Week 8 high school football: Manchester faces Berlin, Rockville looking to get back on track

There are some good games on tap in both the CCC and Pequot this weekend, Week 8 of high school football in Connecticut.

Manchester will test itself against Berlin, Rockville will try to get back on a winning track against Morgan/Old Saybrook/Westbrook and Windsor will continue on after struggling with tragedy and adversity.

Berlin (5-1) at Manchester (4-1), Friday, 6 p.m.: This CCC Tier II game will be a big test for Manchester, whose only loss came to Middletown on Oct. 6. Berlin has changed a few key components from last year after graduation, but so far, so good for the Redcoats this season with the exception of a shutout loss to Wilton. Berlin defeated Enfield last week, 27-20.

Morgan/Old Saybrook/Westbrook (4-2) at Rockville (4-1), Friday, 6:30 p.m.: MSW and Rockville have something in common: both Pequot teams lost to SMSA. Rockville’s loss was most recent; last week, the Rams fell 30-7 for their first loss and are looking to get back in the groove. MSW, which gave up 52 points to SMSA on Oct. 6, also lost to Cromwell/Portland. The Morgan co-op is coming off a 40-0 win over Coginchaug last week.

Windsor (5-1) at Enfield (4-1), Friday, 6 p.m.: Windsor had an emotional game against Newington last week, the first game for the Warriors since the unexpected death of one of their players, junior Elijah-Jay Mariano Rivera, at practice the week before. Windsor won and as difficult as it is, now the Warriors must continue on with the rest of their season and face Enfield in a CCC Tier II game Friday. “It’s tough,” said Windsor coach Rob Fleeting after the 42-0 win over Newington. “It’s tough. As a coach, yes, absolutely (the hardest thing he’s ever dealt with). But we’ll get through it.”

Bloomfield (5-0) at Lewis Mills (0-6), Saturday, noon: Unbeaten Bloomfield, ranked eighth in the Courant state coaches poll, has outscored its opponents 238-77 in its first five games and looks to continue that trend this week.

Cheshire (6-0) at Notre Dame-West Haven (2-4), Friday, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, West Haven: Cheshire is ranked No. 2 in the Courant state coaches poll and is on top of the Class MM standings and looks to continue its dominance. The Rams have only given up one touchdown in their last four games.