- When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Municipal Stadium, Waterbury
- On the air: WATR 1320-AM (watr.com)
- Players to Watch: Woodland: Tanner Kingsley, Sr., QB; Jack Pinho, Sr., WR/DB; Levi Fancher, Sr., TE/LB; Ansonia: Arkeel Newsome, Sr., RB/DB; Jai’Quan McKnight, Jr., QB/DB; Matt Simon, Sr., OL/DL
What to look for: These teams will compete for the league title for the second straight season. Ansonia won last year’s contest 56-26. Unlike last season, these two did not play during the regular season this year.
Woodland is in search of its third league championship after claiming the title in 2004 and 2005. The Chargers have won 10 league titles, including the last two.
The Hawks are multi-dimensional but thrive on their potent 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. Woodland’s only loss was on Nov. 1 to Holy Cross, which held the Hawks to a season-low scoring total in a 37-18 victory. Fancher (88 tackles, seven sacks) anchors the Woodland defense. Ansonia enters having won 38 straight games.
Only one team, Seymour, has been able to slow the Chargers this season. Still, Ansonia held on for a 21-20 victory on Nov. 7. In that game, Newsome gained 110 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, but was held relatively in check. Newsome, the state’s all-time leading rusher, has carried 178 times for 2,235 yards and 37 touchdowns this season running behind a big, physical and experienced offensive line.
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 give the Chargers additional options in the open field. If Woodland can contain Newsome, it has a shot, but Kingsley and the Hawks’ offense need to play error-free football for any chance at the upset.
Who will win Foran at Law?
Total Response: 223 Votes
- Register’s pick: Ansonia.
Last week: 17-3. Season: 199-36.