Staples (3-0) at Danbury (2-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

It's been a while Staples, hasn't it?

After three convincing wins, followed by a bye week, the Wreckers will make their long-awaited return to action on Friday when they trek up to the frozen tundra--err, Danbury High School--for their latest test.

Well, it shouldn't really be a test but with a low temperature of 29 degrees and 16 mile per hour winds, it's sure to be on the chilly side.

At this point in the season, Staples has done everything that's expected of them and is on a collision course--dare we say?--to play for some pretty important hardware on Thanksgiving morning. There's still six weeks and counting left before that day so we might be getting ahead of ourselves a bit, but it's hard to picture the Wreckers stumbling along the way.

This week in their sights they've got a Danbury team that's 2-2 and has scored over 15 points just once this season. The Wreckers, by comparison, scored 14 points in 20 seconds in their season-opening win over St. Joseph.

That could pose some serious trouble for Danbury, especially against a team that can light up the scoreboard in a matter of moments. Unless the Hatters devise a plan to ground Staples' high-powered offense, the same one that's scoring 51 points a game, it could be a long night.

Could the Wreckers be a bit rusty after a week off? I suppose it's always possible but I wouldn't expect it, especially under head coach Marce Petroccio's watch. Outside of the first half against St. Joseph--a team that's looking quite mighty itself right now at 3-1--the Wreckers have answered each challenge.

Expect them to do the same this week. Pick: Staples 48, Danbury 8

Weston (4-0) at Bunnell (1-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

A few weeks ago, we would've guessed that this would be Weston's statement game, the one where it could stake its claim as a surefire contender. The Trojans might have already done that with their Week 3 win over Pomperaug, but every week it seems we're learning more and more about the Trojans.

To their credit, they took care of an Immaculate team that they were supposed to take care of. Now, they've got a Bunnell squad that's seeing its season spiral out of control with three straight losses.

The Bulldogs have been scored upon a lot of late, surrendering 137 points in a three-week stretch against Brookfield, New Fairfield and Masuk. That's not likely to bode well against an offense that's as balanced as Weston's is.

Bunnell has had better days. Pick: Weston 36, Bunnell 22