Connecticut High School Football

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

Sunday Crunch: Mufasha, St. Joseph states their case

They call him the ‘Lion King,’ an endearing reference to his name, “Mufasha,” and the namesake of the titular character from the popular Disney franchise. Like his namesake, Mufasha Abdul Basir grew up before our eyes Saturday at Darien High School. Called upon to make the biggest play of the young season, Abdul Basir, his […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and live updates: Rain, postponements galore (updated)

Week 3 began as a mess with rain, rain and more rain fudging with the schedules. But there was football played Friday night and there were a few intriguing results, especially up north, where nary a drop fell after kickoff. Along Route I-84, Tyler Hassett and Weston hit a landmark victory when they rallied back […] [Read More]

Derby-Ansonia XC: No Newsome? No problem

For a sportswriter on deadline, the 90th Ansonia-Derby meeting was a dream game. First off, it was over quickly (that, my friends is the ultimate sportswriter’s dream). Second, it came custom built with an all-to-easy newspaper lead by halftime. It was so easy, when told what was happening at Jarvis Stadium, every sports editor in […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, NVL, SCC

SPB’s Guide to Week 3’s Games

We had a change in the schedule. Derby takes on Ansonia Thursday night in the 90th meeting between the two schools. Here’s our preview capsule. Also, as requested by our faithful readers from out shoreline way, we’ve added the entire SCC slate to the Guide to the Games. So, yes, Madison, Guilford, New Haven, North […] [Read More]

Coggins decommits from Boston College (ESPN-Boston)

Sacred Heart receiver David Coggins has de-commited from Boston College, according to a report in ESPN-Boston on Wednesday evening. Coggins, who has made news recently for being embroiled in a recruiting scandal that ended with him receiving a four-game suspension from the CIAC, told the website he was rescinding his verbal commitment because, “I wanted […] [Read More]

Hillhouse’s Dyer won’t miss games as result of grade-tampering suspension

According to a report in the New Haven Independent, the suspensions handed down by New Haven Superintendent Reginald Mayo will not keep Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer from missing any games as head coach. An investigation found that Dyer and four others attempted to mislead the NCAA and/or others by tampering with grades and course descriptions. […] [Read More]
Categories: New Haven County, SCC

Derby at Ansonia game moved to Thursday

The 90th meeting between Derby and Ansonia at Jarvis Stadium has been moved to Thursday (tomorrow!) at 6:30 p.m. According to Derby coach George French, Ansonia has said the threat of rain on Friday and Saturday would be too much for its newly-sodded field to handle. The original turf was destroyed by a nighttime joy-rider […] [Read More]

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 3

We’re all shook up heading into Week 3 of the high school football season. Some surprising local results have us scratching our heads and thinking about what’s what. What to do with teams like Trinity Catholic, Stamford and Westhill. What do do with Brookfield, Weston and Barlow? Only so many spots, so many teams to […] [Read More]

Vote now! What’s Week 3’s Game of the Week?

Trinity Catholic-New Canaan was overwhelmingly voted Week 2’s ‘Game of the Week’ by you, the ever wise high school football fans, players and coaches. That turned out to be the correct response. (Though it might have got a few write-in votes, we didn’t include Westhill-Trumbull as an option. Silly us. But, based purely on meaning […] [Read More]

That’s a wrap Week 2

A look back at the who did and said what in Week 2 of the 2012 high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo, Executive Sports Editor of Hearst CT Newspapers, and the Hearst CT Staff. Bulldozers John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 163 yards and three TDs on just five carries in 47-0 shutout of […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 3: Masuk, Darien, West Haven make poll debuts

The earth moved under our feet after a pretty wild week 2. Among the wreckage affecting the Top 10 vote: Hillhouse lost to Hand in a battle of Top 10 teams. New Canaan was nipped by Trinity Catholic in overtime. New London crushed Montville. Brookfield shocked Bunnell. Ansonia blitzed Woodland. Hillhouse and New Canaan were […] [Read More]

WTNH: Friday night Week 2 highlights

You saw the roundup, now watch the highlights via WTNH of the Week 2 Friday games. Noah Finz mostly has the goods on the SCC — including How Guilford built a shocking 14-0 lead on West Haven, and the Top 10 battle at Bowen Field between Hand and Hillhouse. WTNH also threw the SWC a […] [Read More]

CPTV Sports highlights: Brookfield squashes Bunnell

There were plenty of insane results from Week 2’s games, not the least of which was Brookfield’s dismantling of Bunnell Friday night in an SWC game. As we’ve mentioned, it was a coming out party for junior quarterback Brad Westmark and new-look Brookfield, which was practically unstoppable on offense and tough on defense. The Bobcats […] [Read More]

Watch: Copious video coverage of Derby’s 21-20 victory over Naugatuck

A year ago, Derby suffered a 14-13 heartbreak loss to Naugatuck, one of a couple games that ultimately kept the Red Raiders from earning their first winning season in 16 years. Last week’s rematch was equally heartbreaking. This time for Naugatuck. The CIAC’s new broadcast partner, PlayOn! Sports, was at Lou DeFilippo Field to capture […] [Read More]
Categories: New Haven County, NVL

