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High School Football: Games To Watch This Week

OLD SAYBROOK/WESTBROOK (4-0) at VALLEY REGIONAL/OLD LYME (3-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Why it's big: Two undefeated Pequot Sassacus teams clash in an effort to stay at the top of the division and in the hunt in Class S.

Overview: Both teams have shown they can score, but defense might be the biggest factor on Friday. Neither team has allowed more than two TDs in a game this season.

About Old Saybrook/Westbrook: Quarterback Victor Pascoe and running back Vincent Dyer lead the Rams offense. Pascoe rushed for two touchdowns and connected with Dyer on a third in the 34-14 win over Lewis Mills last week.

About Valley Regional/Old Lyme: Running back Nick Braga and QB Mike Cullina continue to fuel the Warrior offense. The two combined for five touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Coginchaug/Hale-Ray last weekend.

ROCKY HILL (4-0) at TOLLAND (3-1), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Why it's big: Two of the top teams in CCC Division III, both in the top eight in the respective state classes, look for a win to stay in the mid-season playoff hunt.

Overview: Tolland looks to avenge a 41-0 loss to Rocky Hill from last season, while the Terriers hope to make Friday another stop in the run back to the Class S title game.

About Rocky Hill: The Terriers run the ball, and they run it a lot. The triple attack of Joe Catania, Danny Cavallaro and Joe Ferreira have helped Rocky Hill post 40+ points each of the last two weeks, including a 202-yard, four-touchdown effort by Catania last week.

About Tolland: The Eagles defense hasn't allowed more than a score in each of the team's three wins this season. They'll need the defense that shut out East Catholic last week to shine again on Friday, while Ryan Carlson and Collin Cook lead the Eagle offense. 

E.O. SMITH (3-1) at MALONEY (3-1) at Falcon Field, Meriden, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Why it's big: Two 3-1 CCC Division II teams, currently just outside the top eight in Class L, look for a victory to stay relevant in conference and in the state.

Overview: Maloney is on a three-game win streak after a season opening loss to Windsor, while E.O. Smith looks to rebound from losing to the Warriors last week, despite holding a lead at halftime.

About E.O. Smith: The young E.O. Smith team gave Windsor a scare last week, going up on the Warriors 21-7 at halftime. Kobe Stigler came up big with touchdowns on both sides of the ball, but the Panthers will need to avoid another scoreless second half to top Maloney.

About Maloney: Back-to-back 34-7 wins over both Bristol schools the last two weeks has gotten the Spartan offense in rhythm. Quarterback Larue Graham is a dual-threat weapon, throwing two touchdowns and running for a third in the win over Bristol Central last week. 

PLATT (3-1) at WINDSOR (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Why it's big: Two top-tier CCC Division II programs clash for the first time this decade as they look to continue their long run to the Class L playoffs.

Overview: Windsor had a scare last week from E.O. Smith but remains the top team in Class L, while Platt is looking to rebound from a bad loss to Wethersfield.

About Platt: The Panthers were upset by Wethersfield last week, 17-7, after opening the year with three straight wins. They'll need AJ Marinelli and Ethan Dudley to get back to form to keep things close with Windsor.

About Windsor: Windsor took a punch from E.O. Smith last weekend but rallied in the second half to pick up the win behind two Tomasz Johnson touchdowns. The Warriors will need to clean up the little mistakes to hold off a Platt squad looking to make up for its first loss.

WEST HAVEN (4-0) at CHESHIRE (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Why it's big: Two top-10 teams in the state square off in this SCC Tier 1 divisional battle.

Overview: West Haven has the top spot in its SCC division, but Cheshire is one of four 3-1 teams looking to knock the Blue Devils down.

About West Haven: The Blue Devils rolled to a 48-0 win over Bassick last week. Quarterback Jake Conlan leads the offense, with running backs Kyle Godfrey and Chris Chance major factors out of the backfield.

About Cheshire: Cheshire rebounded from a tough loss to North Haven but lost starting QB Jack Raba in a win over Law-Milford. Will Graikoski (8-for-16, 169 yards, three total TDs) will need to continue his strong play from last week to hope to beat West Haven.

SEAN BEGIN | sbegin@courant.com

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