Connecticut High School Football

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

Bang-Bang: Was New London’s Kyle McKinnon In? (mystery solved)

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Update: Mystery solved. The ball wasn’t in the arm Kyle McKinnon extended toward the pylon. It was in his left arm, as described by New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli to Dave Ruden in this blogpost. plus the Day of New London’s photo (at right). I should have read Dave’s post more closely. Still, very close. […] [Read More]

‘Super Tuesday’ Quarterfinal Wrap: Cowboys and Indians

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CLASS LL — Staples 48, Ridgefield 21 | Newtown 36, Hall 22 | Norwalk 21, Conard 15 | Xavier 35, Glastonbury 6 | CLASS L — Windsor 14, Notre Dame-WH 7 | New Canaan 27, New London 26 | Masuk 28, North Haven 14 | Hand 35, Coventry/WT 12 CLASS M — Ansonia 35, Bethel […] [Read More]

It’s Super Tuesday: The CIAC Quarterfinal Primer and Live Updates

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The Live Blog High School Football Live Updates NORTH vs. SOUTH The early part of the last decade was good to the Central Connecticut Conference. Bloomfield and New Britain dominated (mostly under the tutelage of coach Jack Cochran), won six state championships from 2000-2005. By no means was it boss, but it was respectable. But […] [Read More]

The Guide to the CIAC State Quarterfinals

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We’re pulling out the weekly Guide to the Games for all the state quarterfinals. A guide for out-of-region games is a first for me at Connecticut Post. So consider this a treat. Class LL and Class L preview capsules | Class M and Class S preview capsules | Ned Says: Xavier, Masuk, Ansonia, Holy Cross [Read More]

CIAC Class LL & L State Quarterfinal Previews

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Welcome back, my friends. Hope the Turkey went down well. Welcome back to high school football. Welcome to the second season. It’s Year 2 of the CIAC’s gloriously expanded playoff field (I’m a fan). Four divisions. Four champonships at stake. Eight teams enter, four teams leave and leap head-first into an uber short week before […] [Read More]

CIAC Class M & S quarterfinal previews

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We move to the Class M and S previews. Just two regional teams reside here, and they’re playing each other. The rest of the contestants are all ECC, Pequot, CSC, CCC and upper-NVL. For the Class LL and LL preview capsules click here. The playoff schedule: Quarterfinals: Tuesday Nov. 29 – 6:30 p.m. at sites […] [Read More]

Ned Griffen Sez: Xavier, Masuk, Ansonia, Holy Cross will win titles

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No members of the Connecticut sporting media sees as many teams and as many leagues than former New Haven Register reporter Bob Barton, The Day’s Ned Griffen and WFSB-3’s Joe Zone. Two of them got together last weekend to talk CIAC state playoffs on WFSB. Of course, it was only the Lonesome Polecat who was […] [Read More]

Ansonia debuts on SNY’s ‘Traditions’ at noon

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Back in Week 3, the SNY show ‘Traditions’ paid a visit to Dunning Field to take a inside look at the New Canaan football program. A month later, the camera crews returned to Connecticut and headed over to The Valley, because, let’s face it, you can’t talk about proud and strong high school football programs […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day Wrap: Wreckers rally (with a little help from above)

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Several thousand fans packed the bleachers and lined the fences around Staples Field to see two of the best teams in Fairfield County duke it out on a glorious Thanksgiving morning in Westport. Yes, Staples was already in the state playoffs. Pressure’s all on Greenwich? A day at the park for Staples? Ehhh… not quite. […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day 2011: And Now, Your 2011 CIAC State Playoff Pairings

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We’ll get to the entire Thanksgiving Day recap in a little while (have some turkey to gobble). And what a day it was. Staples wins the FCIAC championship. Notre Dame-West Haven and North Haven win and get into the playoffs. Ridgefield reaches Class LL playoffs for the first time since 2005. Bethel returns to the […] [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: Stop us if you’ve heard this one… Masuk dominates for SWC title

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Thanksgiving Eve at Blue and Gold Stadium in Newtown. Packed house of a few thousand to watch Masuk vs. Newtown play for the SWC championship. Newtown shows up. Plays tough, befitting its 8-1 record. Has the home crowd cheering and the visiting crowd sifting anxiously through the first quarter. Then Masuk shows up. Takes a […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Eve Primer and Live Scoring Blog

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest 24-hours of the Connecticut sports calendar. Tomorrow, thousands of Nutmeg state residents will get up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast and head over to their favorite Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. It is a day where records are thrown […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Week: About Last Night (and more Darien Thanksgiving trouble)

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We started the Thanksgiving football schedule in earnest with two regional games and a few games with state playoff implications up north in the cold and rain of Tuesday night. (Why these games were played Tuesday escapes me) Locally, Platt Tech routed O’Brien Tech 48-8 to finish the season 4-6. O’Brien Tech finishes its inaugural […] [Read More]

Game-by-game regional Thanksgiving week capsules (and pick the winners!)

