Connecticut High School Football

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

FCIAC puts the squeeze on schedule before title game; SWC likely to cancel

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Because a majority of its schools will be out for the remainder of the week due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, the FCIAC announced Wednesday it will be rescheduling its Week 8 and Week 9 football games into a 10-day span before Thanksgiving week. The FCIAC said its Week 8 football games will be […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, SWC

That’s a Wrap! Week 7 plus Week 8 postponements

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A look at who did and said what during Week 7 of the regional high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT Sports Staff. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for three TDs and 235 yards in a 49-6 rout of Platt Tech. Teammate Chris McNamara also ran for three scores while contributing […] [Read More]

After Sandy: Where we stand…

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Understanding most of us will be digging through the mess left by Hurricane Sandy and that most don’t have power, we are going to attempt to get as much information as possible about the status of school and this week’s games. I’m assuming there will be a ton of postponements since many towns won’t be […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 8: Hurricane Edition (Updated)

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Greetings from high school football central’s emergency bunker. We have printed our essential high school football files, grabbed our kerosene lamps, our battery-powered radios and headed deep into cover as this monster drives deep into Shangri La. The good folks at The Day of New London, who work out of a region hit with some […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: The Storm before the Storm

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It was exactly one year ago when snowpocalypse belted our region on a football Saturday morning. I was in Westport at the time, where Darien held a 17-7 halftime lead over Staples. We all remember what happened next: Big flakes, a snowstorm and then an avalanche of 28 third-quarter points from Staples in an eventual […] [Read More]
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‘About Last Night…’: FRIGHT NIGHT!

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♦♦♦ The insanity started early Friday, with Hillhouse laying the wood to former No. 1 Xavier, 49-21 with mere seconds gone in the fourth quarter. Read that again: 49-21! And you bet the snark was a-flyin from these fingers. Cooper goes yard. Personal foul on Xavier. It’s 42-21 Hillhouse 3:15 left 3rd. This isn’t over… […] [Read More]

Week 7 Primer and Live Updates – SPB Blog visits CPTV’s GameTime (video)

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♦♦♦ So if any of you caught CPTV Sports’ GameTime show with John Holt and Joe Zone on Thursday night, you might have seen the guys interviewing a dashing young man about what’s what through six weeks of the 2012 high school football season. And after Wolcott’s QB extraordinaire Mike Nicol left the set with […] [Read More]

The Guide to Week 7′s Games

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Categories: Guide To The Games

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 7

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Movement, lots of movement in ye olde Elite 8. Let’s hop to it: TRINITY CATHOLIC (6-0, This week: at Bassick, Friday, 7) After six weeks, a victory over New Canaan, and rapidly improving ever since, it’s time to give the Crusaders their due. Sorry, coach Stokes. We’ve ignored the Crusaders long enough. They don’t blow […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

That’s a Wrap! Week 6

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♦♦♦ A look at who did and said what during Week 6 of the southwestern Connecticut high school football season. Compiled by executive editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. arlow quarterback Jack Shaban escapes the sack from Bunnell’s Kevin Hernandez Friday. BULLDOZERS Jack Shaban, Barlow: Junior quarterback ran for 135 yards with […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 7: Hand still the one, but Newtown’s trending up

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The NH Register released its state polls for Week 7 and there’s little or no change. Voters have staked their claims, and now they’re sticking with it. But, hey, what’s this? Newtown makes its Top 10 debut. I do believe that’s called ‘Trending up’ for you once-disgruntled Newtown fans out there. Congratulations, the state writers […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

Northern exposure: Two big games, two fantastic finishes

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Yes, we’re pretty absorbed with ourselves in Shangri-La. Unless there’s a mega-matchup going on elsewhere — say, something like Hand vs. Xavier — we stick to our region (much to the often-vocalized chagrin of quite a few statewide readers. Sorry kids, too much going on here to branch out beyond the homestead consistently.) Well, for […] [Read More]

Updated: Outrage as NFA suspends football coach for conduct vs. Stamford

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Well this is an interesting development. Norwich Free Academy preempted the CIAC football committee’s pending ‘Score Management’ decision by suspending football coach Jemal Davis one week for defeating Stamford 51-0, according to our own Dave Ruden. Dave caught up with Stamford athletic director Jim Moriarty and NFA’s Gary Makowicki to get the details of the […] [Read More]

Foran 50, Notre Dame-WH 35 (The Movie!)

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♦♦♦ This Monday, we’re all agog over the man who said Big Foot attacked his RV in the woods of Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles from Sasquatch’s normal stomping grounds of the Pacific Northwest. Psst. Want to see a real rare sight? Let’s try Foran’s 50-35 victory over Notre Dame-West Haven Saturday night, courtesy of ‘RickVolk21‘ […] [Read More]
Categories: Featured Videos, SCC

Following letter of law, NFA’s Davis should be suspended for 51-0 win over Stamford

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We’ve entered new territory with the new and improved 50-point score management policy. What to do about Norwich Free Academy coach Jemal Davis following his team’s 51-0 victory over Stamford? According to The Day of New London’s Mike DiMauro here’s what went down: Stamford coach Bryan Hocter declined a running clock, NFA kept its starters […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, ECC, FCIAC

