Connecticut High School Football

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

Tonight: Last licks before we go for real

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Tonight is Week 1 of the Connecticut high school football season. Really. Tonight (and maybe some of the days surrounding) typically mark the first full-real, full-contact, full-rules, full-go scrimmages for our high school teams. No more of this 10-on-10-off stuff. They bring refs, keep a clock and everything. It’s the most intense football preseason games […] [Read More]

Tuesday news & notes: Matakevich, Valenti, New Canaan scrimmage

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Couple of quickies on this Tuesday evening: 1. The most scrutinized metatarsal bone in the state was looked over by more professionals today and the prognosis remains the same: Tyler Matakevich‘s is out indefinitely with either a break or a bone chip on the outside of his right foot. At least two weeks; wait and […] [Read More]

Could East Haven’s football season be in trouble?

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Already mired in the state’s longest active losing streak at 31 games, there has been rampant talk this past week that East Haven might not be able to field a football team this year if participation doesn’t improve soon. At preseason count, there were approximately 25 kids on the roster. That figure, which was given […] [Read More]

St. Joseph’s Matakevich injured, out indefinitely

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Updated: Sunday. From the Connecticut Post – Matakevich talks about the injury. Updated: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. (Original posting below) The preliminary prognosis on Tyler Matakevich‘s right foot is a fractured fifth metatarsal, or the long bone on the outside of the foot, coach Joe Della Vecchia said Sunday. “He’s on crutches and he’s got a […] [Read More]

DEE-fense! (Masuk at Shelton, the scrimmage)

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Typically you get a lot of offensive fireworks at the annual Masuk at Shelton scrimmage. This year? Not so much. Both offenses sputtered like one of those silly Black Cat fireworks set on a rainy Fourth of July. This year, the pyrotechnics came from defense. Defense. And more defense. And Masuk was the star of […] [Read More]

DeMaio’s back on WELI

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About two years ago, I apparently wrote a column on how Clear Channel Radio’s move of ‘The Coach’ George DeMaio’s Friday Night Football Extravaganza show from its home station WELI to sister station WAVZ was going to be the death knell for the long-running local program. I say “apparently” because I don’t remember writing the […] [Read More]

St. Joseph at Pomperaug (The Scrimmage)

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St. Joseph seems to be the trendy FCIAC pick this season, which is completely understandable for a couple reasons: A) The Hogs return Tyler Matakevich and Joe Della Vecchia and basically everybody else save for Jason Mawicke (now at Staples) and some linemen. B) Picking the usual suspects kinda gets boring. Anyway, St. Joe looked […] [Read More]

Bassick film wins Best Sports Documentary

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A mighty Congratulations! to Kathy Silver and the kids at Bassick High School for an epic win today: Best Sports Documentary from the New York Independent Film Festival. Silver, a media teacher at Bassick, and her students put together a fabulous film documenting the daily trials of the Bassick student-athletes on the West End of […] [Read More]

Ansonia at Notre Dame-WH (The Scrimmage)

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Normally, I check Ansonia out during its annual clash with West Haven at Ken Strong Stadium. This year we decided to grab Ansonia about a week earlier. Since we’re dragging our feet on the 5 NVL question post (soon, I promise), I needed some quick information on Ansonia. Plus, I was absolutely dying to see […] [Read More]