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class S

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Finally, His Madness comes to the final state playoff division, Class S. Not many local teams in the mix here. Last year’s state championship participants are gone. Runner-up Ansonia has graduated to Class M. Champion St. Joseph is not in the playoff hunt. So your Mad Playoff Scientist will dispense with the pleasantries and get […] [Read More]

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class M

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His Madness likes this division. Nice and easy. Straightforward. No fuss. Class M has cleaned up nicely since we last spoke. Three spots are still up for grabs for seven teams. Victories by all of the current placeholders will complete the field. If any one of them falter, the door opens for Bethel. If any […] [Read More]

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class L

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His Madness returns! Up next is a pretty stacked Class L field. This playoff division is a bit more clear than its predecessor, with eight legitimate contenders vying for six spots. Two teams will be left out in the cold. And one of those teams has already been decided: The loser of the Turkey Bowl […] [Read More]
Categories: State Playoffs

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class LL

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Grab the beakers! Fire up the Bunson burners! Connect the tubes! Charge the transformers! YES! The Mad Playoff Scientist is back in the laboratory to concoct the latest and last CIAC state playoff scenarios. With one week of football left and about half the playoff field already clinched, it’s become clearer to see what all […] [Read More]

Week 10 playoff update: The ‘M’ stands for mess

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Ah, Connecticut high school football: Where even the tiniest, backwoods game has big meaning in the cosmic universe. The state playoff Thanksgiving Day scenario got a little clearer (or, muddier, depending on who you follow) Friday night. The big upset was Stafford’s 22-21 victory over Gilbert/Northwestern. That, coupled with Windsor’s victory over Waterford, has boosted […] [Read More]

Ansonia wins NVL Championship (with video) and your latest playoff musings

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From the outset, it appeared if every notion about Ansonia-Holy Cross II would come to fruition. Holy Cross punt. Arkeel Newsome. One carry. One touchdown. By the time the Holy Cross coaching staff had finished screamed “C’mon! That was too easy!” at their players, Newsome added another touchdown on the Chargers’ second possession. The rout […] [Read More]

Live from Municipal: It’s rematch at the NVL Championship (and other Week 10 games)

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Back in Week 4, a pair of unbeaten teams walked onto the Jarvis Stadium field anxious to make a point about their place in 2011 NVL season. Holy Cross struck the first blow. Ansonia countered. Again and again and again. The Chargers won the battle emphatically, 45-13. Six weeks later, we’re getting a do-over. Why? […] [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 10

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Lots to do today. And, since there’s been no movement, lots of playoff talk in this week’s Elite 8. We delve into state playoff scenarios for some of these teams. For the full breakdown, click here to head over to the Mad CIAC State Playoff Scientist’s laboratory, for the best, most comprehensive scenarios in the […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

ThE mAd PLayoFF scIENtist REtUrns! (Updated)

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Welcome… to the LA’bor-atory. (THUNDERCRRRRRAACK!) HAAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAA!!!!! The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist has awoken from his year-long slumber, almost a week earlier than normal. But hey, he’s anxious to get this playoff party started. He’s warmed up to the arrival of the H.A.L (Levy) 9000 Super Playoff Computer. Now it’s just […] [Read More]

State Polls: Weeks 9-10

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No real changes atop the polls for Week 10. Xavier’s still No. 1 (by 12 points) and Masuk’s still No. 2 as we head into the last week of the season. State Media Top 10 Others receiving votes: Greenwich (8-1), 224; Darien (8-1), 222; Newtown (8-1), 201; North Haven (8-1), 186; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (8-0), […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

That’s a Wrap Week 9: Setting the Thanksgiving table

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The turkey has been basted and is in the oven. The potatoes are getting mashed. Cranberries are being diced. The stuffing is getting stuffed. We’re getting our good china out. We’re just over a week away from Thanksgiving. And we need just a few more ingredients before our yearly football cornucopia begins. The NVL title […] [Read More]

State Playoffs: The Clinch Is In for Staples, Newtown & Ansonia

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I was told today in an email you had to “get through the Newtown-Bunnell” stuff to get the real important information for Week 9 in Sunday’s blog. Sheesh. Tough crowd, tough crowd. So, in case you couldn’t lift your fingers to scroll down or just plain didn’t see it, we’re re-posting the bottom of Sunday’s […] [Read More]

More OT Madness: Foran’s 47-41 2 OT victory over Guilford

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Newtown-Bunnell wasn’t the only crazy OT game in Week 9. Though it didn’t pack the playoff intrigue as Saturday’s heavyweight fight in Stratford, Thursday saw a tit-for-tat battle between SCC Division II combatants Guilford and Foran, won by the Lions on Dave Yerxa’s TD run. This game was filmed by rogue cameraman RickVolk21, who’s gone […] [Read More]
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The sickest highlight reel of the year: Newtown 54, Bunnell 48 OT (The Movie!)

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No introduction needed. This was the game of the year in the SWC, possibly the game of the year in the region. Newtown’s 54-48 overtime victory over Bunnell. It’s probably the sickest video I’ve ever produced. Great theater guys. It was a pleasure to watch. It clinched a state playoff berth for Newtown and added […] [Read More]

Newtown-Bunnell: The Day After (plus, state playoff clinchers)

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After a delirious celebration on the eastern end of Bulldog Field, the thousands of previous events of the afternoon finally caught up to the Newtown football team. Panting, coughing, wheezing, chugging water bottles, they were at last told to get off their feet and gather around their coach. They did so, thankfully, utterly spent, leaving […] [Read More]