Fitch, Harding Set For Showdown

Welcome back to another edition of Audibles! Your weekend guide to this week's high school football games. It's November at last and we've reached the homestretch of the 2021 season. We have just three weekends left before the Thanksgiving finale. Time is running short as teams really start to jockey for state playoff positioning.

Speaking of which, here's where everybody stands in the CIAC playoff picture heading into Week 9. Resist the urge to get too nutty over these just yet. The best thing you can do right now is win, especially if you're playing a team in your same playoff class.

We've alluded to some teams' playoff chances in the guide below, but only vague ones. We've done zero math and, hence, are making no projections. Everything becomes a lot clearer after Saturday.

Here's what's what in Week 9:


Conard (3-4) at East Hartford (3-3), 6:30 p.m.: Both teams have been competitive. Weird, but competitive.

Glastonbury (1-6) at New Britain (1-6), 6:30 p.m.: These aren’t the same 1-6 teams.

Southington (6-1) at Simsbury (4-3), 6:30 p.m.: Simsbury would have a puncher’s chance to reach Class LL if it wins out, starting here.

Maloney (6-1) at Hall (7-0), 7 p.m.: If Maloney can’t solve Hall here, nobody will (until the playoffs, at least).

Enfield (0-7) at Middletown (2-5), 6:30 p.m.: Could be Middletown’s last shot at a W before next year.

Newington (5-2) at Platt (4-3), 6:30 p.m.: This has 44-42 written all over it. Defense, anyone? Anyone?

Manchester (0-7) at Wethersfield (5-2), 7 p.m.: Wethersfield’s not done yet.

Windsor (6-1) at Berlin (3-4), 7 p.m.: If enough had gone Berlin’s way, this could have been a 6-1 v. 6-1 showdown.

Farmington (0-7) at South Windsor (5-2), 6 p.m.: Bobcats can secure a winning season here, which isn’t bad all things considered.

RHAM (3-4) at Bristol Central (6-1), 6:30 p.m.: RHAM stunned Plainville last week. Good for them. This is a much different animal.

E.O. Smith (1-6) at Plainville (5-2), 6:30 p.m.: Win here and pay attention to what Bristol Central does vs. RHAM because that’s next, Plainville.

Bristol Eastern (3-4) at Bloomfield (7-0), 7 p.m.: Bloomfield’s your Class S favorite right now.

East Catholic (1-6) at Hartford Public (2-5), 7 p.m.: Hartford’s bringing in the Friday night lights for Coach Harry’s last home game.


Northwest United (3-4). at VG Techs (0-6), 6 p.m.: Remember how big a deal it was that Jen won a football game? Now it’s old hat.

Platt Tech (3-3) at Cheney Tech (6-1), 6 p.m.: Quinebaug is next Cheney. Stay focused.


Fitch (4-2) at NFA (3-4), 6:30 p.m.: This is for the ECC D1 Championship.

Stonington (4-3) at Windham (2-4), 6 p.m.: Beware, Bears. Windham’s on a roll. [GAME PPD INDEFINITELY]

Bacon Academy (0-6) at Waterford (2-5), 6:30 p.m.: Waterford’s last four games have been decided by a combined 12 points.

Plainfield (3-2) at Killingly (6-0), 6:30 p.m.: Killingly’s good for at least four TDs in the first quarter these days...

Montville (0-6) at Ledyard (5-2), 6 p.m.: Time’s running out on Ledyard to turn this thing around. Class S is unforgiving.


New Canaan (6-1) at Ludlowe (3-4), 6 p.m.: Frankly, defense is what really makes New Canaan go this year. Just 66 points allowed.

Wilton (5-2) at Warde (1-5), 6:30 p.m.: Come to think of it, Wilton hasn’t crushed anybody this season...

Bridgeport Central (0-7) at McMahon (2-4), 7 p.m.: Getting that first FCIAC win is always the toughest.

Norwalk (5-2) at Darien (7-0), 7 p.m.: With Wilton next, it’s going to take more than Edwards for the Bears to save themselves.

Greenwich (4-3) at Danbury (3-4), 7 p.m.: All’s not lost for Greenwich in LL playoff race. Just win and hope for the best.

Trumbull (5-2) at Ridgefield (4-3), 7 p.m.: Same for both these guys. Loser’s definitely done.


Holy Cross (5-2) at WCA (3-3), 7 p.m.: Holy Cross just needs to get out of its own way.

Ansonia (7-0) at Woodland (5-2), 6 p.m.: Woodland gets Naugy *and* Seymour next. Regardless, it looks like the end here.

Naugatuck (5-1) at Wolcott (3-4), 6:30 p.m.: Naugy did itself a massive favor beating Holy Cross last week and the Class L race got tighter.

St. Paul (2-4) at Torrington (4-3), 7 p.m.: Torrington’s remaining schedule is actually quite rosy, thank you. Is this a playoff team?

