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Litchfield County Sports Staff Football Picks

POSTED September 14, 2012
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Litchfield County Sports Staff Football Picks

 

The 2012 High School football season has begun and gets underway in earnest with a full schedule of games this weekend.

 

As part of LitchfieldCountySports.com's high school football coverage this fall, the staff is going to show off how much they know (or don't know) by picking a slate of games each week.

 

Tim Gaffney, Rick Wilson and John Nestor will join Pat Tiscia by giving their take on the local football scene and predicting the winners of each game.

 

We'll be keeping track, both overall and with our “Lock of the Week” picks, and we'll have a little fun with it while also trying to provide some quick insight and analysis.

 

Nothing is riding on it …. yet, except pride and don't take the picks personally, unless you like them.

 

So here we go, our LCS.com staff football picks for Week 1. Good luck to all the local teams and enjoy the season everybody.

 

John Nestor

 

Lewis Mills @ Morgan 9/14

 

The Spartans have started and ended each of the last two seasons with wins, it's the games in the middle they need to figure out. Lewis Mills opened last season with a win over Morgan and it will do it again this year. Lewis Mills 29, Morgan 16.

 

Ansonia @ Torrington 9/14

 

Coach Dan Dunaj called Ansonia the Alabama of Connecticut High School football when discussing the season opener. Torrington will likely be good, but they aren't the USC of CT and they don't have Arkeel Newsome. Ansonia 41, Torrington 19.

 

Gilbert/Northwestern @ Coventry 9/14

 

Coventry went 9-1 last season and has won the last two meetings with GN. The Yellowjackets want and get revenge. GN 27, Coventry 23.

 

Wolcott Tech @ Prince Tech 9/15

 

Wolcott Tech hung around in this one a year ago before Prince Tech pulled away late. The Wildcats will make Prince work, but come up short. Prince Tech 21, Wolcott Tech 12.

 

Housatonic/Wamogo @ Windsor Locks 9/15

 

Last season the Mountaineers were one of the surprise stories of the early going, getting off to a 4-0 start. A couple close losses led to a six-game slide to end last season and graduation hit Housy hard but Coach Bayer and the boys will start 2012 on the right foot. Housy 26, Windsor Locks 15.

 

Tim Gaffney

 

Lewis Mills @ Morgan

 

Openers on the road against a tough team are never easy but look for the Spartans to be in this one late. Morgan 35, Lewis Mills 21.

 

Gilbert/Northwestern @ Coventry

 

Important opener for coach Scott Salius and his team. Coventry always gives the the boys from Winsted a tough game. Tony Ortiz and John Lippincott will have to supply some magic while the "D" faces an early season test. "GN" 24, Coventry 17.

 

Ansonia @ Torrington 

While Arkeel Newsome will not sneak up on anyone this year, he's still Arkeel Newsome and they are still Ansonia. The Raiders offense will have to be diversified with quality running from Joan Toribeo and passing from Phil Bresson. Ansonia 42, Torrington 28. (Lock of the week)

 

Wolcott Tech @ Prince Tech

 The Wildcats stayed close a year ago before losing by a 28-12 score at home.  Nobody works harder than coach Jamie Coty and his staff and in time, the wins will come. Prince Tech 24, Wolcott Tech 12.

 

Housatonic/Wamogo @ Windsor Locks

 

The Mountaineers may be starting over a bit in the skill positions this year but coach Deron Bayer will have his line doing what they do best; pounding the rock from the single-wing. Housatonic 28, Windsor Locks 18.

 

 

Rick Wilson

 

Lewis Mills @ Morgan

 

Mills has a habit of opening day wins. Here's another one. Lewis Mills 21, Morgan 14.

 

Ansonia @ Torrington

 

Arkeel, Arkeel, Arkeel. The Chargers haven't lost since Lincoln made theater plans and they have Mr. Newsome who rushed for 6 million yards a year ago. A tough opener for the Raiders who can no longer counter with Brenden Lytton. Ansonia 42, Torrington 14. (Lock of the Week).

