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Litchfield County Sports Staff Football Picks For Week 2

POSTED September 21, 2012
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn


Litchfield County Sports Staff Football Week 2
I want to pick all of our local teams, I want to see them do well, but from what I saw in person and read about from Week 1 of the high school football season, it 
might be slim pickings as far as wins go in these parts.
Tim Gaffney, Rick Wilson and Patrick Tiscia are tied for the lead after week one at 3-2 and I am a game back. I went with more locals and paid the price. Credit us for 
being masters of the obviuos as well as we all picked Ansonia as our "Lock of the Week" and the chargers came through. I think we all thought Torrington might make a 
better game of it but Arkeel Newsome was fantastic and Ansonia seemed determined to send a message that they are going to be one of the state's best again this season.
You are going to have to hit the road to catch any of the local teams in action this week with Torrington, Housy, GN, Lewis Mills and Wolcott Tech all playing away 
games. Each of those teams is looking for its first win of the season.
Will any of them get it? The picks seem to be split on that.
Torrington faces a tough one at wolcott on Friday night and Mills goes to Cromwell on Saturday afternoon to take on the Panthers, who dropped a close one to Holy Cross 
in the Class S state title game last year. Housy is at Stafford on Friday and GN travels to Enfield. Wolcott Tech goes to Bullard Havens on Saturday.
Cromwell is the popular Lock of the Week with only Mr. Gaffney going in a different direction. He sees Housy dropping another one to start the season.
Goodluck to all our local teams in action this week and without further ado here are the picks.
Tim Gaffney: (3-2, 1-0 Locks)
Torrington at Wolcott, Friday Sept. 21 7:00 p.m.
Revenge game for Wolcott after a 66-28 beating a year ago in Torrington. Wolcott 42, Torrington 27.
Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor, Friday Sept. 21 6:30 p.m.
Perhaps this year the Mountaineers start 0-4 and then run the table to finish 6-4? Stafford 28, Housatonic 18 (Lock of the Week).
Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield, Friday Sept. 21 7:00 p.m.
‘Jackets make it a game but lose momentum in the second half. Enfield 34, Gilbert 21.
Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech, Saturday Sept. 22 12:00 p.m
Have to credit Jamie Coty for keeping his team motivated. Unlike some of the other sports in the Constitution League, football is strong. 
Bullards Havens Tech 48. Wolcott Tech 6.
Lewis Mills at Cromwell,  Saturday Sept. 22 1:00 p.m.
Tough to face a state powerhouse in week two after a rough opener. Cromwell 48, Lewis Mills 24.
Rick Wilson (3-2, 1-0 Locks)
Torrington at Wolcott
With visions of Arkeel Newsome dancing in their heads, the Raiders come up a little bit short in Eagle-land. Wolcott 28, Torrington 21.
Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor
Neither team scored in its opening week, so I'm figuring that streak will end. Stafford gets a safety and a fine pitching performance to win at home. Stafford 2, 
Housatonic 0.
Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield
With thought's on Winsted's budget, which was voted down for the 35th time recently, the Yellowjackets' bus runs out of gas on the way home after an unfocused loss. 
Enfield 35, Gilbert 7.
Lewis Mills at Cromwell
 
The Panthers layeth the smack down here. Enough said. Cromwell 56, Lewis Mills 7 (Lock of the Week).
Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech
I'm going with the technical school in this one. Oh, they are both technical schools? In that case, I'm think the Wildcats might have more fun if they were at the Big 
E. Bullard Havens 34, Wolcott Tech 14.
Patrick Tiscia (3-22, 1-0 Locks)
Torrington at Wolcott
The Red Raiders must get their run game going after struggling against Ansonia last week. With Holy Cross coming to town next week, it's vital for the Red Raiders to 
win this game. Torrington 27, Wolcott 23.
Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor
It was a major struggle last week for both of these teams as they were shutout by a combined 67-0 margin. Home field will be the slight difference in this one. 
Stafford 17, Housy 16.
Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield
The Yellowjackets, in a losing effort last week, exploded for three 80-plus yards touchdowns. If they show more of that big-play potential, the victories will start to 
come. GN 24, Enfield 14
Lewis Mills at Cromwell
Cromwell has scored 40 or more points in nine of its last 11 games. Asking Lewis Mills to derail this train is unfair. Cromwell 49, Lewis Mills 16 (Lock of the Week).
Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech
The early season schedule is brutal for the Wildcats as they start the year with four road games. Too much to ask for them to win on the road right now. Bullard Havens 
35, Wolcott Tech 16
John Nestor (2-3, 1-0 Locks)
Torrington at Wolcott
Wolcott blanked Kennedy in its opener while Torrington faced one of the top teams in the state in Ansonia to open the season. This week will be tougher for Wolcott, a 
bit easier for Torrington and the Red Raiders will even their record. Torrington 27, Wolcott 20.
Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor
Housy won this matchup a year ago with a goalline stand as the game ended. Until I see something from the offense it won't matter how good the Mountaineers play on D. 
Stafford/East Windsor 29, Housy 6.
Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield, Friday Sept. 21 7:00 p.m.
I'll go out on a limb and say GN is going to match up with Enfield a lot better than Granby did last week (34-0 Enfield). If the Yellowjackets keep getting big plays 
on offense they will find a way to win. GN 31, Enfield 24.
Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech, Saturday Sept. 22 12:00 p.m.
Bullard Havens is playing its season opener this week and will get off on the right foot. Bullard Havens 35, Wolcott Tech 13.
Lewis Mills at Cromwell,  Saturday Sept. 22 1:00 p.m.
Cromwell played for the Class S title last season and has stud senior running back Derrick Villard, who rushed for 2,125 yards and 27 TDs on 244 carries as a junior. 
The Spartans will be chasing Villard all day in this one. Cromwell 42, Lewis Mills 12 (Lock ofhe Week).

