Connecticut High School Football

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State football semifinal schedule announced

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Below is the schedule for the CIAC state football semifinals. All games are Sunday, Dec. 2 CLASS LL Staples (10-0) vs. NFA (11-0) at West Haven, 12:30 Glastonbury (10-1) vs. Xavier (10-0) at Cheshire, 12:30 ♦♦♦ CLASS L New Canaan (9-2) vs. Windsor (10-0) at Bunnell, 12:30 Hand (11-0) vs. Masuk (10-1) at West Haven, […] [Read More]

Super Wednesday: Attack of the ECC! NFA, Montville serve notice

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CLASS LL: NFA 63, Newtown 21 | Xavier 55, Greenwich 14 | Glastonbury 23, Southington 14 CLASS L: Hand 55, Platt 26 | Masuk 21, Middletown 14 | New Canaan 16, Avon 7 | Windsor 38, Fitch 7 CLASS M: Montville 32, Wolcott 14 | Weston 29, Ellington/Somers 22 CLASS S: Ansonia 53, Prince Tech […] [Read More]

Super Wednesday: State quarterfinal live updates

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Welcome back to round 2 of the CIAC state quarterfinals. Tonight the remaining 12 games kick off around the state. Locally, in Class LL Greenwich travels to Xavier and Norwich Free Academy goes to Newtown. In Class L, New Canaan plays Avon in Simsbury; Middletown goes to Bunnell High School in Stratford to take on […] [Read More]

New Milford’s Lynch steps down

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Chuck Lynch has resigned as New Milford’s football coach. Lynch, who took over for Tom Taylor in 2003, coached for 10 seasons and compiled a 28-73 record. New Milford’s best seasons under Lynch was 6-5 in 2008 and 5-5 in 2011. Lynch told the News-Times’ Rich Gregory he left for personal reason, but planned on […] [Read More]

State Quarterfinal Tuesday: Staples, Hillhouse win big in snow bowls

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CLASS LL –Staples 42, West Haven 0 CLASS M — Hillhouse 34, St. Joseph 14 | Berlin 41, Bullard-Havens 14 CLASS S – Hyde 15, Rocky Hill 14 A year ago, torrential rain played havoc with the CIAC state quarterfinals. On Tuesday night, Mother Nature decided to test the playoff field again, this time with […] [Read More]

Dave Cadelina steps down as Central football coach

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It wasn’t that long ago that Central football was one of Connecticut’s most downtrodden programs. Then the school hired Dave Cadelina and began one of the great turnarounds in state football history. Now, after 16 years, 93 victories, a pair of state tournament appearances and two FCIAC championship game appearances, Cadelina has decided to hang […] [Read More]

State Quarterfinal Primer and Live Updates: The FCIAC-SCC Challenge [Updated]

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For a good part of the last year, the good folks from the state’s two biggest and mightiest leagues — the Southern Connecticut Conference and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference — have been attempting to help each other out. Beginning next year and concluding in 2014, the CIAC will allow teams to schedule an […] [Read More]

Weather causes state quarterfinal postponements [Updated: 12:51]

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We thought this would happen. With a bout of rain and snow beginning to hit the region, a few state quarterfinal games have already been postponed until Wednesday. TWELVE of the 16 games have been ppd. as of 12:51, pushing all but one of the semifinal games to Sunday, Dec. 12 at TBA. Click here […] [Read More]

2012 Class LL state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Fasten your seatbelts. This division is L-O-A-D-E-D. Start off with the two-time defending state champs, the FCIAC champions, the SWC champions, the ECC Large champs, CCC Division I’s best team. It’s a division so good, one unlucky 10-0 team must hit the road in the state quarterfinals: All the way from Norwich to Newtown. Foof. […] [Read More]

2012 Class L state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Can anyone beat No. 1? Matt Walsh, Peter Gerson and the unbeaten defending Class L champion Hand Tigers are back for another run at a glorious 10th state championship. And as of now they’re the favorites to win it all again. After all, they come from the mighty Southern Connecticut Conference and toppled two-time defending […] [Read More]

2012 Class M state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Class M is looking a little… tilted, no? Hillhouse-St. Joseph, two recent state champions (St. Joseph won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, Hillhouse won in 2010) facing off in a game that many (outside of Wolcott and the NVL) pegged as this division’s likely state championship matchup a few weeks ago. To the lucky winner […] [Read More]

2012 Class S state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Get your ‘The Ansonia Invitational’ jokes out of the way now. We’ve all heard it. Find some new material. The Chargers, last year’s Class M champions, had no peer among NVL schools while rolling to a consecutive league title and a 25-game win streak. They’re big, -strong, fast, talented and just flat-out better than any […] [Read More]

State playoff polls: Newtown leaps forward

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Your SWC Champion Newtown Nighthawks have jumped from No. 9 to No. 7 in the pre-playoff edition of the NHR State Media Top 10. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this might be the highest the Nighthawks have climbed in the polls for as long as I’ve been here (2008, maybe?). The last time they […] [Read More]

Bridgeport to NVL? City public schools in preliminary talks to join Valley league

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High school conference realignment has suddenly kicked into high gear. Central, Bassick and Harding are in preliminary talks to jump from the FCIAC to the NVL, officials on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers today. The three city public schools, who have been members of the FCIAC since 1993, met with […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day highlight reels: SWC & FCIAC championships, Barlow-Weston XV, Ansonia-Naugy CXIII

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One last, final look back at some of the action from Thanksgiving. In addition to some of the clips we posted to our stories Thanksgiving day, we shot two full-game NFL Films-styled highlight reels: Newtown’s 21-14 victory over Masuk in the SWC Championship game last Wednesday night, and Weston’s Class M-clinching victory over Barlow in […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Thanksgiving 2012