 

Gilbert/Northwestern @ Coventry

 

Bobby Lippincott is still playing in college, so I'm going with Coventry. Coventry 24, Gilbert 14.

 

Wolcott Tech @ Prince Tech

 

The Wildcats are working on it, but there is a way to go yet. Prince Tech 24, OWT 14.

 

Housatonic/Wamogo @ Windsor Locks

 

There are more schools involved in this one than an invitational cross country meet. Housatonic/Wamogo was easier to write, so I'm going with them. Plus I covered the Mountaineers when they got to the Class S state championship game in 1990. Housatonic/Wamogo 28, Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 17.

 

Pat Tiscia

Lewis Mills @ Morgan
Last season, the Spartans opened their second varsity season with a convincing win over Morgan at Muzzy Field. Morgan 
is also a newer program so its vital for the Spartans to take advantage of this match-up. Lewis Mills 23, Morgan 19.
Ansonia @ Torrington
The start of the post-Brenden Lytton era begins with the worst possible match-up for the Red Raiders as powerhouse 
and state champion Ansonia comes to town. While a win would be nice for Torrington, playing competitively against 
Ansonia would be huge in the long run. I think the Red Raiders will. Ansonia 44, Torrington 27. (Lock of the week).
Gilbert/Northwestern @ Coventry
John Lippincott returns as quarterback for G/N and Tony Ortiz will take over the starting running back role from the 
departed Devon Molway. G/N lost three starting offensive linemen to graduation and it will be crucial for the 
Yellowjackets to gain chemistry on that unit early. Coventry 24, Gilbert/Northwestern .
Wolcott Tech @ Prince Tech
It's been a rough-go as far as wins and losses are concerned for Wolcott Tech, still in its early stages as a 
football program. Sophomore Mike Ross begins his second season as the starter at quarterback, while Mike Sullivan and 
Cody Dallavalla anchor the defense. Prince Tech 29, Wolcott Tech 18.
Housatonic/Wamogo @ Windsor Locks
The Mountaineers had an odd year in 2011, winning their first four games, then dropping their final six contests. One 
of those wins came against Windsor Locks so it's imperative they win Saturday against an opponent they match up well 
against. Housatonic/Wamogo 20, Windsor Locks 15.

Lewis Mills @ Morgan

Last season, the Spartans opened their second varsity season with a convincing win over Morgan at Muzzy Field. Morgan is also a newer program so its vital for the Spartans to take advantage of this match-up. Lewis Mills 23, Morgan 19.



Ansonia @ Torrington

The start of the post-Brenden Lytton era begins with the worst possible match-up for the Red Raiders as powerhouse and state champion Ansonia comes to town. While a win would be nice for Torrington, playing competitively against Ansonia would be huge in the long run. I think the Red Raiders will. Ansonia 44, Torrington 27. (Lock of the week).

 

Gilbert/Northwestern @ Coventry

John Lippincott returns as quarterback for G/N and Tony Ortiz will take over the starting running back role from the departed Devon Molway. G/N lost three starting offensive linemen to graduation and it will be crucial for the Yellowjackets to gain chemistry on that unit early. Coventry 24, Gilbert/Northwestern 20.


Wolcott Tech @ Prince Tech

It's been a rough-go as far as wins and losses are concerned for Wolcott Tech, still in its early stages as a football program. Sophomore Mike Ross begins his second season as the starter at quarterback, while Mike Sullivan and Cody Dallavalla anchor the defense. Prince Tech 29, Wolcott Tech 18.

Housatonic/Wamogo @ Windsor Locks

The Mountaineers had an odd year in 2011, winning their first four games, then dropping their final six contests. One of those wins came against Windsor Locks so it's imperative they win Saturday against an opponent they match up well against. Housatonic/Wamogo 20, Windsor Locks 15.



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