Litchfield County Staff Football Picks For Week 5
As the football season approaches the halfway point there are still a couple of local teams with postseason hopes.
Torrington (2-2) has won two straight after a rough 0-2 start and hosts Naugatuck on Friday night in a key NVL Copper Division showdown. The Red Raiders control their own fate in the division after a win over Holy Cross two weeks ago and a win over the Greyhounds would put them right on track for a division title and likely matchup with Ansonia in the NVL Championship Game.
But there is a long way to go and the Red Raiders have to handle the Greyhounds (3-1) first. Last season this matchup was a classic, played in some sloppy weather and televised by Channel 9, the game came down to the wire and Brenden Lytton ran for a late score and sealed the win with an interception. Lytton is gone this year but Torrington has been able to run the ball pretty well this season with either Joan Toribio or Devone Thomas in the backfield.
Thomas ran for 315 yards and five touchdowns last Saturday in a win at St. Paul and Torrington will need some production from its rushing attack Friday night against Naugy.
Gilbert/Northwestern is still battling for its playoff life but will be playing for something even bigger Saturday afternoon when it visits rival Avon.
The Yellowjackets were leading SMSA 35-0 with just over 10 minutes to play last Friday when the game was halted for a Lifestar helicopter landing. Ultimately, the game never resumed as it was learned that a Region 7 student attempted to commit suicide on the Gilbert School grounds during the game. The GN community has circled the wagons in support of one another over the last week and thankfully the student involved in the incident has been improving by the day.
There is no doubt that GN will be plenty motivated this week to win one for the entire GN family but Avon (4-0) is ranked fourth in Class L and will provide a stern test.
Other locals in action include Lewis Mills playing its first "home" game of the season Saturday afternoon at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Housatonic/Wamogo hosts Granby and Wolcott Tech has a home date with Platt Tech on Saturday morning.
John Nestor (12-8, 4-0 Locks)
Rebounded with a 4-1 week last week with the only loss being Nonnewaug as the Chiefs could not put together back-to-back wins.
Friday Oct. 12
Naugatuck (3-1) at Torrington (2-2), 7:00 p.m.
Huge game for the Red Raiders, who need this one not only for the NVL Copper but also to keep alive any hopes of a state playoff berth. Hard to see this one not being close, but I just feel like Torrington will find a way. Torrington 31, Naugatuck 27.
Granby Memorial (1-2) at Housatonic/Wamogo (0-3), 7:00 p.m.
Granby has a win this season while Housy is searching for its first. I have no doubt the Mountaineers will play hard for 48 minutes but I do doubt it will be enought. Granby 18, Housy 15.
Saturday Oct. 13
Platt Tech (3-0) at Wolcott Tech (0-4), 10:00 a.m.
Platt Tech is off to one of its best starts in program history and it will keep on rolling Saturday. Platt Tech 41, Wolcott Tech 16 (Lock of the Week).
Gilbert/NW Regional (2-2) at Avon (4-0), 1:00 p.m.
GN has need this game the last two years and has gotten it, being a little more physical, wanting it just a little more. The Yellowjackets will surely be an emotional group and that could help, but too much Colin Moore is the difference in this one. Avon 27, GN 21.
Haddam-Killingworth (1-3) at Lewis Mills (0-3), 2:00 p.m.
The Spartans have had trouble scoring points this season and until they get their offense on track wins will elude them. HK 35, Lewis Mills 13.
Rick Wilson (9-6, 2-1)
Naugatuck 24, Torrington 21 - An intriguing matchup with the Raiders coming off of two wins in a row and the expected reappearance of a couple of missing faces the last couple of weeks. Look for the Greyhounds to win a close one.
Housatonic 21, Granby Memorial 20 - In honor of Mike Guy and Mike DeMazza I am going with the Mountaineers here. Former coaches you know. Platt Tech 35, Wolcott Tech 7 (Lock of the Week) - Oliver Wolcott signed the Declaration of Independence which means nothing when it comes to football.The Wildcats go down again.
Avon 31, Gilbert 14 - After a difficult week the Yellowjackets return to the field. Unfortunately, it will not end up in victory.
HK - 42, Lewis Mills 21 - Right now the Spartans are in the midst of a scoring parade and it is the other team that is doing the scoring.
Pat Tiscia (14-6, 3-1)
Pat is coming off a perfect 5-0 week.
Naugatuck (3-1) at Torrington (2-2): Naugy 33, Torrington 30
Granby Memorial (1-2) at Housatonic/Wamogo (0-3): Granby 29, Housy 14
Platt Tech (3-0) at Wolcott Tech (0-4) Platt Tech 35, Wolcott Tech 8 (Lock)
Gilbert/NW Regional (2-2) at Avon (4-0): Avon 21, Gilbert 20
Haddam-Killingworth (1-3) at Lewis Mills (0-3): HK 35, LM 22