Connecticut High School Football

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

The 2010 Hearst Connecticut Newspapers All-Star Football Team

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In case you missed it in last Sunday’s Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, NewsTimes and Greenwich Time, we present the 2010 Hearst Connecticut Newspapers’ All-Star Football team. Lots of tough choices to make with so many great players from our region. Here’s who we thought were the best of the best at each position. Click on […] [Read More]

2010 CHSCA All-State Football Team

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The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has released its all-state team. Photos were taken Wednesday afternoon at Southington High School. With the divisions shrinking from six to four, the Coaches Association has, for the first time, added an overall all-state team in addition to the four class all-star teams. Here they are: CHSCA ALL-STATE FIRST […] [Read More]
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All-FCIAC Football Teams Announced

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The All-FCIAC football teams have been announced. Lots and lots and lots of players selected. They list first-team offense and defense, second-team offense and defense and then honorable mention for all three divisions. Congratulations to all the kids. It is, however, kind of excessive from my seat, as well as others’. Pat Pickens did the […] [Read More]

The Final Elite 8 – 2010

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the final Elite 8 of 2010. MASUK IS NO. 1 Of course. The Panthers were, hands-down the best high school football team in the region and, in our humble opinion, the best team in the state. Without going through all their superlatives and accomplishments, simply it was a dream season for the […] [Read More]

Class S Championship Rewind: St. Joseph 49, Ansonia 28

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Finally, the last of the CIAC State Championship Videos: St. Joseph’s 49-28 victory over Ansonia in the Class S championship game. This game was probably the best of the bunch, given the extraordinary efforts by both teams, the back-and-forth fireworks display between St. Joseph’s Tyler Matakevich and Ansonia senior Montrell Dobbs, who was heroic in […] [Read More]

Xavier No. 1 in NHR, Day Coaches Polls; Masuk No. 1 in CSWA

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The votes have been cast, the decision made. It’s Xavier. By a nosehair. The Falcons earned the No. 1 spot in the New Haven Register’s Top 10 Poll today, earning 14 first place votes and 700 points to beat Masuk in the court of public opinion. Masuk received 10 first-place votes (including mine) and finished […] [Read More]

Class L Championship Rewind: Masuk 50, New Canaan 20

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Dim the lights, heat the popcorn. It’s time to relive Masuk’s Class L championship victory over New Canaan at Rentschler Field. [Read More]

Championship Week: Masuk 50, New Canaan 20 (So, Who’s No. 1?) & St. Joseph does it again

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Let the debate begin… or at least continue for a few more days. Masuk shook off a dicey second quarter, in which it relinquished two long pass touchdowns to Kevin Macari and allowed 20 points, and got back to work in the second half with a dominant effort — just 29 total offense allowed — […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: Xavier beats Trumbull and Day 2

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We start with the carnage up at Rentschler Field for the Class LL championship game. Xavier, top-ranked and unbeaten Xavier, made a strong case for holding on to its No. 1 ranking with a thunderous 24-13 victory over Trumbull in the Class LL state championship game. Mike Mastroianni ran for 279 yards and two touchdowns, […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: Primer and Game Room

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Tonight, we begin. Tonight the first high school football teams will make their final preparations, pack up their equipment, load up their buses and settle in for the ride up to Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the first of four state championship games. Trumbull (11-2) and Xavier (12-0) face off in the Class LL […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: The Game Previews

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Class LL No. 3 Trumbull vs. No. 1 Xavier WHERE — Rentschler Field, East Hartford WHEN — Friday, 7 ; TICKETS – $10 ON THE AIR — WELI 960-AM; Sportingnewsct.com COACHES — Trumbull: Bob Maffei (13th year, 97-31); Xavier: Sean Marinan (9th year, 65-32-2). RECORDS — Trumbull 11-2 (FCIAC runner-up); Xavier 12-0 (SCC Division I […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: Video Interviews

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Check out the video player at right for interviews from all of our regional championship game participants. We’re updating this player all day, every day until the finals. Use the scrollbar to cycle down. Also embedded into the video player are all our completed videos throughout the 2010 season. Currently uploaded: From Class LL, interviews […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: Who’ll be No. 1?

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Just three more days before the kick off of the CIAC football championship round at Rentschler Field. Three more days before we find out who the best four teams in the state will be. On Friday night at Rentschler, FCIAC runner-up Trumbull (11-2) takes on top-ranked and undefeated Xavier of Middletown (12-0). On Saturday we […] [Read More]

State Championship Times Annnounced (CIAC Championship Luncheon Videos)

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Here are the dates and times for the four high school football state championships at Rentschler Field, announced Monday morning at the annual CIAC football championship luncheon in East Hartford. After years spent at CIAC headquarters in Cheshire, and then two years at banquet halls in Simsbury and Southington, this was the first time the […] [Read More]

CIAC Semifinals: Southwestern Hospitality (updated)

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The CIAC Semifinals pretty much boiled down to this: Unless it was against Masuk, the FCIAC ruled. Trumbull defeated NFA, 21-6 to reach its first state final in 13 years. St. Joseph eventually routed Valley Regional/Old Lyme 44-7 to reach its second-consecutive final. In the nightcap, New Canaan ripped through Hand in the second half […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are. Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of […] [Read More]

