Wednesday, Sept. 10
- Ridgefield (10-3 in 2013) at Cheshire (4-7), 6 p.m.: Both teams have been hurt by injuries already. Ridgefield will be without running back John Turner, who is out for the year with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Cheshire quarterback Tucker Ecke dislocated his right, non-throwing shoulder and running back Jack Cunningham is recovering from surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee. Both are likely out for the season. Pooch’s pick: Ridgefield.
- Harding (3-8) at Law (4-7), 7 p.m.: Harding won last season’s contest 32-14. This marks the debut of Derrick Lewis as the Lawmen head coach. Pooch’s pick: Law.
Thursday, Sept. 11
- McMahon (8-2 in 2013) at Wilbur Cross (4-7), 4 p.m.: It’s always tough to play in New Haven in the afternoon. That gives the Governors a slight edge. Pooch’s pick: Wilbur Cross.
- No. 5 Ansonia (15-0) at Oxford (6-5), 6:30 p.m.: Welcome to the NVL, Oxford. Your reward? A date with the three-time defending state champion Chargers, who have won 43 straight games. Pooch’s pick: Ansonia.
- East Haven (2-9) at Bassick (3-8), 6:30 p.m.: East Haven emerged with a 38-28 victory against Bassick last season. Pooch’s pick: East Haven.
- Stamford (2-9) at No. 3 Fairfield Prep (11-3), 7 p.m.: Jesuits have too much depth and talent. This one could get ugly early. Pooch’s pick: Fairfield Prep.
- Amity (5-6) at Seymour (6-5), 7 p.m.: Seymour is expected to be improved, but enough to knock off a Class LL school out of the SCC? Pooch’s pick: Seymour.
- Bridgeport Central (1-10) at North Haven (10-3), 7 p.m.: Despite heavy graduation losses, North Haven is still pegged to be a top team in the SCC Division II. Pooch’s pick: North Haven.
- Guilford (5-6) at Wilton (4-7), 7 p.m.: An experienced defense, and playing at home, should be enough for Wilton to knock off the Indians for the second straight season. Pooch’s pick: Wilton.
- St. Joseph (13-2) at Notre Dame-West Haven (5-6), 7 p.m.: This contest is the most intriguing of the night. St. Joe’s enters as defending Class M champion. Pooch’s pick: St. Joseph.
Friday, Sept. 12
- No. 4 Darien (12-2) at Hillhouse (5-6), 4 p.m. at Wilbur Cross: Darien is one of the favorites in the FCIAC. The Academics trying to improve on last season’s sub-.500 record. Pooch’s pick: Darien.
- Cromwell (12-3) at North Branford (7-4), 6:30 p.m.: Many pundits believe North Branford is poised for a run at the Class S title. Pooch’s pick: North Branford.
- Foran (8-3) at Fairfield Warde (4-7), 7 p.m.: Two solid quarterbacks, Foran’s Jake Kasuba and Warde’s Brandon Bisack, square off in what could be a high-scoring contest. Pooch’s pick: Foran.
- No. 6 Greenwich (8-3) at West Haven (10-3), 7 p.m.: Plenty of athletes will be on display here, including Greenwich’s Austin Longi and the West Haven duo of Marshont Little and Zatrell Lyons. Pooch’s pick: Greenwich.
- Haddam-Killingworth (0-11) at Morgan (10-2), 6:30 p.m.: Morgan has been highly touted in the preseason. Running back Jake Ward, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season, has a big and physical offensive line to run behind. Pooch’s pick: Morgan.
- Woodland (12-3) at Watertown (1-10), 6:30 p.m.: Tim Phipps will attempt to win his first game as the head coach at Woodland. Pooch’s pick: Woodland.
- Derby (5-6) at St. Paul (6-4), 7 p.m.: Could this one be as exciting as last season’s 49-45 contest won by Derby? Pooch’s pick: Derby.
- Hamden (3-8) at Danbury (3-8), 7 p.m.: Danbury coach Mark Ecke, the former coach at Cheshire, begins his career with the Hatters by facing a former SCC rival. Pooch’s pick: Danbury.
- Lyman Hall (2-9) at Fairfield Ludlowe (6-5), 7 p.m.: Ludlowe recorded its first winning season since 2009 last year. Pooch’s pick: Fairfield Ludlowe.
- No. 9 New Canaan (14-1) at No. 2 Hand (8-4), 7 p.m.: This one should be a lot closer than last season’s 50-21 contest won by New Canaan. Pooch’s pick: Hand.
- Pomperaug (4-7) at Bunnell (4-7), 7 p.m.: Both teams, uncharacteristically, finished with just four wins last season. Both, though, are expected to be improved. Should be a good one. Pooch’s pick: Pomperaug.
- Shelton (7-4) at Trumbull (8-3), 7 p.m.: Shelton, led by quarterback Mark Piccirillo, just may be in for a special season. Pooch’s pick: Shelton.
- Torrington (3-8) at Naugatuck (9-2), 7 p.m.: Naugatuck is one of the top contenders in the NVL. Pooch’s pick: Naugatuck.
- Xavier (7-3) at Staples (8-3), 7 p.m.: Traditional powers both missed out on the state playoffs last season. Pooch’s pick: Staples.
Saturday, Sept. 13
- Lewis Mills (2-9) at Hyde (5-6), noon at Wilbur Cross: Hyde has enough returning talent to improve on last season’s record. Pooch’s pick: Hyde.
- Valley Regional/Old Lyme (12-1) at Nonnewaug (4-7), noon p.m.: Chris Jean-Pierre takes over at quarterback and will attempt to direct the Warriors back to the postseason. Pooch’s pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
- Old Saybrook/Westbrook (4-7) at Coginchaug (9-3), 1 p.m.: Coginchaug lost a lot to graduation after reaching Class S quarterfinals, but enough return to make the Blue Devils competitive. Pooch’s pick: Coginchaug.
- Abbott Tech/Immaculate (n/a) at Platt Tech (5-6), 2 p.m. (at Foran): First game in program history for the newly formed co-op. Pooch’s pick: Platt Tech.
- Sheehan (6-5) at Trinity Catholic (0-11), 2 p.m.: Sheehan won its last five games in 2013. Pooch’s pick: Sheehan.