Gridiron preview for Oct. 12

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
It’s the halfway mark of the season for all three of the Bristol football squads and each will have a unique challenge to overcome and out-duel three challenging opponents.
The Mum City’s finest will be put to the test but it’s not like the two public schools will be playing Middletown or Windsor.
Bristol Central, on Friday, travels to Wethersfield to battle the Eagles while on the same evening, Eastern makes its way to Dillion Stadium to square off against Bulkeley in Hartford.
Finally, St. Paul has a Friday date of its own at Woodland as a Naugatuck Valley League challenge will be under way.
Week 5 will be a challenging week for some and here’s all the details:Bristol Eastern (2-2) at Bulkeley (1-3)
Location: Dillion Stadium, Hartford
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play each other last season.
All-Time Series: The Lancers lead the series 15-8-3.
Last Week: Eastern smashed Edwin O. Smith 19-0 while Bulkeley lost to Maloney 50-14.
Casual facts…Eastern is coming off its best defensive showing of the season while Bulkeley’s 50 points it gave up to Maloney was its worst…The Bulldogs defeated Fermi 22-6 during Week 2 so take that for what it’s worth…Bulkeley has a little pop to its offense and that’s where the Eastern defense will have to be its strongest…Credit to Eastern, the Lancers shutout E.O. Smith last week and it certainly was a whole team effort…Eastern’s Ken Smith was a beast against the Panthers and his offense is ever improving…And the Lancers’ offense is improving as well and that’s thanks in part to the return of Nick Crowley…Crowley is one of those old school players who will smash his way through the defense, leave bodies in his wake and ask questions later. His return was critical in the Eastern offensive schemes against E.O….The Eastern offensive line deserves credit and players such as Dreu Tucker, Aaron Harris, and Kyle Porter deserves the credit there…The key thing for Eastern is to be ready for the unpredictable nature that is the Bulkeley Bulldogs.
And the winner is…Eastern shouldn’t have a problem with Bulkeley and will pick up a 28-7 victory.

St. Paul (0-4) at Woodland (2-1)
Location: Woodland High School
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: In a close one, Woodland snuck out a 27-17 victory from Bristol on Sunday, Oct. 16.
All-time NVL series: Woodland leads the all-time series 2-1.
Last Week: St. Paul was beaten by Torrington 59-33 while Woodland was a 47-0 winner over hapless Kennedy.
Casual facts…St. Paul had Torrington on the ropes in its game last week but in the end, a tough third period of play did-in the Falcons…St. Paul was only down 30-21 at the half and certainly made the Raiders sweat a bit…The Falcons only gained 40 yards on the ground against Torrington as carrying the ball didn’t net St. Paul any desired yardage…QB Logan Marchi (260 throwing) once again was on target and threw for only one interception but made four passes for touchdowns….Again, Brendan Carroll and Daiji Fitzpatrick were the featured backs and nearly scooped in 170 yards in offense while Ben Pryor made six connections for 70 yards…Woodland is a tough customer and has two shutout wins to its name…It’s only loss is to Ansonia (everyone is going to lose to Ansonia this year, folks) so St. Paul knows what the deal is here…The Falcons’ defense is young and it’s still learning but is improving as it goes…Even if the Falcons can make a stop or two along the way in a game, it would give the offense another chance to work a little more of its magic.
And the winner is: Woodland wraps up a 56-28 victory over the Falcons.