Preview Capsules for Fairfield County Thanksgiving week games. Capsules and photos by the Hearst Connecticut Staff.
The Candlewood Cup
- WHERE/WHEN — New Milford, H.S., Tuesday, 7 p.m.
- RECORDS — New Milford 3-6, New Fairfield 1-8
- T-DAY SERIES — New Fairfield 8-2
- LAST YEAR — New Fairfield 57-8
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — New Milford: Sr. QB Tyler Sullivan (2,342 total yards, 13 TDs passing, 4 rushing). Jr. RB Kendal Greene (689 yards, 8 TDs). Sr. WR Matt Brevard (46 catches, 674 yards, 4 TDs) New Fairfield: Sr RB/LB Zach Buffington (697 yards, seven touchdowns, two sacks). Jr. Liam Ford (73 tackles, 2 INT)
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — New Fairfield would finish with its worst record since 2005 with a loss Thursday; The Green Wave hope to win in the series for the first time since 2011. New Milford has turned the ball over 26 times (21 interceptions, five fumbles lost) in nine games this year; the Rebels (nine interceptions, seven fumbles lost) have turned it over 16 times. New Fairfield — which has not scored more than 21 points in an SWC game this year — has just 1,751 yards of total offense through nine games.
- AT STAKE — The Candlewood Cup.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — New Milford 28-21
- GAMETIMECT PICK — New Fairfield
- FINAL — NEW MILFORD 41, NEW FAIRFIELD 0
Who will win the Candlewood Cup?
New Milford (3-6)
New Fairfield (1-8)
Total Response: 185 Votes
Danbury at Ridgefield
- WHERE/WHEN — Tiger Hollow Stadium, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
- RECORDS — Danbury 1-8, Ridgefield 6-3
- T-DAY SERIES — Ridgefield 11-4
- LAST YEAR — Ridgefield 42-13
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Ridgefield: Sr. QB Greg Gatto (2,674 yards passing, 35 TDs,); Jr. WR/DE Jackson Mitchell (74 catches, 1,072 yards, 13 TDs); Sr. LB Alex Cali (89 tkls, 8.5 sacks). Danbury: Jr. QB Diante Vines (6’0 190 LBS); Sr. RB/DB Fabio DeOliveira (5’11 185 LBS) ; FB/LB Sr. Solomon James (5’9 225 LBS).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Ridgefield has boasted one of the FCIAC’s top offenses with Greg Gatto at the helm and stud receiver Jackson Mitchell on the outside. The Tigers’ defense has allowed 17 points at home since the week one loss to Darien. While the Tigers are on the outside looking in for Class LL, they will look to extend the winning streak over rival Danbury to three in a row …Danbury picked up their first win over Trumbull 39-27, but have struggled since. The Hatters are looking to snap a current three game losing streak. Danbury last won this matchup in 2014 — a 34-6 victory.
- AT STAKE — Pride for Ridgefield, Tigers fell right outside the LL playoff party this year. For Danbury, their first road win and second win of the season.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Ridgefield 49-0.
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Ridgefield.
Who will win Danbury at Ridgefield?
Total Response: 185 Votes
Newtown at Masuk
- WHERE/WHEN — Benedict Field, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
- RECORDS — Newtown 6-3; Masuk 9-0
- T-DAY SERIES — Newtown 11-9-1
- LAST YEAR — Newtown 35-28
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Newtown: Sr. QB Ryan Kost (1,396 passing yards, 15 TDs, 8 INTs); Jr. FB/LB Dan Mason (323 rushing yards, 6 TDs); Sr. WR/DB Jack Miller (457 rushing yards, 261 receiving yards, 6 TDs); Sr. OL/DL Ryan Williams (58 tackles, 3.5 sacks); Jr. DB/RB Matthew Dubois (3 INTs). Masuk: Sr. QB Matt Hersch (2,513 passing yards, 30 TDs, 3 INTs); Jr. RB/LB Jack Roberge (953 rushing yards, 302 receiving yards, 13 TDs); Sr. WR/DB Ryan Shaw (41 receptions, 742 receiving yards, 10 TDs); Sr. WR/DB Nicholas Lorusso (655 receiving yards, 11 TDs); Sr. DL/OL Max Mirizio (38 tackles, 3 sacks).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Barring a miracle, Newtown will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010 … The Nighthawks have won at least seven games every year since 2006 … Prior to last week’s 40-0 loss to Bunnell, the Nighthawks — under first-year coach Bob Pattison — had beaten all six of their SWC opponents by an average score of 25-6. Their other two losses came against Xavier and Shelton of the SCC … The Nighthawks played without starting wide receivers Joseph Pagett and Riley Ward last week because of injuries … Masuk hasn’t beaten Newtown since 2011, a 46-7 victory … The Panthers are ranked sixth in the GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 poll and have clinched a Class L playoff spot … Hersch trails only Ridgefield’s Greg Gatto in both passing yards and passing touchdowns … The Panthers have scored the second-most points (401) in the state, behind only Bullard-Havens (426) … The Panthers have allowed only six points over their last four games.
