Litchfield County Staff Football Picks For Week 8
No Friday Night Lights this week for the locals as all the gridiron action for area teams is on Saturday this week.
We welcome back Tim Gaffney who has decided he's seen enough local action to jump back in the fray and make some picks! Let's see how he does.
John Nestor (23-12, 7-0 Locks of the Week)
Torrington (3-4) at Kennedy (0-7), 11:00 a.m. - Red Raiders should score early and often in this one and while they may give up a few points they will keep Kennedy winless and get back to .500. Torrington 56, Kennedy 19.
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton (4-2) at Housatonic/Wamogo (0-6), 2:00 p.m. - Coventry is a fringe playoff contender and has to win out while Housy is building for the future and playing for pride. Coach Bayer's boys don't quit and they'll put up a fight in this one but the Patriots have a little too much offensive firepower for the Mountaineers to overcome. Coventry 38, Housy 12.
Morgan (1-5) at Nonnewaug (1-5), 2:00 p.m.
Morgan trounced Lewis Mills to open the season but has yet to win again. Nonnewaug has dropped three straight since a win over East Hampton/Vinal Tech. Morgan has been more competitive in its recent losses and will close out the season with three straight home games. The bus ride back to Clinton will be a happy one as Morgan will earn its second win of the season. Morgan 49, Nonnewaug 22.
Gilbert/NW Regional (3-3) at Granby Memorial (3-3), 2:00 p.m.
GN is coming off an impressive shutout of an improving Canton squad while Granby is having its best season as a varsity program. The Bears are in their third year of varsity football and won just 2 of 20 games over their first two campaigns. First-year head coach Rich Gadoury already has taken Granby to the next level and a win over GN would really be special for the Bears. Just don't see it, not yet. The Yellowjackets are not quite as good as more recent editions but they are tough to beat when they take care of the ball. GN 29, Granby 12.
Valley Regional/Old Lyme (4-2) at Lewis Mills (0-6), 3:30 p.m.
Mills is just a year or two away, there is not much more to say. The numbers are growing for the Spartans and are expected to again with next year's incoming freshman class, who just about all play in local youth football leagues. It's been a stellar fall in Burlington in soccer, cross country and volleyball and success on the gridiron may be coming, but not Saturday.Valley Regional 49, Lewis Mills 6 (Lock of the Week).
Pat Tiscia (26-9, 6-1 Locks)
Torrington 44, Kennedy 6
Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 24, Housatonic/Wamogo 16
Morgan 8, Nonnewaug 6
Gilbert/NW Regional 19, Granby Memorial 18
Valley Regional/Old Lyme 33, Lewis Mills 13
Torrington at Kennedy: It's been a disappointing season for the Raiders with a cloud still hanging over them from the hazing incident that grows uglier by the week. The playoffs are a distant memory but their last three games are against foes with a combined record of 4-17. Not running the table would another blow this team and program cannot afford to absorb.
The Raiders score and give up points like a basketball team so why change now.
Gaffney's Gift: Torrington 44, Kennedy 36
Coventry at Housatonic: You just want to Deron Bayer and company to feel the warmth of "W" this season. This guy hates to lose so this season has got to be killing him. SMSA next week and the Thanksgiving Day match-up against Gilbert may be the only wins the Mountaineers see this season. Coventry has too much to lose to let this one get away.
Gaffney's Take: Coventry 36, Housatonic 18
Morgan at Nonnewaug: Morgan comes in with just one win against Lewis Mills while the Chief's lone bright spot was an 8-7 win over East Hampton. Two wins would be huge for the program from Woodbury but they will have to play mistake-free football in order to take this one. Home cooking should keep it close.
Gaffney's Take: Morgan 24, Nonnewaug 18
Gilbert at Granby Memorial: The Game of the Week. The Yellowjackets need to separate themselves from the pack a bit on Saturday on the road. Their three remaining opponnets after Granby have a 2-16 combined record. Head coach Scott Salius has been able to get his teams up for big time games before, can he find the magic touch again?
Gaffney's Take: "GN" 36, Granby 18
Valley Regional at Lewis Mills: I can't wait for the Spartans football program to start rivaling the success they achieve in their other sports. Creating a good football program is a beastly undertaking.
Gaffney's Take: Valley 46, Mills 6