Gridiron preview for Oct. 19

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
BRISTOL – Week 6 for the scholastic football teams in Bristol will see the squads contend with various levels of competition.
First, Bristol Central continue its solid play in a match-up with Maloney from Bristol while Eastern faces a stern challenge with a date against Farmington on the road.
Finally, St. Paul looks to break into the win column in a contest with Wilby from Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.
Who will be victorious this weekend?
Here’s a quick look at all the action from Week 6:
Bristol Central (2-3) vs. Maloney (1-4)
Location: Muzzy Field, Bristol
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: From Falcon Field in Meriden last season.
All-Time Series: Maloney leads the all-time series 26-23-3.
Last Week: Bristol Central dropped a 47-14 decision to Wethersfield while Maloney was cranked by Glastonbury 48-7.
Casual Facts: The Bristol Central football team has a lot of Jekyll and Hyde in it this year…The second you think you have a gauge on the squad: WHAM!!!…Your perception has totally changed quickly…But let’s face some quick facts about the Rams…When it wants to, Central can hang with anybody (the Farmington game is an example of that) or, the Rams can struggle (Wethersfield in that example)…But this team has tools and those abilities will be on display against Maloney, a squad going through a very tough season…The Spartans are 1-4 and defeated Bulkeley 50-14 during Week 2… Considering the fact that Eastern could have score 100 points on Bulkeley last week (thank you “running clock”), take those 50 points against the Bulldogs as you will…Central’s Tyler Burrow is going to have a field day running the ball all over the field. And, as one opposing coach has said “Why would you ever punt the ball to Burrow?” Hope Maloney heeds that warning…Maloney’s defense has been suspect, giving up 43 points to Windsor and 48 points last week against Glastonbury meaning if BC’s pushes the offensive tempo, the Rams should be able to put points on the board in a hurry…Central’s defense should be up for this challenge and let’s see if QB Andrew gets a chance to do a little damage from the air against the Spartans.
And the winner is: Central, no doubt, by a final of 35-14.

Bristol Eastern (3-2) at Farmington (5-0)
Location: Farmington high school, Farmington
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Farmington stopped Eastern 41-0 from Muzzy Field, Bristol.
All-Time Series: The Indians leads the series 1-0.
Last Week: Eastern defeated Bulkeley 35-6 while Farmington smoked Fermi 42-28 in a contest that really wasn’t all that close.
Casual facts…Frankly, the contest is going to be the game of the year for the Lancers…Forget Bristol Central, forget anybody else…It’s gut-check time and if Eastern is fortunate to get a couple of injured players back, the Indians better be ready for a fight…If Eastern can pull this one off in Farmington, the Lancers have a real chance to run the table all the way to the end of the season…If not, a loss to the Indians might spin the squad around the other way…Eastern has been playing really well as of late and that good play has fueled this up and coming team…running back Nick Crowley, who bust through a wall for his Eastern team, is the guy Farmington will have trouble stopping. He posted nearly 80 yards against Bulkeley on the ground and rushed for three touchdowns…The offense for the Lancers has to play mistake free (no fumbles) to win this game…Farmington has a tough QB (Kenny Jones) and running back combo (Ivan Quadalupe). Stopping the duo from operating in the open field is Eastern’s challenge…The Indians are a legit 5-0 and you can throw out the 28 points Fermi scored against Farmington last week in garbage time…The time is now, the challenge is here and posting a win against Farmington just opens up so many possibilities for the Lancers…The Indians would be wise not to discount the Bristol Eastern defensive core who have been playing sensational as of late (Ken Smith, Harrison Sacharko, Crowley, Steven Goodrich).
And the winner is…Eastern wins a 28-21 upset from Farmington.

St. Paul (0-5) at Wilby (3-2)
Location: Municipal Stadium
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: From Bristol, Wilby downed St. Paul 60-27 from Oct. 22, 2011.
All-time NVL series: Wilby leads the all-time series 1-0.
Last Week: St. Paul fell to Woodland 54-28 while Wilby was stopped by Wolcott 53-6
Casual facts…The good news for St. Paul in its 26-point loss to Woodland was that the squad rushed for over 100 yards on the ground and that is a positive step forward (by the combination of Jordan Rowley and Eli Parks)…The problem is defensively as this young squad is continuing to put the pieces of it together…It’s just a slow process and opponents are taking advantage of the Falcons’ “D”…On offense, the Falcons are as solid as ever…QB Logan Marchi made his usual connections against Woodland (19 passes, 233 yards) as Brendan Carroll (five catches, 80 yards), Daiji Fitzpatrick (6-50) and Reid Morin (4-15)…Wilby is one of those middle of the road teams of the Naugatuck Valley League but has the overall game to beat anybody…One week, Wilby looks good in a 22-7 win over Watertown. The next week, the team drops a 53-14 loss to Derby…Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get…And last week’s drilling by Wolcott in a 53-6 blowout, this squad from Waterbury is probably pretty angry and looking to make the Falcons pay…St. Paul must be prepared for that situation…Stop the Wilby ground game and the Falcons have half a shot in this one.
And the winner is: Wilby wins this one by a 47-28 final.