Gridiron preview for Sept. 18

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
After mixed results – all losses – by the locals to open scholastic football play during week 1 of the season, it’s on to week 2 and three more exciting match-ups.
And expect a Bristol victory – or three.
And maybe Bristol Eastern can enjoy that new press box as the Lancers square off against Farmington for its home opener on Friday.
Meanwhile, Bristol Central stays home to challenge South Windsor in another bout from Muzzy Field on Saturday.
Finally, the only squad not to play a home contest, St. Paul, will continue its road course through Waterbury as the Falcons tangle with Wilby from Waterbury on Friday night.
So, where do we go from week one
Straight into week two and here’s what to expect with all three Bristol outfits:
Note…Thanks to Weaver joining up with Bulkeley, all of the CCC Divisions were shaken up a bit and things were re-aligned so it’s something to keep in mind in terms of match-ups over the course of the season .
 
Bristol Central (0-1) vs. South Windsor (0-1); CCC Interdivisional action (Division II West vs. Division II East)
Location: Muzzy Field, Bristol
Day and Time: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Bristol Central and South Windsor did not play against each other in 2014.
All-Time Series: The game marks the 11th battle between the two programs and Central carries the all-time lead. Although the Rams and Bobcats have never been in the same division, the squads have tangled in CCC Interdivisional play with Central leading the series six games to four.
Last Week: Central dropped a tough 26-12 decision to powerful Windsor while South Windsor was buried by improved Maloney 44-12.
Casual facts…Central did a credible job against Windsor and it was a huge improvement from last season’s blowout…South Windsor will run the ball and some of that offense will come from Jimmy Tamburo. He scored a touchdown and made 14 carries for nearly 75 yards of offense in the losing effort to the Spartans…Maloney chucked the ball all over the field and the Bobcats struggled all evening long trying to contain Maloney QB Chris Dingwell (15-for-27, 210 yards)…If Cruz can air the ball out a little bit, it should be interesting to see how – and if – South Windsor can make the coverage stick in the backfield…Regardless of what offensive attack Central unleashes, The Bobcats should be in for a long night.
And the winner is…South Windsor will pay the price, falling to the Rams by a 34-14 final from Muzzy Field.

Bristol Eastern (0-1) vs. Farmington (0-1); CCC Interdivisional action (Division II West vs. Division II East)
Location: from the campus of Bristol Eastern high school
Day and Time: Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Last Season’s Game: It wasn’t much of a game as the Lancers speared the Indians by a 29-6 final back on November 7, 2014.
All-Time Series: The game marks the fifth showdown between the schools, mostly in the new football divisional format. The Indians lead the all-time series 3-1. Eastern has never beaten Farmington on the road before but this time around, it won’t matter as the game will be played in Bristol.
Last Week: Eastern fell at E.O. Smith by a 21-0 final while Farmington was smoked by Wethersfield, 33-0.
Casual facts…Farmington had a pretty good three or four seasons but last year, the squad fell back to earth a little bit and expect those struggles to continue into 2015…Farmington has offensive options and will be very active in the play-action schemes…Against Wethersfield, quarterback Zac Conrad missed 13 of 23 passes but still tallied nearly 90 yards of offense…Bryan Buono is back and will do a bulk of the rushing for the Indians but was limited to only 45 yards on 14 carries against the Eagles…Farmington is clearly in rebuilding mode and it’s a great opportunity for Eastern to strike after a tough Week 1 loss at E.O. Smith…The penalties were devastating to Eastern and the squad must clean up that aspect of the game…The Lancers have a credible running component an it’s up to those rushers to scamper through those seams that the o-line – which includes the likes of Ben Ferraro, Josh O’Keefe, Josh DiMattia, Mike Massarelli, Luis Rivera, Anthony Circosta, and Rajon Collins – creates…Darieyn Tate, Edgar Hernandez and Zach Thompson all made good gains against E.O. on the ground and expect bigger and better things from Bama Hunter at QB…This game is for the taking and limiting those gaffes, goofs, and silly flags will even everything out for the Lancers.
And the winner is…Farmington will fight but in the end, the home team wins this one by a 35-13 final from the campus of Bristol Eastern High School.
 
St. Paul (0-1) at Wilby (0-1) (Naugatuck Valley League Cooper Division vs. Brass Division showdown)
Location: at Wilby high school
Day and Time: Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Last Week: Derby snuck by St. Paul by four points, 12-8 while Wilby was smoked by Wolcott 42-6
Last Season: It wasn’t much of a showdown as the Falcons buried Wilby 37-8 back on Friday, Nov. 14 from St. Paul Catholic High School.
Last Year: Wilby once just once, going 1-10 on the season with a victory over Sacred Heart-Kaynor Tech by a 28-18 final.
All-time NVL series: This is the fourth meeting between the schools as NVL opponents and Wilby holds the edge, 2-1. Before beating the Wildcats last season, Wilby won the first two contests, scoring an average of 56 points against the Falcons.
Casual facts: Wilby will try to surprise though the squad might not have the weapons on either side of the football to mount a huge challenge…True, there’s a new coach and new schemes in Waterbury but the team only returned three starters on either sides of the ball which is nearly the position the Falcons found themselves in this season…The Wildcats aren’t much bigger than St. Paul as 43 players man the roster at Wilby…Over the past coupe seasons, the Wildcats have used the ground game to churn up yardage and those same schemes should be en vogue this season even with a new coach in the fold…Last season, then junior Malik Allen made 100 carries for 561 yards and two touchdowns for the Waterbury outfit….Wilby’s core of rushers are now seniors and ready for one final campaign…But back to last week and what happened in that Derby/St. Paul football game.
Defense won out
That 12 point, defensive showing was impressive by the Falcons…Derby scored all of its points in the first quarter and then was shutout for the rest of the showdown…The Raiders ran for 260 yards – on 40 carries – and was heavily into the ground schemes…And there were opportunities to capture this win but the offense simply needed just a little more fine tuning…QB Kyle DeForge scored the TD for the Falcons while Ben Pryor made it into the goal for two…Yes, the offense wasn’t there but it’s that’s the kind of defensive effort the Falcons are going to give on a nightly basis, the Falcons are going to be in great shape…No matter who the opponent, there’s truly never an off week in the NVL so St. Paul can’t sleep on this Wilby squad.
And the winner is…St. Paul gets the nod in this one, sinking Wilby by a 28-12 final.

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