The Other King James

(And yes a friendly email to sports3@wfsb.com could get you an FNF T-shirt and or FNF magnet schedule)

A couple months from now New Haven’s  King James may have his own “Decision” to make (Temple, Akron, Maryland, Villanova) but for the next 6 weeks Wilbur Cross Running Back James Ward will do his best to guide the Governors to the postseason.  Through 3 weeks of the high school football season, Ward leads the state with 11 touchdowns.  James and his coach John Acquavita were our in studio guests on CTSN’s (Thursdays 7pm)  Game Time show.  Acquavita is most impressed with how Ward carries himself as a team leader and a student at Cross.  At 5-8, 175 pounds Ward is small in the eyes of Division 1 recruiters but little else he is doing this season rates anything less than big including a first-play-of-the-season kickoff return for a touchdown in the opener at Shelton.

Saturday afternoon Ward should have a few face-t0-faces with 300 pound Ridgefield lineman Tommy Jordan.  Then after that Cross has consecutive games with Cheshire, Hand, Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven –  the James’ Kingdom is about to be tested in no small way.

Record Tying Bacon

Tonight on Eyewitness News at 6pm and then again on Friday Night Football we’ll have highlights of Bacon Academy’s record tying comeback win over Windham last Saturday.  Playing at home, Bacon trailed the Whips 41-13 in the third quarter before rallying for a 48-47 win.  The rally from a 28 point deficit matches the record for the biggest comeback in state history.  The Bobcats did it behind 5 rushing touchdowns and 2 touchdown passes from quarterback Brennden Cullen and 15 receptions and 170 yards from wide receiver Alex Couture (playing with a splint and cast on his right hand).

The Body Issue

Joe Zone pointed out to me how the week provided quite a contrast with stories that go skin deep. While the Bridgeport Central cheerleaders were protesting skimpy uniform that they felt showed too much skin (exposed midriff), all time UConn Women’s great Diana Taurasi was showing off her buff naked body in ESPN The Magazine.  I applaud them both.

Part I of II?

Here’s hoping last Friday’s mud bowl between Xavier and Cheshire is the first of two meetings between the two excellent programs.  Xavier’s 9-6 win would likely have played out differently on a dry track and that’s just what could happen come the Class LL playoffs.  Both defenses were stout but it’s fair to think that Xavier’s superior speed was neutralized by the sloppy conditions.  Amazingly, due to SCC scheduling quirks the 2 teams hadn’t played each other since the late 90’s.  Their next meeting could come a lot  sooner. See you at The Rent?

The Best Winless Team In The State

My vote is for (0-3) Windham with competitive and or late losses to Norwich Free Academy, New London and Bacon Academy (see above).  It may not get any better this week either. Say Hello to Ledyard.

By George They Decided to Cancel

The decision by Rhode Island prep school St. George’s to cancel a scheduled game with Lawrence Academy (Ma.) is getting a lot of play on Boston sports talk radio.

St. George’s coaches and administrators were concerned for their players safety with the Lawrence Academy offensive line averaging over 300 pounds.

3 Games We’ll Be Watching

Cheshire at Daniel Hand – Friday 7pm

Hand has showcased a prolific offense through 3 weeks – averaging over 37 points a game – Cheshire has allowed a total of 15 points all season.  Could Cheshire lose two weeks in a row?

New Britain vs. Southington (Rentschler Field) – Friday 7pm

Neither one of these programs appears on track for an exceptional season but their pedigree and the venue (The Rent) help the intrigue here.  Southington Coach and former  UConn quarterback D.J. Hernandez returns to the site of his finest college moment , a game winning 2-point conversion in a 2006 double overtime victory over Pittsburgh.

Trumbull at Bridgeport Central Friday 6pm

Both team are undefeated. Bridgeport Central missed the postseason party last year on account of 1 regular season loss.  It came at Trumbull, 21-0.  Even with a loss tonight, either team would remain a serious playoff contender thanks to the newly expanded 8 teams per class format (last year just 4 LL schools qualified and Central missed out).

Completely Unrelated Thoughts Of The Week

I’m not a big movie guy but I may seriously consider skipping out on work for a full day to take in The Town, Secretariat, The Social Network and The Tillman Story.

Saw Yankees Manager Joe Girardi appearing in a television commercial for Taco Bell this week.  Is this not the same guy who banned junk food from the Yankees clubhouse and encouraged his players to only eat pizza with whole wheat crust?  Fraud alert.

If I can live the rest of my life with 1/100th the grace and courage of Dr. William Petit I’ll be satisfied.

See You Tonight at 11:15pm for FNF

John

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