BRISTOL - Connecticutâ€™s spring championships are over and that means itâ€™s time to start focusing on the fall season soon. The CIAC released 2018 football schedules Monday, giving the area teams a look ahead to what their seasons will be like.
Bristol Central will open up the season at home on Sept. 7 against Hartford Public. The Rams took down Hartford Public 26-6 to open the season last year. The Owls went just 2-8 last season, so it should be a good chance for Bristol Central to get an early win.
The Rams then hit the road for games at Windsor and Wethersfield the following two weeks. Theyâ€™ll then host Middletown before their bye week Oct. 5. Out of the break, Bristol Central could face be its toughest test of the season, a home game against Maloney, which went 9-1 last season.
The Rams are then on the road for three of their next four games - Nov. 19 at Newington, Nov. 26 at Capital Prep/Achievement and a Saturday afternoon game at East Catholic on Nov. 10 - with Platt being the lone home game of the group before the season finale against Bristol Eastern Thanksgiving Day at Muzzy Field.
The Lancers have a favorable schedule in terms of home-turf. Six of the teamâ€™s 10 games will be at the high school, including the first three games of the season. Bristol Eastern opens up the year against E.O. Smith Sept. 7. The Lancers fell to the Panthers 14-7 to open the 2017 season.
Bristol Eastern will then play Middletown and Maloney before hitting the road to Farmington for a rare Saturday game Sept. 29. With Oct. 5 the bye week, the Lancers travel to Newington the following weekend before hosting Platt the following weekend on Oct. 19.
The Lancers then trade off home and away games against Hartford Public, Wethersfield, Manchester and Bristol Central to end the season.
St. Paul is coming off a solid 7-3 season in 2017, but it could be tough in the early going. The Falcons open the 2018 campaign against high-powered Seymour, which scored 40-plus points in seven games last season, including a 49-12 win over St. Paul.
The Falcons then play at home against Watertown, visit Naugatuck and Ansonia and host Woodland before they finally get a bye week. St. Paul will play its Homecoming Game Nov. 3 against Kennedy in its final home game of the season. They visit Torrington on Nov. 9, have another bye week and then close out the season Thanksgiving Eve at Oxford.
Southington also looks to have a relatively easy schedule in 2018. The Blue Knights open their season at home against Glastonbury before back-to-back road games against Simsbury and Manchester.
The Blue Knights will host Hall and travel to New Britain before entering their bye week. After the break, Southington will host Conard and then head to the road for back-to-back games against East Hartford and Enfield.
The Blue Knights will round out their season at home. Before its annual Thanksgiving Day game against Cheshire, Southington will host South Windsor. The Bobcats will be a true test for the Blue Knights. Last season, South Windsor was one of the two teams Southington fell to and did so in overtime.
Plainvilleâ€™s program took a huge step forward last season, going 5-5 after having not won a game since 2015. The Blue Devils will have a tough test to start on the road against Bloomfield. The Warhawks picked up a narrow 18-13 win over Plainville to begin last season, en route to going 8-2.
The Blue Devils will then have their first two home games of the year against Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver and Rocky Hill. Two roads games against Berlin and RHAM take them into the Oct. 12 bye week.
Just two of the teamâ€™s final five games are away from home, East Catholic on Oct. 26 and the final contest of the regular season against Farmington Thanksgiving Day. Home games Oct. 19 against Northwest Catholic, Nov. 11 against Tolland and Nov. 9 vs. Avon account for Plainvilleâ€™s other second-half games.
Tyler Roaix can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org