The Class L playoff picture has the potential to get murky; only Hand and St. Joseph are unbeaten, and two two-loss teams are in playoff position at this instant. Games like this one may prove big by the end of the year.
Cheshire at East Haven, 7 p.m.: A pair of 5-1 SCC teams meet up, with the visitors riding a four-game winning streak that has boosted them into 10th in the GameTimeCT poll.
Weston at New Fairfield, 7 p.m.: The Trojans are 6-0, but Foran this past weekend was their first opponent that was over .500, either at the time they met or now. Here’s the second, New Fairfield, which has won three in a row after an 0-2 start.
Darien at Danbury, 7 p.m.: After a huge win over Greenwich on Saturday, the Blue Wave can’t let down against an athletic Danbury team that won four in a row before Friday’s loss at Newtown.
North Branford at Ellington, 1 p.m.: Eight two-loss teams sit outside the top eight in Class S, and North Branford sits seventh among those, in part because of bonus points: The four teams the Thunderbirds beat have combined for four wins. Three-win Ellington will be trying to keep them there.
Granby/Canton at Coginchaug/Hale Ray/East Hampton, 2 p.m.: New co-op Granby/Canton is hanging around the Class M playoff race, sitting 10th at the moment at 4-2. A win and the right losses by other teams (not seventh-place Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby, which is off this week after beating Granby/Canton 27-20 on Friday) could get them back into playoff position.