Connecticut High School Football

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League playoff race update for Week 7

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Things got pretty much back to normal Saturday with all of the favorites winning, restoring some sanity to Week 7. So as we move on to Week 8, here’s a look at the local league playoff races. Here are the FCIAC playoff standings through Week 7. FCIAC PLAYOFF HUNT (Through Week 7) Team FCIAC Pts […] [Read More]

Friday Night Week 7: It’s getting scary out there

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If you thought Week 6 was nuts, let’s try to recap Week 7. And this is just Friday night. (ahem) Ansonia beats Derby/O’Brien Tech 33-32 in one of the craziest (half) games I’ve witnessed. Derby/O’Brien Tech, which was given virtually no shot by anyone outside of its own hamlet, came in throwing haymakers behind Ray […] [Read More]

Week 7 Primer: Masuk-Bethel it is (with a caveat)

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The masses have spoken on this Week 7: You want me at Bethel-Masuk. Ask and you shall receive! …But this appearance comes with a warning. Bethel has to show up, and I mean not be down by 3 TDs at halftime. It has to compete and give mighty Masuk a run. Otherwise I’m slinking off […] [Read More]

Guide To This Week’s Games – Week 7

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Here’s your guide to this week’s high school football games. Week 7. Lots of good ones out there. Take your pick. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Ridgefield (5-1) McMahon (3-3) 7 Been pretty quiet up there, Ridgefield Central (4-2) Stamford (4-2) 6 These teams switch uniforms at midseason? Derby/O’Brien (3-3) Ansonia (6-0) 7 This rivalry […] [Read More]

What’s the High School Football Game of the Week?

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I dunno. I dunno. I dunno… Been raking my brains over this the last few days, but there’s no clear-cut ‘must-see’ game on this Week’s schedule. Really. It’s a coin-flip. Yes, there are a few rivalry games (particularly the one going on up in the valley), but there are also some pretty key games going […] [Read More]

High School Football Live Chat, Wednesday 8 p.m.

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We’re gathering together again to talk high school football with our distinguished panel of writers. If you promise to get your home work done, and eat your dinner, we’ll promise to entertain you from 8-9 p.m. Once again, we’re going to try to keep this from devolving into a free-for-all, so we’re going to be […] [Read More]

Wednesday Night Feature: Bunnell vs. Newtown (The Movie!)

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Welcome back to SPB “Masterpiece” Theater, where tonight we recap Friday night’s Bunnell-Newtown game at Pomperaug. The game, which was a critical piece in the ongoing SWC race, was won by Newtown 27-12 on the strength of a 107-yard, two touchdown rushing night from backup QB Dan Hebert (making his first start in place of […] [Read More]

Tuesday Matinee: St. Joseph 28, New Canaan 27 (The Movie!)

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Welcome back to SPB’s Masterpiece Theater (ahem), where for our Tuesday matinee we present to you our modest production of Saturday’s St. Joseph-New Canaan game. You’ll see the media out in force for this Saturday FCIAC clash, but a late-arriving crowd. (Beginning of the game sounded like a mausoleum.) You’ll see the triumphant return of […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls, Week 7

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The Top 10 Polls heading into Week 7. New Canaan drops, but not far in most polls, everybody else moves up a notch. Masuk moves into the No. 2 spot in NHR TOP 10 MEDIA Rank Team (1st place) Record Pts Prev. 1. Xavier (15) 6-0 700 1 2. Masuk (7) 6-0 676 3 3. […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 – Week 7

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The regional Elite 8 heading into Week 7: TRENDING UP Where to begin, where to begin: STAPLES (6-0) From 3 back to No. 2 again. Wiped out Harding, as expected. Has winless Ludlowe and then Wilton left before hosting Trumbull for a trip to the FCIAC title game. WEST HAVEN (6-0) Up one to No. […] [Read More]

Bloody Week 6 Part 2: League Championship Races

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Here are your FCIAC playoff standings with three weeks to go. Unbeaten Darien and Staples are at the head of the table, with Trumbull, Ridgefield, Stamford, New Canaan all getting a seat. We’ll take a quick look at scenarios below. Team Rec Pts. Avg DARIEN 5-0 610 122.0 STAPLES 6-0 720 120.0 TRUMBULL 5-1 640 […] [Read More]

Deja Vu Again: Another Bloody Week 6 (updated)

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On 9:30 on Wednesday morning at Stratford High School, math teacher Joe Della Vecchia watched the sweetest two words in the English language buzz into his mobile phone. The message came from Tyler Matakevich, the all-state fullback and linebacker at St. Joseph High School, where Della Vecchia has been the head coach for 12 seasons. […] [Read More]

Week 6: We’re Halfway Home

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♦♦♦ WALK OUTSIDE. Take a breath. Look around. See that? Feel that? Taste that? There’s a chill in the air. Brilliant oranges, yellows and reds are blooming from the trees. The ground crackles and snaps beneath your feet. We’re knee-deep in autumn. And those crowds on Friday night, they buzz just a little bit louder […] [Read More]

Guide To The Games: Week 6

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Here’s your guide to this week’s games (sans Ansonia, which wiped out Watertown 47-23 Thursday night). TODAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Guilford (3-2) Hillhouse (3-2) 3 Guilford’s only losses are vs. SCC D1 Bullard-Havens (4-1) Cheney Tech (4-1) 6 Welcome to the CSC title game Ludlowe (0-5) McMahon (2-3) 6 McMahon showing signs of life […] [Read More]

Live High School Football Chat, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

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We’re gearing up for another round of High School Football live chat tonight at 8 p.m. Once again, we’re going to try to stay on script and limit the amounts of comments we get during the session so our panelists can get a chance to respond. So be patient. Otherwise, lots to talk about. See […] [Read More]

Staples’ Kelly to miss 3-4 weeks

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Some relatively good news on the injury front this week for Staples. Rising sophomore tailback Nick Kelly will miss approximately 3-4 weeks with a dislocated kneecap suffered in last week’s 21-13 victory over McMahon. This is much sunnier news than the original prognosis, which was a possible torn ACL. For a team that had already […] [Read More]

Wednesday Matinee: Pomperaug at Weston (The Movie!)

