High school Football Quarterfinal Predictions
Here are some predictions on the local teams in action tonight in the state football quarterfinals:
No. 5 Plainville (8-2) vs. Gilbert/Northwestern (8-2)
At Torrington High School's Robert H. Frost Sports Complex
Tiscia's pick: Gilbert 30, Plainville 6. Two weeks ago, the Yellowjackets recorded, arguably, their biggest win in school history at Avon. After tonight, there will be no argument regarding what victory will be the biggest. Plainville, a great story itself coming off a winless 2009, will be without their starting quarterback, Tony Lopizzo, who hurt his knee on Thanksgiving. I can not see Plainville having any success moving the ball against a Yellowjacket defense that has played as well as any defensive unit in the state the last month.
No. 6 Hyde (7-3) at No. 3 Ansonia (9-1)
At Jarvis Stadium
Tiscia's pick: Ansonia 51. Hyde 13. You have a better chance to see Derek Jeter leave the Yankees than you do seeing Ansonia lose two home games in five days. OK, bad timing on that analogy, but you get the point. Montrell Dobbs, who had an off game against Naugatuck, will run wild tonight.
No. 5 Woodland (7-3) at No. 4 St. Joseph (7-3)
Tiscia's pick: Woodland 20, St. Joseph 19. The Hawks, after a couple of early losses, have played great football in the second half of the season, as evidenced by their complete shutdown of Naugatuck's potent offense a few weeks back. No reason to believe this trend won't continue.
No. 8 Sacred Heart (6-4) at No. 1 Valley Regional (10-0)
Tiscia's pick: Valley Regional 43, Sacred Heart 31. It's hard to imagine a team that gave up 62 points in its last game make the playoffs, but the Hearts were able to sneak in. The Rohan Ifill to David Coggins passing tandem is fantastic, but the Hearts defense has been a mess in the second half of the season. It will be a huge surprise if that unit plays well tonight.
No. 6 New Canaan (9-1) at No. 3 Naugatuck (9-1)
Tiscia's pick: New Canaan 27, Naugatuck 20. This season has been a blast from the past for the Greyhounds, who won the NVL title thanks to a surprising win at Ansonia on Thansgiving. This glorious season will come to an end, though, tonight as New Canaan, making its sixth straight playoff appearance, has a huge edge in experience.