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]