- AT STAKE — A win clinches a home quarterfinal in the Class L playoffs for Masuk. Newtown is bidding for its sixth straight victory over its main rival.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Masuk 40-6.
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Masuk.
Who will win Newtown at Masuk?
Total Response: 240 Votes
ATI United at MCW United
- WHERE/WHEN — Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Abbott Tech/Immaculate 5-4; Wolcott Tech/Housatonic/Wamogo 0-8.
- T-DAY SERIES — Abbott Tech/Immaculate 1-0.
- LAST YEAR — Abbott Tech/Immaculate 53-19.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Abbott Tech/Immaculate: Sr. RB/LB Jordan O’Brien; Sr. WR/FS Isaiah Payton; Soph. QB C.J. Cianflone. Wolcott Tech/Housatonic/Wamogo: Jr. G/OLB Nick Guida; Jr. TE Chris Speaker; Sr. WR/FS Christian Saade.
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Since Abbott Tech and Immaculate merged to form the ATI co-op in 2014, the United has beaten Wolcott Tech twice on Thanksgiving by a combined score of 121-57. The current Wolcott Tech co-op, also called the United, formed in 2016 and goes by the initials MCW, which is a combination of the three school’s mascots: Mountaineers, (Wild)Cats and Warriors.
- AT STAKE — A 6-4 record would feel much better than 5-5 for ATI, while MCW is looking to avoid its second straight winless season.
- CALPREPS PICK — ATI 46-6.
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Abbott Tech/Immaculate.
Who will win ATI United vs. MCW United?
ATI United (5-4)
MCW United (0-8)
Total Response: 84 Votes
Pomperaug at Notre Dame-Fairfield
- WHERE/WHEN — McCarty Stadium, ND-Fairfield, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — ND-Fairfield 4-5, Pomperaug 2-7
- T-DAY SERIES — ND-Fairfield 2-1 (Pomperaug is 13-3 vs. ND-Fairfield since 1999)
- LAST YEAR — ND-Fairfield 27-8.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — ND-Fairfield: Sr. QB/RB Micah Brantley (1,425 total yards, 14 TDs passing, 5 rushing). Sr. QB Kyle Pavone (8 TDs passing); So. WR Josh Tracey (731 yards, 12 TDs). Pomperaug: Sr. RB/DB Cole McGrath.
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Offense has been hard to come by for the Panthers all season: Pomperaug averages 11 points per contest, more than half less than the Lancers (25). ND-Fairfield started out the season 3-1 before a four-game skid was ended by a 26-14 win over Brookfield last week. Lancers wideout Josh Tracey (who stands 5-foot-8) is in the top 10 in the state in receiving yards despite just being a sophomore. Just the fourth Thanksgiving week meeting between the teams.
- AT STAKE — A chance for the Lancers to finish .500 for a second straight season for the first time since 2006-07.
- CALPREPS PROJECTIONS — ND-Fairfield 28-21
- GAMETIMECT PICK — ND-Fairfield.
Who will win Pomperaug at Notre Dame-Fairfield?
Total Response: 128 Votes
Barlow at Weston
- WHERE/WHEN — Weston High School, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Barlow 6-3; Weston 6-3.