I want to pick all of our local teams, I want to see them do well, but from what I saw in person and read about from Week 1 of the high school football season, it might be slim pickings as far as wins go in these parts.

Tim Gaffney, Rick Wilson and Patrick Tiscia are tied for the lead after week one at 3-2 and I am a game back. I went with more locals and paid the price.

Credit us for being masters of the obvious as well as we all picked Ansonia as our "Lock of the Week" and the Chargers came through. I think we all thought Torrington might make a better game of it but Arkeel Newsome was fantastic and Ansonia seemed determined to send a message that they are going to be one of the state's best again this season.

You are going to have to hit the road to catch any of the local teams in action this week with Torrington, Housy, GN, Lewis Mills and Wolcott Tech all playing away games. Each of those teams is looking for its first win of the season.

Will any of them get it? The picks seem to be split on that.

Torrington faces a tough one at Wolcott on Friday night and Mills goes to Cromwell on Saturday afternoon to take on the Panthers, who dropped a close one to Holy Cross in the Class S state title game last year. Housy is at Stafford on Friday and GN travels to Enfield. Wolcott Tech goes to Bullard Havens on Saturday.

Cromwell is the popular Lock of the Week with only Mr. Gaffney going in a different direction. He sees Housy dropping another one to start the season.

Good luck to all our local teams in action this week and without further ado here are the picks.

Tim Gaffney: (3-2, 1-0 Locks)

Torrington at Wolcott, Friday Sept. 21 7:00 p.m.

Revenge game for Wolcott after a 66-28 beating a year ago in Torrington. Wolcott 42, Torrington 27.

Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor, Friday Sept. 21 6:30 p.m.

Perhaps this year the Mountaineers start 0-4 and then run the table to finish 6-4? Stafford 28, Housatonic 18 (Lock of the Week).

Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield, Friday Sept. 21 7:00 p.m.

‘Jackets make it a game but lose momentum in the second half. Enfield 34, Gilbert 21.

Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech, Saturday Sept. 22 12:00 p.m

Have to credit Jamie Coty for keeping his team motivated. Unlike some of the other sports in the Constitution League, football is strong. Bullards Havens Tech 48. Wolcott Tech 6.

Lewis Mills at Cromwell,  Saturday Sept. 22 1:00 p.m.

Tough to face a state powerhouse in week two after a rough opener. Cromwell 48, Lewis Mills 24.


Rick Wilson (3-2, 1-0 Locks)

Torrington at Wolcott

With visions of Arkeel Newsome dancing in their heads, the Raiders come up a little bit short in Eagle-land. Wolcott 28, Torrington 21.

Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor

Neither team scored in its opening week, so I'm figuring that streak will end. Stafford gets a safety and a fine pitching performance to win at home. Stafford 2, Housatonic 0.

Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield

With thought's on Winsted's budget, which was voted down for the 35th time recently, the Yellowjackets' bus runs out of gas on the way home after an unfocused loss. 
Enfield 35, Gilbert 7.

Lewis Mills at Cromwell

The Panthers layeth the smack down here. Enough said. Cromwell 56, Lewis Mills 7 (Lock of the Week).

Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech

I'm going with the technical school in this one. Oh, they are both technical schools? In that case, I'm think the Wildcats might have more fun if they were at the Big E. Bullard Havens 34, Wolcott Tech 14.

Patrick Tiscia (3-2, 1-0 Locks)

Torrington at Wolcott

The Red Raiders must get their run game going after struggling against Ansonia last week. With Holy Cross coming to town next week, it's vital for the Red Raiders to win this game. Torrington 27, Wolcott 23.

Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor

It was a major struggle last week for both of these teams as they were shutout by a combined 67-0 margin. Home field will be the slight difference in this one. Stafford 17, Housy 16.

Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield

The Yellowjackets, in a losing effort last week, exploded for three 80-plus yards touchdowns. If they show more of that big-play potential, the victories will start to come. GN 24, Enfield 14

Lewis Mills at Cromwell

Cromwell has scored 40 or more points in nine of its last 11 games. Asking Lewis Mills to derail this train is unfair. Cromwell 49, Lewis Mills 16 (Lock of the Week).

Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech

The early season schedule is brutal for the Wildcats as they start the year with four road games. Too much to ask for them to win on the road right now. Bullard Havens 35, Wolcott Tech 16.

John Nestor (2-3, 1-0 Locks)

Torrington at Wolcott

Wolcott blanked Kennedy in its opener while Torrington faced one of the top teams in the state in Ansonia to open the season. This week will be tougher for Wolcott, a bit easier for Torrington and the Red Raiders will even their record. Torrington 27, Wolcott 20.

Housatonic/Wamogo at Stafford/East Windsor

Housy won this matchup a year ago with a goalline stand as the game ended. Until I see something from the offense it won't matter how good the Mountaineers play on D. Stafford/East Windsor 29, Housy 6.

Gilbert/NW Regional at Enfield

I'll go out on a limb and say GN is going to match up with Enfield a lot better than Granby did last week (34-0 Enfield). If the Yellowjackets keep getting big plays on offense they will find a way to win. GN 31, Enfield 24.

Wolcott Tech at Bullard Havens Tech.

Bullard Havens rolled last week and rolled over Wolcott Tech last season. More of the same Saturday. Bullard Havens 35, Wolcott Tech 13.

Lewis Mills at Cromwell

Cromwell played for the Class S title last season and has stud senior running back Derrick Villard, who rushed for 2,125 yards and 27 TDs on 244 carries as a junior. The Spartans will be chasing Villard all day in this one. Cromwell 42, Lewis Mills 12 (Lock of the Week).

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