High School Football: Five Key Area Games For Week 2

Five key Friday games on the Week 2 high school football schedule involving area teams:

WINDSOR vs. BRISTOL CENTRAL at Bristol Central Turf Field, 6 p.m.

Why it's big: The Rams' balanced offense put up 26 points last week in their win over Hartford Public, but they face an even bigger test against one of the best defenses in the state in Week 2.

Overview: After a 47-0 loss to Windsor last year in Week 1, the Rams have the personnel to give the Warriors a much different outing in the CCC Div. II crossover game.

About Windsor: The Warriors led Maloney 7-0 at halftime last Friday, but scored 21 points in the second half to pick up their 10th defensive shutout since the start of the 2015. In the opener, the Warriors had five sacks and held Maloney to 60 yards of offense.

About Bristol Central: Since opening last season with back-to-back losses, the Rams have won seven of their last nine games. They've averaged 26.28 points in those victories. Last Friday, quarterback Dathan Hickey ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 86 yards.

NEW BRITAIN vs. MANCHESTER at Memorial Field, Manchester, 6:45 p.m.

Why it's big: Led by new quarterback Logan Tomlinson, who replaced Edison Galan, and playmaking wide receiver Jevin Frett, the Indians will be looking for their first win against New Britain since 2013.

Overview: After finishing 5-5 last year, both teams are trying to build for the future and contend with the top teams in the division.

About New Britain: The Golden Hurricanes are looking to turn things around quickly after a disappointing start against Conard when they got going too late and lost 30-22 after scoring 16 in the final quarter. It was their fourth loss in five games, going back to last October.

About Manchester: Despite the graduation of Galan, who went to Central Connecticut State, the Indians are coming off their best offensive performance since Oct. 31, 2015, against Bulkeley/HMTA/Weaver. They defeated Enfield 47-27 in the home opener.

ROCKY HILL vs. BLOOMFIELD at Phil Rubin Stadium, Bloomfield, 7 p.m.

Why it's big: After combining to score 92 points in an overtime nail-bitter last season, the two Central Connecticut Conference Division III West rivals meet again in a possible postseason preview.

Overview: A year after they both reached the Class S playoffs, the Terriers and Warhawks remain contenders in Class S.

About Rocky Hill: All eyes are once again on the Terriers' running game with Joe Catania and Joe Ferriera back for their senior years. In the Terriers' 35-6 victory over Northwest Catholic on Sept. 9, Catania and Ferreira combined to rush for 239 yards.

About Bloomfield: It is new lineup and a different makeup for the Warhawks on offense, but the group, mainly juniors and sophomores, are eager to prove they can be compete with the best. After a 18-13 victory over Plainville, they'll try to get their offense rolling for their third straight win against Rocky Hill.

ELLINGTON vs. COVENTRY/WINDHAM TECH/BOLTON at Larry A. Pietrantonio Athletic Field, 7 p.m.

Why it's big: The co-op defeated Lewis Mills 38-0 to open up and look set for a breakout year, but they'll meet a tough a tough Purple Knights team, which is hungry for a win after losing to Valley Regional/Old Lyme last Saturday.

Overview: In last year's regular season finale, Ellington defeated the co-op, 28-7. But an athletic group returns this year for Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton.

About Ellington: The Purple Knights were held to one touchdown against Valley Regional/Old Lyme, but still remain one of the toughest teams to beat year in and year out in the Pequot conference. With another talented roster capable of big performances, they'll look to get back on track. The Purple Knights haven't started a season 0-2 in four years.

About Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton: After a big opening victory against Lewis Mills, the Patriots are seeking an elusive victory against Ellington. The defense had two interceptions and Jacob Carlson threw a touchdown and ran for another in the win.

CHESHIRE vs. NFA at NFA Turf Field, Norwich, 7 p.m.

Why it's big.: After a strong opening-week victory over SCC contender Shelton, the senior-laden Rams will try to contain the Wildcats' dynamic quarterback Shea McManaway and stake their claim as one of the top teams in state.

Overview: The Rams' motivated senior class will look for another big defensive performance in one of the best games in the state this week.

About Cheshire: After entering the third quarter trailing Shelton by three points last week, the Rams scored 21 unanswered points and quieted the Gaels' offense. Tailback Elijah Allson had two runs to get things in order.

About NFA: Can McManaway lead his team to another victory against a top team from the SCC? He passed for 332 yards last week against Xavier, including 251 in the second half to give his team a surprise come-from-behind victory.

MATT CONYERS | mconyers@courant.com

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