Litchfield County Staff Football Picks For Week 4
John Lippincott will lead the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellowjackets on Friday night when they face off under the lights in Winsted against SMSA at 7 p.m. Gerry diSimas will be on hand and will have the story later Friday night.
Rough week for us here at LCS.com in Week Three but I wouldn't change it.
Last week Pat Tiscia, Rick Wilson and myself all missed on a pair of heartstopping wins for the locals.
Torrington saved its season with a thrilling 24-21 victory over Holy Cross as PJ Killmartin kicked a game-winning 20-yard field goal on the games final play. The kick capped an 84-yard scoring drive that chewed up the final four minutes of the game.
The Red Raiders (1-2) now have a great opportunity to even their record when they travel to take on defensively-challenged St. Paul on Saturday in Bristol. The Falcons are averaging 36 points a game and scored as many as 49 against Crosby in Week 2 but are still winless on the season.
The reason St. Paul is looking for its first win is defense, or a lack thereof. The Saints have not allowed less than 55 points in any game this season and Naugatuck rolled up 70 on them last week.
The other nailbiter game was in Woodbury as Nonnewaug picked up its first win in almost 4 years with an 8-7 triumph over East Hampton/Vinal Tech. The win was Nonnewaug's first victory since Dec. 20, 2008.
T.J. Meyer then saved the day for the Chiefs as he blocked East Hampton/Vinal Tech's field goal attempt as time expired.
Looking at other programs in the area, Canton (2-1) has won two straight after being mired in a 13-game losing skid that dated to the 2010 season. The Warriors have a big game Saturday afternoon at home when they host the undefeated Avon Falcons (3-0) and their star running back Colin Moore.
Avon is currently fourth in the state Class L standings.
Housatonic/Wamogo (0-3) has a bye this week as coach Deron Bayer gets some extra practice time with his young squad before hosting Granby under the lights next Friday. The Mountaineers lost to Canton, 40-0, Saturday night in Falls Village.
Here are the picks. no Tim Gaffney (7-3, 2-0 Locks) or Rick Wilson (9-6, 2-1) this week as the boys prepare for their trip to Florida and ESPN studios in Orlando.
Pat Tiscia (9-6, 2-1 Locks)
Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech 37, Wolcott Tech 8
Gilbert/NW Regional 27, SMSA 22
Torrington 44, St. Paul Catholic 18
Coginchaug 33, Lewis Mills 6
Old Saybrook/Westbrook 52, Nonnewaug 8 (Lock of the Week)
John Nestor (8-7, 3-0)
Wolcott Tech (0-3) at Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech (0-3), 6:30 p.m.
A chance for the Wildcats to pick up their first win here. Both teams have been beaten by Bullard Havens and Capital/Classical/Achieve 1st this season. Putnam is coming off a two-point loss and will also be motivated to pick up its first win of the season. They'll get it at home. Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech 30, Wolcott Tech 18
SMSA/University (0-2) at Gilbert/NW Regional (1-2), 7:00 p.m.
GN has been its own worst enemy this season. Turnovers cost them a chance to knock of Coventry in the season opener and a kick-return touchdown by Ellington changed the momentum of last weeks loss. The Yellowjackets also had a chance at a game-tying field goal but dropped the snap. They need to sharpen things up and they'll do so Friday night under the lights. GN 27, SMSA 12.
Torrington (1-2) at St. Paul Catholic (0-3), 3:30 p.m.
The Red Raiders passed a major gut-check test last week and, on paper, they should win this one. Games aren't played on paper and Torrington can't afford a letdown. The Falcons can score but haven't shown that they can stop anyone and that won't change this week. Torrington 42, St. Paul 21 (Lock of the Week).
Lewis Mills (0-2) at Coginchaug (1-1), 3:00 p.m.
The Spartans play their third straight road game to start the season and have not been made to feel at home in their first two. Lewis Mills is allowing an average of 43.5 points per game and have scored just 20 in two games so far.
Coginchaug blanked Nonnewaug, 47-0, to start the season and is coming off a 7-0 loss to Hyde Leadership. The Blue Devils will get back on track in this one. Coginchaug 49, Lewis Mills 13.
Old Saybrook/Westbrook (1-1) at Nonnewaug (1-2), 3:00 p.m.
Looks like a pretty even matchup in Woodbury as Old Saybrook/Westbrook owns a win over East Hampton/Vinal Tech as does Nonnewaug. Last week's win will have the Chiefs playing with confidence, but they need to give quarterback Christian Metallo more time.
Playing at home makes the difference once again. Nonnewaug 19, Old Saybrook 13.