Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

Thanksgiving Eve Primer – Live Scoring Updates & Radio Schedule

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest 24-hours 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]

Prank goes wrong for Darien

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A little more than 24 hours before their huge meeting with Darien in the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving, New Canaan awoke to a pretty bad joke. Their field and their school had been vandalized with Darien Blue Wave paint. It was on the school’s doors, signs and on the field house plaza of Dunning Stadium. […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Football 2010 – Preview & Pick the Winners!

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. 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 Elite 8 – Thanksgiving Week

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And now, the Elite 8 for Thanksgiving Week. Only two more left, the end of the regular season, and the end of the playoffs. Here we go… TRENDING UP New Canaan — New Canaan fans got what they wanted, a Darien victory in the FCIAC championship game. Now the Rams have to go out there […] [Read More]
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High School Football Polls – Thanksgiving Week

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Not a lot of games this week, but a few important ones. The CSWA has decided against a poll, but NHR and Day of New London are running theirs. And here they are… ♦♦♦ NHR STATE MEDIA POLL Team Record Pts. LAST 1 Xavier (15) 9-0 702 1 2 Masuk (9) 9-0 686 2 3 […] [Read More]

FCIAC Championship replay (Darien 17, Trumbull 7)

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Just a quick recap for posterity: The 2010 FCIAC championship game between Trumbull and Darien at McDougall Stadium on Friday. Like we discussed in the aftermath, this victory was a mission statement from Darien, a message to the rest of the state as it heads into the Turkey Bowl clash with New Canaan. It was […] [Read More]

ThE mAd cIaC fOoTbAlL pLaYoFf sCiEnTiST! – Class S

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Gnaw-gnaw-gnaw-gnaw-gnaw! It’s maddening, isn’t it? Never fear! We have three down, one to go! His Madness loves this playoff system. So many clinched, so few scenarios to figure out. Not like last year when it took him 24 hours to put it together. And you don’t need to be mad to figure this one out,  […] [Read More]

ThE mAd cIaC fOoTbAlL pLaYoFf sCiEnTiST! – Class M

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His Madness llllllooooooveess CLASS M. It’s MAD I tells ya! MAD! So many teams. So much madness. Figuring it out on Thanksgiving will be enough to dump you into the loony bin! And did His Madness overhear George DeMaio and Matt DeMaio call this division the Berlin Invitational on the radio the other day? His […] [Read More]

ThE mAd cIaC fOoTbAlL pLaYoFf sCiEnTiST! – 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 fOoTbAlL pLaYoFf sCiEnTiST! – Class LL [UPDATED]

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Week 10 is in the books and now it’s time to unleash the man. Welcome… to the LA’bor-atory. (THUNDERCRRRRRAACK!) HAAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAA!!!!! The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist is in. And he’s been pretty ticked off lately with all of these confounded computer programs doing all the heavy lifting, allowing regular citizens cut […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In (Saturday Edition – Updated for Sunday)

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We’re using this space to get you the latest updates from the CIAC Playoff Races. A full breakdown of scenarios will be forthcoming after all the games are in. Here are today’s Finals: Conard 41, Hall 0 Old Saybrook/Westbrook 56, Lewis Mills 14 Haddam-Killingworth 29, Cromwell 28 (OT) Morgan at Wolcott Tech, 1:00 p.m. Gilbert/NW […] [Read More]

No Doubt About Darien: Blue Wave win FCIAC Championship

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All season long, Darien silently seethed beneath the talk. They heard the whispers. They read the clippings. They had a good team, those of us supposedly in the know said, but they weren’t boss. They couldn’t be boss. Just look at the schedule. Not one heavyweight among them. You beat St. Joseph? Yeah, but not […] [Read More]

FCIAC Championship: A Trumbull Rumble or a Blue Tsunami

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We’ve come to the portion of our schedule where small champions are crowned. We’ve reached the final, frantic few weeks of the high school football season and that odd week, where, with a handful of stragglers still playing, the state playoff picture clears as much as it’s going to clear. That’s mostly more for the […] [Read More]

CIAC fines Southington, puts football team on probation

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The CIAC board of control has spoken. The CIAC has fined Southington High School $1,000 and placed the football team on a year’s probation for head coach D.J. Hernandez‘s use of a Manchester playlist against that team in a 28-14 Southington victory on October 22. In addition, Hernandez will be required to take the Sportsmanship/Ethics […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 – Week 10

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Finally, the Elite 8 for Week 10. This week was a struggle, especially ranking the Top 4 FCIAC teams. Where to put Darien, which has impressed with its unbeaten record, including a victory over Red Lion Christian Academy of Delaware, but hasn’t played anybody of consequence in the league except a Matakevich-less St. Joseph squad […] [Read More]

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

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I’m probably flying solo for tonight’s chat. But feel free to join in. We’re talking FCIAC championship and the state playoffs. Tonight at 8 p.m. High School Football Live Chat, Wednesday, 8 p.m. [Read More]

Xavier 42, West Haven 28 (The Movie!)

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We now take you in the Wayback machine up to Middletown’s Palmer Field on Friday night where jilted No. 1-ranked Xavier — admittedly sick of the bad press they’d been getting on inconsistent, sometimes dreadful, offense — took out their frustrations on West Haven to the tune of 522 total yards and six touchdowns. Bulling […] [Read More]

The Hour: Norwalk’s Tucci to step down

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Norwalk’s Pete Tucci will step down as head football coach, The Hour of Norwalk is reporting tonight. “I just think it’s time. I’ve been doing this a long time and I love what I do,” Tucci told The Hour’s Matt Doran. Tucci sites personal reasons, spending more time with his family, which is a sentiment […] [Read More]

Trumbull 15, Staples 13 – The Movie!

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We’re getting to these little later than I wanted, but here’s the first of four Week 9 movies on the docket for this week. First up, Trumbull’s heart-pounding 15-13 victory over Staples in Westport Saturday. This one, which sent Trumbull to its first championship game since 2005, needs no prologue or epilogue. It was an […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls – Week 10

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By virtue of its 15-13 victory over Staples Saturday, Trumbull is on the move, all the way up to No. 6. in one of the two media polls. It’s up to No. 8 in the CSWA and only 9 in the coaches. Staples drops to a unanimous 10 in all three. Xavier is back to […] [Read More]