Football: 10 Takeaways, Week 11
Published 6:24 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017
Week 11 in high school football was like the appetizer to the main course — in this case, Thanksgiving.
The abbreviated schedule featured only two teams in the latest GameTimeCT/Register poll — No. 2 Greenwich and No. 5 Windsor — in action and did little to clarify the state playoff picture.
Here’s the latest happenings:
1 WELCOME TO THE PARTY: As if there was any doubt, Greenwich is headed to the postseason. The Cardinals (9-0) punched their ticket to the state playoffs for the second straight year with a 48-20 takedown of Xavier. That leaves four teams — East Hartford, Southington, Fairfield Prep and Cheshire — fighting for the final two spots in Class LL. More on this later…
2 BUILDING BLOCKS: A win over Harding on Thanksgiving would end Central’s year at 3-7. It might not seem like much, but consider this: Central hasn’t had more than two wins in a season since 2011 (4-6). The Presidents must find a way to slow down Dimitrie Ivey, who ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a wild 46-44 victory over Ludlowe.
3 OFF AND RUNNING: Seymour pounded rival Derby 63-14 — and it wasn’t even that close. The 42 points the Wildcats scored in the first quarter were the fifth-most for any quarter in state history. Running back Bobby Melms jump-started the rout by running for a 54-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
4 HIGH STAKES: … So, let’s turn our attention back to that tight Class LL race. Southington, which was once thought to be a shoo-in for the playoffs, is facing a must-win situation on the road against Cheshire. The Rams will have a fan in Fairfield Prep, which first must take care of business at home against West Haven.
5 FAMILIAR FOES: Valley rivals Ansonia and Naugatuck will meet for the 118th time this Thanksgiving. Not since 1994, though, have both sides gone into the meeting undefeated. Naugatuck is currently 9-0. So is Ansonia. Game on.
6 SO, SO CLOSE: Well, O’Brien Tech did what it had to do to set itself up for a playoff spot. Now the Condors, who beat Platt Tech 38-20 Saturday and do not play on Thanksgiving, will have to hope that the rest of the cards fall their way. At 8-2, the Condors are currently in possession of the eighth and final spot in Class S. They’ve never been to the playoffs.
7 THEY’RE IN: Bullard-Havens Tech bounced back from its only loss of the regular season in a big way, hammering Prince Tech 42-8. The win clinched a playoff berth and a home quarterfinal for the Tigers (9-1).
8 DOWN TO THE WIRE: As of Saturday afternoon, the Class L and Class S playoff pictures remained the most complicated. In Class L there were seven teams fighting for the final three spots, and Class S had eight teams vying for three spots. There were two spots left for six teams in Class M, however, Barlow and Weston (each 6-3) should provide some clarity when they play each other on Thanksgiving.
9 SPEAKING OF WHICH: … If you’re not sure where to go on Thanksgiving, check out Barlow at Weston (10 a.m.). The two SWC schools will be playing for more than just bragging rights.
10 BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR: To say Bassick struggled in its first year in the SCC would be an understatement. The Lions lost 61-28 to Creed/Career/Whitney to finish 0-10. Their closest loss was 28 points.