By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Week 6 is quickly upon us and two out of the three scholastic teams are in action over the weekend.
Bristol Eastern is in the bye week to recharge its collective batteries while Bristol Central and St. Paul are looking towards big second halves of the campaign.
So, with the Lancers not on the docket, what should we expect from the contests for the Rams and Falcons?
Here’s how Week 6 looks like for Bristol Central and St. Paul:
Bristol Central (2-2) vs Bulkeley/Weaver/HMTCA (0-4); CCC Division II West challenge
Location: from Muzzy Field, Bristol
Day and Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Season’s Game: The Rams won easily by a 52-28 tally from Oct. 10, 2014.
All-Time Series: The Rams lead the all-time series 24-7 as this showdown marks contest number 32 between the squads.
Last Week: Both the winless Bulldogs and the Rams had the week off.
Casual Facts: There will be two fresh squads taking the field at Muzzy but one will be pretty tough to stop (and that’s the home squad in the game, folks)…Here’s the problem for the Bulldogs: Who stops Noah Cruz?…Seriously, who slows down QB Noah Cruz from the Hartford contingent?…It’s a ridiculous question that Bulkeley – and friends – are ill-equipped to handle. That’s the truth…Heck, how does Bulkeley stop, or even slow down, Luis Medina?!?…The duel rushing threat is going to run all over the Bulldogs…Over the first three games of the season, the rushing duo for Central nabbed nearly 350 yards of offense while running in six of the squad’s seven touchdowns on the ground…Defensively, that’s extremely tough to handle…That offensive line – including the likes of Michael Guzman, Krzysztof Nizielski, Josh Moxam and Alex Lape – generate some big holes for the Cruz/Medina combo to slip through…Defensively, Central has been solid all season though the contest against Wethersfield was not norm (Wethersfield is pretty good, let’s face it…)…Moxam, Francis Deion, Tyler Boi, Nizielski, Guzman and Cruz pace that defense and it could be a big game for that unit against the outmatched Bulldogs…Isaiah Miller, Jorge Hernandez, Tyshaun Rodriguez, and JJ Quiles also will contribute to the defensive effort…None of Bulkeley’s games have been close this season…The team is a tri-op, comprised of three schools, including Weaver…The Bulldogs have scored just 16 points, averaging 4.0 points-per-game this season and failed to score in two of the four games its played in…Ricky Martinez will make a big run or two for Bulkeley and quarterback Josh Ward will be challenged throughout the game…The Bulldogs haven’t scored a meaningful touchdown in crunch time and the squad will struggle to put points on the board early in this one.
And the winner is…Central wins 40-8 in a no-brainer.
St. Paul (3-2) vs. Crosby (1-4); Naugatuck Valley League, Brass Division at Cooper Division challenge
Location: St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol
Day and Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Last Season’s Game: The Falcons defeated Crosby 44-30 back on Oct. 24.
All-Time Series: This is the fifth contest of the series and is all tied up at 2-2.
Last Week: St. Paul defeated Watertown while Crosby had the weekend off.
Casual Facts: …In the St. Paul offensive schemes, when the line blocks for Kyle DeForge, the Falcons can be a scoring machine…A fake hand off here, a little misdirection there, and quickly, St. Paul is churning out the yardage, burning up large chucks of the clock and moving the chains…And every one is blocking…Whether it’s Ben Pryor, Chris Dionne, Dom Aiello, Matt Grey or big Alex Gentile, those blocks open precious seams for DeForge and his backs to wiggle and sprint through…And DeForge can throw a pass or two and he can punt folks…Teams are not used to the Falcons running all over the field, almost all the time, and it’s an advantage in St. Paul’s favor…Jordan Silva will also make some big rushes in that wishbone scheme for St. Paul and he’s a big blocker as well…And I like Pryor because he’s a big-time playmaker…When a player is running back 70 yard kickoffs, that’s no small feat…And you have to tip your cap to St. Paul’s defense…In three of the Falcons’ first four games, opponents have notched a total of 18 points, 54 total on the campaign through four contests… Crosby had a bye last week and it was needed – even as the squad defeated Sacred Heart, 27-21, back on Thursday, Oct. 1…Receiver Eli Mbaya will make receptions all over the field and had two scores against Sacred Heart last week…Mc Henry is a scoring threat on the ground and must be watched as well…He had TD rushes of 11 and 16 yards against the Hearts and St. Paul must be wary of the rushing threat…The team will be well rested for the St. Paul entanglement but Crosby has to bring the defense. If the squad does, it has a chance to hang around in this one…But, that defense has not made an appearance this season to date (see where this one is going?).
And the winner is…St. Paul wins 35-14.