Gridiron preview for Sept. 28

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
Week 2 of the scholastic football season won’t be fondly remembered by any of the three Bristol squads this past year.
The three schools combined to yield a total of 147 points as Eastern, giving up the fewest with 43, Central and St. Paul played defensive games they’d rather soon forget.
But it’s a new week and with it comes new promises and a chance to turn things aorund.
However, there will be challenges that will have to met and handled.
Bristol Eastern travels to Windsor to square off against the double tough Warriors while Central battles a very talented club in Farmington from Muzzy Field.
And St. Paul gets to go on the road for the first time this season against Naugatuck.
With some heavy hitters on the docket, let’s take a look at all the action this weekend:
Bristol Central (1-1) vs. Farmington (2-0)
Location: Muzzy Field, Bristol
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: In a stretched out affair, Central dropped a 38-13 decision in Farmington.
All-Time Series: Bristol Central is 0-3 all-time against Farmington.
Last Week: Windsor smashed Central 49-7 while Farmington downed Maloney 17-7.
Casual facts…When it comes to Farmington, defense rules. Over its first two games, the Indians have yielded just 13 points…On the other side of things, Farmington has pumped in 45 points and will bring its offensive arsenal to Muzzy Field…Farmington’s starting QB is out for the season but back-up Jeremy Buck is a very capable replacement…The Indians have a running component in Ivan Guadalupe as he smashed Maloney for 109 yards on 24 carries plus a touchdown score…Farmington isn’t going to overwhelm at anything they do but the squad is a big, solid unit…Ten teams will struggle against Windsor this year and Central was no exception of the rule last week…After a solid 29-0 debut against Bulkeley, the Rams were stopped offensively by Windsor but running stud Tyler Burrow had a big kickoff return for a touchdown while QB Andrew Laviero made six connections, half of those going to Eastern transfer Keon Walton…If the Rams can get its offense on track and show the same kind defensive intensity it did against Bulkeley, Central has more than a chance in this one.
Bristol Eastern (1-1) at Windsor (2-0).

Location: Jack O’Brien Stadium, Windsor

Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: The Warriors sank the Lancers 48-7 in a contest from Muzzy Field.

All-Time Series: Windsor holds a 2-0 lead over the Lancers.
Last Week: As stated, Windsor smashed Central 49-7 while Middletown glazed Eastern 43-0.
Casual facts…The 43-0 drubbing marked on of the rare times Bristol Eastern was on the other end of the “Cochran Rule” with last season’s loss the Blue Dragons in Middletown being the other example…Gaffes, injuries and just plain bad luck ruined a very good first half defensive effort by the Lancers…Take away the fluke safety and follow-up touchdown, Middletown should have been only ahead 13-0 and that would have been a manageable deficit for Eastern…Running back Nick Crowley limped off the field and certainly was missed in the second half of action but QB Lorenzo Brown had his best game in an Eastern uniform and connected on four passes for 50 yards…Windsor will make Eastern pay for making any and all mistakes on both sides of the ball as the Warriors are big, have experience, and are fast with or without the ball…QB Quinn Fleeting is one heck of an athlete on both the ground and in the air while he has a host of receivers to throw the ball to…Fleeting gobbled up 290 yards in total offense against Central and look for the veteran chucker to do more of the same…Eastern’s offense will be sternly challenged by a suffocating defensive onslaught.
And the winner is…Windsor gets the nod as Eastern falls 42-14.

St. Paul (0-2) at Naugatuck (1-1)
Location: Naugatuck High School
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Last year, St. Paul lost to Naugatuck 33-6 from Bristol
All-time NVL series: St. Paul trails in the series 2-1 to the Greyhounds in NVL play.