A 2012 gridiron campaign that held much promise for the Green Wave is in urgent need of a victory.

Coach Chuck Lynch's New Milford High School football team will start the second half of the season Friday evening when its hosts Oxford in the traditional Homecoming contest.

There will be pomp and circumstance aplenty, and there should be plenty of emotion when the Green Wave takes the field at 7 p.m.

However, with nary a win to show for its efforts through five games, coach Lynch's squad is in need of a triumph.

The latest defeat, a 34-33 overtime loss last Friday at Bethel, was the toughest to absorb. It clearly was a game NMHS could have won.

Still, coach Lynch is optimistic his charges can turn it around and post a few Ws down the stretch.

"We play in a very tough league," he opined. "We started the season with arguably the three best teams (Newtown, Brookfield and Masuk) in the South-West Conference, and we played well in stretches versus all three teams."

"(A 35-7 loss on Oct. 5) was not what we are about as a program," he added. "We simply did not play well."

Following its Homecoming date with Oxford, the Green Wave will face a high-powered Joel Barlow ground attack Oct. 27 in Redding.

"Our offense has to move the chains and get first downs and ultimately some scoring opportunities," concluded coach Lynch, "to help our defense out and keep them off the field and keep them fresh.

"I am extremely optimistic that we can still have a very successful season, even with the rough start," said the veteran grid mentor. "These kids are competitors and I'm sure they're up to the challenge."

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