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Good day. Today’s SPB Theater matinee is Pomperaug’s 38-7 victory over Weston on Saturday afternoon. It’s quick and to the point. No grand introductions in this reel. But there is plenty of Andrew Reel… and Kellen Croce and Brett Gaughan and, of course, Willie Maxen, cast and all, making his debut at fullback for twin […] [Read More]

Masuk 45, Bunnell 0 (The Movie!)

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Good evening and welcome back to SPB Theater. Our feature tonight is Masuk’s 45-0 victory over Bunnell in a showdown of 4-0 SWC teams. Lots to convey here in a 45-0 game. You’ll see Masuk’s Joe Diaz break the game open with an interception TD early in the first quarter and a second-half kickoff return […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 – Week 6

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your Elite 8 for Week 6. We’ve reached the regular season’s midpoint and there hasn’t been a ton of movement from last week, just some slight tweaking to the Top 8. TRENDING UP Ansonia – Montrell Dobbs ran buck wild and the Chargers made their showdown with undefeated, preseason NVL favorite Wolcott […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

State Polls for Week 6

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Here are your state polls for Week 6. We have a few NVL sightings in this week’s tally. Ansonia’s victory over Wolcott last week has given the Chargers a firm hold on a Top 10 spot among all the state’s voters. They’re now nine in most polls, 8 in the coaches. Naugatuck also moves into […] [Read More]

Your High School Football Week 5 Wrap-up

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Well … so much for that. Neither wind nor rain nor fired-up Bulldogs could stop the Masuk train Friday night. The Monroe Express to Brookfield (site of the SWC championship game) plowed through the Bulldogs with a somewhat deceptive, yet convincing 45-0 victory. Instead of a sterling finish to an uplifting upset, we got seven […] [Read More]

Week 5 Primer: UnderDawgs!

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It’s safe to say we’ve made a pretty big deal about Masuk in this space since the season started. Justifiably so. Masuk 2010 brings its usual offensive prowess, this time QB Casey Cochran, RB Colin Markus, the sure-handed receivers, the strong offensive line. And then there’s the defense, aggressive, fast, explosive. Jon Testani, Shawn  Flynn, […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Week 5: Guide to the Games

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Need to know where to go and what to expect? Here’s the road map: Your Guide to the Week 5 Games. Tread lightly. TODAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Cheshire (2-2) Wilbur Cross (3-1) 3 Rams come to NH a wounded animal Platt Tech (0-4) Cheney Tech (3-1) 6 Where’s Geremy Grate when you need him? Danbury […] [Read More]

Dan Nemergut and the CIAC’s Derby-O’Brien Tech co-op conundrum

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O’Brien Tech athletic director Dan Nemergut wasn’t a happy camper Wednesday morning, or all day. It stemmed from an interesting piece by Dave Solomon in the New Haven Register this morning on the future of Derby/O’Brien Tech. Solomon: CIAC gets too technical with Derby/O’Brien At issue: Derby/O’Brien Tech’s impending breakup as a co-op high school […] [Read More]

High School Football Live Chat, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

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Live chat tonight at 8 p.m. No postseason baseball to contend with, so I’m sure we’ll get a lot of people. Here’s the deal: We’re trying to ease back on the number of comments made and questions taken so we can give the panelists a bit more time to respond. Only the best comments or […] [Read More]

Trumbull at Central (The Movie!)

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It was deja vu all over again for Central and Trumbull in this prime time FCIAC clash at Kennedy Stadium last Friday. You’ll see a pretty hard-fought first half, a quick Central touchdown and then two defensive stops inside their own 5-yard line. You’ll see Trumbull take an 8-6 lead at the break on Phil […] [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 5

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Here are our rankings for the Top 8 teams in South-West Connecticut for Week 5. TRENDING UP West Haven – And this is waaaay up from one of the ‘Missed’ to a No. 4 spot in the rankings. We needed the Westies to beat Notre Dame, and they did with pretty dominant performance on the […] [Read More]

Week 5 High School Football Polls: Whole Lot of Shakeup Goin’ On

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Here are your High School Football poll results heading into Week 5. As expected, with losses by nearly half of the field last weekend, we’ve had a massive shakeup across the polls. Seven new teams appear over the three polls: Trumbull, West Haven and Hand in all three. Bunnell debuts in NHR. Darien, which had […] [Read More]

Coming to Darien in Week 6: A National Football Nightmare

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As was going through ranking this week’s Elite 8, and attempt to begin trying to figure out playoff scenarios (hint: it’s far too early), I started looking at Darien’s schedule. It’s not very tough. At 4-0, I mused, the Blue Wave will not be losing anytime soon. At least, in-state. Remember, Darien is supposed to […] [Read More]

Newtown at Oxford (The Movie!)

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With Masuk grinding (or, more to the point puréeing) its opponents into mush, the 2010 SWC season is fast becoming a race for second place. Heading into Week 4 only two other teams besides Masuk were undefeated. Bunnell emerged 4-0 after surviving a strong upset bid by New Fairfield Friday night. That left Oxford, the […] [Read More]