Connecticut High School Football

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

Preseason 2011: Five Pressing Questions for the SCC

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Finally, after a brief respite to deal with Hurricane Irene and its aftermath (I just got power back this morning), we return to the pressing questions portion of our 2011 high school football blog. Once again, this is based on what we know just a week or so into the preseason. Still lots to learn […] [Read More]

CIAC adjustes “mandatory practice” requirement post-Irene

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In response to repeated inquiries, the CIAC announced today it is not altering it’s mandatory 14-day practice requirement for football teams despite several school districts still affected by the wake of Hurricane Irene. It will however, allow Sunday practices — which weren’t counted under the rule — toward the requirement. Read the full release here. […] [Read More]

Updated high school football scrimmage schedule

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Due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene or other circumstances (but mostly due to Irene), many of this weekend’s scrimmage schedules have been cancelled, or postponed and rescheduled. Here’s the updated list as of Tuesday, August 30 Tuesday Note: Some of these scrimmages may be postponed due to lingering effects from the storm. New Fairfield at Newtown, […] [Read More]
Categories: Fall Practice

Weekend update: Sacred Heart’s Coggins done; Ryan commits to UConn

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Couple of items of note from beyond Fairfield County before we continue with pressing questions. First is the bad news from Waterbury that Sacred Heart standout junior receiver David Coggins was likely lost for the season with a broken ankle. The news was reported by the NVL Football Blog. Coggins has been star for two […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five (or Six or Seven) Pressing Questions for the SWC

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1. Can anyone beat Masuk? No. 1a. Um… Could you please embellish? Do we need to? What else is there to say? You’ve read and seen this a millions times before. Masuk has the state’s best quarterback in Casey Cochran. But you knew that. You’ve seen and read it it here, here, here, here, here, […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five Pressing Questions for the FCIAC

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We’re only a week or so into fall practices. We’re still gathering info and still short on details. A lot can change over the next three weeks as we learn more and more about our 2011 high school football contestants. By no means is this a definitive preview. But it’s worth taking a quick glance […] [Read More]

The (tentative) 2011 High School Football Scrimmage Schedule

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Awright. Here we go. Everybody gets started for real Monday. From now until mid-December, it’ll be wall-to-wall football. Scrimmage schedules. We’ve got your scrimmage schedules! These are the most up-to-date listings on CIAC’s website (though, this year, they haven’t been listed on the master schedule. So I had to go through each regional school, one […] [Read More]

Sitcom pitch: Kid moves to Southington, takes in his father… hilarity ensues

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So I’ve got this idea for a sitcom once ‘Two and a Half Men’ mercifully folds. This 20-something kid, former football player, all-state wrestler, gets one of the plumb coaching jobs in the state at Southington. To help him out we’ll bring in his dad — a hellraiser in his day (we swear!) — and […] [Read More]

“The biggest high school football fan in the history of the game?” Absolutely

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We’re gonna go ahead and agree with Deadspin’s take on the gentlemen in this YouTube video that’s been making the rounds online today. This guy might be the biggest high school football fan in the history of the game. We know Texas is serious about its high school football. We know Texas is without peer […] [Read More]

Day One Links: Bad news, good news and worse news

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News, news, news and more news. Some good, some bad, some just terrible. …And we’ve only just started high school football practices. Here’s the quick rundown on what’s been going on the last day or so. Cover your eyes if you must. Good stuff is at the bottom. 1. Derby’s Jake Tomczak out for the […] [Read More]

To get you in the mood: A (partial) 2010 highlight video

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I embarked on a pretty ambitious video project during last year’s season. I took so much video of so many teams, I thought I could piece together a kick-ass highlight reel of the whole 2010 season. Alas, I never got to finish it. There just wasn’t enough time and I didn’t have enough energy. But […] [Read More]

High School Football 2011 – The Circle Opens

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OVERTURE Good morning. Welcome, my friends, to High School Football ’11. In our last episode, Graham Stewart and the Xavier Falcons were dressed to the nines at the Walter Camp Football dinner, basking in the glow of their undefeated, Class LL championship and No. 1 championship trophies. Casey Cochran and the Masuk Panthers, the equally […] [Read More]

New Canaan, Ansonia to be featured on SNY’s ‘Traditions’

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SNY’s taking its role as the home of Connecticut football up a notch. Already the self-described home of the UConn Huskies, the cable channel is dipping into the high school football market as well this fall witha a program called, Traditions. Produced by freelancer Drew Thorry of Five x Five Productions, Traditions will travel to […] [Read More]

Surprise: Cochran commits to UConn

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As we all know now, Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran has committed to the University of Connecticut. For a long time we suspected Cochran and his family had one suitor — just one — in mind throughout this entire recruiting process. Boston College, the Yale and Princeton and whomever else thought Cochran would make a fine […] [Read More]

Masuk’s Casey Cochran gets UConn offer

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The waiting is over. Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran has been offered a scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut. The news was first reported by his training quarterback coach Travis Meyer on Twitter and confirmed by Masuk coach John Murphy and Casey’s father, Jack Cochran. Because this is a non-contact period, Murphy said he got […] [Read More]

Five high school football players, one coach dead in early-season practices

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High school football practices have just started in parts of the United States. Though we’re just days into August, five players and one coach are dead nationwide. In most of the cases, officials were still trying to determine if heat played a role. Temperatures soared over 100 degrees in at least three incidents. With the […] [Read More]

(Another) Reprieve for Tech School Sports

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The on-again, off-again saga just won’t end. The Associated Press is now reporting Tech school sports have been saved for the fall season. The Department of Education has worked out a deal with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and his budget office of finance to fund the programs. It was unclear where the approximately $1 million […] [Read More]

Tech school fall sports won’t be saved

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UPDATED: Just hours after Vo-Tech superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone delivered an ominous report for Tech school sports, the Connecticut Department of Education has worked out a late deal with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Office of Personnel Management to save the season. More details here. ORIGINAL POST — Tech schools received the worst possible […] [Read More]