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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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Notre Dame-WH at Shelton & Weston at Newtown (The Movies!)

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Time to grab the goodies and dim the lights for the final two highlight videos of Week 3. This should tide you over for a few hours before we publish a Wednesday night edition of the Guide to the Games as we bull straight ahead into Week 4. Notre Dame-WH 28, Shelton 0 First, Notre […] [Read More]

Weekly Links: Ned talks Xavier, Duffy talks Masuk, IBD talks Boeing and video clips

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The Lonesome Polecat: The Day’s Ned Griffen catches up with Xavier The hardest working writer in all of football took a trip to Middletown to check the Game of the Year of the Week, Cheshire at Xavier. Among the discussions, Xavier’s new offensive coordinator and its suddenly not-so-impotent offense. There’s also a note about the […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 for Week 4

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None of the Top 8 from last week lost, but we do have some movement based on performances and results around the region. TRENDING UP ANSONIA — Arkeel Newsome is awesome, no doubt. Perhaps the state’s best tailback. His anticipation and field vision are without peer, and enable him to turn big gainers into long […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 4: Flip flop, flip flop

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Here we go again. Xavier recaptured the top spot in the NHR Media Poll today, returning to the top for the first time since Week 1. The Falcons defeated Cheshire 42-20 and snatched two first-place votes away from Masuk and claimed the top spot by a measly two points. Masuk 50-pointed Stratford, scoring 42 points […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: Murphy exonerated in ‘Score Management’ violation

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Masuk coach John Murphy confirmed Monday he will not be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘score management policy’ in Friday night’s 56-0 victory over Stratford. Coaches are put under review by a committee, pending reports from game officials and the two opposing coaches, when a team defeats an opponent by more than 50 points. Murphy […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap Week 3: Status Quo (kinda)

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They almost pulled it off. Fairfield Warde on Friday night, then McMahon and Hamden on Saturday night almost gave us the shakeup we were looking for. But their established opponents, New Canaan, Staples and West Haven, respectively, pulled off wild, come-from-behind victories to keep the status quo in the region. New Canaan beat Warde 28-14 […] [Read More]

Week 3 Friday: Biblical Proportions

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The first sign of trouble came well before anyone really kicked off Week 3. A Tweet, simply, from our pals at the Greenwich Time, all the way at the other end of the state: It didn’t sound too ominous. Games all across Connecticut kicked off without a second thought. But anyone with a smartphone tuned […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and Live Scoring Updates: Less 2010 and more 2011, please

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Something’s not right here. We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it. Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day. Paraphrasing Phil […] [Read More]

The Guide to Week 3′s Games

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Here is your Guide for Week 3′s regional high school football games. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bassick (0-2) Wilton (2-0) 6 Get excited for your Warriors, Wilton O’Brien Tech (1-1) Capital Prep (2-0) 6:30 Honeymoon’s over, Condors Warde (1-1) New Canaan (2-0) 7 TV show ‘Traditions’ wants a happy ending Trumbull (1-0) Ludlowe (0-2) […] [Read More]

Weekly Football Links: Ansonia-Derby preview; New London travels to Greenwich

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A quick roundup of what’s good around the state as we inch closer to Week 3. Ansonia, Derby resume rivalry Friday night Our first preview of the week, Jason Sonski takes a trip across Division Street for a preview of Friday night’s border rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. The Chargers, of course, rallied from 26-13 […] [Read More]

This is a public service announcement: Important tips on stat keeping

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We interrupt the entertainment portion of the high school blog for an important public service announcement: To all of you junior statisticians, team managers, assistant coaches, parents, fans and, yes, some of you pup reporters out there, there’s a good chance you’re not keeping statistics correctly. The information you are throwing out to the world […] [Read More]

Week 2: Norwalk 25, Stamford 12 (The Movie!)

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Stamford was getting a bunch of attention as the 2011 season dawned. The Black Knights went 6-4 a year ago and, with most of the key players returning, looked poised for a breakout season. But it was attention with an asterisks. For years, Stamford has had the talent but has been unable to climb into […] [Read More]

Week 2: Darien 29, Warde 19 – The Movie!

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There had been a light buzz about Fairfield Warde in the preseason. A senior team, armed with strong and veteran offensive line anchored by Mike Mooney, an emerging quarterback Chris Foley, exceptional linebacker David Wolff and a speedy tailback Devon Lofton. We took the video microscopes to Tetreau-Davis Field to check the Mustangs out against […] [Read More]
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The Elite 8: Week 2

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Your Elite 8 for Week 2-3. TRENDING UP NORWALK – With a nice 25-12 victory over Stamford, the Bears have supplanted the Black Knights as the FCIAC flavor-of-the-week. The defense was strong, the offense opportunistic, the Bears’ determination to put 12 years of slow starts behind them unwavering. Now […] [Read More]
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State Polls Week 2: Masuk-Xavier poll wrestling continues

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More poll madness this week. While Masuk remained No. 1 in the traditional state media poll. Xavier leap-frogged the Panthers according to the ever-changing roster of CSWA voters. Xavier maintained the top spot in the Day Coaches’ poll. Xaver No. 2 in anything probably is the last thing Cheshire wants. If you didn’t notice last […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: NWC’s Tyler won’t be suspended

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Short and sweet: The CIAC “Score Management” committee — henceforth referred to here as the ‘Death Panel’  — has ruled that Northwest Catholic coach Michael Tyler will not be suspended for violation the 50-point policy in a 52-0 victory over Weaver on Saturday. From the CIAC statement: After a review of reports received from both […] [Read More]

It’s ‘Traditions’ Week in New Canaan

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Week 3′s Warde at New Canaan game isn’t just a crucial FCIAC showdown between a potential upstart (though recently deflated) vs. the established, state-caliber power. It isn’t just Warde coach Duncan Della Volpe matching wits with his old colleagues at New Canaan. It’s also “Traditions” week. Traditions is a weekly feature produced by Drew Thorry‘s […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap Week 2: Trojan horses and High-Flying Condors

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Some surprising results (Norwalk, Wilton), some not-so-surprising and one whopper: Weston 21, Brookfield 20. Oh, yes. And big congrats to the O’Brien Tech Condors for the program’s first victory. It took just two games and they might have lost their head coach to a knee injury in the ensuing celebration (he’s questionable for Week 3), […] [Read More]

Week 2: Saturday Live Update Dashboard

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Good morning. What can we tell you? Oh, yes. Football. Lots of football. Recaps, get your game stories and recaps here, plus the live update blog. Lots of games were  postponed to today (inexplicably, unless maybe you had grass. It rained, but not nearly enough to be a problem. Especially for you turf schools. C’mon […] [Read More]
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