Connecticut High School Football

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

The CIAC Presents: The State Playoff Worksheet (The HAL Supercomputer)

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CIAC’s PLAYOFF POINT WORKSHEET The Sunday of Week 9 is typically not fun for me. It’s the day when I wipe the sleep out of my eyes, clear off the table, grab a paper and pencil, open the computer and transform into The Playoff Mad Scientist. “OK. Xavier. Has 1280 points. Finishes the year with […] [Read More]

The Table is Set – Trumbull/Darien

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Back in August, musing about the FCIAC championship race, we did a quick rundown of the Staples-Trumbull-Ridgefield side of the championship draw. Whoever won Staples-Ridgefield in Week 3, we said, was going to have a primrose path to the FCIAC title game if it could win out. Staples won. There was, of course, one variable. […] [Read More]

Week 9 Primer – Judgment Weekend

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♦♦♦ Welcome to the first day of the rest of your season. For most of us, Week 9 is the last week of the regular, regular season. It’s the end of the idyllic Friday night football portion of our schedule. It’s the last regular season game without fanfare attached to it. Aside from a few […] [Read More]

Danbury assistant coach Bo Williams dies of heart attack

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This is pretty awful news out of Danbury. Volunteer assistant coach Bo Williams has died of a heart attack Wednesday while working out at his home. He was 56. I didn’t know Williams at all, but according to the NewsTimes (Danbury assistant coach, ex-detective, dies suddenly), he sounded like somebody I had would have liked […] [Read More]

Week 9 – NVL Shenanigans

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OK, OK, here’s the straight scoop on the NVL Championship scenario. Woodland lost to Sacred Heart, 30-27, tonight in an exciting and testy game at Municipal Stadium that saw a brawl in the end zone between the two teams. Dave Coggins, the sterling receiver for Sacred Heart was tossed (he’ll miss the Thanksgiving week’s game […] [Read More]

Guide To This Week’s Games – Week 9

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Ladies and gentlemen … your Guide To This Week’s high school football games for Week 9. We’re almost home. THURSDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Woodland (6-2) Sacred Heart (5-3) 6 OK, THIS is for the NVL Copper title. Right? ♦♦♦♦ FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Wilton (3-5) Ridgefield (5-3) 6 OK. Who’s got more pride? […] [Read More]

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

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We’re back, after an unexplained week’s respite, with the live high school football chat at 8 p.m. Because of state games, we may or may not all be in attendance. But I’ll definitely be at the table. Get your homework done, dinner finished, kids to bed early and we’ll see you all there. High School […] [Read More]

Hernandez Responds to Suspension

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Southington football coach D.J. Hernandez today issued a statement regarding his use of a lost playcard against Manchester in Southington’s 28-14 victory on Oct. 22. I have had the opportunity to reflect on this entire situation, and I understand by using the card I did not set a good example for the young men I […] [Read More]
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Wait, so Woodland isn’t the Copper champ yet?

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I kinda feel silly, but today I was told the NVL Copper Division Champion isn’t Woodland. Not yet at least. Apparently Woodland — which defeated Naugatuck 25-6 last week, thereby guaranteeing it at least a 5-1 record in the Copper Division — doesn’t get a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Greyhounds should the Hawks tie Naugatuck […] [Read More]

Southington suspends Hernandez

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I suppose we all saw this coming. Southington today suspended head football coach D.J. Hernandez for one game after the 24-year old former UConn quarterback admitted to finding and using a Manchester coded playlist, “for four plays” during a game between the two schools on Oct. 22. Southington win the game 28-14. “The administration’s investigation […] [Read More]

Courant surveys coaches on Hernandez controversy

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The Courant had an interesting survey of their area coaches on the D.J. Hernandez, wristband controversy today. Most of the responses shouldn’t surprise at all — what’s a coach going to say? Yes, I’d do it, too? It’s still interesting to read the responses. Xavier’s Sean Marinan had the best ones. On the question of […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 – Week 9

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THE ELITE 8 regional high school football rankings for Week 9: TRENDING UP New Canaan — Naturally. Kevin Macari scores 4 TDs and the Rams just dismantled a pretty decent, albeit down, Greenwich team. We were so impressed, we jump them all the way up to No. 3. Yes, Darien beat St. Joseph and NC […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls: Week 9

