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Pickens' Pigskin Picks: Week 8 will be played late

Published 3:13 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2012
  • Fairfield Prep quarterback Strecker Backe will try to help the Jesuits keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday against ND-West Haven. Photo: Mike Ross / Connecticut Post Freelance
    Fairfield Prep quarterback Strecker Backe will try to help the Jesuits keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday against ND-West Haven. Photo: Mike Ross

 

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Sports carry on.

In the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters to hit the Northeast in decades, the athletic competitions have been moved.

And rightfully so.

Many athletic venues were used as shelters. People -- even now, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Sandy -- statewide are without power, and we were worrying about playing regular season high school football games?

Either way, it's time for Week 8 football games. They may be a week late, but in the grand scheme of things, that isn't important. What's important is -- after a devastating storm and an early Nor'easter -- we carry on.

Ludlowe will host Danbury in its homecoming game. Warde will be forced to take on the FCIAC-- and arguably state's-- top team. The private schools will

GAME OF THE WEEK

Danbury (2-5) at Ludlowe (2-5),

Friday, 7 p.m., Taft Field

Good job by Ludlowe in its last game. On the heels of the Falcons announcing that Matt McCloskey would not return next year, Ludlowe went out and played for him with emotion and surprised Stamford, 7- 6.

That game reminded me of McCloskey's first as Ludlowe's head coach-- a 17-14 win over Norwalk in 2008, in which the Falcons came from 14-0 down.

This game is the homecoming game-- although given the movement from Friday to Saturday to t, who knows what advantage, if any, it'll offer Ludlowe. The team is galvanized by McCloskey's announcement-- the players were awfully vociferous on Twitter after winning on Friday and are playing for their embattled coach.

Ludlowe probably had a shot to beat the reeling Hatters -- losers of four straight, by a combined 144-46 margin -- before McCloskey's resignation was announced. But I think the Falcons have a realistic chance to finish 5-5.

Don't let it go to your head though, Ludlowe. Take care of business. Pick: Ludlowe 14, Danbury 7.

ND-West Haven (2-5)

at Prep (5-2)

Friday, 6 p.m.,

Alumni Field

Prep probably needed that week off. The Jesuits looked listless-- especially on offense -- in their 24-21 loss at Amity two weeks ago and Prep will welcome a staunch rival.

The Jesuits still can win out and reach the Class LL state playoffs. The simple fact that Prep has something to play for means the Jesuits should be re-energized for Friday's game.

But, honestly, what do I know? Pick: Prep 34, ND 7.

Staples (6-0)

at Warde (1-6),

Saturday, 11 a.m.,

Tetreau/Davis Field

The Mustangs are fresh off a beatdown at the hands of St. Joseph. So who comes calling? That's right, Class LL's No. 1 seed and the New Haven Register's No. 2 team.

Staples and Ludlowe played a game like this a few years ago. The Wreckers won 35-14, but thanks to about seven Falcons turnovers. I think the weird week will help Warde -- good teams thrive on routine and this week has been anything but.

I think Warde will keep this close for a while. But in the end, there'll simply be too much Jack Massie, Joey Zelkowitz, Nick Kelly and James Frusciante. Pick: Staples 49, Warde 14.

Pomperaug (2-5)

at ND-Fairfield (0-7)

Saturday, 1 p.m.,

McCarty Stadium

After a borderline torturous stretch, the Lancers finally get to play someone closer to their skill level.

Still, ND is a Class S school, taking on a normal Class L power. The Panthers are down this year, but you can bet they have some pent-up frustration and are ready to unleash it.

Sorry Lancer faithful, I'm sure your squad will score at least once. Pick: Pomperaug 41, ND 16.

Last week: 2-2; Year-to-Date: 20-4.

ppickens@bcnnew.com; twitter.com/Pat_Pickens

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