Week 2 in pictures


Sunday Crunch: Stamford wakes up the echoes (video)

♦♦♦ The City of Stamford, for all of its resources and diversity, hasn’t been a hotbed of high school football over the years. It’s produced its fair share of outstanding players, yes. Andy Roubustelli and Bobby Valentine are the first of many Stamford greats. But actual football teams? You have to go back. Back further […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night…’ Week 2: Matinee idols

In the run-up to its broadcast of the Bunnell at Brookfield game, the good folks at CPTV Sports had made a slight error. They published a post hyping their broadcast talking about Brookfield and QB Boeing Brown. Guess they don’t read our stuff. (No worries, guys, I don’t either.) Actually, the quarterback of Brookfield in […] [Read More]

Week 2 Primer and Live Updates

Welcome back. Not a ton of questions were answered in Week 1 of the high school football season. So let’s take a look at what Week 2’s got in store for us. Here are a bunch of goodies from Team Hearst CT (we’ve even thrown in a Brunswick preview for you prep school fans), links […] [Read More]

CIAC hits Naugatuck, players with recruiting penalties

The CIAC served Naugatuck High School with a $7,500 penalty and two-year probation for its football program for violating CIAC rules in attempting to recruit Boston College commit David Coggins, Javon Martin and Xavier Woods, the Republican-American reported today via Kyle Brennan on Twitter. The Republican-American also reported that all three players, who will remain […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL

SPB’s Guide to Week 2′s Games

♦♦♦ [Read More]
Categories: Guide To The Games

Vote now! What is the game of the week?

We’re about ready to rumble for Week 2 and there are a ton of good looking matchups out there. So many games, almost all at the same time. We can see only one or two. So help us out! What’s going to be the best game of Week 2? We’ve selected a few matchups that […] [Read More]

Greenwich 20, Ridgefield 7 (The Movie!)

The Hearst CT cameras headed up to Lancaster Field at Tiger Hollow to catch highlights from the Greenwich-Ridgefield extravaganza that had been built up all summer. Greenwich, which came to Ridgefield with starting quarterback Liam O’Neil in a cast and backup quarterback Jose Melo in a knee brace, needed this one badly to have any […] [Read More]

What did we learn from Week 1?

It’s been a few days since we closed the book on Week 1. You’ve gone through all the stories on our high school football page. You’ve digested our week in review. You’ve seen the state polls. You’ve seen our Elite 8 regional teams. Here’s one more thing for you to read: Ned Griffen’s Lonesome Polecat […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 2

And now the second edition of our weekly REGIONAL high school football rankings. Like the state polls before them, very little movement from the contenders. Let’s take a look at the big boys of southwestern Connecticut… NEW CANAAN: [Last week: Defeated Bassick 49-16. Up next: Saturday at Trinity Catholic.] The words out of New Canaan […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8 , FCIAC , Links , NVL , SCC | More

That’s a Wrap: Week 1

A look back at who did and said what during Week 1 of the high school football season, and a look ahead to Week 2. BULLDOZERS Arkell Newsome, Ansonia: A ho-hum 197 yards on nine carries for five touchdowns in the Chargers’ 66-26 win over Torrington. Tomar Joseph, Norwalk: 119 yards on 27 carries, including […] [Read More]

Week 2 Polls: New Canaan on the move in media; Day coaches poll debuts

Just a couple changes in the NHR’s Top 10 as we head into Week 2. 1. Hand lost a first-place vote. 2. Xavier gained two first-place votes. 3. New Canaan jumped two spots to No. 8 4. Kyle Brennan of the NVL Football Bog has joined the roll. Welcome. Also, The Day of New London’s […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

Video: NVL Football Blog has your Ansonia-Torrington highlights (and more)

Remmy at the NVL Football Blog has a comprehensive look at the scene in Torrington during Ansonia’s 66-26 victory over the Red Raiders in an NVL season-opener. The NVL Blog guys have tons of more NVL analysis and a Week 1 recap (hint: they were not pleased). [Read More]
Categories: NVL

For Oxford and Masuk, football soothes aching hearts [Saturday wrap]

These are just games, right? We love them. We care about them. We enjoy them. For the players, the games build character and cultivate relationships. They bring communities together. In context, sports are an important and wonderful part of of our lives. Both as a player, then as a spectator. But they are just games, […] [Read More]

About Last Night: Week 1 – Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Ah, a brand-spankin’-new high school football season finally has kicked off. It’s a new season: A time for new names, new stars, new personalities, new teams, new contenders, new storylines. It’s a time to reacquaint ourselves with some of our favorite players as they perform incredible new feats to widen our eyes and get our […] [Read More]
Categories: Links

Week 1 Primer and Live Updates

Good afternoon and welcome once again to the magnificent, incredible, spectacular spectacle that is high school football. The slate is stacked with great games on this 2012 Week 1. We’re expecting thrills, chills and spills tonight and tomorrow as everybody gets up and rolling. So up, up an at ’em. Let’s see what stuff our […] [Read More]
Categories: Links, Live Chat