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Capsules and predictions on Saturday's football semifinals

POSTED December 03, 2010
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia

Two teams with local ties – Gilbert /Northwestern and the NVL’s Ansonia – still stand as we head into this week’s state football semifinals.

Here are the game capsules with predictions:



DAY AND TIME: Saturday, 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium

QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: Gilbert/Northwestern 41, Plainville 6; Hillhouse 33, Berlin 30

TISCIA’S PREDICTION: Hillhouse 23, Gilbert/Northwestern 11. I think the Yellowjackets have caught a bad break with the location of this game even though it’s close to home. In their last three games, all wins, they played at Avon, at home against Housatonic and Tuesday against Plainville at Torrington High School. Each of those fields are slower, grass surfaces, and the rugged Gilbert defense dictated the pace in all of those contests. This will be a faster paced game on field turf at Municipal Stadium, which will favor Hillhouse. In the semifinals, Hillhouse exploded for 33 points in a three-point win against No. 1 Berlin. For the Yellowjackets to keep with up them, they will need time-consuming drives, especially early.  Bobby Lippincott and Devon Molway combined for 147 yards and four touchdowns against Plainville and will need a similar performance for G-N to win.


No. 3 ANSONIA (10-1) vs. No. 2 MONTVILLE (10-1)

DAY AND TIME: Saturday, 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Middletown High School

QUARTERFINAL RESULTS: Ansonia 47, Hyde 26; Montville 55, Cromwell 28

TISCIA’S PREDICTION: Montville 31, Ansonia 23. The Chargers are the ultimate one-man team with Montrell Dobbs, who has scored an obscene 37 touchdowns this season. The senior went off Tuesday against Hyde, rushing for 337 yards and six touchdowns in rebounding from a Thanksgiving loss to Naugatuck. While one man was enough against a reeling Hyde team, it will be really tough for the Chargers to continue to win with this mindset.  Montville’s Tyler Girard-Floyd and Skyler McNair that have combined for 2,500 yards on the ground and look for them to continue that success against a Charger defense that has struggled in the past month.

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