Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Live HS football chat tonight, 8:30

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You know the drill, kids. Get your homework done, your chores completed. If you’re my age or older, put your kids to bed and kiss your wife (or husband… I know you ladies are out there, too) and hop on for a little high school football chat with me and The Advocate’s Dave Ruden. We’ve […] [Read More]

Wilbur Cross 21, Amity 14 (The Movie)

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Boy I was impressed when I heard Wilbur Cross torched Xavier up at Palmer Field in Week 1. A few of voters upward and outward told me they really liked Xavier as a sleeper in the SCC Division I. So what chance did Amity have? The Spartans were not being talked up by anyone, especially […] [Read More]

Cheshire 49, Shelton 31 (The updated Movie)

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Before the season started, we had a pretty good idea about Shelton. With Ray Pendagast, Paul Piccirillo, Mike Georgalas, Ryan DeAngelis and Co., the new spread offense was going to score some points. After a warmup against West Haven, it certainly did in this week two clash with Cheshire. But we also thought the defense  […] [Read More]

Behold! The mighty high school football polls (Week 3)

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The polls have been released. Take a gander and tell us what you think…   The Top Ten Media Poll Compiled by New Haven Register  Team Point Last Class 1. New Canaan(2-0)(16) 642 1 MM 2. Hamden(2-0)(5) 612 2 LL 3. Greenwich(2-0) 508 6 LL 4. Masuk(2-0) 477 3 L 5. Ansonia(2-0) 404 7 S […] [Read More]

Transitive Law High School football logic (a.k.a. Who-Beat-Who-Beat-Who-Beat-Who Game)

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Full disclosure: I’m no mathematician. I never considered joining the debate team. …When it comes to math and logic, I’m more James T. Kirk than Mister Spock (right). But here’s a concept we can all understand because we do it all the time while trying to judge our fair high school football teams, especially early […] [Read More]

Week 2! Week 2! Week 2!

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Man, these last seven or so days felt like an eternity. Can we start playing football again? Why, yes. Yes we can. Tonight as a matter of fact, we fully integrate ourselves into the 2009 season. Week 1 is in the books, plenty of intriguing results and news to chew on — Ansonia crushing Hillhouse, […] [Read More]

MSG Varsity goes live

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It used to be that high school athletics were covered by their local newspapers and local television, and that’s it. Then, maybe 15 or so years ago, came the rare high school TV highlight show, which eventually dipped its toes into the odd game broadcast. Then came the internet, MaxPreps.com, which dedicated itself to being […] [Read More]

Ansonia 41, Hillhouse 12 (The Movie!)

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Not much needs to be said about this game. Since the two schools agreed to play each other earlier this year, perhaps no season-opener gathered as much interest or intrigue as this battle between one of the best programs in the SCC and, arguably, the best program in the NVL. What the thousand-or-so fans were […] [Read More]

Oxford 20, Notre Dame-Fairfield (The Movie!)

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Nobody said playing and coaching on a high school football team was easy. Sometimes we forget all the blood, sweat and tears (to coin a phrase) that go into getting 40-or-so young men to work together as one. That’s why a nights like Thursday at Sacred Heart University are so special… maybe not for us […] [Read More]

Connecticut Sportswriters Poll Released

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Didn’t get this in my email, and completely forgot about it until right now. Here’s the latest from the new Connecticut Sports Writer Alliance high school football poll. Rank Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Prev. Rank 1. New Canaan (24) 1-0 536 1 2. Hamden (11) 1-0 514 2 3. Masuk 1-0 404 3 […] [Read More]
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Live High School Football Chat at 8:30 p.m.

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Hey kids! Be sure to get your homework done early tonight so you can participate in our weekly live High School Football Chat. The Advocate of Stamford writer Dave Ruden (who’s been all over the Khairi Fortt injury this week) will join me for an hour. We’ll take your questions as we put Week 1 […] [Read More]
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Week 1: Central 53, Ludlowe 28 (The Movie!)

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And here’s the second of four Week 1 high school football videos for your perusal: It’s the first quarter of Central’s 53-28 victory over Ludlowe on Thursday evening, a quarter Hilltoppers led 26-0 thanks to the efforts of QB Christon Gill, back Dominick Luckey, receiver Shabashie McIntosh an all those big, swarming linemen. As you […] [Read More]

The Day Coaches’ Poll Debuts

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Ned Griffen of The Day of New London did what all of these other polls should do: Debut the week after the season starts and we acutally get a feel for some of these things. I’d say, maybe even wait another week. But no matter, here it is: The Day of New London Top 10 state […] [Read More]

Week 2: The Top 10 Media Poll

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And we finally begin our transition from Week 1 to Week 2 as the fine folks at the New Haven Register (now that they’ve decided to be good boys and share with the rest of the kids) release their Top 10 media poll. Got this a few hours ago, we were embargoed until right now. […] [Read More]

Pomperaug 43, Stratford 0 (The Movie!)

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Finally, after a pretty long and eventful weekend that really put a dent in my work schedule (don’t ask), I’ve finally managed to make headway on the four videos I shot at the recent games. The first of the bunch is Stratford-Pomperaug, which the Panthers won, 43-0. I got there just after Pomeraug’s Ben Crick […] [Read More]

Week One: What Did We Learn?

