High-SchoolConnecticut: Andrew Reel

Thanks to the Nor'easter that miserably dropped approximately 80 inches of snow (my approximation) in Connecticut, the football game between Pomperaug and No. 1 Masuk had to be rescheduled from Friday to Saturday and moved from Masuk to Pomperaug's turf field. Will any of this swing the game in a tangible way? I'm not sure, but let's jump in and discuss it in this week's preview.

Week 8 Preview

The Game:
No. 1 Masuk (7-0) at Pomperaug (6-1)
Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Players:
Masuk — You should know all the key players for Masuk at this point. Senior quarterback Casey Cochran (1,846 yards, 27 TDs) inflicts more damage than an October snowstorm, and senior running back Colin Markus (914 yards, 12 TDs) is more elusive than electricity after an October snowstorm. The Panthers are scoring almost 57 points per game, so you probably don't want to get into a shootout against Masuk — it's more futile than searching for a hotel vacancy after an October snowstorm.

Pomperaug —Senior linebacker Tyler Valenti has already racked up more than 100 tackles on the season, but he'll need to contribute more than his physical abilities on Saturday night. Masuk's passing attack is more complicated than a power company's service restoration map after an October snowstorm, so Valenti will have to keep his crew up to speed by communicating and leading on the field. Senior linebacker/defensive back Andrew Reel is another coverage guy who will have to come up huge; Reel is also Pomperaug's leading rusher.

The Stakes:
This is the toughest game Masuk has played this season, and it may end up being their most challenging regular-season contest. For Pomperaug, it's a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the state and jump back into the discussion themselves. That should be motivation enough.

The Prediction:
Pomperaug has held opponents to 12.5 points per game this season, so the defense is legit. But in the team's one loss, they got picked apart by Bunnell, a team that uses a spread passing offense. That leads me to think Cochran will be able to put points on the board, and as we discussed earlier, getting into a shootout with Masuk is like an October snowstorm — they're both just awful, awful concepts that should never come to pass under any circumstances. That's why I'm going with Masuk.
MASUK 45, POMPERAUG 21

For the rest of the Week 8 picks, click here.

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