Nobody should have expected many surprises from ye ol’ NHR Media Poll, which was released just an hour ago:
Xavier, the two-time defending Class LL champions, winners of 26-straight games, straight outta the SCC, etc. etc., was voted the preseason No. 1.
Yes, Xavier lost 19 seniors from last year’s team and enter 2012 as an entirely new team. But it still has Boston College commit Tim Boyle, it has tailback DeAngelo Berry, it still looks like an all-star team out of Middlesex-Hartford. It looks poised to do it all all over again.
At least, that’s what 24 state voters think.
Staples, your hands-down FCIAC favorite and last year’s Class LL runner-up, chimes in at No. 2. The Wreckers got two first-place votes.
Hand, the defending Class L champ, is No. 3. The Tigers also got two first-place votes.
And Ansonia, last year’s NVL and Class M champions who are back in Class S this season, were ranked No. 4.
Defending Class S champion and NVL runner-up Holy Cross does not appear in the Top 10. The Crusaders earned enough votes for an 18th-place rank.
The remainder of the poll is a crapshoot, basically. Berlin, Ledyard and Windsor received a fair amount of preseason chatter, so into the poll they go.
2012 Preseason High School Football Media Poll
Other teams receiving votes: Masuk (11-1), 210; West Haven (7-3), 200; Southington (6-4), 151; Darien (8-2), 143; North Branford (9-2), 133; Newtown (9-3), 117; Glastonbury (8-3), 99; Holy Cross (12-2), 92; Shelton (8-2), 82; Cromwell (10-3) and New London (9-2), 55; North Haven (9-2), 45; Farmington (9-1), 36; Norwich Free Academy (7-3), 33; Bunnell (8-2), 29; St. Joseph (4-6), 27; Hall (9-2), 25; Notre Dame-West Haven (8-3) and Ridgefield (8-3), 20; Brookfield (5-5) and Torrington (7-3), 18; Norwalk (9-2) and Trumbull (2-7), 11; Wolcott (8-4), 10; Cheshire (5-5), 9; New Britain (6-4), 8; Hyde (4-6), Middletown (6-4), Montville (6-4), Pomperaug (8-2) and Woodland (6-4), 7.
Your 2012 Connecticut media voting roll: Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Sean Patrick Bowley, Connecticut Post; Don Boyle, Sporting News CT; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, MSG Varsity; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Patch/West Hartford News; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Mike Wollschlager, New Haven Register; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.
Questions? Comments? Fire away.
We’ll be posing our first batch of previews tonight.