BRISTOL – This is the week scholastic football fans.
This is the week that the Bristol Observer guarantees all three football squads in town will come out victorious.
Oh sure, the competition will attempt to ramp up victories but any win against a Bristol club this Friday would have to be considered a major upset.
And “major” is the key word here.
First, Bristol Central travels to Enfield to battle hapless Fermi in a CCC Interdivisional challenge while Eastern plays their final home game of the season against Edwin O. Smith High School, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Finally, St. Paul looks to go over the .500 barrier against Wilby of Waterbury.
So, will the Bristol teams make the prediction of a sweep come true this weekend?
Let’s get the complete picture on all of this Friday’s action, starting with the – dare we say it – the possibly of the playoff bound Rams.
Bristol Central (6-2) at Fermi High School (0-8): CCC Division II versus Division III battle
Location: from Fermi High School, Enfield
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Back on Nov. 15, 2013, the Rams slammed the Falcons 46-7 from Muzzy Field in Bristol.
Last Week: Central defeated Maloney 30-6 while Fermi had no chance against Hartford Public, losing a tough 48-6 decision in another blowout loss.
All-Time Series: Bristol Central has never lost to the Falcons. Central is a perfect 4-0 against Fermi.
Casual facts…Central is going to sprint into Thanksgiving with a 7-2 ledger, no doubt about it…And Fermi won’t be able to do anything much against the Rams with all due respect…The Falcons have lost nearly 40 straight games in a row now and the merger with Enfield High School can’t come soon enough…There could be a tricky element to deal with from the Fermi side of things as wide receiver Bailey Raymond (you can’t miss him on the field at around 6-foot-6) will cause extreme trouble – like he did against Bristol Eastern…and, Raymond is a legitimate weapon on both sides of the ball…Against the Lancers, he made 10 receptions for nearly 190 yards and a touchdown. He’s for real and if the Rams can stop him, all the better…QB Thomas Valla will attempt to make connections with Raymond and the Rams’ line must get to the chucker or else, the secondary better be prepared…Here’s the deal with Fermi: the Falcons have scored six points over their last three games and that spells doom and demise for the home squad…Hey, at least Central can enjoy a very nice turf field that Fermi High School has recently installed…That’s where D’Andre Conaway can run for, what, 100 yards, 150 yards, 200 yards…Maybe more???…He probably will be on the bench long before being able to compile such numbers because the game won’t be in doubt by then… QB Noah Cruz should be able to find receivers at will for long connections and big gains …This will be another contest for the Central defense to shine in…There’s not much more say except send your fuel bill to Central math teacher Dave Greenleaf for the lovely trip up to Enfield (there’s good shopping and restaurants in the area if you get up there early enough)…Bottom line, a win here won’t generate a ton of playoff points for the squad but the momentum that this game generates for Central, going into Thanksgiving, is more than a big deal…And it’s been since 2006 that Thanksgiving, playoffs and Bristol Central have all been used in the same sentence.
And the winner is…Fermi is going to get smashed by a 43-8 final. The eight points were generous.
Bristol Eastern (5-4) vs. Edwin O. Smith (3-6): CCC Interdivisional showdown
Location: from the campus of Bristol Eastern High School
Day and Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m. (Note the time).
Last Season: Bristol Eastern traveled to Storrs and wiped out the Panthers 55-12 back on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Last Week: Eastern got revenge on Farmington, plowing up a 29-6 win while Smith was a 30-19 loser against RHAM.
All-Time Series: This is the sixth showdown between the schools. The Lancers hold a 4-1 advantage.
Casual facts…Here’s the facts you need to know: Smith has victories against three teams that have combined to win three total games this season…The Panthers have “rolled” up wins against the likes of Rockville (17-0), Bulkeley (48-12) and Fermi (42-0)…Please, take that lot as you will…Smith’s 3-6 ledger is as deceptive as they come and the squad better be ready for the rushing onslaught the Lancers will bring to the fray…Yes, Central defeated this team by only five points but that Rams’ squad has grown up a ton since them…And Smith might have gone the other way…The Panthers will employ a running attack but will probably throw a pass or two in there to challenge the Eastern secondary…Against Fermi (a squad everybody has beaten, mind you) several backs by Smith got into the scoring column including Josh (Barry) Horowitz-Benoit, Matt Kyparidis, Tony Stigler and Devon Fisher…Ryan Kaesar will also move the ball on the ground and that’s where the squad scores their points…Horowitz-Benoit ran for four touchdowns in Smith’s 48-12 thrashing of Bulkely but a week earlier on Oct. 11, the Panthers blew a 10-7 halftime lead at Farmington, losing by a 21-17 push…How do you think Eastern will handle the Panthers on their own push towards Thanksgiving?…Run, run, RUN!!!…That’s where Gerry Ouellette (1,191 yards on the season), Alex Hunter, Josh Sampson, and a talented line will make all the difference in the world…The Lancers’ defense made several big stops against Farmington last week and expect more of the same against Smith…There will be no tomfoolery here as Eastern will not be looking towards the upcoming contest with Central until this one is put out of reach.
And the winner is…The Lancers will make Smith pay the ultimate price as Eastern nabs a 42-13 win.
St. Paul (4-4) vs. Wilby (0-9) in a Naugatuck Valley League, Copper versus Brass Division battle.
Location: from St. Paul Catholic High School
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: The Falcons and Wilby did not play each other last season.
Last Week: St. Paul defeated Watertown while Wilby fell to Kennedy 50-6 in another blowout loss.
All-time NVL series: St. Paul has never defeated Wilby. In fact, Wilby holds a 2-0 edge over the squad from Bristol.
Casual facts: Here’s the contest that puts St. Paul over the .500 barrier…And this one could get ugly quick as Wilby will have to find immediate ways to slow down a very balanced offensive attack…Has Wilby had any close games this season? Negative…The squad was never in the contest last week at Kennedy and expect more of the same against the Falcons…In fact, the scores haven’t even been close this season for the Wildcats…That 0-9 ledger is straight from defeats against Ansonia (40-0), Wolcott (49-0), non-conference opponent New Fairfield (41-0), and 50-14 to Woodland…Against the Eagles, in that 50-6 loss, it actually was just a 6-0 contest at the half…Two straight 22-point quarters in the second half of action knocked Wilby out of the winning angle…Darrien Bell made an 80-yard kickoff return against Kennedy but overall, rushed just six times for 13 yards overall…Malik Allen had 35 yards off eight carries while the throwing game was non existent…Wilby QB had just seven yards on 1-of-3 passing…Get it?…I don’t know what you could take from the Watertown blowout except it was one heck of a fun ride for the Falcons…Impressively against the Indians, St. Paul pasted up 58 points, which was easily a team high for the season…Parks zipped up four scores and Brendan Carroll had two…Credit belongs to the Falcons special teams as the unit generated a number of big scoring plays against Watertown…Brendan Carroll ran in a punt return for a score, Eli Parks had an 85 yard kickoff return, and to top it off, Joe Kilmczak drilled a 37 yard field goal as Watertown got it from all angles…And expect more of that kind of scoring this Friday against Wilby.
And the winner is: St. Paul defeats Wilby, 52-21.