SPB's Audibles: Your Guide To Week 4's CT HS Football Games

Sean Patrick Bowley

Welcome back to another edition of Audibles, your Guide to Week 4 of the Connecticut high school football season.

It's another week of scrambling to learn of the latest COVID postponements and praying further disruptions are kept to a minimum while keeping our minds on the actual games.

The bad news is we continue to see disruptions due to contact tracing and quarantines. And we can't fully grasp how many teams are playing while still being affected by the loss of quarantined players.

WEEK 4 HS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE / SCOREBOARD

The good news? There are, once again, only a handful of postponed games and a bunch of programs are returning to the field this week after a significant time off. Avon, for one, will play its first game. Things could be much worse, so it's a good thing we live in one of the country's most vaccinated states.

Back on the field, it's another week of the CT HS Football Alliance crossover games, including big ones between Ridgefield and Newtown, Shelton and Trumbull, Fairfield Prep and Greenwich, Hand and Masuk, Darien and NFA, St. Joseph and Xavier and -- the game of the week -- Cheshire and Norwalk.

There are also plenty of interesting games in the CCC, Pequot, NVL and CTC, as well.

So let's see what's what in Week 4:

FRIDAY

CCC

Conard (1-2) at New Britain (0-3), 6:30 p.m.: It’s been two calendar weeks since either team scored.

Glastonbury (0-3) at Simsbury (1-2), 6:30 p.m.: Simsbury’s Wallace should be a handful for Glastonbury’s defense.

Maloney (2-1) at East Hartford (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Maloney’s defense has been better than its offense. Spartans will need it.

Manchester (0-3) at Platt (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Since opening loss, Platt’s been quietly taking care of business.

Southington (3-0) at Hall (3-0), 7 p.m.: On paper it looks great, but Hall needed a lucky bounce to beat Warde last week.

Enfield (0-3) at Berlin (2-1), 7 p.m.: Win this Redcoats, and it’s a showdown with Maloney next.

Newington (3-0) at Middletown (0-3), 7 p.m.: It’ll get worse before it gets better for Middletown.

Windsor (2-1) at Wethersfield (2-1), 7 p.m.: This is a huge bounce-back game for both squads.

Bristol Central (2-1) at Farmington (0-3), 6 p.m.: Should be a cruise until Muzzy Field for Rosa and Rams.

Bristol Eastern (2-1) at Plainville (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Getting ripped by Wilbur Cross should set off alarms for Eastern, CCC.

RHAM (1-2) at Bloomfield (3-0), 7 p.m.: Maybe Bloomfield shoulda been placed in CCC Tier II instead of III?

Avon (0-0) at NWC (1-1), 6:30 p.m.: At this point, both Avon (and opponents) should be thrilled just by kicking off.

East Catholic (1-2) at Lewis Mills (1-2), 6:30 p.m.: Blame some East fans for ruining an otherwise great first victory last week. Respect your fellow man, please.

CTC

Quinebaug (2-0) at Prince Tech (2-1), 7 p.m.: Say this for Prince, at least they have close-game experience.

ECC

Montville (0-2) at Stonington (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Last time, this was an afternoon Montville shootout W under threat of Zika Virus. Remember that? How quaint.

New London (1-1) at Griswold/Wheeler (0-2), 6:30 p.m.: Wolverines have been outscored 110-8 in two games.

Bacon Academy (0-3) at Fitch (2-0), 6:30 p.m.: And Bacon’s been outscored 116-0 in three games.

Windham (0-3) at East Lyme (1-2), 6:30 p.m.: Like Woodstock, East Lyme was a 2-point conversion from beating NFA.

NVL

WCA (1-1) at Wilby (0-3), 7 p.m.: WCA was unexpectedly dominant vs. Wolcott last week.

St. Paul (1-1) at Naugatuck (1-1), 7 p.m.: Naugy’s had a (regularly scheduled) bye to stew over T-Town loss.

Ansonia (3-0) at Wolcott (1-1), 6:30 p.m.: Chargers ...just ...refuse ... to lose. It’s like a nightmare, eh NVL?

Torrington (1-2) at Woodland (3-0), 6:30 p.m.: We’re done trying to figure out Torrington.

Seymour (2-0) at Watertown (2-1), 7 p.m.: So Seymour QB Caden Drezek seems good ...

PEQUOT

Haddam-Killingworth (1-1) at Cromwell/Portland (1-0), 6 p.m.: C/P hasn’t played in almost a month. Must be bouncing off the walls.

Valley/OL (1-1) at Morgan (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: You’re not for real or back until you beat Valley.

Windsor Locks Co-Op (0-1) at Ellington (3-0), 6:30 p.m.: Ellington’s in November form and WL is stuck in August.

Coginchaug Co-Op (3-0) at Stafford Co-Op (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Coginchaug defense has allowed 7 points; SSEW’s defense has scored 18.

