H.S. FOOT­BALL / WEEK 6 PRE­VIEW CAPSULES

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TO­DAY'S GAMES Gris­wold at Montville, 6:30 p.m. Records: Gris­wold (2-2); Montville (2-2)

Last week: Both teams were idle Out­look: Montville, which be­gan 2-0, has lost two straight. And the In­di­ans have had two weeks to chew on a 35-0 loss to Ston­ing­ton, dur­ing which the de­fense was un­able to stop the dou­ble wing. Will the In­di­ans come out ornery? Montville is still look­ing for its first home win of the sea­son.

Water­ford at Wind­ham, 6:30 p.m. Records: Water­ford (0-3); Wind­ham (0-4)

Last week: Both teams were idle Out­look: So who says there’s not good news to re­port here? There is. One of th­ese teams will earn its first win here (bar­ring a tie). The Lancers have been plagued by turnovers on of­fense and an in­abil­ity to stop any­body on de­fense. Bad com­bi­na­tion. Did they use the bye week to im­prove? We’ll see. Bas­sick at Led­yard, 6:30 p.m. Records: Bas­sick (0-5); Led­yard (1-3)

Last week: Bas­sick lost to Ly­man Hall 43-14; Led­yard was idle

Out­look: This is a great op­por­tu­nity for win No. 2 for the Colonels. Bas­sick has been blanked twice and scored 26 points all sea­son. The Colonels have had two weeks to in­cor­po­rate new quar­ter­back Ja­cob Sylvia into the lineup. Sylvia, mak­ing his first start two weeks ago, hit James Smith (twice) and Stan­ley Green with touch­down passes in a loss at Notre Dame of Fair­field. Ffd. Prep at New Lon­don, 6:30 p.m. Records: Prep (4-1); New Lon­don (1-3)

Last week: Prep de­feated Xavier 35-7; New Lon­don was idle

Out­look: Scouting re­port on the Je­suits: Very big. Which means New Lon­don’s lines will have quite the chal­lenge. Prep used the run­ning of Justin Keith (121 yards) and six sacks to beat Xavier last week. New Lon­don start­ing quar­ter­back Owen Ge­orge is still in­jured and not ex­pected to play. East Lyme at Barlow, 7 p.m. Records: Barlow (3-1); East Lyme (3-1)

Last week: Barlow de­feated New Mil­ford 41-21; East Lyme was idle

Out­look: Per­haps at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, this might not have been re­garded as one of the state’s best games of the week­end. But East Lyme is among the pleas­ant sur­prises of the ECC, while Barlow leads the Pa­triot Di­vi­sion of the South-West Con­fer­ence. Barlow’s triple op­tion ran up 475 yards last week, pro­vid­ing East Lyme’s de­fense with an at­ten­tion-get­ter in prac­tice all week. Fitch at Bran­ford, 7 p.m. Records: Fitch (4-0); Bran­ford (1-4)

Last week: Fitch was idle; Bran­ford de­feated Jonathan Law 45-21

Out­look: Can the Fal­cons, who are gain­ing votes in the state me­dia and coaches’ polls, stand pros­per­ity? They’ve had two weeks to en­joy their rout of NFA. Now comes a trip down­state to play a team from the South­ern Con­necti­cut Con­fer­ence that won its first game last week. Fitch and Bran­ford have a com­mon op­po­nent Notre DameWest Haven. Fitch de­feated the Green Knights, who later beat Bran­ford.

SATUR­DAY'S GAMES O'Brien Tech at Thames River, 10 a.m. Records: O’Brien Tech (4-0: Thames River (1-3)

Last week: O’Brien Tech was idle; Thames River lost to Bullard-Havens 52-0

Out­look: It doesn’t get any eas­ier this week for the Cru­saders, who lost to un­beaten Bullard-Havens de­ci­sively. O’Brien Tech is also un­de­feated over­all and within the Con­necti­cut Tech­ni­cal Con­fer­ence.

Val­ley/Old Lyme at Non­newaug, noon Records: Val­ley/OL (3-1); Non­newaug (1-3)

Last week: Val­ley/OL lost to Old Say­brook/West­brook 34-13; Non­newaug de­feated Mor­gan 30-22

Out­look: Val­ley/OL coach Tim King said he wouldn’t be happy un­til “noon next Satur­day” when his team kicks off at Non­newaug, fol­low­ing last week’s loss to Old Say­brook/West­brook. Not much went right for the War­riors, who were a river of penal­ties and turnovers. Val­ley/OL may have to win out to qual­ify for the state play­offs, as has been the pro­gram’s cus­tom. NFA at West Haven, 7 p.m. Records: NFA (2-2); West Haven (5-0)

Last week: NFA was idle; West Haven de­feated Cheshire 27-0

Out­look: Three West Haven run­ning backs eclipsed 100 yards in last week’s win over Cheshire. And to think NFA had trou­ble with Fitch’s op­tion two weeks ago. This won’t be easy. West Haven is ranked No. 4 in The Day’s lat­est state coaches’ poll and runs the Wing-T, also dif­fi­cult to stop.

— Mike DiMauro

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