- T-DAY SERIES — Weston 10-7-4
- LAST YEAR — Weston 19-13.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Barlow: Sr. QB/DB Trevor Furrer (1,141 rushing yards, 10 rushing TDs, 48 tackles, three interceptions); Sr. RB/LB Alex Stillman (585 rushing yards, eight rushing TDs, 112 tackles); Sr. RB/LB Calvin Peterson (730 rushing yards, seven rushing TDs, 65 tackles). Weston: Soph. QB James Goetz (1,409 passing yards, 16 passing TDs, 773 rushing yards, 12 rushing TDs); Sr. WR/OLB Jason Baisley (five receiving TDs, 69 tackles, three interceptions); Sr. RB/DB Patrick Stack (six TDs, 74 tackles).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — The two rivals have identical records and stand neck-and-neck in the Class M standings. So, just like in 2012 (a Weston victory), the winner of this Turkey Bowl game will clinch a berth in the state playoffs — most likely as the No. 6 seed — and the loser will go home for the holidays. It would be Weston’s first state playoff berth since the 2012 Class M semifinal team, and the first under new coach Dan Hassett. It would be Barlow’s first playoff berth since the 2013 Class M semifinal team led by Jack Shaban. … Both teams have won three straight heading into this showdown. Barlow has rushed for a combined 3,373 yards this season and completed only 16 passes. Furrer has rushed for 100-plus yards in five straight games, including 194 against New Fairfield on Nov. 3. Weston’s Stack has had his only two 100-yard rushing games the last two weeks. …Since 2012, the teams have traded victories. Weston won last year’s game 19-13. Barlow’s last win was a 27-14 decision in 2015.
- AT STAKE — The winner clinches a berth in the Class M playoffs.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Weston 24-22
- GAMETIMECT PICK —Barlow.
Who will win the Barlow-Weston Turkey Bowl?
Total Response: 143 Votes
Brookfield at Bethel
- WHERE/WHEN — DeSantis Field, Bethel High School, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Brookfield 3-6; Bethel 3-6.
- T-DAY SERIES — Brookfield 15-6
- LAST YEAR — Brookfield 26-14.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Brookfield: Sr. QB Liam Carroll (774 passing yards, eight passing TDs, 308 rushing yards, three rushing TDs); Jr. RB/OLD Conor McVey (507 rushing yards, five rushing TDs); Jr. OL/MLB Eric Reich (75 tackles). Bethel: Jr. RB Derek Lewis (six rushing TDs); Sr. WR/CB Zachary Perry (three receiving TDs); Sr. WR/FS Stephen Mosley (four interceptions).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Brookfield has lost four straight since starting the season 3-2. Conversely, Bethel is 3-2 in its last five after starting the season with four straight losses. Brookfield is averaging approximately 17 points per game, while Bethel is averaging about 14. Bethel last beat Brookfield on Thanksgiving 2013, back when teams met five days later in the Class M state quarterfinals, and Brookfield prevailed. …There will be no playoffs for either team, this time around.
- AT STAKE — The Gavel/Swanson Trophy.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Brookfield 21-17
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Brookfield.
Who will win the Gavel/Swanson Trophy?
Total Response: 110 Votes
Bunnell at Stratford
- WHEN/WHERE — Penders Field, Stratford, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Bunnell 7-2, Stratford 4-5
- T-DAY SERIES — Bunnell 38-21
- LAST YEAR — Bunnell 51-0
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Bunnell: Sr. RB/LB Jarrod Davis (10 total TDs, 56 tackles, 3 INTs); Sr. QB/WR/DE Richard Souffrant (5 total TDs, 27 tackles); Sr. RB/LB Ma’Kai Curry (over 700 rushing yards, eight TDs); Jr. RB/DB Ja’len Madison (over 500 rushing yards, eight TDs). Stratford: Jr. RB/DB Jasen Docteur (494 receiving yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs); Sr. RB/DB Toure Hall (362 rushing yards, 579 receiving yards, 55 tackles, 10 TDs); Jr. LB/FB Nick Sorrentino (78 tackles, 3 sacks); Sr. OL/DL John Leveen (6 sacks).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Bunnell has won its last four games, including a 40-0 shutout of perennial contender Newtown on Nov. 10 … The Bulldogs are averaging 40.7 points during their current win streak … The Bulldogs’ only losses are against Masuk (42-13) and Hand (34-6), teams currently ahead of them in Class L … The Bulldogs have allowed a total of 47 points in their seven wins, three of which were shutouts … Richard Souffrant, Brian Carafiello and Tyler Phommachanh have all seen time at quarterback for the Bulldogs … Jack Petion, a former assistant coach at SCSU, is in his first season coaching Stratford … The Red Devils started the season 0-2 before beating Weston 21-16 on Sept. 22. The Red Devils also beat Barlow, which plays Weston for a spot in the Class M playoffs, and are coming off a 20-7 win over Pomperaug. … The Red Devils’ last win against Bunnell came in 2015 (24-13), which resulted in a trip to the Class M playoffs (lost in quarterfinals to Killingly). …Overall, Bunnell has won nine of the last 10 meetings in the series.