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OK, children, gather ’round. No pushing. No shoving. Everyone will get a chance to speak. For now, just listen up. Week 1 of the High School Football season is practically in the books. Just one regional game today. Everything else is elsewhere. So, with Ansonia’s 41-12 wipeout of Hillhouse, Notre Dame-WH’s 48-6 rout of Fairfield […] [Read More]

TMI Thursday’s

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Forget what you learned about in school. Welcome to the real age of information, high school football style. It took some time, and there were a few stragglers late, but we somehow managed to collect all of the scores and news throughout the night and got them all tidied up and packaged for your perusal […] [Read More]

Live high school football coverage: here, there, everywhere!

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Stuck at home or in your office tonight? You can follow along all the action by just going on the web. You can see them in your home, you can (uh) check them in a dome. You can watch them on a plane, you can watch them from a train. You can see them everywhere, […] [Read More]
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Wednesday night fights (High School Football Begins!)

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Pshhhhew… It’s been a long, long, long, long, long, long day. After a Tuesday working late into the night following our inaugural high school football preview blog, I cashed out for most of the morning. I woke up around 11ish with, oh… 43 emails and text messages on my phone all demanding my attention. Just […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 Countdown Concludes… No. 2 Greenwich … No. 1…?

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It’s here, it’s FINALLY here! The start of the 2009 High School Football season. We had one game tonight (East Lyme 34, Enfield 7) and, for us, southwestern Connecticut kicks off Wednesday night with three games on tap. Norwalk at Greenwich, Westhill vs. Harding (at Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport), and Brookfield at New Milford. God I […] [Read More]

Thanks for a great live blog!

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Thanks to everyone for a tremendous live blog. For a first time, I thought it was pretty comprehensive. You had lots and lots of questions out there, and I think Dave Ruden and I did our best to give you the best answers possible. We’re going to try to do it again some time after […] [Read More]

Behold! The Top 10 New Haven Register Poll

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The New Haven Register’s Top 10 High School Football Poll, now in its 47th year, has finally hit the virtual newsstands. And here you go: Preseason Team…………………………..Points…………Last 1. New Canaan (13-0) (15)……..596………………1 2. Hamden (9-3) (5)……………..555……………NR 3. Masuk (12-1)…………………..479…………….3 4. Shelton (7-4)…………………..316…………….NR 5. Seymour (11-2)……………….301…………….NR 6. New Britain (8-3)……………..295……………NR 7. Montville (9-3)…………………283……………NR 8. Greenwich (8-3)……………….281……………NR […] [Read More]

Bergen Catholic (N.J.) vs. Westfield (Mass.) at… Ken Strong Stadium

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A good pickup by New Haven Register high school football reporter/historian/God Bob Barton who picked up this little tidbit on his football radar screen: New Jersey power Bergen Catholic will play Westfield, Mass. at Ken Strong Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. Apparently, the two schools compromised on this neutral site match smack dab in […] [Read More]
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Live high school football preview chat, today at 7 p.m.

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Got anything going on tonight? Wanna talk high school football? Well, look no further than right here. Join yours truly, Sean Patrick Bowley, the online sports producer for Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, in a live chat with Advocate writer Dave Ruden tonight at 7 p.m. We’ll take a look at the upcoming high school football season, […] [Read More]
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Has anybody seen Ray Brown?

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Three weeks into high school football preseason, two days before the regular season and I don’t recall getting any Ansonia comments from our good pal, Ray Brown. Are you out there, Ray. You still with us? Anybody who knows, drop a line. I know we have a proxy in our pal “Masuk Rules,” but it […] [Read More]
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Ladies and gentlemen, the inaugural Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Football Poll

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT… This is something I’ve been pushing for for at least a year, maybe two: a neutral poll conducted by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance. Well, after a lot of work this offseason grabbing as many potential voters as possible from all the major dailies down the the smallest, one-school […] [Read More]

The Countdown Continues… No. 5 New Canaan, No. 4 Staples, No. 3 Shelton…

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And, after a brief blog respite, we continue to countdown our top eight football teams in southwest Connecticut. Here’s the list so far (which can be found on our High School Football page here). 8. Ansonia 7. Notre Dame-WH 6. Masuk 5. New Canaan 4. Staples 3. Shelton A pretty good list, in my estimation. […] [Read More]

QB Prospect Turner Baty Comes To New Canaan

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FCIACfootball blogger Tim Parry and The Advocate’s Dave Ruden are reporting some intriguing news out of New Canaan, where a Division I football recruit has suddenly dropped into coach Lou Marinelli’s lap. His name is Turner Baty. From Ruden’s latest blogpost, which can be found on our site here Baty, a senior, passed for 1,800 […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 Countdown: No. 6 Masuk

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We continue to countdown the Elite 8 high school football games of southwestern Connecticut. We’re at No. 6, now. That means just five more days to football season. Annnnnd our No. 6 is… Masuk. Pshhhhhhhhhhhsssssst! Hear that? That’s the sound of a few of our fans’ hopes for a high Masuk rank deflating into the […] [Read More]

Shelton 19, Ansonia 7

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Not a heckuva lot to report from tonight’s Ansona-Shelton clash at Finn Stadium. Ansonia, already banged up and struggling with depth, took an early touchdown lead but succumbed to a rash of Shelton touchdowns in a 19-7 first half. Ryan DeAngelis scored on two short runs and Paul Piccirillo caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from […] [Read More]