CIAC State Football Semifinal Preview & Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Twelve to go. We knock off eight more Saturday. Welcome to the end of the gauntlet portion — two games, four days — of the new and improved CIAC football playoffs. What used to be championship Saturday is now Semifinal Saturday, a week before the big games at the Rent. But, boy, it […] [Read More]

All-SCC football teams announced

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Here are the All-SCC football teams, released today by the home office. Division I Offense OL: Tom Kenney (Notre Dame), Shaun Reiss (West Haven), Tom Linden (Xavier), Austin Wezenski (Xavier), Sean Marinan (Xavier) WR: Alec Pacelli (Hand), Mike Georgalas (Shelton), Jake Scinto (Cheshire), Tirrell Young-Williams (Notre Dame) RB: James Ward (Wilbur Cross), Kyle Kalanta (Amity), […] [Read More]

Cochran named state Gatorade Player of the Year

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Masuk junior quarterback Casey Cochran has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, according to Masuk coach John Murphy. Cochran (6-foot-1, 210) has thrown for 2,670 yards, 36 touchdowns and 7 interceptions for Masuk, the state’s highest scoring offense. Masuk is 11-0 and is playing Darien in the CIAC Class L semifinals on […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday Recap: Contenders, Pretenders Part Ways

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STATE SEMIFINAL SITES/TIMES Saturday, Dec. 4 Class LL: Trumbull v. NFA, at West Haven 2 p.m. / Xavier v. Glastonbury at SCSU, 2 p.m. Class L: Darien v. Masuk, at Shelton, 2 p.m. / New Canaan v. Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m. Class M: Hillhouse v. Gilbert/NW at Waterbury, 2 p.m.; Brookfield v. New […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday: State Football Quarterfinal Primer & Live Blog

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Welcome to Super Tuesday. 32 teams enter. 16 leave. Tonight, the CIAC football state quarterfinals kick off across the state at 6:30. Regionally, we have nine (or so) lucky qualifiers — shown above — Brookfield takes on Lyman Hall in Class M; St. Joseph hosts Woodland at Ludlowe,  Ansonia hosts Hyde in Class S; New […] [Read More]

High School Football State Polls – Week 12

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The pre-tournament writers and coaches polls have been unveiled. Still a relatively tight race between Masuk and Xavier for the No. 1 spot. Xavier holds the lead in the traditional writers (NHR) and the coaches polls. The CSWA poll has the two teams tied at the top, fittingly I think. There are quite a few […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class M & S)

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We press on with the final two classes of the CIAC state quarterfinal draw. In Class M, which has strengthened considerably in recent weeks, we have a defending state champ vs. a young but talented SCC Division II power. We have a pair of playoff babies in Plainville and Gilbert/Northwestern, who have played in a […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class LL & L)

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Yes! Finally, we have ourselves, in my humble estimation, a legit playoff season in Connecticut high school football. The pairings have been set, the hype is just starting to boil to the surface. It’s time to see who the best teams in the state really are. It’s time to start the new and improved CIAC […] [Read More]

Who are your Regional Players of the Year?

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The regular season is over and, while 11 lucky regional teams will get to test their mettle in the CIAC state tournament, for most regional team the football season is already a distant memory. Practice for basketball or hockey or swimming or wrestling gets underway this week. The regular season for winter starts in two […] [Read More]

Joe D on Joe D: “We’ll see”

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St.  Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia rarely makes trips to Ansonia’s Jarvis Stadium. But while attending the Thanksgiving Day game between Naugatuck and Ansonia on Thursday, suddenly everybody who spotted the coach was his best friend. “People kept coming up to me and I had no idea who any of them were,” Della Vecchia said […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY WRAP: Mutual admiration in Darien, all aboard the Greyhound & the comeback kids

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The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl between Darien and New Canaan had all the makings of a bloodbath, the salvo fired from a select few players on the Darien football team with their pregame bluewash at Dunning Stadium. New Canaan’s blood boiled when its residents saw the midnight decorations at their school Wednesday morning. Heck, police […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day Football: The Expanded Playoffs Are Set (& approved!)

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Ladies and gentlemen, your new and improved CIAC state football playoff pairings and schedule. QUARTERFINALS  — Tuesday, Nov. 30: 6:30 p.m. at sites of the highest seeds. SEMIFINALS — Saturday, Dec. 4: at West Haven, 2 & 7 p.m.; Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, 2 & 7 p.m.; Finn Stadium, Shelton, 2 p.m.; Bulldog Field, Bunnell, 2 […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY 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: This time, Testani and Masuk finish

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Who is the region’s player of the year? We’ve asked this question before. And we’ve received a variety of answers. New Canaan’s Kevin Macari, Trumbull’s Phil Terio, St. Joseph’s Joe Della Vecchia, Ansonia’s Montrell Dobbs (the state’s leading rusher), Brookfield’s Brian Kelly, Masuk’s Casey Cochran. All of them have gaudy statistics that are easily picked […] [Read More]