Week 2 Notes Column: Housy, Gilbert off to great starts
To be brutally honest, if someone told me four or five years ago that the Housatonic and Gilbert football teams would both start the same season 2-0, I probably would have given you one of those "Are you crazy?" blank stares.
Times have certainly changed.
Both squads won their second game of the season this weekend with Housatonic running, literally, all over Canton Friday night in Falls Village, 38-19. Then on Saturday, Gilbert went on the road and took care of business against Granby Memorial, cruising to a 39-7 win.
We'll start with the Mountaineers, who have one player that is off to a record-breaking start.
Tanner Brissett, a senior, rushed for 169 yards in Housatonic's season-opening win at the Sports Science Medical Academy and followed that up with an even better performance on Friday, rushing for 264 yards on 30 carries. In total, Brissett has rushed for 433 yards in two games, putting him on pace to finish over 2,100 yards. While that pace will be near impossible to keep up, Brissett has already shown he can be counted on for a large workload, which is critical for Housatonic as it has only around 30 players on its roster.
Also playing a starring role for the Mountaineers Friday were Jake Sutterland, who scored four touchdowns on the ground, and Donyell Williams. Williams rushed for 100 yards and added two touchdowns of his own.
After going 1-9 last season, Housatonic could not have asked for a better start and head coach Deron Bayer deserves a lot of the credit. With the roster number small as previously mentioned, and the kids on the roster coming off a 1-win year, it would be understandable if confidence was not at an all-time high. But Bayer, who is always energetic and positive, has the Mountaineers believing they can win, and through two games, the players have bought into his message.
As for Gilbert, it has picked right up where it left off after going 7-3 last season.
On Saturday, Devon Molway returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone in the Yellowjackets' rout of Granby Memorial. Molway finished with 94 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving, while Bobby Lippincott threw for 164 yards. Kyle Jones rushed for a five-yard touchdown, and added two sacks and two fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball.
The Yellowjackets have outscored their opponents 67-28 and dating back to last season, Scott Salius' squad has won nine of its last 12 games.
Who saw any of this coming?
Early season surprise
Naugatuck, which has struggled in recent years, has opened the season 2-0 in loud fashion, first crushing Seymour 54-6 at home and then going on the road to beat Torrington, 43-21.
The Greyhounds finally have a team with a strong core of seniors, led by quarterback Erich Broadrick and receiver Marquan Williams. This senior class was thrown into the wolves as sophomores because a good number of players were either thrown off the team or suspended due to disciplinary action that season. As you can see, their varsity experience is really starting to pay off.
The Greyhounds will look to go 3-0 Friday night at Derby.
Masuk is the real deal
I covered the Pomperaug-Masuk game for the Republican-American Friday, a contest expected to be one of the better games in the state last week. Let's just say it did not live up to the hype as Masuk destroyed the Panthers in every which way, winning by the count of 42-0 in Southbury.
Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran put on a tremendous show, completing 21 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns. For those that did not see it, picture Peyton Manning's performance against the Giants two weeks ago. Deep throws, completed. Throws over the middle, completed with long runs after the catch. Two-minute drill, no problem as Cochran completed a 10-yard touchdown with two seconds left in the first half to open up a 21-0 lead.
It was one of the better individual and team performances I've seen in a while. Don't be surprised to see Masuk standing on top when this high school football season is all said and done.
Torrington will look to shake off its first defeat of the season as it will travel to Seymour to take on the 0-2 Wildcats Friday night.
We have a full slate of local games Saturday, starting with Wolcott Tech kicking off at 1 p.m. in Torrington against the Sports Science Medical Academy. Housatonic will also play at home at 1 p.m. with Enfield visiting Falls Village and Gilbert will entertain Ellington at 1:30 p.m. in Winsted.
Lewis Mills has a bye this week and will return to action Oct. 9 against Coginchaug at Muzzy Field.
Cheap plug for the road
Tim Gaffney, Rick Wilson and yours truly will review this past week in high school football tonight from 5:30-6 p.m. on WAPJ-FM (89.9 and 105.1). If you miss the show or have the urge to listen to it again, we'll have it up on the Podcast section of this site by Wednesday.