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A look as who did what on Thanksgiving Week 2012. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT sports staff. BULLDOZERS Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Ran for FCIAC-title game record 317 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs, as Wreckers won the league championship for second straight year. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Helped […] [Read More]

The Lonesome Polecat Speaks! The Day’s Ned Griffen breaks down playoffs on FNF

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♦♦♦ We say this every year, but there are only perhaps three or four people in the state who see practically every high school football team of note throughout a season. One is the New Haven Register football writer emeritus and Connecticut football record book archivist, Bob Barton. No one knows more than him. The […] [Read More]

Jack Hunt: Remembering an Ansonia Legend

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♦♦♦ Just an hour before Ansonia and Naugatuck kicked off the 113th edition of their Thanksgiving Rivalry, Jack Hunt, one of town’s most beloved figures died just a few miles from Jarvis Stadium. Hunt, an imposing figure, starred at Ansonia as two-way lineman, played at Wichita State under Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson, then returned […] [Read More]

The 2012 High School Football State Playoff Schedule

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♦♦♦ The 2012 CIAC high school playoff schedules have been approved and stamped. Here’s the complete schedule. QUARTERFINALS – Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 (at higher-seeded teams) CLASS LL No. 8 West Haven (8-2) at No. 1 Staples (9-0) No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (10-0) at No. 4 Newtown (10-0) No. 7 Glastonbury (9-1) at No. […] [Read More]
Categories: State Playoffs

Thanksgiving Day 2012: The State Playoff Field quickly, quietly comes together

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♦♦♦ Only — what? — five, maybe four years ago figuring out the state playoff pairing became a Thanksgiving game unto itself. Without the benefits of Twitter and the genius of the CIAC’s information maven Matt Fischer, we lowly reporters used do anything and everything to get the results and then calibrate the playoff rankings. […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day Football 2012 Primer and Live Update Blog

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Welcome to High School Football Thanksgiving Day Central: Thursday edition. Happy Thanksgiving and what can we tell you this morning? Cooper Gold ran for 222 yards and Newtown toppled Masuk to claim its first SWC Championship since 1997 St. Joseph punched its Class M playoff ticket with a rout of Trumbull. Oxford is 8-2, and […] [Read More]

Wednesday Thanksgiving Primer and Live Updates

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Welcome to High School Football Thanksgiving Day Central: Wednesday edition. Here’s where you’ll get everything you need to know for surrounding Thanksgiving football week: Game previews? We have you covered: WEDNESDAY NIGHT GAME-BY-GAME CAPSULES THURSDAY MORNING GAME-BY-GAME CAPSULES Playoff possibilities? Here they are: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S Follow […] [Read More]

Shannon, Bullard-Havens kick off Thanksgiving Week

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♦♦♦ Perhaps it was the constant injuries, or that he and his teammates toil away in relative anonymity of the Constitution State Conference. But make no mistake, Bullard-Havens back John Shannon is a good football player. Fired up and anxious to return to the state playoffs for the first time since they were freshman in […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, State Playoffs

Thanksgiving Football 2012: Thursday’s Game-by-Game Previews (and pick the winners!)

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Here’s the complete run-down on all of the games played on Thanksgiving morning, including the FCIAC Championship between Greenwich and Staples, the ultra-important Barlow-Weston clash (seriously!) and the longstanding traditions: Ansonia-Naugy, Derby-Shelton, The Green Bowl. Click here for the TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY slate, which includes St. Joseph-Trumbull and the SWC Championship, Newtown vs. Masuk. Same as before. […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut

Thanksgiving Football 2012: Tuesday and Wednesday’s game-by-game previews (and pick the winners!)

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]

Westhill forfeits 4 victories, turns playoff points upside-down days before Thanksgiving.

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Westhill’s dream season is technically over. The Vikings, who were on the cusp of playing for their first winning season since 1987, forfeited four victories this morning, the CIAC announced. Westhill must hand over wins over Trumbull, Central, Norwalk and Danbury. They are now 1-8 heading into their Thanksgiving Day game with Stamford (2-7). Dave […] [Read More]

CIAC State Playoffs Possibilities: Where we stand before Thanksgiving games

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♦♦♦ UPDATED: Westhill has forfeited four games, changing the playoff chances of a few teams, especially Fairfield Prep and Ridgefield. Above is the state of the state playoffs the night before the first Thanksgiving Week game of the 2012 season. For a complete breakdown of all the possibilities, follow these links: CLASS LL | CLASS […] [Read More]

State Polls: Thanksgiving Week

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Here are your state polls for Thanksgiving Week. Nothing’s changed. Yawn. NHR Media Top 10 Dropped Out: None. Other teams receiving votes: Glastonbury (9-1), 247; North Branford (9-0), 197; Middletown (8-1), 192; West Haven (7-2), 171; Hillhouse (7-2), 170; New Canaan (8-1), 111; St. Joseph (7-2), 54; Hyde (9-0), 49; Berlin (8-1), 29; Wolcott (8-1), […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

It’s poll time: Pick the winners of the 16 state quarterfinal games!

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On this lazy Saturday, we’re diligently working on our state playoff capsules for this week, to be published some time Monday. But if you think you’re so smart about who’s going to do what RIGHT NOW, why don’t you give us your picks a little early, huh? Who will win the 16 state quarterfinal games? […] [Read More]

THe mAD sCiENTist sTAte PLaYofF BReaKdowN: Class S [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: Westhill’s forfeits has lessened Trinity Catholic’s chances somewhat. The Crusaders are still in good shape, they just need a victory and a New Canaan victory to clinch a playoff spot. ♦♦♦ Finally, His Madness comes to the final state playoff division, Class S. Not many local teams in the mix here aside from Ansonia […] [Read More]