Connecticut High School Football

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

Pinto out at Fairfield Prep (with updates)

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Bill Pinto is no longer the head football coach at Fairfield Prep. Athletic Director Steve Donahue confirmed Monday the school has dismissed the 40-year old coach, who went 0-10 one season. After a weekend meeting with the school’s administrators, Donahue said he informed Pinto of the school’s decision by phone Sunday evening. Fairfield Prep posted […] [Read More]

CIAC Super Tuesday: What do you think?

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Just fielded a call from one of our regional playoff coaches, who’s all fired up about this year’s CIAC playoffs. Not just for his team, but the entire field. “Outside of one or two games, it’s almost impossible to pick who’s gonna win Tuesday night.” He’s not the only one. Ned Griffen, from the Day […] [Read More]

The 2009 Playoff Land of Make Believe (Final Edition)

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We’re excited to say this is the last time we’ll take the trolley to the playoff land of make believe. As you know the CIAC approved Steve Filippone‘s proposal and made this a reality just a week ago. Four Divisions, eight teams, one more week. But we do have one more trip to make: to […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY WRAP: Wild in Westport; Heartbreak in Bridgeport; Triumph in Trumbull…

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Simply put, it was an amazing day of Thanksgiving Day football all across Connecticut — in terms of intrigue, excitement and late-game heroics and late-game collapses. We had some crazy, crazy games and some wild results this year, not to mention a heart-pounding playoff race that went down to the wire. Notre Dame-WH, Bethel, Staples, […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY LIVE SCORING BLOG — Scores & Playoff News

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Extra! Extra! Get all your live scoring updates, and playoff point updates, right here. It’s all hands on deck for the staff of Hearst-Connecticut Newspapers — the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time. We’ll be at nearly every single game in the Southwest Connecticut region for our biggest live scoring […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Eve Wrap: Tigers, Panthers, Hawks and… Nighthawks?

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Despite the best efforts of Bassick and the St. Joseph assistant-coach cheering section in (what was that 308), Lorens Wilson and Bullard-Havens defeated Bassick 22-13 at Kennedy Stadium. They’re just bonuses away from the playoffs. [Read all about it] Despite the best efforts of the gritty Oxford senior class, Ben Crick and Pomperaug raced away […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Football Begins! Live Wednesday Night Updates

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest day of the Connecticut sports calendar. Tomorrow, thousands of Nutmeg state residents will get up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast and head over to their favorite Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. It is a day where records are thrown […] [Read More]

Sean Patrick Bowley’s Guide To Thanksgiving Games

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And now, the final guide of the 2009 season. The Thanksgiving Day guide to all the games in the southwestern Connecticut region. We kick off the festivities for real tonight and then go full-bore on Thanksgiving morning. Here we go… WEDNESDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bullard-Havens (7-2) Bassick (2-8) 5 St. Joseph fans should pack […] [Read More]

Let the Madness Begin: Big Class SS Games Tonight [Updated]

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The drive for the playoffs begins tonight with three pretty big games on the schedule. Update: We have all the finals. Montville 48, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 12 Farmington 49, Abbott Tech 18 SMSA 24, Bulkeley 7 Montville clinches with a victory over St. Bernard and is the No. 2 seed in Class SS. Bullard-Havens earns […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Week Polls!

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The pre-Thanksgiving Day Polls have been released! Peruse at your pleasure. But keep this in mind: A little birdie and I agree — most of the state media apparently like to throw darts at a board with this thing. I mean, both media polls vote Glastonbury over Simsbury. And Conard’s out in the Reg’s poll? […] [Read More]

PICK THE THANKSGIVING DAY WINNERS

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Day. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez … Class S

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At last, we come to the end. The ingredients are in place. The Beakers have been filled (Me-me-me-me-me!). The Bunsen burners are cooking. The adding machine has run of of paper. The slide rule’s rusted. The abacus is falling apart. But His Madness has managed to concoct the last few formulas to complete the Thanksgiving […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez… (Class MM)

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His Madness has four down and two to go and his poor brain is just about oozing from his ears. Wake up, Your Madness! Wake up! Darien needs to know if it has any shot. Short answer: ACK! Longer answer: Yes. But gotta beat New Canaan. Longest answer: see below. CLASS MM VINAL TECH/COGINCHAUG (9-0) […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez… (Class M)

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Gnaw-gnaw-gnaw-gnaw-gnaw… Halfway through and His Madness’ head is starting to hurt. Thankfully, the other playoff races are easier to compute since they feature teams that have already (unofficially) clinched playoff spots. Here’s a little diddy for all you Bethel fans out there. THE CLASS M SCENARIO NEW LONDON   (9-0)         1370 (UNOFFICIALLY CLINCHED) Remaining: NFA […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez… (Class SS) [Updated]

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In the interest of all the St. Joseph and Bullard-Havens fans out there, we’re going to jump right over the Class M and MM brackets and go straight to… Class SS. Didn’t we tell you? We’re mad. Update: His Madness butchered one key ingredient of the St. Joseph/Bullard-Havens scenario below. If Wolcott loses, both teams […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez… (Class L) [Updated]

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Heee hee hee! His Madness says we’ve only just begun. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, […] [Read More]

The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist Sez… (Class LL) [UPDATED!!]

