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H.S. football capsules / Week 11

Published November 20. 2013 4:00AM
Dana Jensen/The Day
New London High School's J. Hunter Roman, right, has Waterford quarterback Seth Hoagland in his sights during Friday night's football game. New London won 40-17 and can still qualify for the playoffs with wins in its final two games, beginning with Thursday's against East Lyme.

(All games 6:30 p.m.)

Tonight

Bulkeley at St. Bernard/Norwich Tech

Records: Bulkeley (4-6); St. Bernard/Norwich Tech (1-8)

Last week: Bulkeley defeated Maloney 30-26; St. Bernard/Norwich tech was idle.

Outlook: Bulkeley, a Class L school from Hartford, snapped a three-game losing streak with last week's victory at Maloney in Meriden. The teams share no common opponents. The Saints have lost seven straight since their victory in Week Two against Woodstock.

Thursday

East Lyme at New London

Records: East Lyme (5-4 overall, 1-1 ECC Large Division); New London (7-2, 1-0)

Last week: East Lyme lost to Montville, 35-21; New London defeated Waterford, 40-17.

Outlook: New London controls its playoff fate. If the Whalers win their last two, they are in the Class L playoffs, perhaps with a home game. They'd also win the division with wins over East Lyme and NFA. They've won six straight since starting the season 1-2. East Lyme must split its last two games for a winning season.

Killingly at Stonington

Records: Killingly (4-5 overall, 2-2 ECC Medium Division); Stonington (6-3, 3-1 ECC Medium Division)

Last week: Killingly was idle; Stonington lost to NFA, 63-35.

Outlook: Stonington can win a share of the ECC Medium Division with a victory here. The Bears would also keep their playoff hopes alive in Class M. If they defeat Killingly and Westerly, they'd need some help to qualify, but still have a legitimate chance. The Bears have scored at least 28 points in their last five games and have 312 on the season.

Ledyard at Waterford

Records: Ledyard (7-2, 3-1 ECC Medium Division); Waterford (4-5, 1-3)

Last week: Ledyard was idle; Waterford lost to New London 40-17.

Outlook: The Colonels have stewed over their loss to Stonington for nearly two weeks. They must win this game to split the division with Stonington. If they win their last two games, they'll qualify for the Class M playoffs. A home game in the quarterfinals is not out of the question. Waterford, meanwhile, could earn a winning season with wins in its last two games.

Friday

Gilbert/NW Regional at Valley Regional/Old Lyme

Records: Gilbert/NW Regional (8-1); Valley/Old Lyme (9-0)

Last week: Gilbert/NW Regional defeated Nonnewaug 27-7; Valley Regional/ Old Lyme def. Old Saybrook/Westbrook 42-0.

Outlook: This matchup of Pequot divisional leaders - Gilbert/NW leads the West and Valley/OL leads the South - also has major Class M playoff implications. Valley/OL has already clinched a playoff spot and is in position to earn the No. 1 seed and host a quarterfinal game by winning Friday and then beating rival Haddam-Killingworth on Thanksgiving Eve. Gilbert/NW Regional currently sits in the No. 4 spot in the Class M rankings. It can clinch a playoff berth by upsetting the Warriors and put itself in position to host a quarterfinal game as well.

- Mike DiMauro

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