WEEK 7 GAME OF THE WEEK
Valley Regional/Old Lyme (5-0) at Morgan (5-0)
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Peters Complex, Clinton
Players to Watch: Valley Regional/Old Lyme: Phil Cohen, Sr., QB/LB; Justin Cheverier, Jr., RB/LB; Evan Smith, Jr., WR/DB; Morgan: Alex Lipka, Sr., QB; Jake Ward, Jr., RB/SS; Greg Lee, Jr., OL/DL
What to look for: The two most talented teams in the Pequot Conference square off in Clinton. They are also the two remaining unbeaten teams in the league.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme has won the past five meetings against the Huskies. The last Morgan victory over the Warriors was in 2007. The Huskies have won nine straight games overall dating back to last season.
Morgan is averaging close to 300 rushing yards per game behind a big, physical offensive line. Ward has rushed 114 times for 1,208 yards and 20 touchdowns. Lipka does an effective job of directing the offense and is a threat to pass, throwing seven touchdowns on the season.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme is balanced offensively. Cohen has completed 57 of 79 passes for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns against just one interception. He has targets in senior David Peck (13 catches, 274 yards, five touchdowns) and junior Chris Jean-Pierre (18 catches, two touchdowns). Cheverier has rushed for 399 yards and eight touchdowns, while Smith has scored six total touchdowns.
Morgan will have a size advantage, and Ward is arguably the best running back in the league. Containing Ward will be key. Valley Regional/Old Lyme’s dual-threat offense has been difficult to stop. This one should be very close.
Register’s pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
Cheshire (3-3) at Fairfield Prep (4-2), 6 p.m.: Fairfield Prep has three straight games it should win, starting tonight, before closing the season against Xavier and West Haven. Register’s Pick: Fairfield Prep.
Law (1-4) at Sheehan (1-5), 6 p.m.: Law has not played since winning its first game of the season on Oct. 11. Register’s Pick: Sheehan.
Sacred Heart (0-6) at Woodland (6-0), 6:30 p.m.: Woodland is quietly dominating opponents. The Hawks have scored 40 or more points four times this season. Register’s Pick: Woodland.
No. 1 Ansonia (6-0) at Wolcott (4-2), 7 p.m.: Wolcott has never defeated the Chargers. That streak will continue. Register’s Pick: Ansonia.
No. 7 West Haven (5-1) at Hamden (3-3), 7 p.m.: West Haven coach Ed McCarthy will likely break the state record for career victories. Register’s Pick: West Haven.
No. 8 Hand (5-1) at Shelton (5-1), 7 p.m.: Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo is expected to play despite suffering a leg injury in last week’s win over Wilbur Cross. Register’s Pick: Hand.
Bunnell (2-4) at New Milford (2-4), 7 p.m.: Give the slight edge to New Milford at home. Register’s Pick: New Milford.
Guilford (3-3) at No. 10 North Haven (5-1), 7 p.m.: Guilford and its option offense led by quarterback Joe Nault is a pesky opponent. Register’s Pick: North Haven.
Hillhouse (3-3) at Foran (4-2), 7 p.m.: If Foran can contain Hillhouse running back Harold Cooper, the Lions have a good chance of winning their third straight game. Register’s Pick: Foran.
Lyman Hall (0-6) at East Haven (1-5), 7 p.m.: The best chance for Lyman Hall to snap its 16-game losing streak. Register’s Pick: East Haven.
Notre Dame-West Haven (2-4) at Xavier (4-2), 7 p.m.: Could be one of the weekend’s most thrilling games. Register’s Pick: Xavier.
Oxford (4-2) at Brookfield (5-1), 7 p.m.: Tough stretch for Oxford. After Brookfield, the Wolverines travel to Barlow (5-1) and then host Bethel (4-2). Register’s Pick: Brookfield.
Seymour (3-3) at Derby (4-2), 7 p.m.: The season is at stake for both teams. Another loss will essentially end each team’s playoff hopes. Derby will be without senior running back Tyrae Small, who fractured a bone in his shoulder. Register’s Pick: Derby.
Wilbur Cross (3-3) at Amity (3-3), 7 p.m.: Wilbur Cross running back Stevie Swinson has rushed for 852 yards and four touchdowns. Register’s Pick: Amity.
O’Brien Tech (3-2) at Bullard-Havens (3-3), noon: O’Brien Tech in danger of losing for the third time in four games. Register’s Pick: Bullard-Havens.
Hyde (4-2) at Coginchaug (3-2), 1 p.m.: Hyde is the only team in the state that hasn’t scored, or given up, 100 points. Register’s Pick: Hyde.
Naugatuck (5-1) at St. Paul (4-2), 1:30 p.m.: Naugatuck’s defense is better than St. Paul’s. That should decide this contest. Register’s Pick: Naugatuck.
Haddam-Killingworth (0-6) at Old Saybrook/Westbrook (1-4), 2:30 p.m.: The home team is looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Register’s Pick: Old Saybrook/Westbrook.
Wilcox Tech (1-5) at Platt Tech (1-5), 2:30 p.m.: Schedule gets a bit easier for Platt Tech during the season’s second half. Register’s Pick: Platt Tech.
Last week: 17-4. Season: 123-25.
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