Updated: 8:20 p.m. 9/4
And the countdown continues.
Our staffers and photographers continue to run all over Fairfield and New Haven counties, collecting images, videos and (most important) information on our 50 regional high school football teams.
Over the next week, we’ll be molding all of these tidbits into one mighty 2011 preview package to be unveiled the week of Sept. 11 (Gave me chills to write that date, actually, considering its significance. Can’t believe it’s been 10 years since.)
Here are some of the latest stories from Hearst CT, in case you missed any of them:
Lewis likes new path as Bassick head coach
Columnist Chris Elsberry speaks with new Bassick coach Derrick Lewis, the former All-American lineman at Southern Connecticut State and All-State lineman from West Haven. Now a minister on the East End, Lewis sounds like he’s entrenching himself in the job.
Greenwich High School football home games in jeopardy because of contamination
Greenwich Time’s Neil Vigdor details the frustrating saga of the GHS field issues. Scrimmages are being moved and, with just a week and change to go before the opener vs. Ridgefield, it doesn’t look like Cardinal Stadium will be ready, much to the chagrin of coach Rich Albonizio and others in the school system.
Your cheatsheet for SWC fantasy football
In a fun column, News-Times writer Kevin Duffy gives us a mock draft of the top SWC football players if you were ever to run a fantasy football league. (I wouldn’t recommend it.)
Point-Counterpoint: Five area high school football topics for 2011
Another entry from the News-Times staff, writers Kevin Duffy and Chris Brodeur examine the SWC and Danbury-area schools.
Pomperaug in search of a quarterback
Duffy took a visit to Southbury to see how new coach Dave Roach and Panthers were getting along without Chuck Drury and Kellen Croce.
All’s fair in love and turf war: Jess and Dave Roach share the field at Pomperaug
More from Duffy’s visit to Pomperaug.
Five questions facing Brunswick as they open camp
Jumping over to prep schools, writer David Fierro takes a look at Brunswick of Greenwich as it begins its second year in the Erickson League.
Now, on to the scrimmages:
We’ve visited seven scrimmages so far and seen 19 regional teams. Saturday was the biggest football day so far and the rumors and reports have been flying fast and furious from other sites. Ansonia beat West Haven 27-15… North Haven impressed in a scrimmage with Guilford and Woodland… Warde and Oxford impressed in a scrimmage with Hillhouse and Cromwell… Torrington beat Farmington 24-20 in a game scrimmage.
Then there were the reports that Masuk blitzed both Berlin and Southington, something like 18 TDs to one or two or three (depending on who you heard from). Video from Berlin surfaced on YouTube, so we’ll start with that:
Meanwhile, We took a trip to a pair of quad scrimmages at New Canaan and McMahon. It was mostly to get preseason video interviews. We did manage to pick up some highlights.
Here’s the scene at the New Canaan Jamboree featuring Bethel (maroon), Trinity Catholic (yellow), Arch Bishop Stepinac or White Plains (blue jerseys) and the legendary Cardinal Hayes of the Bronx (white with maroon trim).
Really not much to see here, especially since it was many of these schools’ first scrimmage of the year. Bethel looked pretty good with QB Brandon Schmidt and RB Brian Birdsell. New Canaan and Trinity looked slightly off on offense but, realistically, you couldn’t take much from this.
Finally, we finally publish video from the Ridgefield-Barlow scrimmage. Played August 26 — before Ridgefield was hammered by Tropical Storm Irene — this was the first official scrimmage of the 2011 season.
Again, not much to take from this aside from a couple highlights. Ridgefield QB Connor Rowe’s long TD pass to Sam Gravitte and a couple touchdown runs from Barlow, including one from sophomore QB Jack Shaban (No. 1). He’s been battling Cooper Brown (No. 5) for the gig.
Finally, we ran over to McMahon High School in Norwalk and caught up with some of the city schools, Central and Bassick; McMahon and Norwalk.
I got here almost an hour late and only caught some of the first-team squads going head-to-head. So this video isn’t anything stellar. You’ll recognize new Bassick coach Derrick Lewis, Central coach Dave Cadelina, McMahon coach A.J. Albano and new Norwalk coach Sean Ireland and some of the returning stars for all the teams.