Gilbert/NW/Housy (0-2) at North Branford (0-1), 6:30 p.m.: Again, just be glad you’re out there playing at this point.

CT HS FOOTBALL ALLIANCE

Bridgeport Central (0-3) at Stratford (1-2), 4:30 p.m.: Stratford snapped its 14-game losing streak. Can Central end its 24-gamer?

Capital/AF (1-1) at Bassick (1-2), 6 p.m.: But can you follow up your win with another, Bassick?

Darien (3-0) at NFA (2-1), 6:30 p.m.: Either make it a stay-over Thursday Mohegan trip or watch online Friday, Darien fans.

Ludlowe (0-3) at Pomperaug (0-3), 6:30 p.m.: Ludlowe’s three losses are by 8 or less. Pomperaug: 14 or more.

Ledyard (3-0) at Lyman Hall (0-2), 6:30 p.m.: Attention Ledyard fans: This isn’t Lyman Memorial. Set your GPSs accordingly.

Barlow (2-1) at Foran (1-2), 7 p.m.: Both teams believe they should win this game.

Bethel (0-3) at Branford (2-1), 7 p.m.: Branford’s season outlook brightened considerably after beating NDWH last week.

Brookfield (1-2) at Law (2-1), 7 p.m.: Law’s hot start sure has cooled off, huh?

Danbury (1-2) at New Milford (2-1), 7 p.m.: We’d like to see this matchup more often.

Ridgefield (1-1) at Newtown (2-1), 7 p.m.: This one, too. Last one was a barnburner, 35-33 Ridgefield win in the 2013 Class LL QFs.

Hand (0-2) at Masuk (3-0), 7 p.m.: Last time these teams met (2018), Hand rolled to a second-consecutive state title.

Hillhouse (0-3) at Bunnell (2-1), 7 p.m.: Bunnell fared slightly better against Masuk (L 35-15) than House did (L, 53-14).

Notre Dame-Fairfield (1-1) at Rocky Hill (2-1), 7 p.m.: Beware ND: Tyreice Dominique is a player for the Terriers.

North Haven (0-3) at New Canaan (3-0), 7 p.m.: This might have seemed like a good idea at the time…

Shelton (3-0) at Trumbull (1-1), 7 p.m.: Shelton’s crushed Trumbull by an average of 44-15 in last two meetings (2013-14).

Stamford (0-2) at Harding (0-3), 7 p.m.: This should be a fun game for both teams.

West Haven (2-1) at Warde (0-3), 7 p.m.: Warde was a goal-line fumble recovery away from taking down 3-0 Hall last week.

Weston (1-1) at Sheehan (1-1), 7 p.m.: That this is a matchup of 2019 M and S state champs is furthest thing from anyone’s mind right now.

Wilbur Cross (2-1) at Staples (1-2), 7 p.m.: Staples is a long, long away from that opening night win.

Wilton (3-0) at Notre Dame-West Haven (1-2), 7 p.m.: What happened, Notre Dame? What? Happened?

SATURDAY

CCC

E.O. Smith (1-2) at South Windsor (1-2), 8:30 a.m.: You’ll need a Bugle to get to this game in time.

Tolland (2-0) at Hartford Public (2-1), 1 p.m.: Owls got a big dose of reality last week.

CTC

Wilcox/Kaynor (0-3) at O'Brien Tech (1-2), 11 a.m.: Wilcox/Kaynor’s schedule has been a nightmare so far.

VG Techs (0-2) at Bullard/Kolbe (0-3), Noon: Get your wins while you can, fellas.

ATI (1-1) at Platt Tech (1-1), 1 p.m.: ATI might not be as vulnerable as thought.

Northwestern United (1-1) at Thames River (3-0), 3 p.m.: Who’s beating Thames River now? Might be a few weeks, at least.

ECC

Waterford (1-2) at Woodstock (2-1), Noon: Can Woodstock duplicate 15 years of ECC wins (5) in one season?

PEQUOT

OSW (0-2) at CREC (0-3), 11 a.m.: Winner gets out of the Sassacus basement.

Coventry Co-Op (0-2) at SMSA (1-2), Noon: SMSA actually much better than record shows.

CT HS ALLIANCE

Fairfield Prep (3-0) at Greenwich (2-1), 2:30 p.m.: Who’s the real underdog here?

Cheshire (3-0) at Norwalk (3-0), 4 p.m.: Norwalk’s Edwards and Cheshire’s Russo are 1-2 on the state’s (reported) rushing list. First one to 41?

St. Joseph (3-0) at Xavier (2-1), 7 p.m.: Xavier might be in big, big trouble.

MONDAY

CT HS FOOTBALL ALLIANCE

Amity (2-1) at Westhill (0-2), 3 p.m.: Remember, everybody, it’s just a game.