Football: 10 Takeaways, Week 3

September 23, 2017 GMT

Well, that was fun. Week 3 in Connecticut high school football had its share of dramatic finishes, especially in the SCC, where Shelton and Hillhouse pulled out last-minute wins. North Haven registered the weekend’s biggest upset, edging No. 4 Cheshire, 17-14. St. Joseph lost, too, but that was to No. 1 Darien.

1 HERE TO STAY: OK, Darien, that was impressive. Many of the faces have changed, but these are the same old Blue Wave. Jack Joyce, Mitchell Pryor, Brian Minicus and Co. clobbered St. Joseph, the No. 4 team in the state, 42-10. Let that sink in.

2 IT’S NOW HIS TEAM: Shelton junior quarterback Jake Roberts earned his proverbial stripes in engineering a game-winning drive (six plays, 59 yards) against Fairfield Prep. Roberts was 4-for-5 for 57 yards through the air on the drive. His 2-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left was the difference in the Gaels’ 19-15 comeback win.

3 OUCH: Losing star running back Doug Harrison for the season to a knee injury is a devastating blow for Fairfield Prep. Harrison, a 5-foot-8 junior, was closing in on his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game when he went down late in a Week 2 win over Amity. He finished the year with 306 yards rushing on 56 carries.

4 LIKE BROTHER, LIKE BROTHER: No, that wasn’t Michigan fullback Ben Mason who was wreaking havoc in Newtown’s 14-0 victory over Brookfield. It was his younger brother, Dan. The junior intercepted a pass and had a 47-yard touchdown run, leaving the Bobcats with a feeling of déjà vu.

5 SO FAR, SO GOOD: Westhill’s done what they’re supposed to do, which is beat up on a soft early schedule. The Vikings are 3-0 after wins over Ludlowe, Norwalk and Danbury, teams with a combined 2-7 record. The hard part will come Thursday when the Vikings face New Canaan at Boyle Stadium.

6 FIGHT TO THE FINISH: Amity was just 92 seconds from notching its biggest win in years. Hillhouse’s Neal Eley had other ideas. The junior transfer from Creed Co-Op returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown, sealing a stunning 22-17 Hillhouse win. The Spartans — who also played Fairfield Prep tough — deserve to be better than 1-2.

7 SAME STORY: Markell Dobbs needed only seven carries to run for 146 yards and three touchdowns in Ansonia’s 43-0 rout of Oxford. He also returned a punt 44 yards for a score. Not a bad day at the office.

8 NO DEFENSE: Trumbull has allowed a whopping 43.6 points per game — and that’s including a 33-0 shutout of Ludlowe in Week 2. New Canaan hammered the Eagles 61-14 on Friday.

9 STILL GOING STRONG: Forget the two fumbles he lost, Foran quarterback Jared Hubler is a playmaker. Hubler passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-22 victory over Harding. He also ran for 113 yards and a score. This is becoming a trend.

10 AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED: Masuk, the preseason favorite in the SWC, has won its three games by an average of 34 points. The Panthers likely won’t be tested until Thanksgiving Eve against Newtown.

dbonjour@ctpost.com; @DougBonjour