FOOTBALL: Week 9 Area Game Capsules

FOOTBALL: Week 9 Area Game Capsules



TONIGHT

CONARD (5-3) at MALONEY (7-1), Falcon Field, 6:30 p.m.

■MATCHUP: CCC interdivisional.■LAST WEEK: Conard beat Glastonbury 21-12 a week after knocking South Windsor from the ranks of the undefeated, 33-28. Maloney beat Newington 41-10, winning its seventh straight and clinching at least a tie for the CCC Division II-West title.■HISTORY: First meeting since the 2006-2007 seasons, when Maloney posted consecutive victories (28-27 and 28-6). Conard leads all-time series 14-4 on the strength of 10 straight wins from 1964-73.■LOWDOWN: Maloney’s 28-27 win over Conard in 2006 was instrumental in the Spartans qualifying for the Class MM playoffs, the last time the East Siders went to the postseason. How’s that for a little symmetry? And how’s this for a little history? Maloney is 299-274-20 all-time. A win tonight gives the Spartans the milestone Platt attained earlier this year. As for the playoff chase, Maloney sits No. 6 in the Class L rankings. RB Aden Valentin (180-967) is on the verge of 1,000 yards and QB Larue Graham needs 130 yards to pass Chris Dingwell (3,805) on Maloney’s all-time career passing list. Conard will be a tough test. The Chieftains are Division I/Class LL. Two of their losses were to 7-1 Southington and East Hartford. 

PLATT (4-4) at MIDDLETOWN (8-0), Skubel-Rosek Stadium, 6:30 p.m.

 

■MATCHUP: CCC Division II crossover.■LAST WEEK: Platt lost 43-26 to Bristol Central at Falcon Field. Middletown went out of state to Jersey City, N.J. and came home with a 23-12 win over Hudson Catholic.■HISTORY: Platt opened and closed the 2016 season with losses to Middletown, which eliminated the Panthers in the Class L quarterfinals. Platt still leads the all-time series 5-4.■LOWDOWN: The loss to BC knocked Platt out of Class L contention. In a 1-4 funk after starting the season 3-0, the Panthers have a chance to at least end the season on a strong uptick by playing spoiler. They can spoil Middletown’s perfect season tonight. They can potentially spoil Maloney’s playoff push on Thanksgiving. Middletown is no joke. The Blue Dragons, sitting No. 3 in the Class L playoff rankings, are averaging nearly 40 points a game and giving up just 10. Junior RB Xzavier Reyes has 993 yards on the season after rushing for 178 vs. Hudson Catholic. Senior kicker Mike Aresco kicked field goals of 32, 37 and 38 yards to earn a share of the state career record (21). DeAaron Lawrence (30-387) is the primary target for QB Stone Belzo. Platt QB A.J. Marinelli (98-174) has thrown for 1,291 yards and RB E.J. Dudley, with seven 100-yard games, is at 1,329 yards rushing.

SHEEHAN (7-1, 4-0) at EAST HAVEN (1-7, 1-4), Crisafi Field, 7 p.m.

■MATCHUP: SCC Tier 3.■LAST WEEK: Sheehan blitzed Bassick 62-8 on Senior Night. East Haven lost 27-7 to the Creed Co-op in a game that was tied 7-7 heading into the fourth quarter.■HISTORY: East Haven won 35-27 last year on opening night and 29-0 in 2015. Sheehan leads the all-time series 19-15-1.■LOWDOWN:  This is the first half of the Wallingford equation that could add up to a showdown for the SCC Tier 3 title in the Carini Bowl on Thanksgiving morning. Sheehan and Lyman Hall head into tonight’s action tied for first in the division at 4-0. Sheehan is also No. 4 in the Class M playoff hunt. Wes Terzi (84-155) has thrown for 1,192 yards and 17 TDs. Jordan Davis (608 rushing/193 receiving) continues to emerge as a multiple threat. Evan Mansfield has 31 catches for 450 yards on offense and 58 tackles on defense. East Haven is young, led by sophomore QB Tanner DiVito and RB Jacob Araujo. The Yellowjackets have lost seven straight since beating Bassick 40-6 on opening  night.

LYMAN HALL (5-3, 4-0) at JONATHAN LAW (4-4, 3-2), Lawmen Stadium, 7 p.m.

■MATCHUP: SCC Tier 3.■LAST WEEK: Lyman Hall blanked Branford 12-0. Law handed Guilford its first Tier 3 defeat, 13-7.■HISTORY: Law won 50-12 last year to record its fifth straight win over LH and extend series lead to 9-4. LH last won in 2011, 34-21.■LOWDOWN: With Guilford falling by the wayside, the Trojans are all alone with the Titans atop Tier 3. They are also on the doorstep of the Class M playoffs as the No. 9 team in points. They must win tonight to say there and set up the best Carini Bowl story line in six years. A win tonight also ends Law’s five-game winning streak over LH and guarantees the Trojans a winning record in their first year under coach Bill Weyrauch. There is so, so much to play for. Trojans RB/LB Randy McFarline is coming off a stellar game. He rushed for 229 yards and made 12 tackles against Branford. Law junior RB Mike Plakson (127-946) is the guy LH must stop on defense.SATURDAY

SOUTHINGTON (7-1) at SOUTH WINDSOR (7-1), South Windsor High School Stadium, 11 a.m.

■MATCHUP: CCC Division I crossover.■LAST WEEK: Southington beat Enfield 45-8 to rebound from its loss to East Hartford, which ended a 41-game regular-season win streak. South Windsor beat Hall 21-0 to rebound from its 33-28 loss to Conard.2■HISTORY: Southington has typically had its way with South Windsor. The Blue Knights have won all seven meetings this century, including by a combined score of 175-0 in the last four. This is the first get-together since 2014.■LOWDOWN: A huge game in the Class LL playoff race. South Windsor occupies the No. 7 slot; Southington is at No. 8. While the Blue Knights whipped up on the Bobcats from 2011-2014, that’s a history that needs to be ignored. These Bobcats are a whole new breed, led by third-year senior QB Connor Kapisak, a terrific game manager. Veteran RBs Julian Ibes and Jim Tamburro lead the ground game. Southington goes in led by its senior QB, Will Barmore, who is the area passing leader at 140-for-224,1,912 yards. Tim O’Shea (42-545) is the primary target. Linebacker Ian Hall is Southington’s tackling leader with 65, including eight sacks.

CHESHIRE (5-3) at HARDING (2-6), at Kennedy Stadium-Bridgeport, 1 p.m.

■MATCHUP: SCC crossover.■LAST WEEK: Cheshire fell 20-12 to Daniel Hand on a wild, windy night at the Surf Club that included a brief power outage; Harding was edged 12-8 by Fairfield Prep.■HISTORY: First meeting. This is Harding’s first year as a SCC football school. (Football only: The SCC voted Thursday to deny Bassick and Harding full membership in the conference in other sports.)■LOWDOWN: Last Friday’s loss to Hand was a tough one for the Rams. Even if they beat Southington on Thanksgiving, three losses will likely prove fatal when the final Class LL playoff points are toted up. We’ll see. In the meantime, ya gotta win to stay in, and the Rams will look to rebound today in style against a Tier 2 team that dominated in recent years in the Constitution State Conference, but is finding the SCC to be a whole other playing field. Junior QB Kevin Bednarz leads the Presidents on offense. Senior LBs David Council and Humberto Rodriguez lead the defense. ■— Bryant Carpenter

 

 


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