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Week 10 is in the books (well, the CIAC says there are three more games, but for sanity’s sake — and this is the most you’ll see of sanity over the next week — we’ll count those as Week 11) and it’s time to start handing out our playoff scenarios. Welcome… to the LA’bor-atory. [THUNDERCRACK] […] [Read More]

Redemption Rankowitz: Staples stuns Central, 14-10, to win FCIAC championship

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You wouldn’t have believed it unless your saw it with your own eyes. Brendan Rankowitz was wide open. He had the game-winning touchdown pass in his hands with nothing in front of him but the winner’s podium. But the senior dropped the pass thrown by Keith Gelman with over two minutes remaining. Central pretty much […] [Read More]

FCIAC Championship Live Blog: Tonight, 6:30

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And now we switch gears to the southern Fairfield County Super Bowl: The FCIAC championship game. Staples (9-0) vs. Central (8-1). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. And, of course, we’ll be blogging live from the event with Henry Chisholm at the controls and me out in the field with my phone and the video camera. There […] [Read More]

We Win!!! The”Playoff Land of Make Believe” Becomes Reality!

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This was a joyous, joyous day for us here at the Connecticut Post when, en route to the SWC championship game, we received official word from the CIAC via email. One more week, three four state championships It’s no longer a rallying cry. Our three-year campaign (Add: well, it was more of a scream-fest on […] [Read More]

Pomperaug Wins The SWC Championship, 38-23

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For, maybe about three of the four quarters, the SWC showdown between Masuk and Pomperaug was everything we expected it to be. Lots of haymakers, a dominant performance by Pomperaug, and then a gutsy comeback effort by Masuk. Trailing by just 8 points, Quarterback Casey Cochran, who had yet another record-breaking night with 527 yards […] [Read More]

Live from the SWC Championship Game (Broadcast and Live Blog)

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Back before the season started, when we started realizing Pomperaug and Masuk might be two of the best teams in the league it was disheartening to learn the heavyweights would not knock heads in the regular season. OK, at the time we felt it was a travesty. But on second glance, this isn’t the SCC. […] [Read More]

Ladies and gentlemen, the Elite 8

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Oh my God. It’s an earthquake! Oh, no. It’s just the shakeup in the Elite 8. Forget what voters in Willimantic or New Britain want to tell you. Here’s how a good ol’ southern Connecticut boy sees how the top eight regional team are ranked after nine weeks (nine already?) of the 2009 high school […] [Read More]

Take another trip to Playoff Land of Make Believe

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peter panWelcome back, boys and girls. The Playoff Land of Make Believe awaits our arrival.

It is a land of fairy tales: where every 9-1 high school football team, and plenty of 8-2s can practically taste the sweet, untainted air of playoff bliss and get to prove themselves on the field.

It’s a place where many others, out of it in real life, still have a shot to clinch a spot if all goes well. It’s a place where Thanksgiving — the best day of the Connecticut Sports year — remains the last day of the regular season.

The CIAC football committee has approved. We’re one crazy “seasonal” committee and a roomful of PhD’s away from seeing our cares disappear.

Come now, children. Grab your Teddy Bear and your blanket. Sew your shadow to your feet. Take a leap of faith out the window.

Second star to the right. Straight on ’til morning.

Here’s what high school football could really, really, really look like…

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Fight to the finish! It’s Bassick over Harding, 18-12 (The Movie)

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Not every great game has to have title implications. When you get two teams of equal talents lined up, the results can be pretty satisfying — especially for the football players on the field. Since I’ve been at the Connecticut Post, I’ve annually come to cover the Week 9 Harding-Bassick game (with the exception of […] [Read More]

Staples is No. 1!

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The voters have spoken. In a surprise (to me at least): Staples is No. 1. That’s in two polls, the traditional media poll (which has always been accused of a “southern” bias) and the coaches poll. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance poll — which has many more “northern” voters (so to speak) sprinkled in […] [Read More]
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CIAC Playoffs: The Clinch Is In

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According to Connecticut Post calculations, the following teams have unofficially clinched CIAC state playoff berths: Class M: New London (8-0); Avon (9-0); Berlin (9-0) Class MM: Vinal Tech/Coginchaug (9-0) Class S: Bloomfield (9-0) The following teams can unofficially clinch with one more victory: Class LL: Glastonbury (9-0, vs. Simsbury) (the Tomahawks can still clinch with […] [Read More]
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Poll: So Who’s No. 1 Now?

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It’s the question that’s been on the mind of every fan, coach and player this weekend following Central’s 42-7 beating of New Canaan Friday night. Who’s No. 1 now? Is it QB Sean McQuillan and Glastonbury (9-0), which now holds the state’s longest win streak at 22 games, including last year’s Class LL championship and […] [Read More]
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Sunday Live Updates (get your West Haven-Xavier scores here!)

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I wasn’t going to do this, but seeing as I will be going to Ken Strong Stadium today, might as well give everybody updates on the progress of Xavier in their game against West Haven. (We may have some Bethel-Stratford updates as well). As you all may know, Xavier is right now third in the […] [Read More]
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Saturday Live Scoring Updates

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Yawn… Is it Saturday afternoon already? Welcome back to the live scoring blog for Saturday, Week 9. It’s still rainy, rainy, rainy out there. We already have one postponement before kicking off this afternoon’s games. Xavier at West Haven, a crucial Class LL game which was supposed to go off at 7, is now Sunday […] [Read More]
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