It was a Connecticut High School Football Alliance Week 3, with 24 crossover games between the SCC, FCIAC, CCC, SWC and ECC. The SCC played in the most games (17), followed by the FCIAC (10), CCC (10), SWC (8) and ECC (3). It was a pretty even night, as far as the league vs. league results. The SCC went 8-9, the FCIAC 5-5, the CCC 5-5 and ECC 1-2. The SWC had the best winning percentage of the night, going 5-3 \u2014 all five wins came against the SCC, including Stratford\u2019s 34-27 victory over Law, which snapped a 14-game losing streak. Fourteen of the 24 games were decided by more than 14 points; six were decided by 7 or less points and three were decided by a field goal or less. The average margin of victory was 17.8 points. WEEK 3\u00a0SCOREBOARD | WEEK 4 SCHEDULE \/ SCOREBOARD The largest margin was 46, courtesy of ECC\u2019s Killingly defeating CCC\u2019s Lewis Mills 54-8, followed by SWC\u2019s New Milford beating SCC\u2019s Harding by 41 and SWC\u2019s Masuk beating SCC\u2019s Hillhouse by 39. The lowest margin of victory was 1 in two games: East Catholic\u2019s 27-26 overtime victory over Montville and New Fairfield\u2019s 14-13 victory over Sheehan. Three were postponed to later dates due to COVID issues -- Hamden at Westhill, Weston at East Haven and McMahon at Capital Prep\/Achievement First. One was canceled outright: Avon at Notre Dame-Fairfield. All told there have been, 27\u00a0Alliance games so far. Xavier (SCC) beat NFA\u00a0(ECC) and Lewis Mills (CCC) defeated Capital Prep\/Achievement First (Ind.) in Week 1. In Week 2, New London (ECC) defeated Guilford (SCC) 13-6. Don\u2019t put away your league pennants just yet. Week 4 will feature another round of 26 Alliance games. Some of the more intriguing ones include: Wilton at Notre Dame-West Haven, Hand at Masuk, Hillhouse at Bunnell, Darien at NFA, Shelton at Trumbull and Weston at Sheehan on Friday, and three Saturday games: Fairfield Prep at Greenwich, Cheshire at Norwalk and St. Joseph at Xavier. WHAT DID WE LEARN? Much of the state was fixed on No. 1 Darien\u2019s 27-14 victory over Newtown and, while that game lived up to its advanced billing, here were some results that caused quite a few jaws to drop across the state: Shelton 35, Greenwich 14 \u2014 Shelton\u2019s offense sputtered vs. North Haven and then Amity, but the defense bailed it out. But when No. 4 Greenwich scored on two long TD passes early, it was the defense that needed rescuing. The O responded in kind by rolling up 332 yards on the ground and putting Greenwich away with 21 unanswered points in \u2014 perhaps \u2014 the biggest shocker of the night. Ridgefield 28, Xavier 7 \u2014 Ridgefield didn\u2019t get a Week 1, only woke up in the fourth quarter and scored 20 points to make a 42-34 loss to Greenwich look more palpable, and then dominated No. 8-ranked Xavier on the Tigers practice field. Cheshire 42, Staples 14 \u2014 Christian Russo and the Rams bulldozed the Wreckers for 250 yards and a 28-0 first half lead, effectively burying that time Staples beat Trumbull in Week 1 and (likely) elevating Cheshire into the Top 10. Stratford 34, Law 27 \u2014 Law surprised a few by starting the season 2-0 under new coach Chris Haley, especially an overwhelming win over Guilford Week 1. But junior Tristen Pena amassed 254 total yards and Jayquan Kirkland caught two TD passes as the Red Devils went up two scores early to snap a 14-game losing streak and give new coach Nathan Tyler his first win. Masuk 53, Hillhouse 14 \u2014 Hillhouse gave Fairfield Prep a fright last week, but was no match for the Saccu brothers and Masuk at home. Nick Saccu threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 153 and three touchdowns and Masuk is 3-0. Hall 29, Warde 26 \u2014 Hall\u2019s offense looked unstoppable in the season\u2019s first two games while Warde, the Warriors\u2019 alliance opponent, had been handily beaten by New Canaan and Norwalk. But Hall needed a big fourth down conversion and a lucky bounce \u2014 a fumbled snap on a keeper at the goal line, which fullback Ryan Zydanowicz scooped and ran in for a 1-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left \u2014 to stay unbeaten. LEAGUE GAMES ARE ALSO FUN! Some of Friday night\u2019s Alliance results earned public praise from various media types (including us). But there were plenty of other eye-opening outcomes in-conference. Like: Branford 15, Notre Dame-WH 12 \u2014 Forget that the Hornets were 0-12 vs Notre Dame in the 27-year history of the SCC, an even bigger slight is how the school is known for routinely losing top athletic talent to ND. Finally, some redemption came when David McDonald caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Zack Turbert to put the Hornets up with 4:29 left and when a hail mary from Notre Dame went unanswered. Branford is 2-1. Trumbull 29, Ludlowe 28 \u2014 Down 28-14, Hunter Agosti rallied the Eagles to victory. He ran for a 2-yard score and then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corbin Smith (his third TD). Trumbull muffed the ensuing extra point snap, but Smith \u2014 the kicker \u2014 grabbed the ball and went in for the winner with 2:45 left. NFA 28, East Lyme 26 \u2014 For the second-straight game, NFA had to survive a 2-point conversion to win. East Lyme rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter on a blocked punt return and a Rowan Mundell\u2019s 10-yard TD catch as time expired. But, having missed the previous extra point, East Lyme tried for two, but NFA got a good rush and forced the winning incompletion. Fitch 12, New London 7 \u2014 The Whalers led 7-0 late, but Fitch rallied behind quarterback Benjamin Parry\u2019s scrambling TD run with 6:36 left, and his 20-yard winning toss to Malachai Maddox with 1:13 remaining. Maloney 21, Simsbury 14 \u2014\u00a0Angel Arce, who missed the previous week's victory over Conard with a concussion, threw a\u00a029-yard TD pass to Joziah Gonzalez (their second hookup of the day), put Maloney ahead late in the third quarter. On the ensuing Simsbury drive, Rashawn Shelton wrestled the ball away from receiver Teddy Murphy in the end zone. Later, Maloney made another defensive stop at its own 21 with 4:53 remaining to win it.