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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Football picks: Final regular season edition

By By Mike Grimala

As we get set for the start of the state playoffs, let's pick the final regular season games.

Newtown (8-1) at No. 1 Masuk (9-0)
Newtown is coming off a shootout win over Bunnell (54-48), so they're not afraid of getting into a high-scoring game with Masuk. Still, I'm picking the Panthers until someone beats them. That's how much faith I have in Casey Cochran, Colin Markus and friends.
MASUK 45, NEWTOWN 31

No. 2 Xavier (9-0) at Middletown (6-3)
I would have been tempted to go with Middletown as an upset pick until they lost to Farmington last week.
XAVIER 34, MIDDLETOWN 14

No. 3 Daniel Hand (9-0) at Guilford (4-5)
Hand is too quick and too big up front.
DANIEL HAND 38, GUILFORD 7

No. 5 Ansonia (10-0) at Naugatuck (6-3)
Arkeel Newsome's first Thanksgiving Day game should be a special one.
ANSONIA 42, NAUGATUCK 14

No. 9 Darien (8-1) at No. 7 New Canaan (8-1)
This is one of the biggest matchups of the week. The once-great Darien defense has given up 26.3 points in the last three games, which makes me lean toward New Canaan.
NEW CANAAN 30, DARIEN 20

Greenwich (8-1) at No. 10 Staples (8-0)
Staples has beaten every team on the schedule this season, and there have been some tough opponents along the way. I'm sticking with the Wreckers.
STAPLES 24, GREENWICH 10

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