Connecticut High School Football

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

The 2011 CHSCA All-Star Team: Overall

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The Connecticut High School Coaches Association unleashed its all-state teams for 2011. We’re publishing these in three installments, overall, Class LL and L, Class M and S. Click here for the individual teams: Class LL & L | Class M & S The following is the All-State Team. The best of the best. Players who […] [Read More]

CHSCA All-State Teams: Class LL & L

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Continuing our coverage of the 2011 all-state teams with Class LL and Class L. 12 men per team. Players who made the overall Connecticut all-state team are not included. Class LL OFFENSE OFFENSIVE LINE — Chris Simmons, Manchester; Jamie Horosko, Newtown; Zach Voytek, Trumbull; Serg Jean-Baptiste, Fairfield Prep WIDE RECEIVERS – Sebastian Little, Cheshire; Andrew […] [Read More]

CHSCA All-State Teams: Class M & S

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Getting these teams are like getting the secret formula to coke. In this case, you have to drive up to Southington and snap pictures of the few sheets coaches have in their folders out at this secret meeting for all-state pictures. Done and Done. Without further ado, the Coaches All-State Teams. This is the real […] [Read More]

2011 All-SWC Football Teams

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The SWC football all-star teams were also announced a few weeks ago. Here they are. FIRST TEAM Brian Birdsell Bethel Phil Daluz Bethel Brandon Schmidt Bethel Peter Serencsics Bethel Joey Acquanita Brookfield Leaon Gordon Brookfield David Depoi Brookfield David Camille Bunnell Jared Vasquez Bunnell Bryan Castelot Bunnell J.J. Bivona Bunnell Jawad Chisholm Bunnell Patrick Fahey […] [Read More]

2011 All-SCC Football Teams

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The SCC released its All-Conference team a few weeks ago. Here it is: Division I Offense WR: Nick Vitale (Hand), Tahir Manning (West Haven), Ryan Jacobucci (Xavier) TE: Ryan Murphy (Xavier) OL: Serge Jean-Baptiste (Fairfield Prep), Austin Wezenski (Xavier), Joe Ortoli (Shelton), Dennis Flanagan (Amity) QB: Tyler Vallie (Amity), Pat D’Amato (Xavier), Michael Ecke (Cheshire) […] [Read More]

2011 All-FCIAC Football Teams

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The FCIAC has announced its All-Conference teams. It is broken up into the three divisions, first team, second team, honorable mention. All-FCIAC East FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Postion Name School # Height Weight Year QB Matt Milano New Canaan 15 6’3″ 193 12 QB Henry Baldwin Darien 5 6’3″ 180 11 RB Devon Lofton Warde 5 […] [Read More]

Who are your Regional Players of the Year?

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The 2011 season is over. Girls basketball is already live. Boys basketball and hockey and wrestling etc, etc get underway this week. But we’re not done with high school football just yet (are we ever?). While football teams from all over say goodbye to their seniors, welcome their freshmen and dive into the long offseason, […] [Read More]
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That’s a Wrap: The 2011 Season and Final Elite 8

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Welcome to the end of the 2011 season. The best three teams in the state were Xavier, Hand and Ansonia. Xavier was No. 1. The 2011 Falcons looked like the 1985 Chicago Bears out there this season, hammering all opponents into submission with a bone-crushing defense and a huge and physical offensive line that opened […] [Read More]

It’s unanimous: Xavier is No. 1 again

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Xavier has been voted the No. 1 team in the NHR’s state media poll for the second-consecutive year. This time, it was unanimous. Xavier was simply dominant in 2011. It earned its second-straight unbeaten, 13-0 season, capped with 42-7 victory over FCIAC Champion Staples in the Class LL championship game. Fellow SCC Division I team […] [Read More]

So who’s No. 1? Xavier, Hand or Ansonia?

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We start every new football season looking back on the season that preceded it, transferring what we remember from the December before and planting it in September. Week by week, we readjust our preconceptions from there. Teams are never what they were the season before. A team may feature the same names and duplicate its […] [Read More]

State Championship Saturday: Xavier, Hand, Ansonia win the ol’ fashioned way

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Saturday’s three CIAC championship games weren’t quite championship caliber. Not the kind you expect to see from the ultimate games of the season. These weren’t great games. These were coronations. No one had any doubts by the time the lights went out at Rentschler Field. The best teams won. Emphatically. And they were all produced […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Saturday: Primer and Game Room

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This is it. Today marks the culmination of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season. Last night, we had our appetizer, a delicious blue plate special of a Class S championship game between Holy Cross and Cromwell. The Crusaders ran behind back Dave DiGiorgi to the tune of 317 yards and notched their first title […] [Read More]

Class S Championship: Holy Cross 34, Cromwell 27

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EAST HARTFORD — Dave DiGiorgi ran for 317 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns and Holy Cross held of a last-ditch comeback attempt by Cromwell to win the Class S championship 34-27. Holy Cross was about to put the game away when Cromwell’s David Kuczynski recovered a fumbled snap at his own 4-yard […] [Read More]