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And now, your statewide polls for week 9. Xavier’s still No. 1 in the NHR Poll, it gained four points, but actually lost a first-place vote to Masuk. We did have a different abstention this week. Masuk is No. 1 in the CSWA Poll. It picked up three new first-place votes, but Xavier cut the […] [Read More]

League Playoff Hunt Update: Week 8-9 (updated – Woodland still not in)

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Here’s how the local league playoff races are going down with just one week left. It’s a pretty simple equation for most of these and, in the NVL’s case we know our participants. FCIAC PLAYOFF HUNT (Through Week 8 ) Team FCIAC Pts Avg Staples 8-0 970 121.3 Darien 7-0 830 118.6 Trumbull 7-1 930 […] [Read More]

Week 8: Shock and Awe

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Fairfield County is a breed apart from Connecticut when it comes to high school football coverage. We’re blessed (cursed?) with four dailies, maybe a dozen and a half hyper-local weekly newspapers and websites, two radio stations and one huge TV conglomerate, the year-old MSG Varsity and Cablevision affiliate News 12. They all converged like a […] [Read More]

Week 8 Primer: Eddie Mac’s milestone

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Perhaps a 100 people or so trudged to cold and rainy East Haven High School  to watch West Haven take on Wilbur Cross Thursday night. Maybe more than 200 were present when you included the players and coaches on the field. This relatively small band of participants and followers witnessed one of the wildest games […] [Read More]

Guide to this Week’s Games: Week 8

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Clip ‘n’ Save. It’s your regional Guide To This Week’s high school football games: FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Branford (1-6) Hillhouse (4-3) 2:30 Acs had Xavier beat last week. Shelton (4-3) Fairfield Prep (3-4) 6 If only Gaels could get offense humming… Ludlowe (0-7) Sheehan (1-6) 6 Bottom of FCIAC vs. Bottom of SCC […] [Read More]

Manchester says Hernandez, Southington cheated (Courant.com)

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We’re just knee-deep in controversies aren’t we this week? The latest is this parable out of the Hartford Courant today: Manchester coach Marco Pizzoferrato is accusing Southington and coach D.J. Hernandez for finding one of his players’ coded wristbands and using it against Manchester during Southington’s 28-14 victory on Oct. 22. From the article by […] [Read More]

Trumbull at Danbury (The Musical!)

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Before we get to all the fun stuff today, here’s our presentation of Saturday’s Trumbull-Danbury game up on Clapboard Ridge. Danbury marked the 37th school we’ve seen in regular-season action and 39th overall this season. A couple more teams and we get a set of stake knives. This latest movie is jam-packed with stuff on […] [Read More]

NHR Video of Lewis Mills-North Branford “brawl”

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Yes, there is finally public video of the North Branford-Lewis Mills brawl published today by the New Haven Register. What started it: Lewis Mills’ No. 2 pushes North Branford No. 61 hard over Lewis Mills’ 78, who then takes exception to 78 rolling over him like that. 76 gets up to confront him, pushes 78 […] [Read More]

CIAC Rules North Branford-Lewis Mills a double forfeit, Class S affected

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The CIAC has spoken, and the news is quite extraordinary — especially if you’re vying for a playoff spot in Class S. The state governing body of high school athletics has deemed Saturday’s game between Lewis Mills and North Branford a double forfeit after a brawl broke out between the two teams just seconds into […] [Read More]

Tuesday Matinée: Masuk-Bethel & Ansonia-Derby (The Movies!)

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Good morning on this midterm Election Day 2010 and we have a late Halloween treat for you: the movies from Friday’s double dip trip to Monroe for Masuk-Bethel (as voted on by the fans) and Ansonia for Ansonia-Derby/O’Brien Tech (as voted on by me after Masuk took a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter). […] [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 8 (plus Staples’ Pajolek season over)

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The Elite 8 for Southwestern Connecticut for Week 8. TRENDING UP DARIEN — Rested starters and beat Bassick 35-7. Don’t expect them to drop anytime soon. ANSONIA — Derby/O’Brien Tech had the Chargers on the ropes in this one. But Montrell Dobbs, ol’ reliable, comes comes through again to the tune of 50 carries, 278 […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls: Week 8

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The Top 10 Polls heading into Week 8. And we have our first poll disagreement of the year. Xavier is No. 1. But so is Masuk. Xavier (7-0) earned the top spot in the NHR poll, claiming 12 first place votes over Masuk’s 9 and Staples 2. (There was one abstention). Masuk (7-0) swiped the […] [Read More]
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