- AT STAKE — With a win and some help (like New Canaan losing), Bunnell — which is currently ninth in Class L — will make the playoffs for the second straight season. Stratford is bidding to finish .500 or better for the second time in three seasons. …The Manning E. Harvey Trophy.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Bunnell 35-14
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Bunnell
Who will win the Manning E. Harvey Trophy?
Total Response: 183 Votes
Harding at Central
- WHERE/WHEN — Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Harding 2-7, Central 2-7
- T-DAY SERIES — Harding 53-38-4
- LAST YEAR — Harding 44-0
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Harding: Jr. RB/S Coleman Adams (609 rushing yards, 444 receiving yards, 10 TDs, 32 tackles); Sr. LB/RB David Council (62 tackles, 225 rushing yards, 2 TDs); Sr. DL/OL Daniel Daley (37 tackles, 4 sacks); Sr. WR/DB Shawn Jeffries (22 tackles, 2 INTs, 129 receiving yards). Central: Sr. QB/DB Jorel Johnson (5-10, 192); Sr. RB/DB Steven Alvarez (5-7, 180).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — This is the fourth-longest-running rivalry in the state … Harding is in its first year as a member of the SCC after two seasons in the now-defunct CSC … The Presidents beat Hillhouse 20-13 on Oct. 7 for their first SCC win. Their other victory came against city rival Bassick, 57-0, on Oct. 28 … Five of the Presidents’ seven losses this year have been by 12 points or fewer … The Presidents have outscored Central 92-0 the past two seasons and have won three straight overall in the series … The Presidents will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2014 … Central hasn’t won this matchup since 2013, a 28-20 victory … The Hilltoppers started the season 0-4 before beating McMahon, 26-7, on Oct. 21.
- AT STAKE — With both teams already eliminated from playoff contention, city bragging rights will be the biggest prize.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Harding 31-20
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Harding
Who will win Harding vs. Central?
Bridgeport Central (2-7)
Total Response: 141 Votes
Wilton at Trinity Catholic
- WHERE/WHEN — Trinity Catholic’s Gaglio Field, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS — Wilton 5-4; Trinity Catholic 2-7.
- T-DAY SERIES (since 2005) — Series tied 6-6
- LAST YEAR — Wilton, 30-3
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Wilton: Sr. QB Brian Calabrese (23 of 59 passing, 381 yards; 241 yards rushing, 61 carries); Sr. RB Harvey Alexander (746 yards rushing, 144 carries, 13 TDs, five-100+ games); Jr. RB Kyle Phillips (241 yards rushing, 43 carries, 4 TDs); Jr. RB/DB Drew Herlyn (243 yards, 22 carries, 24 solo tackles, 26 assists); Sr. LB Kyle Shifrin (32 solo tackles, 23 assists); Sr. DL A.J. Pykosz (6-3, 200, 7 sacks). Trinity Catholic: Sr. QB Sam Aldof (1,275 yards passing, 54 percent completions, 12 TDs, 10 INT, 268 yards rushing); Sr. RB Nick Melia (261 yards rushing, 61 carries); John Petrizzi Sr. WR (22 receptions, 494 yards, 6 TDs); Anthony Anderson Jr. WR (15 receptions, 309 yards); Sr. LB/OL Chris Ciacciarella (23 solo, 21 assists).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — If Wilton wins it has a good case to stake a claim for the nearby Stamford city football champion since the Warriors already beat Stamford (45-14) and Westhill (57-6) this season. Wilton’s offensive line and wide receivers are superb blockers for the Warriors’ option running attack. Wilton senior kicker Will Sullivan 21 of 21 on PATs. Trinity Catholic hopes to snap four-game losing streak. The Crusaders are gritty despite limited overall roster numbers. …The Thanksgiving Day series is tied 6-6 since its inception in 2005. Wilton, which won last season, can win back-to-back games for the first time since 2010-11.
- AT STAKE — A winning season for Wilton. A third victory for Trinity.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Wilton 41-7
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Wilton.
