Varsity Blues: Week 8

Joe Namath Guarantees of the Week

“We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it” –Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, where the Jets upset the 18 point favorite Baltimore Colts.

Farmington, who is currently #4 in Class L, will make the playoffs. I see them beating both Manchester and Plainville to end the season. With that, they will end up 10-1. That could make things interesting because the Indians could end up playing Middletown, the team they lost to, in the first round.

Farmington beat Bristol Eastern 20-13 this weekend in a showdown of two 7-1 teams. Farmington followed a fourth-and-goal defensive stand in the third quarter with a 96-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Buck to Kenny Jones The touchdown turned the tide and swung all momentum in Farmington’s favor. The Indians should continue to ride that emotion to the finish. Jones also had two second-quarter rushing touchdowns as Farmington overcame a 6-0 deficit

Glastonbury is also going to the playoffs. The Tomahawks are also standing at number 4, but in Class LL. The Tomahawks have a huge showdown versus Windsor this week. Windsor has two losses, but still has a very strong team. However, I think Glastonbury will win this one and end up 10-1 and make the playoffs. They could also have an interesting showdown if they face NFA, a team they only beat 6-0 earlier in the season.

On Friday night the Tomahawks throttled New Britain 35-6. The long touchdown for New Britain came on the last play of the game. Jalen Ollie and Ethan Ericson connected for a pair of touchdown passes to lead the way.

Ollie threw scoring passes of 59 and 40 yards to Ericson who caught six passes for 160 yards. Ollie was 13 of 28 for 224 yards. The defense was led by Ryan Trzcinski and Justin Kretzmer, who each made 11 tackles.

These teams are not going to the playoffs

Let’s face it; making the playoffs in high school football is very hard. It’s easier now than it was three years ago, but it’s still pretty darn difficult. The reason I am pointing this out is because I am reading information from numerous websites all over the state, that these teams still have a good chance of making it, I say they will miss out.

Ellington/Somers

The Knights have a chance to do some good things to end the year. They are 5-4, with big games left versus Avon and Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton. The Knights have clinched at least a share of the division title. However, they can win it outright with a win on Thanksgiving’s Eve. If they share it, they could end up sharing it with up to four teams. Four of six teams winning a division does not seem right. They had a nice win this weekend over Canton 26-14. Joe Leslie was his usual self with 82 yards rushing and 100 yards passing. Ben Bahler and Mike Casciano also had strong contributions for the Knights.

Canton

The Warriors have had a great year, but I’d say their playoff hopes were shattered on Saturday with the loss to Ellington/Somers. The improvements that the team has made from two years ago, when they were 0-10, are impressive. Since Coach Paul Philipon took over the team is 12-6. They still have an outside chance to get in, but as the 16th seed a lot would have to happen. Dan Daleos and Terrance Brophy have been excellent in their backfield and they have run well behind a strong offensive line. I see them winning out, but still missing out on the playoffs. In Class S there may not be any teams with two losses who get in.

Enfield

The Raiders have come back to life lately with impressive wins over Hyde and Cromwell. They gave a tough performance against Gilbert/Northwestern on Saturday as they were down 7-6 at the half. However, the Yellow jackets blew the doors off in the second half and rolled to a 34-13 win. Jason Davis continues to be strong for the Raiders and although they are still alive, they have a very tough schedule ahead. They play Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton, Canton, and SMSA/University. Each team has an impressive win in the past few weeks big tests lie ahead.

Avon

The Falcons have been a regular in the state playoffs, but they will miss out as well. At 6-3 they just have too many losses. They only have two games left, because for some reason I have never understood, they do not play a Thanksgiving Day Game. Why would they willingly do that?

They have two games left versus Cromwell and Ellington/Somers. On Saturday they beat HK 41-24. However, the score wasn’t even that close. It was 41-0 at the half when the starters were pulled. Jim Murphy rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries while Noah Hahn completed 4 of 7 passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns for Avon.

Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby

In probably the most impressive turnaround of the year, the Raiders will probably end up either 7-4, or 8-3. My guess is 8-3. They pitched a shutout against Housy this weekend with a 1-0 victory. Yeah, they just lined up a kicked an extra point. In all seriousness, the game was a forfeit. The Housatonic/Wamogo Co-op has had to forfeit their last three games. Why isn’t a forfeit in football 2-0? That seems more reasonable. I understand the issues of safety and whatnot, but Housy has 15 kids in their program. They aren’t going to play the Saints who put bounties out on players; I think that even if you have 12, you have to go play. This hurts the Raiders because they won’t have played a game in three weeks, going into this week’s matchup. They had a bye, the forfeit, and then will play on Saturday. The season has been a good one for them, but they will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

The Rest…

Fermi fell to Public 47-0, Tolland lost to Plainville 47-7, Rockville fell to Platt 53-7, Stafford/East Windsor lost to Morgan 47-0, South Windsor fell to Conard 42-30, and Simsbury lost to Newington 28-21.

Bud Kilmer Player of the Week

Joe Leslie Ellington/Somers QB. Leslie led his team to victory with 15 carries for 82 yards, 11 of 18 for 100 yards passing and a touchdown, 7 tackles on defense, and he returned kicks and punts for the Knights in a 26-14 win versus Canton. Great job, Joe.

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