The upset of the night was Derby crushing Wolcott, 36-7. Remmy will have more on this, as our bloggers from Derby and Wolcott probably also will. How did it get so lopsided? (Stories on ValleyIndy and Rep-Am.)
There are certainly some things Naugatuck has to improve, namely pass defense and extra points. The Hounds failed on four of its seven PAT opportunities on the night, and Ifill's stat line will be impressive when we see it later tonight (aside from the five picks). But Naugy's discipline (two penalties) has improved greatly. The defense was really the only letdown tonight, but that's to be expected to some extent against a great passing team in Sacred Heart.
The other score of the night was Wilby beating Seymour, 33-21. This game was 27-0 at one point. It looks like Seymour is going to go winless for the first time in a long time. (Stories on ValleyIndy and Rep-Am.)
In our Game of the Week, Woodland beat Torrington, 30-20. The Hawks' defense really came alive after the first quarter, including forcing two key turnovers in the fourth quarter. The first was a sack of quarterback Jared Williams which resulted in a fumble-return touchdown by Woodland's Eric Collodel; the second was the nail in the coffin on an interception by Jake Pinho.
Brenden Lytton rushed for just over 200 yards, about half of that coming in the first quarter. He busted two big runs (39 and 49 yards) and was sporadically effective after the first period. Woodland's defense did a pretty good job of clamping down after being pushed around early.
The Hawks tried to use the pass often in the first half, but a few drops by Woodland receivers stopped that game plan. Woodland ran the ball very well in the second and third quarters and ended up with over 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Here's a link to Kyle's story from the Republican-American. Woodland has St. Paul next week followed by the potential Copper Division title game Nov. 5 in Naugatuck. Torrington is done in both the division and probably Class L.
In other news, St. Paul beat Kennedy, 28-22, and Holy Cross toppled Crosby, 26-0.