Who will win Wilton at Trinity Catholic?
Trinity Catholic (2-7)
Total Response: 120 Votes
Warde at Ludlowe
- WHERE/WHEN — Taft Field, Fairfield, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
- RECORDS — Ludlowe 1-7, Warde 4-5
- T-DAY SERIES — Warde 13-7
- OVERALL – Ludlowe 24-17-1
- LAST YEAR — Warde 41-20
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Warde: QB Matt Cerminaro (100-210 passing, 1,207 yards, 10 TDs, 71-373 rushing, 4 TDs); RB Jack Curtis (53-292, 2 TDs); RB Tyler Llewellyn (55-409, 5 TDs); WR Qasim Danazumi (27-491, 3 TDs); WR Will Stearns (20-336, 3 TDs); LB Jake Hios (39 tackles, 7½ sacks); LB Matt Coda (53 tackles, 2 sacks); DE Joe Gjinaj (43 tackles, 10½ sacks). Ludlowe – QB Josh Evans (126-225 passing, 1,639 yards, 8 TDs; 22-118 rushing); RB Kevin Quinn (80-269 rushing, 5 TDs; 50-543 receiving); WR Aidan Wykoff (49-654, 5 TDs); WR Robert Farruggio (19-250, 2 TDs); WR Conor Ginley (15-181, 2 TDs); WR Ethan Beri (16-156, 1 TD); LB Wil Parisi (62 tackles); LB P.J. Egan (54 tackles); Beri (43 tackles, 3 sacks)
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — The Mustangs and the Falcons will be playing for pride – and for the Gallagher-Banyas Trophy. The Gallagher half was originally an Ludlowe MVP trophy that was first awarded in the late 1940’s. The Banyas part was for Anthony Banyas, the former Fairfield Fire Commission Chairman, who created the Warde football booster “Quarterback Club” in the mid-1950’s … Ludlowe, under rookie coach Mitch Ross, snapped an 18-game losing streak dating back to 2015 with a 29-28 win over Danbury on Nov. 3 … Warde lost to Darien 17-0 on Oct. 21, the closest any team has gotten to the Blue Wave all season.
- AT STAKE — The Gallagher-Baynas Trophy … A win for Warde will secure a .500 season for the fourth time since Duncan Della Volpe became coach in 2009.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Warde 44-13
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Warde.
Who will win the Gallagher-Baynas Trophy?
Total Response: 127 Votes
Norwalk at McMahon
- WHERE/WHEN —Casagrande Field, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
- RECORDS — Norwalk 5-4, Brien McMahon 1-8
- T-DAY SERIES — McMahon leads 12-11, (Overall series: McMahon leads 33-21-1)
- LAST YEAR — Norwalk 44-6
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Norwalk: Sr. WR AJ Hall (45 catches, 534 yards), Sr. WR Jalen Elliot (28 catches, 405 yards, 8 TDs), Soph. RB Jakari Walker (626 yards, 77 carries, 6 TDs), Soph. QB Kyle Gordon (120-for-211, 1509 yards, 13 TDs, 9 INTs); McMahon: Sr. QB Chris Druin (1235 totals yards, 900 passing, 8 TDs; 335 rushing (2 TDs), Jr. LB-WR Mike Macari (21 catches, 227 yards; 35 tackles); Neno Brown (44 tackles), Sr. RB Tsai Zoe (3 TDs).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Norwalk is chasing a winning season, just the Bears’ second since 2011 … Sophomore QB Kyle Gordon has come of age this season, but this is first spotlight game vs. McMahon, so he’ll have to keep up his progress and keep down any turnovers … The Bears boast perhaps the best and deepest receiving core in the FCIAC, so the Brien McMahon DBs will have to to be on their toes … McMahon is in a down-cycle, having won just three of its last 29 games, but the Senators are a dangerous team, especially on offense … McMahon has scored 21 points or more in three of their games this season (Last season, 18 was the Senators season high).
- AT STAKE — The Sam Testa Trophy … If Norwalk wins, it will be the first time in the 56-year history of the rivalry that the Bears will have won four straight times. McMahon is simply looking to put a positive spin on another tough season.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Norwalk 31-20
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Norwalk.
Who will win the Sam Testa Trophy?
