FOOTBALL: Week 1 game capsules

FOOTBALL: Week 1 game capsules



 FARMINGTON at PLATT, at Falcon Field, 6:30 p.m. MATCHUP: CCC Division II crossover.

LAST YEAR: Platt went 8-3 and reached the Class L quarterfinals; Farmington was 3-7.

HISTORY: The Panthers have never lost to Farmington. They lead the all-time series 9-0. The teams haven’t met since 2008, when Platt scored a 35-6 win in Farmington.

LOWDOWN: The R-J, in its season preview on Platt, reported the Panthers are on the verge of program win No. 300. Platt historian Ed Grady double-checked his records and reports the Panthers are 298-287-10 all-time. The R-J double-checked its records and reports the Panthers are indeed 298-287-10. Win No. 300, at the earliest, would be next Friday at Falcon against Windham.

 SOUTHINGTON at GLASTONBURY, at GHS Turf Field, 6:30 p.m. MATCHUP: CCC Division I crossover.

LAST YEAR: Southington (11-1) and Glastonbury (6-3) repeated as CCC Division I champs in the West and East. Glastonbury, though, saw its eight-year playoff streak end, while Southington advanced for a fifth straight year.

HISTORY: Blue Knights won 35-0 in Southington last season for their fifth straight win over the Tomahawks, who last beat Southington in the 2012 Class L quarterfinals. SHS leads series 17-5-1.

LOWDOWN: In what’s become an annual rite of passage, Southington gets arguably its toughest CCC Division I test on opening night.

 MALONEY at WINDSOR, at Jack O’Brien Stadium, 7 p.m. MATCHUP: CCC Division II crossover.

LAST YEAR: Maloney went 7-3 and fell points shy of the Class L playoffs. Windsor (12-1) reached the Class L final before falling to New Canaan.

HISTORY: Maloney is looking for its first win over the Warriors, who have taken all five meetings, most recently 45-0 in 2014.

LOWDOWN: Coach Rob Fleeting has rebuilt Windsor into a perennial powerhouse. Coach Kevin Frederick has rebuilt Maloney into a team on the verge of getting back to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Tonight is a big test for Big Green.

 SHELTON at CHESHIRE, at Alumni Field, 7 p.m. MATCHUP: SCC Tier I.

LAST YEAR: Shelton went 9-3 and advanced to the Class LL semifinals. Cheshire finished 6-4. A pivotal game for each was the 34-20 victory the Gaels scored over the Rams in Shelton.

HISTORY: These teams go back to the old Housatonic League. This is their 55th meeting. Shelton leads 30-24.

LOWDOWN: No messing around on opening night. Like the Blue Knights in Glastonbury and the Spartans in Windsor, the Rams play hardball right out of the box. Shelton has gone to the playoffs three years running. Cheshire is looking to get back for the first time since 2009.

 JONATHAN LAW at SHEEHAN, at Fitzgerald Field, 7 p.m. MATCHUP: SCC Tier III.

LAST YEAR: Sheehan went 6-4 and won the inaugural Tier III title at 5-1. Law was 4-6 and 4-2.

HISTORY: You might remember last year’s Law-Sheehan game. That’s the one in which Zach Davis set state records with 10 touchdowns and 541 rushing yards (later eclipsed by the 543 he had on Thanksgiving against Lyman Hall). With a 66-20 victory, Sheehan extended its series lead over Law to 12-3. Law just might have all those numbers taped up in its locker room.

LOWDOWN: With Zach Davis off to Fordham and leading defender Danny James off to AIC, it’s the start of a new era for Sheehan football.


LAST YEAR: Lyman Hall finished 1-9 and the New Haven co-op went 3-7 in its inaugural year.

HISTORY: The two teams met on Bowen Field last September. Creed won 42-12.

LOWDOWN: The first game for new Lyman Hall head coach Bill Weyrauch and a good opportunity to see how high the Trojans have raised the competitive bar after the travails of the last five seasons. LH stands to gain tremendous confidence with early success. Here’s a chance to get some.

Compiled by Bryant Carpenter

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