We start tonight: Holy Cross vs. Cromwell in Class S title game

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We’re just wrapping up our last previews for tomorrow’s regional football state championship games. You can find everything you need here, links, stats AND special video previews (Xavier-Staples will be available tonight): Class LL Championship Preview Class L Championship Preview Class M Championship Preview But, oh yes, one state championship will be decided tonight. It […] [Read More]

Class LL Championship Game Preview: Staples vs. Xavier

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Class LL championship No. 2 Staples vs. No. 1 Xavier WHERE/WHEN — Rentschler Field, East Hartford; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ON THE AIR — Sportingnewsct.com | WELI 960-AM | MSG Varsity (tape delay, Cablevision only) TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Staples: Marce Petroccio (19th year, 155-52, 3 state titles); Xavier: Sean Marinan (9th year, 78-32-2, 2 […] [Read More]

Class L Championship Game Preview: New Canaan vs. Hand

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Class L Championship No. 5 New Canaan vs. No. 2 Hand WHERE/WHEN – Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Saturday, 2 p.m. ON THE AIR — Sportingnewsct.com (audio only) | WELI 960-AM | MSGVarsity (tape delay – Cablevision only) TICKETS — $10 COACHES — New Canaan: Lou Marinelli (31st year, 255-85-7, 8 state titles); Hand: Steve Filippone […] [Read More]

The Class M Championship Game Preview: Ansonia vs. Ledyard

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Class M Championship No. 1 Ansonia vs. No. 3 Ledyard WHEN – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. ON THE AIR — Sportingnewsct.com | WELI 960-AM TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Ledyard: Jim Buonocore (4th year, 35-10); Ansonia: Tom Brockett (6th year, 70-7) RECORDS – Ledyard 11-1; Ansonia 13-0 HOW THEY GOT HERE — Ledyard: def. No. 6 […] [Read More]

State Championship Luncheon: Pomp and circumstance

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Wasn’t a heck of a lot to report at the annual CIAC Championship luncheon Tuesday at Rentschler Field, site of this weekend’s finals. Not yet anyway. It was a lot of handshaking, back-patting and reverent acknowledgement of by the the state’s championship participants. Tuesday’s luncheon on the third-floor suite at the Rent served as the […] [Read More]

Videos, Videos, Videos. Get your Semifinal Videos

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The cameras were out in force at the state semifinals last weekend, much of it has been posted online, including our humble productions of Masuk-Hand and Staples-Newtown and clips from some of other colleagues and competitors. So, if you missed anything, and I’m sure you did, here’s a list of videos and broadcasts from across […] [Read More]

SportingNewsCT.com’s broadcast of CIAC Championship Football Luncheon

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Now that we have our state championship participants, it’s time for the players and coaches to meet the media and tell us their stories on how they got here. Xavier, Staples, New Canaan, Hand, Ansonia, Ledyard, Holy Cross and Cromwell will gather today with all of the state’s newspaper writers, columnists, bloggers and photographers in […] [Read More]

CIAC State Championship Times Announced

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After some wrangling Sunday over who got to play when and why, the CIAC announced the sites and times for the four state championship games at Rentschler Field this weekend. Friday night Class S: Cromwell (10-2) vs. Holy Cross (11-2), 6:30 p.m. Saturday ClassM: Ansonia (13-0) vs. Ledyard (11-1), 10:30 a.m. Class L: New Canaan […] [Read More]

CIAC Semifinals: The Seismic Shift (Down Goes Masuk)

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The mega-Class L semifinal matchup between Hand and Masuk was, for a while, everything we thought it would be: heavyweight fight. The two programs traded blows throughout the first quarter. A Masuk score. A Hand score. A Hand interception. A Masuk interception. A Hand score. A Masuk score. It was 14-14 after the first half. […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Welcome. Welcome to the War Room. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. Today the hard-working staff of Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and Danbury News-Times will be covering six state semifinal games involving our regional […] [Read More]

Guide to the Games: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Once again, we’re taking the Guide to the Games statewide for the state semifinals. [Read More]

Masuk vs. Hand: Just who’s the underdog here, anyway?

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The game of the night. The game of the week. The game of the month. The game of the year. Masuk takes on Hand in the Class L football semifinals Saturday night, 7 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium. All week fans from both New Haven and Fairfield Counties have been jawing back and forth about […] [Read More]

CIAC State Semifinal Previews and Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Sixteen remaining. All with a shot to reach the glorious state championship games at Rentschler Field on Dec. 10 and 11. We are nearing the end of The Gauntlet — the nine day, two game stretch of state playoff games that produce your eight state championship contestants. If you thought Tuesday’s state quarterfinals […] [Read More]

Cochran repeats as Gatorade State Player of the Year

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Masuk senior quarterback Casey Cochran has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. He is the first repeat winner in the 27-year history of the Gatorade Connecticut football awards. Cochran (6-foot-1, 205) has thrown for 2,801 yards, 36 touchdowns against four interceptions for Masuk, the state’s highest-scoring offense. […] [Read More]