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Football picks: Final regular season edition

As we get set for the start of the state playoffs, let's pick the final regular season games.

Newtown (8-1) at No. 1 Masuk (9-0)

Newtown is coming off a shootout win over Bunnell (54-48), so they're not afraid of getting into a high-scoring game with Masuk. Still, I'm picking the Panthers until someone beats them. That's how much faith I have in Casey Cochran, Colin Markus and friends.

MASUK 45, NEWTOWN 31

No. 2 Xavier (9-0) at Middletown (6-3)

I would have been tempted to go with Middletown as an upset pick until they lost to Farmington last week.

XAVIER 34, MIDDLETOWN 14

No. 3 Daniel Hand (9-0) at Guilford (4-5)

Hand is too quick and too big up front.

DANIEL HAND 38, GUILFORD 7

No. 5 Ansonia (10-0) at Naugatuck (6-3)

Arkeel Newsome's first Thanksgiving Day game should be a special one.

ANSONIA 42, NAUGATUCK 14

No. 9 Darien (8-1) at No. 7 New Canaan (8-1)

This is one of the biggest matchups of the week. The once-great Darien defense has given up 26.3 points in the last three games, which makes me lean toward New Canaan.

NEW CANAAN 30, DARIEN 20

Greenwich (8-1) at No. 10 Staples (8-0)

Staples has beaten every team on the schedule this season, and there have been some tough opponents along the way. I'm sticking with the Wreckers.

STAPLES 24, GREENWICH 10

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