Pickens' Pigskin Picks: Week 4
That's what I'm left with after week three in Fairfield high school football.
Who knew Fairfield Prep's offense would record 300 yards of total offense in one half? Who knew Fairfield Warde would have enough guts to lead New Canaan after three quarters just a week after its gut-punch loss to Darien? Who knew Ludlowe's defense was decent?
Who knew there would be a thunderstorm on Friday night?
The more football that is played, the more we learn. I learned that I'm not flawless picking games, since I went 3-1 last week. This week we'll learn everything on Thursday instead of Friday due to Yom Kippur.
That's why the picks section of the newspaper comes today.
I hope you all adore the picks from week four.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Harding (0-3) at Ludlowe (0-3),
Thursday, Taft Field, 7 p.m.
Why would a game between a pair of 0-3 teams be our game of the week, you ask? Well we consider this, in all likelihood, the most competitive game of the week.
Most years a Ludlowe vs. Harding game would not be cause for excitement at all, but 2011 is not "most years." The Falcons lost to the Presidents a year ago, 12-6 in a game Ludlowe dominated in time of possession, and ran almost all of its offensive snaps in Harding territory, yet could not muster an offensive touchdown.
People have told me this Ludlowe team is worse than last year's. I don't know I agree with that, but the Falcons have been outscored 114-21 in three games thus far, and have not scored a point in the first half yet this year.
Along the same lines, Harding just scored its first points of the season on Friday, in a 32-7 loss to Trinity Catholic. Senior running back Taquan Broadway scored on an 80-yard run, in the defeat. Broadway ran all over Ludlowe a year ago, notching both of the Presidents' touchdowns.
Compounded to Ludlowe's troubles is quarterback Tommy Howell is now out two weeks with an injured toe, and sophomore Matt White will be responsible for the Falcons' offense. White led the team to a second half score, and the running game of Patrick Ferrio and Stephen Scholz has been one of the few offensive bright spots for Ludlowe.
Ludlowe's defense competes admirably, considering it is always on the field. It needs to cut down on the post-play personal fouls, though. For some reason, those run rampant for Ludlowe.
I think Ludlowe will do enough to win. Closer than it should be, though.
Ludlowe 21, Harding 13.
Stratford (0-3) at ND (0-3),
Thursday, McCarty Stadium, 3:45 p.m.
If you remember what I said about the top-heavy SWC, this proves it as well. Stratford's been outscored in its three games 115-7. ND is not much better, considering it has yet to score more than two touchdowns in a game.
This will be my first look at Notre Dame. From everything I've heard, the Lancers battle and compete valiantly for Rico Brogna. But in the end, three blowout losses are three blowout losses. ND has been outscored 144-35 in its three games.
This game will all come down to athletes. I think ND will have the top athlete on the field, which is why I'm picking the Lancers.
Notre Dame 21, Stratford 14
Jonathan Law (0-3) at Prep (2-1),
Thursday, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.
It's hard to believe that Fairfield Prep is the only team playing in town this weekend with a record above .500. But the Jesuits impressed me on Friday and Saturday. Prep ran the ball very well, and was extremely efficient on offense against Wilbur Cross, and the Governors bombed Law.
I know the transitive property doesn't work in football, but I think Prep is on a mission, and it'll enter its game against No. 1 Xavier on a three-game win streak.
Prep 31, Law 7.
Bassick (0-3) at Warde (1-2),
Thursday, Tetreau/Davis Field, 7 p.m.
The Mustangs are 1-2, but have outscored opponents in the first half 41-18. If they could play in the second half, they could be 3-0 and ranked in the top-10 in the state.
But alas, acceptance is a big part of life, and the FCIAC is a cruel beast. Warde is 1-2 after the toughest three games on its schedule, and I still think seven wins is possible for the Mustangs, and their loss to New Canaan could even serve as a moral victory. Warde competed-- and led-- for three quarters against a top-five team in the state.
This week should be easier, as long as Warde doesn't let up.
Warde 42, Bassick 6.
Last week: 3-1; Year-to-Date: 11-1.