Sunday Crunch: The Will to Win

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“Good teams find ways to win. That’s what we did. We never gave up.” Fairfield Prep’s Chris Golger uttered that well-worn phrase Saturday night. It’s a worn phrase for a reason because, well, it true for many high school football teams. It was especially true Saturday for the Golger’s Jesuits, who survived a surprising challenge […] [Read More]

Dom Quinto (1929-2012): Monroe loses a sporting legend

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Dom Quinto, Sr., who coached Masuk to its first football state championship games in 1985 and 1986, died Thursday. He was 83. Before he established Masuk football’s tradition in the 1980s, Quinto was a pioneer of the town’s sports tradition. He began the Monroe Lions Pop Warner program in 1966, and guided the 7-8 grade […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC

“About Last Night…” Week 6: Wreckers roll, Falcons rally, Trojans fall

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First thing’s first. RAIN? WHAT RAIN? Some of you athletic directors and coaches have to ease your fingers off the button and slowly back away from your telephones. There were a few drops Friday night, but nothing really past kickoff. Yet just hours before many games were postponed. (The SCC almost went whole hog on […] [Read More]

Week 6 Primer and Live Updates

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On Thursday night Xavier got a well-deserved vacation. The Falcons took the field for the first time since their embarrassing 40-20 loss to Hand, the mega-matchup at Palmer Field which saw their 30-game win streak end and capped an intriguing first half of the season. The crowd at Johnson Field was about a 10th of […] [Read More]

SPB’s Guide to To Week 6′s Games

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Because there’s supposed to be a bout of rain this weekend, we’ve already had a few postponements, (postponements on Wednesday?) so we’re bringing out the guide a little earlier. [Read More]
Categories: Guide To The Games

It’s time for the 2012 Midseason Quiz!

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In case you don’t know, we’re halfway through the season. Crazy, right? Just five weeks ago we were wondering if Xaver and Hand could go into their Oct. 12 clash undefeated (they did). We were wondering how good Staples would be (awesone). We were wondering if losing Liam O’Neil for four weeks would hurt Greenwich […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

The Midseason Elite 8

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We’re about to roll out our midseason quiz (sharpen those wits, kids), but here’s where things stand locally as we ready for the season’s second half: We’ve been having some photo upload problems on the ol’ blog. So this’ll have to be a no-frills SPB Elite 8 until further notice. Full graphics appeared in the […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

That’s a Wrap! Week 5

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♦♦♦ We are at the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. Here’s a look at who did an said what during Week 5 in southwestern Connecticut. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. Bulldozers Mike Burns, Wilton: Scored two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards on 13 […] [Read More]

The State Polls’ Quickening: Hand absorbs No. 1 from Xavier

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♦♦♦ Daniel Hand High School of Madison is your newly crowned No. 1 high school football team in Connecticut. The Tigers whupped up on No. 1 Xavier 40-20 on Friday in the Game of the Century and earned 20 of 26 first-place votes to leapfrog Staples into the top spot. Apparently, the voters believe in […] [Read More]

Barlow’s Tynan won’t be suspended for violating CIAC 50-Point Policy

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The CIAC has spoken, Barlow coach Rob Tynan won’t be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘Score Management’ policy for defeating Immaculate 56-0 on Saturday. The CIAC said ‘proper sportsmanship protocols’ were followed during the game. On Sunday’s Laxworm Radio high school football show, Tynan said when it became apparent that Barlow might score more than […] [Read More]

Laxworm’s High School Football: Hand-Xavier, Staples’ Marce Petroccio and Barlow’s Rob Tynan

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So, unless you’re not connected to Twitter or — worse — the internet (what’s wrong with you people!?!), you’ll know I’ve been guest-hosting a weekly internet radio show with a guy who goes by the name Laxworm. Don’t ask me why a guy who’s into local and national lacrosse is delving into high school football, […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend…’ Week 5: The Changing of the Guard

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♦♦♦ A king has his reign and then he must fall. #cthsfb — Peter Gerson (@p92g) October 13, 2012 With keen and wisened eyes, a number of Xavier High School football alumni grouped together in shallow right at Palmer Field Friday night. It was a who’s who of Xavier’s recent, glorious past: Ryan Murphy, Jovan […] [Read More]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: The Storm Arrives

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… It’s judgement night in the SCC: Hand and Xavier will kick off in the Rumble at Palmer Field. Hillhouse and North Haven tangle in the fray at Vanacore Field. Fairfield Prep takes on Cheshire in the fight at the Maclary Complex. There’s so much to say, so much to talk about. Elsewhere Liam O’Neil […] [Read More]

About Last Night: Ansona crushes Seymour, Central beats Bassick

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Just a quick post to show (once again) Ansonia’s dominance of the NVL. The Chargers dusted rival Seymour 48-0 on Thursday night at Jarvis Stadium. And, no, Arkeel Newsome didn’t play. He was in uniform but didn’t take a step onto the field unless it was the end of the half and the end of […] [Read More]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates

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Welcome to the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. In case you haven’t noticed, there are some big games afoot and we’re beginning to separate the contenders from the pretenders. We’ll have links and more published later. But, tonight, we’re watching a couple games with local flavor. Central faces Bassick at 4. Ansonia […] [Read More]
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