Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

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]
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