The CIAC has published the (tentative) 2008 high school football schedules on the sports section of its website, casciac.org/ciacsports.shtml.
A cursory look shows nothing really new. The CIAC is going to be playing an 11-game schedule this season (if you ask me, they should always play an 11-game schedule) and there are just a few new 11th-game matchups to report.
Here are a few. Remember, these are all subject to change:
New London at Hand (despite baseless online chatter suggesting that the New London side was looking for a neutral site, it looks as if this will be played at the Surf Club).
Platt Tech at Foran … Stratford at Law … Hyde Leadership at Wilbur Cross … Masuk at Fitch … (incidentally, Jim Buonocore recently resigned as Fitch’s head coach to take over at Ledyard) …
Here’s a good one: Southington at Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
Actually, Greenwich wanted to play Bergen Catholic, but the FCIAC decided not to give its 19-team league an 11th-game bye. Instead, the league decided to guarantee each team 10 FCIAC games. The unfortunate offshoot of this is that the larger schools were, once again, left with byes staggered across the schedule. That made it tough for any of them to pick up an 11th opponent in-state since most Connecticut teams have the bye on Week 1.
Of the large schools, Stamford got the coveted Week 1 bye and rescheduled NFA. That meant Staples, Trumbull had to go outside the state. Trumbull resumed its Catholic Memorial deal from last year. Greenwich picked up St. Joseph-Montvale (N.J). Staples grabbed North Andover (Mass.). Westhill kept its deal with Platt Tech.
Because the CCC also opted to fill its bye with its membership, Norwalk lost its Bristol Eastern deal. Harding, Central and
Danbury also have open dates
Edit: As I thought, Danbury retained its home-and-home with Rutland, Vermont. So the Hatters have been crossed off the list.
Anyway, back to the matchups….
Pomperaug at Windham …Wilcox Tech at Derby/O’Brien Tech. …Xavier at Northwest Catholic. …Hillhouse at Holmdel (N.J.). (where?) …Stamford at Norwich Free Academy. … Bunnell at Middletown. …Barlow at Bullard Havens. …
Here’s one: Oxford begins its inaugural varsity season playing St. Paul/Goodwin Tech/Lewis Mills.
Newtown at Shelton (This also is an intriguing matchup between two Class LL schools who never play each other despite their proximinty. Personally, I would have rather seen Shelton play Seymour or Ansonia. But the NVL, in their infinite wisdom, decided to fill the bye with league schools. Thanks, NVL. Another brilliant decision). …
Now, the best part: Who’s not playing? Looks like a lot in the SCC.
Fairfield Prep is still without a game (the Jesuits were trying to play Ansonia until the NVL decided to pair the Chargers in a Week 1 barnburner against Sacred Heart.). …West Haven hasn’t picked up a game. (traditionally, WH coach Eddie McCarthy never likes to play it.) …Notre Dame-West Haven. is also without a game. …From the SWC Brookfield and New Fairfield are without Week 1 games.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The CIAC committee has not published the class structures for the 2008 season, so please don’t assume these are the classes. Bunnell, for example, is listed at Class L in the above grids. But AD and committee member Dave Johnson said the Bulldogs will be moving down to Class MM for the first time since 2004.
That is all.
Now, back to the spring season…