Connecticut High School Football

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It’s a Wrap Week 7: The Snow Days of Autumn

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We asked for an upset last week and we got it, with Bethel’s stunning 56-46 victory over Stratford at Ralph DeSantis Field. That was the only local surprise. Statewide, we saw both NFA (to Stonington) and New London (to Fitch) catch the upset bug and the state playoff picture looked slightly different than they did […] [Read More]

State Polls for Week 7: Minor tremors

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The state polls are out and, with three ranked teams going down, there was a slight shakeup of the rankings this week. In the State’s Media Poll, Xavier expanded its lead to 10 points as Masuk lost a couple of first-place votes. Hand, with its 28-14 victory over West Haven, leapfrogged Ansonia into the No. […] [Read More]

Saturday Week 7: Winning in a Winter Wreckerland

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Marce Petroccio walked off the Staples Field turf at halftime, his brow furrowed, his lips pursed, fists clenched. Crazy things were happening. And, for the football coach, his team and the hundreds of homecoming fans packed into the stands Saturday, they weren’t good. Start with Darien’s ease in moving the football up and down the […] [Read More]

Week 7 Friday recap and Saturday updates: Wildcats growl

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Good morning. I hope you’re reading this somewhere in a coffee shop in Westport. If you’re not, get your rears in gear. There’s no time to spare before FCIAC Mega Death Match: 2011 Edition commences this on this soon-to-be snowy day. If you are hanging in a Starbucks, or at Village Bagels or Westport Pancake […] [Read More]

Week 7 Primer and Live Update Dashboard: There’s a storm brewing

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Open your doors or windows. Look outside. Take a deep breath. Can you feel that twinge in the air? Can you smell it? There’s a storm brewing. A few of them, in fact. It’s brewing on the shores of Madison, where West Haven and Hand clash in (yet another) huge SCC game. It’s brewing in […] [Read More]

The Guide to Week 7′s Games

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The Day: CIAC planning to revisit ‘score management’

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Taking knees on extra points, taking knees on four-consecutive downs, punting on first down, falling down intentionally with no players within 10 yards, taking intentional safeties, allowing intentional touchdowns, intentionally fumbling, throwing intentional interceptions… These weekly outrages have come to define the CIAC’s 5-year old and much maligned Score Management Policy — colloquially known as […] [Read More]

League Championship Watch (Week 6-7)

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Week 7 is just about the time to start to seriously keep an eye on the playoff races. The state races have still a ways to go before we can truly look at scenarios. But it’s not too early with the league championship games, at least in an overview. don’t expect anything too specific. Here […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 for Week 7

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NORWALK — This was almost going to be Notre Dame-West Haven. It was close, but we bumped Norwalk back into the Elite 8 after a one-week respite. Though Notre Dame-WH has faced an undefeated team every week of the season to this point and have a fabulous defense. The offense remains slightly one-dimensional. Norwalk plays […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 6: Xavier’s Still No. 1; Darien cracks Top 10

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Very little change in the State’s Media Poll. Masuk picked up one first-place vote, inching to within four points of No. 1 Xavier. No other rankings changed hands except the No. 10 spot once held down by North Haven is now occupied by Darien. Few changes with the Day Coaches or the CSWA Polls, too. […] [Read More]
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That’s a Wrap Week 6: Calling all underdogs, calling all underdogs

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This season has been good and all but, man, where are the upsets? Yeah. There have been some great games. Yeah, we’ve come close. Staples 24, McMahon 21; New Canaan 36, McMahon 33. But, really, Weston’s been the only underdog whose bite is worse than its bark. Darien’s 35-34 win over Wilton on Saturday was […] [Read More]

Week 6 Saturday Linkage and Live Updates

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It’s all starting to come into focus now. In the FCIAC, perhaps the biggest win of the night came from Norwalk, which surprised some with its 27-12 victory over Ridgefield. The Bears are now a robust 5-1 with just three games left. Ludlowe, Harding and its Thanksgiving Day game vs. McMahon. Ridgefield is all but […] [Read More]

Week 6 Dashboard and Live Update Blog

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Welcome to the original high school football preview dashboard and live update blog. This is a live Twitter feed of regional writers and fans sending updates using the #ctfb hashtag. Comments on the liveblog are accepted, but not all will be published. Scores will be updated as much as possible at the bottom of the […] [Read More]

It’s the SPB High School Football Midseason Quiz!

