Football: 10 Takeaways from Week 8
Published 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Eight weeks of high school football are in the books. Here are 10 of the top storylines from the Hearst Connecticut Media region from the last weekend.
1 SAME OLD STORY: Ansonia remains the king of the NVL. Whatever doubt was remaining was put to rest Friday night in a thoroughly dominant 41-20 defeat of Seymour. At 7-0, the Chargers are the lone remaining unbeaten in the Valley and — to the surprise of very few — possibly the favorite in Class S.
2 KICK SAVE AND A BEAUTY: A week after losing a heartbreaker to powerhouse Newtown, Bunnell produced an equally thrilling 31-29 victory over Masuk thanks to a 20-yard field goal from Avery Nunn as time expired. A second straight loss would’ve been crippling to the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes, but instead they’re sitting pretty at 5-2. Masuk, on the other hand, is in trouble.
3 DAVIS RUNS WILD: Law knew it would have its hands full facing Sheehan running back Zach Davis, but surely the Lawmen never could’ve expected the senior to burn them for 541 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in a 66-20 Titans rout. That’s just absurd.
4 JUST WIN, BABY: The unforgiving SCC threw another challenge Shelton’s way, and the Gaels — as they always seem to do — answered by beating Cheshire 34-20. The Gaels (7-0) ran their regular-season win streak to 29.
5 MR. EVERYTHING: Is there anyone who does more for their team than New Canaan’s Ryan O’Connell? The senior returned an interception for a touchdown and scored on a 4-yard run and a 54-yard pass in a 43-0 shutout of Norwalk.
6 MOVING ON AGAIN: Hopefully Bassick — 3-3 following a 44-12 victory over Platt Tech — enjoys the rest of its time in the CSC. The Lions will head to the SCC next year along with Bridgeport rival Harding, which lost 21-14 to Capital Prep to drop to 5-2.
7 HAPPY HATTERS: Danbury collected its first win in seven tries, beating Warde 33-10 on Friday. That leaves only three winless teams in Class LL: Central, McMahon and Ludlowe.
8 WOLVERINES KEEP ROLLING: It’s time everyone starts taking Oxford seriously. The Wolverines beat fellow NVL upstart Wolcott 32-18 on Friday to improve to 6-1. Having already faced Ansonia — and lost, 34-7 — the Wolverines have a clear road to the Class S playoffs.
9 SPARTY SURPRISE: With only one win entering the weekend, Amity was reduced to playing spoiler the rest of the way. As it turns out, that’s what the Spartans did, upsetting Wilbur Cross, 21-8.
10 DOMINANT DEFENSE: New Fairfield’s defense was outstanding once again in a 28-7 victory over Brookfield. Over their current five-game win streak, the Rebels (5-2) have allowed only 30 points.