Wilby (1-6) at Oxford (1-5), 6 p.m.: Oxford’s only win is by forfeit right now.


CREC (1-6) at Cromwell/Portland (6-0), 6:30 p.m.: Start printing up those ‘2021 Sassacus Champions’ T-Shirts, Cromwell.

North Branford (2-4) at Windsor Locks/Suffield/EG (0-6), 6 p.m.: This looks like it’ll be another T-Bird barnburner.

Granby/Canton (4-2) at Valley/OL (2-4), 6:30 p.m.: Outscored 87-6 in two -consecutive losses, Granby/Canton needs to get its mojo back.

Morgan (6-1) at Coventry/WT/Bolt/Lym (2-4), 6:30 p.m.: Don’t expect red-hot Morgan to cool off after last week’s bye.

Rockville (5-1) at Haddam-Killingworth (2-4), 6:30 p.m.: Speaking of red-hot teams: Rockville is blazing right now.


Shelton (6-1) at Fairfield Prep (6-1), 6 p.m.: Yea, it’s big. And Shelton’s kinda owned this rivalry lately.

North Haven (3-4) at Hand (4-3), 7 p.m.: Let’s see how far North Haven’s come since this scrimmage in August...

Sheehan (5-2) at Hamden (4-2), 7 p.m.: If Sheehan wins this one, look out Class S: The champs could be back.

Wilbur Cross (2-4) at Amity (3-3), 7 p.m.: Amity just might finish 7-3, but the schedule and that Sheehan loss do them no favors.

Guilford (3-3) at Bassick (1-6), 6 p.m.: Funny, but Guilford hasn’t beaten an SCC team yet: its only played two, after all.

Foran (2-5) at East Haven (1-4), 7 p.m.: Defense has been a serious issue for both teams this year.

Harding (2-5) at Lyman Hall (1-6), 6:30 p.m.: The end zone feels like its 200 yards away for both squads lately.

Cheshire (4-3) at West Haven (6-1), 7 p.m.: The Westies knew they’d be a product of their schedule. Here’s another chance to prove otherwise.


New Milford (4-3) at Pomperaug (0-6), 6:30 p.m.: Two wins gets New Milford into some rarified air: first winning season in 13 years.

Barlow (5-2) at Masuk (5-2), 7 p.m.: Barlow’s scored 50+ four times this year, including three straight. Let’s see that here.

Brookfield (2-5) at Stratford (3-4), 7 p.m.: No matter what you think, both teams have been better this year.

Bunnell (5-3) at Bethel (1-6), 7 p.m.: Bunnell thrilled it survived those two road SCC games 1-1.

Notre Dame-Fairfield at New Fairfield, 7 p.m.: No time to sulk New Fairfield, the Lancers are hungry and coming to town.

Newtown (4-3) at Weston (2-5), 7 p.m.: The season’s been tough for the SWC’s two defending state champs, but for different reasons.


Branford (5-1) at Avon (4-1), 6 p.m.: Every Class M contender will be keeping an eye on this matchup. It’s a pivotal one.



Tolland (4-3) at NWC (2-4), 10:30 a.m.: Tolland already wishing it had those Avon and South Windsor games back.

Rocky Hill (4-2) at Lewis Mills (3-4), 12:30 p.m.: A Terriers’ victory sets up a relatively big game vs. Tolland next week.


Quinebaug (6-1) at O’Brien Tech (2-5), 11 a.m.: This has been a rough, rough four-game stretch for the Condors.

Prince Tech (4-3) at ATI (3-3), 2 p.m.: It’s a fight to stay on the top half of the CTC standings

Bullard/Kolbe (2-5) at Wilcox/Kaynor (0-6), 6 p.m.: Tigers can still finish .500, at least.


Griswold/Wheeler (1-5) at Woodstock (5-2), 12 p.m.: Forget last week and what’s ahead, a win here makes these Centaurs a winning team for good, which... Wow.

New London (4-2) at East Lyme (3-4), 1 p.m.: This is to stay out of the ECC D1 basement. [Moved from Friday)


St. Joseph (6-1) at Stamford (0-7), 12 p.m.: As Coach Dell was saying, the Hogs will be just fine going forward.

Staples (5-2) at Westhill (0-7), 2 p.m.: Staples gets Ridgefield and then Greenwich after this. Giddyup.


Watertown (4-3) at Crosby (3-3), 10 a.m.: Need to start winning these games now, Crosby.


Gilbert/NW/Housy (6-2) at SMSA (3-4), 12 p.m.: Look out: Freddy Camp and the ‘Jackets are no pushovers. They haven’t lost since September...

Ellington (5-2) at OSW (0-6), 1 p.m.: ...Ellington learned that lesson the hard way last week.


ND-West Haven (3-4) at Xavier (4-3), 6 p.m.: Notre Dame’s not the same without Piechota at QB.


Amistad (0-3) at Capital Prep (3-3), 6 p.m.: Everybody deserves to be in a league. 

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