As we move closer to season's end, it's becoming harder and harder to figure some things.

Why did Prep struggle with Hamden? Can Ludlowe or Warde win one-- or more-- games? Will Notre Dame get a win?

I honestly don't know the answers.

But what I do know is Week 7 is here and there are, in fact, some competitive matchups.

Let's start down in Stamford.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Ludlowe (1-5) at Stamford (2-4),

Boyle Stadium, Friday, 6 p.m.

This series has been extremely one-sided. The Black Knights have never lost to the Falcons, dishing out two blowout wins over Ludlowe and a close 22-16 win in 2007-- a game that may be better remembered for the second-half, bench-clearing brawl.

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But this is not a vintage Stamford team and Ludlowe appears poised to win one of its final four. The Falcons' defense is starting to believe it can stop teams and if not for some quick-strikes, Ludlowe was in its game last Friday at McMahon.

Stamford's lost four straight-- three of which have been routs, the most recent being a highly-publicized, 51-0 loss at Norwich Free Academy. If Ludlowe can get up on Stamford early, I think it has a good opportunity to play competitive and even, perhaps, pull it out.

Can I pick that to happen? Nope. Pick: Stamford 28, Ludlowe 14.

Prep (5-1) at Amity (2-4),

William Johnson

Football Field,

Friday, 7 p.m.

Prep played a thoroughly flat and emotionless three quarters on Saturday evening. I wouldn't expect that to happen again.

Although, if it did happen again, the Spartans' potent offense will not leave as many points on the field as Hamden did. Amity's scored 20 or more points in four of its six games-- only Hand and Xavier held the Spartans to sub-20 -- and put 58 on Sheehan and 61 on Guilford.

Granted, the Spartans' defense has been a roller coaster, but if Prep doesn't come to play, it'll be lights out to its playoff hopes.

I think Prep learned its lesson. Pick: Prep 49, Amity 21.

Masuk (6-0) at ND (0-6)

McCarty Stadium,

Saturday, 1 p.m.

I hate writing the same things about ND's games every week. Honestly, can the FCIAC and SWC schedule makers get-together and get us some even-matchups please?

Seriously, ND plays Newtown and Masuk in back-to-back weeks? The Lancers' opponents record thus far, including Masuk, is 29-7 and the Panthers are the third undefeated team to play ND this year.

Shouldn't Newtown be playing Barlow or Weston this year? This doesn't make sense. Pick: Masuk 57, ND 8.

Warde (1-5) at

St. Joseph (4-2)

Dalling Sports Complex

Saturday, 2 p.m.

The Mustangs are in the midst of a brutal stretch where they play Ridgefield, Trinity, St. Joes and Staples in four straight weeks.

If you haven't noticed, those teams are a combined 21-3.

The Mustangs have valiantly battled through their first two games, but lost each. This week appears to be Warde's best aim to win, except the Cadets are coming off a brutal home loss to New Canaan. St. Joes led 21-12 in the second half, but allowed the Rams to come-from-behind.

If the Cadets suffer a letdown-- a definite possibility-- Warde could pounce. Although St. Joes still has Class M playoff aspirations, and likely remembers the 28-6 thumping the Mustangs issued a year ago. Pick: St. Joseph 27, Warde 14.

Last week: 4-0; Year-to-Date: 18-2.

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