Gridiron preview for Oct. 3

BRISTOL – It’s Week 4 in the scholastic football season and the locals have a chance for a clean sweep if everything goes according to plan.
First, Bristol Central is the only Mum City favorite playing at home and is certainly looking forward to a little revenge against RHAM of Hebron.
On the road, Bristol Eastern looks to even its record against Bulkeley in a CCC Interdivisional affair from Dillon Stadium in Hartford in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday but later changed to Friday night.
Also on the docket, St. Paul travels to Woodland in a Copper versus Iron Division challenge in Naugatuck Valley League action.
So, what’s exactly the deal for all three schools this Friday?
Here’s the skinny on all the action:
Bristol Central (1-1) vs. RHAM (0-3); CCC Division II Interdivisional showdown
Location: from Muzzy Field, Bristol
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Last season, during Week 4, Bristol Central dropped a heartbreaking 20-14 decision at RHAM back on Oct. 5.
Last Week: The Rams fell to Windsor by a 38-6 final while RHAM dropped a tough one to Hartford Public, 27-0, this past Saturday.
All-Time Series: This is the third showdown between the schools and the Sachems lead by a series 2-0 edge.
Casual facts…RHAM has some offensive weapons and it will be up to Central to keep a high scoring duo in check…Senior running back Adam Arnold can do some damage while quarterback – senior Jared Eaton – can chuck the ball all over the field…So far, though, that combination has not yielded any wins along the way…The Sachems lost on Week 1 to Ledyard 48-8 while getting smacked around by Farmington 55-12 and Hartford Public as all the games were played in Hebron…RHAM is averaging only 6.7 points-per-game this season…The contest against Central is RHAM’s first road game…This is a game the Rams desperately need and, from the friendly confines of Muzzy Field, expect Central to pick up another victory…Central needs to forget about the loss to Windsor as just about every team that squares off against that squad won’t be getting to the pay window, either…Plus, it was Windsor’s first game on their new turf field and emotions were certainly running high that night for the home squad…Central quarterback Noah Cruz found JJ Quiles for a touchdown connection and expect a lot more this week from the up and coming thrower…This is a game that the Rams should be able to take.
And the winner is…There will be revenge as the Rams sink RHAM by a 28-21 final.
Bristol Eastern (1-2) at Bulkeley/Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (2-1) CCC Division II-West action
Location: from the new field at Dillon Stadium in lovely and enchanting Hartford
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Back on Friday, Oct. 4, Bristol Eastern blanked the Bulldogs 42-0 from Muzzy Field in Bristol.
Last Week: Eastern lost to Middletown 34-7 while Bulkeley got past Fermi from Hartford.
All-Time Series: Eastern leads the all-time series 17-8-3. The three ties are the second most the Lancers have against any team in program history except Plainville. Amazingly, the Lancers and Blue Devils have compiled five draws over the years.
Casual facts…Middletown is one of the top squads in the state, without question…Bulkeley, frankly, is not…And off that big loss, Eastern must look forward – not back – and take any lingering frustrations against Bulkeley…This season, the Bulldogs are paired up with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (what..who?) and the co-op have already brought the squad to new heights, including a multiple win season (yes, two…please)…It’s hard to gauge this team as it defeated hapless Weaver (23-19), got smoked by Windsor (60-12), and played Fermi to a, well, 46-38 “thriller” this past Saturday…Javon Alston (nearly 400 all purpose yards against Fermi) can move with the football and should be a back players the Lancers must be wary of…QB Malik Starks also can throw the ball a bit and will hit targets…But this game isn’t about the Bulkeley offense. It will be about the Bulldogs’ (non-existent) defense…When you give up 117 points, for an average of 39.0 points-per-game, and your record is 2-1, you’re extremely lucky…In the end, this contest will be about the Eastern defense and how much damage it will inflict on the Bulldogs…Expect Allen Arbuckle, Gerry Ouellette, Joe Hermann, “Big” Pete Roche and company to make this game a nightmare for the Bulldogs…And, don’t you think running back Gerry Ouellette is ready for a breakout game?…For half a game against Middletown, Ouellette was the Eastern offense and give the warrior some credit. Only an injury foiled his night as he did not play in the second half…Eastern must cut down on mistakes and if that can be accomplished, Bulkeley could be in for a long night…The Bulldogs will make this game interesting to start on a brand new field at Dillon Stadium but otherwise, the Lancers should be able to give Bulkeley plenty of fits on both sides of the ball.  
And the winner is…Eastern wins the contest by a 35-14 final.
St. Paul (1-2) at Woodland (1-2) in a Naugatuck Valley League Copper vs. Iron Division showdown
Location: from Woodland high school
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: St. Paul dropped a tough 59-14 decision to Woodland from Bristol back on Oct. 3.
Last Week: St. Paul got into the win column with a 42-6 victory over the Sacred Heart co-op while Woodland fell to Wolcott 26-7.
All-time NVL series: Since defeating Woodland once by a 28-27 final, the Hawks have won the last four meetings and averaged 44.0 points-per-game during those victories against St. Paul.
Casual facts: Well, a certain quarterback is gone but the Hawks have played well enough to actually be 3-0, or, at worst 2-1…Woodland blanked Watertown 24-0 to open the season while absorbing a tough 28-27 loss to Torrington in overtime (got have overtime in high school. A winner must always be determined in the pigskin game)…The Hawks have a great running back in the form of Sean McAllen and certainly can gallop with the football, when healthy…The Hawks have a tough road ahead of it and if St. Paul can put together a win, boy, it’s a big deal in the grand scheme of things for both squads…The Falcons must bring the defense because St. Paul will be able to put some points up on the board, giving the squad a chance in this one…Quarterback Patrick Etter has proven himself to be one of the better chuckers in the league and, hopefully, the St. Paul line can give their star thrower a chance to make connections…Eli Parks, who had over 290 yards in total offense in the victory over Sacred Heart-Kaynor Tech, has proven to be a solid NVL running back commodity and the combination of ground and air could lead to the squad’s second win of the campaign…Again, if the wide receiving core of Daija Fitzpatrick, Brendan Carroll, and Ben Pryor can get open, it will be big news for the visiting crew…Let’s see if Kyle MacLean and Doug Nessing can help this team along in what is a midseason, must-win affair as defensively, this will quite a challenge. 
And the winner is…St. Paul is going to have a tough time in this one as Woodland whips up a 49-31