High school football season is here again.
Therefore the picks portion of our program returns. We've enhanced it to incorporate all four high schools in town, and also, making my job as prognosticator twice as difficult.
But, I'm up for the challenge and all the scrutiny that comes with it.
Without further ado.
McMahon (0-0) at Warde (0-0), tonight, 7 p.m., Tetreau/Davis Field. Ordinarily when McMahon and the Mustangs meet, it is no cause for excitement. However, these are not ordinary times. Duncan DellaVolpe told me that he considers McMahon's skill position players "scary" and that this is one of the toughest assignments his team will face this year.
If you've read our Fall Sports Preview, you know Warde's expectations for this year are extremely high. If you believe the Mustangs' staff, you'll think this would get them off on the right foot. I believe DellaVolpe. Pick: Warde 20, McMahon 14.
Prep (0-0) at Daniel Hand (0-0), tonight, 7 p.m., Surf Club. Hand was a Class L semifinalist a year ago, and trailed mighty New Canaan by just three points at half, before the Rams pulled away. Strangely enough, three-win Prep only lost 28-14 to the Tigers in a weird, fragmented opener on opening night a year ago.
Tom Shea knows the Surf Club is a tough place to play, and expects a battle when his squad goes out there tonight. I think Prep can compete with Hand, I don't know if the Jesuits can win there yet, though. Pick: Hand 27, Prep 14.
Notre Dame (0-0) at New Fairfield (0-0), tonight, 7 p.m. I admire Rico Brogna's gusto. I can only imagine what he is going through. Brogna told the us in the press corps that he wants to be the Lancers' coach long-term and build a program. We'll see if that happens.
Either way, the Lancers-- and their 25 or so players-- have to go to New Fairfield tonight, and take on a team they lost to 28-14 a year ago. I'd love to see Rico's opener be a success, but I'm not betting on it. Pick: New Fairfield 21, ND 16.
Ludlowe (0-0) at Darien (0-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. The Falcons, and coach Matt McCloskey are taking a positive spin on the 2011 year. He told me last week that Darien, the FCIAC champ from a year ago, lost 23 seniors and would be down this year. The Blue Wave is the FCIAC's premiere program and Darien doesn't rebuild, it reloads.
Do I think a team with an experienced offensive line that wants to run the ball can score points? Absolutely. Do I think Ludlowe's young defense will stop Darien enough? Doubtful. Pick: Darien 41, Ludlowe 21.
Season to date: 0-0.