Total Response: 91 Votes
The City Championship
Stamford at Westhill
- WHERE/WHEN — J. Walter Kennedy Stadium, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
- RECORDS —Westhill 6-3; Stamford 3-6
- T-DAY SERIES — Stamford 13-8
- LAST YEAR —Westhill 29-6
- PLAYERS TO WATCH —Westhill: Sr. RB Saquan Kelly (FCIAC leading 1123 yards rushing, 7 TDs); Sr. WR Wyklend Turenne (6-foot-4, 200 pounds, 6 TDs); Sr. WR/DB Noodles Metayer (691 yards receiving, 6 TDs); Sr. LB/FB Nick Nunes (66 tackles). Stamford: Sr. WR/FS Mikey Riddle (5-foot-7, 160 pounds); Jr. QB Terry Forrester (5-foot-9, 160 pounds); Sr. LB/S/RB Matt Doyle (6-foot, 190 pounds); Sr. RB/LB Cam Freckleton (6-foot-2, 200 pounds)
- YOU SHOULD KNOW —Westhill had its hopes of making the Class LL playoffs dashed with a loss to Wilton last week. That does not diminish the tremendous season the Vikings have had including picking up the school’s first win over Trumbull and the guarantee of a winning record no matter the outcome on Thanksgiving. Stamford had the toughest schedule of any FCIAC team this season and suffered several blowout losses as a result. The Knights did beat rival Trinity Catholic as well as picking road wins at McMahon and Bridgeport Central. The Black Knights know they can salvage an inconsistent season with a win over the Vikings.
- AT STAKE — Westhill has won Frank Robotti Trophy as Stamford public school champions four of the last five years but this year the two will also be playing for the Paul Kuczo Trophy awarded to the outright city champs. Both teams have already beaten two-time defending Kuczo winner Trinity Catholic this season.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Westhill 31-27
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Westhill.
Who will win the Frank Robotti and Paul Kuczo trophies?
Total Response: 126 Votes
Trumbull at St. Joseph
- WHERE/WHEN — St. Joseph, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
- RECORDS — Trumbull 3-6; St. Joseph 8-1
- T-DAY SERIES — Trumbull leads 13-8
- LAST YEAR — Trumbull 39-7
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — Trumbull: Jr. QB Colton Nicholas, Sr. RB Markeese Woods, Sr. OL/DL Odai Dayoub, Sr. OL/LB Joe Turner. St. Joseph: Sr. WR Jared Mallozzi (54 catches-614 yards, 12 TD), Jr. QB David Summers (164-265, 2,220 yards, 29 TD/2 INT), Soph. RB Jaden Shirden (135 carries-801 yards, 12 TD), Sr. LB Jude Andrzejewski (14 tackles for loss, six sacks, 2 INT)
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — St. Joseph, ranked No. 4 in the GameTimeCT poll, has already clinched a home quarterfinal game in the Class S playoffs, seeking a fifth state title in nine years. … The Cadets started the year just outside the top 10, while Trumbull was also receiving votes, just ahead of Greenwich. But in Week 1, Greenwich beat the Eagles 70-16, while St. Joseph took down preseason No. 1 New Canaan 38-35. … The Cadets’ only loss is to No. 1 Darien (42-10). Their wins include a 25-point comeback to beat Ridgefield 38-35. … Trumbull’s win last year was its first over St. Joseph since 2010. … Trumbull’s 36-12 win over Capital Prep Harbor in its last game, a late addition to the schedule, ended a four-game losing streak.
- AT STAKE — The winner gets the Jerry McDougall Trophy, named for Trumbull’s legendary former coach. A Cadets win would likely clinch one of the top-two seeds in Class S, though exactly which depends on bonus points if Ansonia also wins. Trumbull will look to play spoiler for a second year in a row.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — St. Joseph 56-12
- GAMETIMECT PICK — St. Joseph.
Who will win the Jerry McDougall Trophy?
St. Joseph (8-1)
Total Response: 202 Votes
Greenwich at Staples
- WHERE/WHEN – Staples Field, Westport, Thursday, 10 a.m.
