Thanksgiving week includes traditional Thanksgiving Eve and Turkey Day battles, along with a Tuesday clash on the gridiron. Not to mention, New Fairfield and Notre Dame-Fairfield each have two games left, including a head-to-head on Thursday, November 21.
While turkey dinner is heating up in the oven things will be heating up on the field with some SWC teams looking to qualify for the state playoffs if not bolster postseason positioning.
Here is a look at the matchups:
Thursday, November 21
New Fairfield (6-2) hosts Notre Dame (5-3) at 7 pm. This is a big game for the New Fairfeld Rebels who sit in ninth place in the Class M rankings, but have one more game left than the eight seed, Granby/Canton (7-2). There are a few other Class M schools with 6-2 marks so it might come down to points earned based on wins by opponents. New Fairfield's remaining two foes have a combined nine victories.
Tuesday, November 26
New Milford (4-5) hosts New Fairfield at 7 pm. The significance of this early Thanksgiving appetizer of a matchup of course hinges a lot on the outcome of New Fairfield's game vs ND. The Green Wave have been involved in a handful of games decided by six points or fewer.
Wednesday, November 27
Masuk (6-3) hosts Newtown (9-0) at 6 pm. Newtown has its state playoff ticket and is challenging for a first-round home game in Class LL and Masuk is hanging onto its playoff lives in Class L. Both teams have scored a minimum of 35 points against each of their conference foes; Newtown has won close nonconference tilts and the Panthers were beaten by non SWC teams Cheshire and Windsor (the latter by one point). Masuk's one SWC loss was the 62-41 game against Weston, a team Newtown did not see this year. A year ago, the Nighthawks went unbeaten and Masuk lost five games but this matchup was decided by just a touchdown.
Bethel (2-7) hosts Brookfield (0-9), at 6 pm. Brookfield lost to New Milford by a point, ND by five, Bunnell by eight and non-SWC foe Foran by a TD. Bethel, in addition to its 10-point win over Jonathan Law, defeated New Milford by five and fell to ND by just six points. Brookfield is looking to get into the win column and has come close, including last week's visit to Bunnell. Can the Bobcats taste victory as much as the turkey or will their hopes of a victory get stuffed by the Wildcats looking who are looking to shake off a tough loss to the ND Lancers.
Stratford (0-9) hosts Bunnell (2-7) at Penders Field, 10 am. The Red Devils will look for their first win against their city rivals. Bunnell has won two of its last three, defeating Pomperaug and Brookfield in a pair of close ones. It's always fun when the Bulldogs and Red Devils line up for this friendly rivalry and bragging rights.
Notre Dame hosts Pomperaug (1-8), 10 am. Pomperaug has not won since a 34-7 triumph over Bethel in week one. The Notre Dame Lancers have been competitive but fought to defeat Bethel 34-28. What does that, or the fact the Lancers play this week while Pomperaug rests, mean for this matchup?
Weston (8-1) hosts Joel Barlow (6-3), 10 am. Weston bolstered its Class M playoff hopes despite surrendering 41 points to Masuk last week. When you score 62 chances are you'll win. The Trojans moved into fourth place in Class M, and are vying for a first-round home game. Barlow had won thee in a row and was hanging tough with unbeaten Newtown, down 10-7 midway through the second quarter, but turnovers haunted the Falcons in a 44-10 defeat.