Pickens' Pigskin Picks: Week 6
Published 2:10 pm, Thursday, October 20, 2011
Last week could've been dubbed "massacre week" for Fairfield high school football teams.
Or perhaps Masuk-er week.
The four teams from Fairfield lost by a combined score of 188-47. No town team lost by less than 17 points and only Warde lost by fewer than five touchdowns.
It was easy picking.
This week gets a little bit tougher. Injuries are in play, and some closer matchups are factors.
Let's get our kicks into week six.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Trinity Catholic (2-3)
at Warde (2-3)
7 p.m., tonight
If you listened to this week's "Fairfield Sports Cafe podcast" (shameless plug) you know I'm off the `Warde is improved' bandwagon. I've been defending the Mustangs to people who say Warde is no better than a 5-5 team. However, that argument is gaining credence in my mind. Warde's two wins are against opponents with a combined 2-8 record.
A win over Trinity Catholic would boost Warde's credibility a little bit and give it confidence going into next week's contest against St. Joseph. Warde can run the ball with Devon Lofton and David Wolff, but has struggled defensively against teams with athletes.
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Trinity Catholic running back Jeff Cortese is one of those athletes. Cortese is one of the most dynamic backs in the FCIAC and has eight rushing touchdowns, including a pair in a 42-16 loss to Stamford last Friday.
To win, Warde will have to slow Cortese, and exploit the Crusaders' spotty pass defense, which has allowed 12 touchdown passes in five games. Chris Foley could have a field day, if he's given the time to throw. That shouldn't be a problem. Warde's line is good.
If the Mustangs lose, they'll have some `splainin' to do.
Warde 28, Trinity Catholic 12.
Amity (2-3) at Prep (3-2)
Alumni Field, 6 p.m., tonight
Those who watched Prep's 35-0 loss to Xavier know the Jesuits will not see a team that talented the rest of the year, unless Prep reaches the Class LL playoffs and has to play the Falcons again.
But the Jesuits are demonstratively less dynamic now than they were entering last week's game. Junior running back Joe McBride is out for the season, leaving the ball-carrying duties to junior Dillon Ryan. Ryan is certainly capable, he's a tougher runner than McBride, but certainly not as shifty as the diminutive McBride.
The Spartans beat the Jesuits a year ago, 14-13 in Woodbridge and don't be fooled by their 2-3 record. Amity's three losses are to Xavier, Daniel Hand and West Haven.
But even without McBride, if Prep is `back' it needs to win this game.
Prep 20, Amity 14.
Brien McMahon (2-3) at Ludlowe (0-5)
Taft Field, 2 p.m., Saturday
Brien McMahon is probably the best 2-3 team in the state. The Senators' largest loss was their 22-15 opening night defeat at Warde, and McMahon had fourth quarter leads against New Canaan and Staples, only to see them disappear in heartwrenching fashion, losing to each by three points.
Ludlowe, on the other hand, is taking pride in smaller accomplishments, such as its long scoring drive against Greenwich on Friday night. Falcons' starting quarterback Tommy Howell practiced this week and should return to the lineup after a broken toe sidelined him the past two games.
It's homecoming at Ludlowe, and that might inspire the Falcons `D' to fly to the ball for a quarter, or maybe a bit more. But defenses that are on the field too long tire, and McMahon quarterback Damien Vega is tough to contain.
McMahon 42, Ludlowe 6.
New Milford (2-3) at Notre Dame (0-5)
McCarty Stadium, 2:30 p.m., Saturday
The Lancers dressed just 19 players against the consensus No. 2 team in the state, Masuk, on Saturday night, losing quarterback Daquan Coleman to a finger injury. Frank Zumbo, ordinarily a full back, played quarterback for the first half, going 1-11 for 0 yards.
Rico Brogna can probably throw the game-tape of his contest with the Panthers out, unless he wants proof when he tells everyone he saw Casey Cochran in person before he went to UConn.
This is the Lancers' homecoming game, and that could spark them, but ND will be overmatched in almost every game it plays. This one won't be any different.
New Milford 34, ND 12.
Last week: 4-0; Year-to-Date: 17-3.