- RECORDS – Greenwich 9-0, Staples 6-3
- THANKSGIVING DAY SERIES – Staples 8-4
- LAST YEAR – Greenwich 37-10
- PLAYERS TO WATCH – Staples: Sr. QB Daniel Thompson (10 touchdown passes, 1,170 yards on the season); Sr. RB/LB Harris Levi (657 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns); Sr. WR/DB Max Lonergan (24 receptions, 375 yards, four touchdowns); Jr. LB Cole Brockwell. Greenwich: Jr. QB Gavin Muir; Jr. RB Tysen Comizio; Sr. WR Jael Negron; Jr. LB Gramoz Bici; Jr. DL Emilio Camou; Sr. LB Robert Lanni; Sr. DB Jeremiah Harris; Sr. OL/DL Kyle Woodring; Sr. WR Henry Saleeby; Jr. LB Jack Feda.
- YOU SHOULD KNOW – Greenwich is looking to earn its first unbeaten regular season since 2004’s FCIAC championship team, which ultimately fell to New Britain in the Class LL championship. …The Cardinals are averaging 48 points per game led by recently-named All-FCAIC first team quarterback Gavin Muir, who has thrown for a team single-season record 26 touchdown passes. …The Cardinals averaged five sacks a game through their first eight matchups, with Bici leading the way with 8.5. … Staples started the season 3-0, but suffered back-to-back losses to Ridgefield (24-20) and No. 1 Darien (32-6). They were virtually eliminated from returning to the state playoffs after a 49-9 loss to St. Joseph. … The Cardinals and Wreckers have split the past four Thanksgiving Day games. Prior to that, Staples had beaten Greenwich four straight times on Thanksgiving. … In its six victories this season, Staples has allowed only 24 points and has registered three shutouts. … The Wreckers scored more than 40 points in four of their six wins.
- AT STAKE: A win would should give Greenwich an excellent seed for the Class LL tournament; Staples is seeking to avenge last season’s loss to the Cardinals.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Greenwich 31-21
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Greenwich.
Who will win Greenwich at Staples?
Total Response: 199 Votes
The Turkey Bowl
New Canaan vs. Darien
- WHERE/WHEN—Boyle Stadium, Stamford, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
- RECORDS — Darien 9-0, New Canaan 7-2
- T-DAY SERIES—New Canaan 15-8
- LAST YEAR — Darien 37-34 (OT)
- PLAYERS TO WATCH — DARIEN: Sr. QB Jack Joyce (23 touchdowns, 6 interceptions through eight games); Sr. OLB/WR Nick Green (408 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns, 49 tackles); Sr. S/WR Brian Minicus (6 interceptions, 5 touchdowns). NEW CANAAN: Soph. QB Drew Pyne (27 total touchdowns, 2,037 total yards); Jr. WR Quintin O’Connell (651 yards, 13 touchdowns); Jr. Garrett Braden (49 tackles, 10 for loss, 9 sacks).
- YOU SHOULD KNOW — Despite New Canaan leading the series, Darien, the No. 1-ranked, two-time defending Class LL champions, has won the last five Turkey Bowl games and 34 games in a row dating back to 2015. New Canaan did win back-to-back Class L championships at the Blue Wave’s expense in 2013 and 2014 until Darien moved up to LL in 2016. So, this Thanksgiving Day game, which is being played at Boyle Stadium for the fourth time since 2007, provides the only meeting between the rivals. …Darien hasn’t lost since their 21-20 loss to the Rams in the 2014 Class L-Large final. …Though the Blue Wave finished the No. 1 ranked team in two previous years, New Canaan actually started the season as the preseason No. 1, but they fell behind early and lost on opening night to St. Joseph 38-35. Their only other loss was a 36-21 setback to Greenwich on Oct. 14. …This rivalry has been hotly contested of late, with no game decided by more than 7 points in four-consecutive years, including Darien’s 37-34 OT win at New Canaan in last year’s game. … The electric passing attack of New Canaan is facing its stiffest test against a Darien defense allowing just 3.8 points per game and boasts four straight shutouts.
- AT STAKE — New Canaan has been to the state playoffs for 12 consecutive years and has won four-straight titles. The Rams must beat Darien to earn a spot in the Class L playoffs, or their championship run will end and they will watch the playoffs at home for the first time since Curtis Casali was a sophomore. Darien, meanwhile, is trying to keep its 34-game win streak alive heading into the Class LL, where it will try to win a third-straight title.
- CALPREPS PROJECTION — Darien 34-10
- GAMETIMECT PICK — Darien .
–Anthony E. Parelli
Who will win the Turkey Bowl?
New Canaan (7-2)
Total Response: 319 Votes