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Hey, hey, kids! Welcome to the halfway point of the 2011 High School Football Regular season. We’ve had thrill, chills, spills. We’ve seen some great performances. Awesome victories. Heartbreaking losses. We’ve had great debate about the best teams in the league. We’ve said goodbye to some old friends. So, to commemorate the first five weeks […] [Read More]

Guide to Week 6′s Games

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The Midseason Elite 8

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DARIEN The Blue Wave continue to grow stronger every week. They committed four turnovers against Trumbull and still won 21-0. “You would have thought it would have been the other way around,” coach Rob Trifone said. It’s the sign of a good team. Recently bringing WR Clay Barker back into the fold will give junior […] [Read More]

It’s a Wrap Week 5 – Sure hands and heavy hearts

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The week’s biggest games were defined by those with the best hands. We saw Bunnell receiver Jawad Chisholm — as he showed the entire preseason — catching two 80-yard bombs on the same route to stun Pomperaug in the battle of SWC unbeatens. We watched Darien receiver Matt Forelli lay out to catch two clutch […] [Read More]

The Midseason State Polls – Xavier’s No. 1

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Xavier’s No. 1 for the third straight week in all of the state polls. Masuk is still No. 2. So, no real changes atop the state polls heading into the season’s midpoint. Until you look at the numbers. Masuk lost a vote in the NHR Media poll, but is still very close behind at eight […] [Read More]
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Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: McDougall memorials

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Welcome to Week 5, the midpoint of the 2011 high school football season. And the big news of the day is, what else? Rain. Rain. And more rain. This is — what? — the third week of heavy rain forecasts already? (Check here for the latest) So get ready for a few postponements tonight and […] [Read More]

Guide to Week 5′s Games

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We’re a little behind schedule what with the sad news of Jerry McDougall‘s death. If you haven’t seen all of the amazing words from family, friends and colleagues of the late great Coach, it’s worth checking out. Some heavy hitters have weighed in with their memories. If you have something you want to say, feel […] [Read More]
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Legendary Trumbull coach Jerry McDougall remembered

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There was an outpouring of social media condolences and memories Wednesday over the news that Jerry McDougall, the former Trumbull football and baseball coach, had died of cancer at age 76. View “Legendary coach Jerry McDougall remembered” on Storify [Read More]

Jerry McDougall, Trumbull and Connecticut coaching legend, dies at 76

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Jerry McDougall, a pillar of Connecticut and national high school athletics for more than 50 years, died Wednesday morning. He was 76. [Related: McDougall's voice will live forever in a chorus of thousands | Sean Patrick Bowley] A member of both the National High School and Connecticut High School Hall of Fame, McDougall’s Trumbull football […] [Read More]

Greenwich at Trumbull (The Movie!)

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Greenwich receiver Joe Kelly, 80, gets a bounce off the helmet of Trumbull defender Matt Nakano, 9, to make a reception during football game at Trumbull Oct. 6, 2011. Photo: Bob Luckey Next on the marquee is last Thursday’s FCIAC clash between Greenwich and Trumbull. This was one of the more ballyhooed games of Week […] [Read More]

West Haven at Notre Dame-WH (The Movie!)

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Sorry we’re so late on these, but there were other work-related duties that got priority. But we’re happy to say the latest films have arrived. We’ll start with Notre Dame-West Haven’s 28-15 victory over rival West Haven at Veterans Stadium. The Green Knights waltzed home after an impressive 28-0 victory over Shelton, looking for their […] [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 5

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STAPLES — The Wreckers were idle last week, victims of the FCIAC bye for big schools. Yet they move up? Only because West Haven’s dropped out. Intriguing game for Staples this week. Let’s see if it’s improved any. Up next: vs. Danbury, Saturday. POMPERAUG — Your top tailback and playmaker gets his bell rung and […] [Read More]

State Polls for Week 5: Xavier maintains narrow lead over Masuk

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No big changes this week in the state football polls. Xavier maintained its No. 1 spot in the state polls by a mere four points over arch-poll-rival Masuk. Meanwhile, Hand’s overwhelming victory over Cheshire allowed it to leap-frog over unbeaten New Canaan. Status quo the rest of the way with North Haven sliding into the […] [Read More]

It’s a Wrap Week 4: Only nine unbeatens remain

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We wrapped up Week 4 with  quick strikes and big stops from Notre Dame-West Haven in its 28-15 victory over crosstown rival West Haven. We ended with another Masuk blitz, another Arkeel Newsome tidal wave and Norwalk moving to 4-0 for the first time since… (anyone?) On Saturday, we quietly wrapped it all with tech […] [Read More]

Week 4 Thursday Wrap and Live Updates: Stop us if you’ve heard this…

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Darien High School’s Peter Gesualdi tries to break free from Danbury High School’s Austin Calitro, left, and Karon Danzy in a football game at Danbury. Thursday night’s high school football action had a little bit of everything. Chills. Spills. Thrills. Big-time drives and amazing touchdowns. Wild momentum swings. Great, late game drama. Gutsy, game-breaking performances. […] [Read More]

Week 4 Primer and Live Updates: Grab a seat, the train’s leaving

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A few days ago we were attempting to figure out where we’d be sending the cameras for Week 4. The idea is to pick the biggest game of the week — the one game that’s most interesting to you. The game you’d like to see above all others if you couldn’t see it live. It’s […] [Read More]

The Guide To Week 4′s Games

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