Connecticut High School Football

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

2013 FCIAC-SCC Challenge dates set

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The SCC has released the times and dates for next year’s SCC-FCIAC Challenge. Adjust your Outlook Calendars or whatever accordingly. The ‘Challenge’ games are the games born of the league arrangement and the 11-game CIAC schedule. There are 17 overall. Amity, Norwalk, Westhill and Branford are not involved. The ‘bye week games’ are one schools […] [Read More]

Pick your 2012 regional all-star team

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The 2012 season is over and while football teams from all over say goodbye to their seniors, welcome their freshmen and dive into the long offseason, there’s still one final bow to make in the 2011 season. It’s time to recognize the best players in the region. Who was the best of the best of the […] [Read More]

Coaching hot stove is a blazin: Hocter resignation makes 13 (updated)

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Back to business… With doubt rising from his administration and maybe himself throughout a 2-8 season, Bryan Hocter resigned at Stamford Tuesday just a half hour before athletic director Jim Moriarty was scheduled to meet with two assistant principals. The Black Knights went 7-2 in 2011, but finished this season by losing eight consecutive games […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, FCIAC, SWC

Obama responds to Newtown football coach’s message on a whiteboard

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The message Newtown football coach Steve George and teacher Bob Pattison left on their classroom whiteboard Saturday night was simple and direct. It could have been a message to George’s players in a Newtown locker room. This one was for the President of the United States. President Barack Obama was on his way to Newtown […] [Read More]

Pray For Newtown

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I woke up Friday morning around 10 a.m., went to my computer and I had just written and was about to send a text message to Newtown coach Steve George, asking him who from his team we should consider for our all-star team, when Kory Brown of Brookfield rocked my Twitter feed with the awful […] [Read More]

The 2012 CHSCA All-State Football Teams: OVERALL

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The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has unleashed its all-state teams for 2012. We’re publishing these in five installments, overall, and the individual classes. These teams are voted by the members of the CHSCA. Here are the four Class teams: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S The following is the […] [Read More]

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS LL

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The 2012 Class LL All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS L

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The 2012 Class L All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS M (updated)

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The 2012 Class M All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

The 2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS S

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The 2012 Class S All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

2013-14 SWC-NVL Challenge matchups released

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The SWC and the NVL have announced their crossover arrangements for WEEK SIX of the expanded high school schedules in 2013 and 2014. The SWC release was simple and to the point. The NVL (which didn’t email us. Send to hssports@ctpost.com or spbowley@ctpost.com, thanks) sent a more involved release expressing its excitement for the crossover […] [Read More]

NVL votes ‘no’ on adding Bridgeport schools (updated)

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The Naugatuck Valley League won’t be bringing Bridgeport’s public school athletic teams into its midst any time soon. The league’s athletic directors voted down a proposal to invite Central, Harding and Bassick, according to Bridgeport Citywide athletic director Neil Kavey. Kavey didn’t remember the exact date, but was told “sometime last week.” A call placed […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC, NVL

2012 All-NVL teams

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♦♦♦ The NVL Football Blog, your place for all things NVL of course, published the 2012 All-NVL teams, including the photos of each individual squad. Here are the teams. Visit their site for all the extras. All-NVL Offense QB — Mike Nicol (Wolcott) RB — Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Mick Pernell (Naugatuck) WR — Andrew Matos […] [Read More]

Walter Camp weighs in: Hand is No. 1

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Hand has won the the Joseph R. Kelly Award for being the No. 1 team in the state, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Wednesday. It’s no big surprise, since the Walter Camp Football Foundation goes along with the No. 1 vote in the NHR Poll. The winner of the Kelly Award will be honored […] [Read More]

End of an Era at Masuk: John Murphy steps down

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John Murphy, the most successful coach in Masuk and SWC football history, is calling it a career at football program he turned into a state powerhouse. Murphy’s name annually comes up as a candidate to coach elsewhere. Yet he spent 15 years in Monroe, won 159 games, six SWC championships and three state championships. This […] [Read More]

Peter Stokes resigns at Trinity Catholic

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♦♦♦ Throughout his 15 years as a football coach at Trinity Catholic High School, first as an assistant and, for the last four, at the head position, Pete Stokes has always referred to his team as a family. But it became evident to Stokes a year ago that he had another family he had to […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC

Rick Davis, former Danbury coach, dies after yearlong illness

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♦♦♦ Rick Davis, a beloved coaching figure in Danbury and the FCIAC who once took the Hatters within yards of playing for a state championship, died Monday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Davis, who coached Danbury from 2001-2008, died at his daughter’s home in Maryland, where he had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC

(Not a) Shocker! Hand is No. 1

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♦♦♦ Hand of Madison earn the coveted No. 1 ranking in the state media poll conducted by The Register of New Haven. I know. We’re stunned. It was a unanim… wait, somebody voted Xavier No. 1? Really? Really? Did they not see THIS game? Whatever. Didn’t affect the outcome. Though if you’re Ansonia I’m thinking […] [Read More]

The SCC: “State Champions Conference”

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♦♦♦ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!3 state #cthsfb titles. Congrats Xavier (LL), Hillhouse (M), Hand (L) – you made us proud. #SCC – best in the state! — Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) December 9, 2012 There was poignant moment as Hand and Hillhouse football players exchanged places on the grand stage of Rentschler Field Saturday evening. Hillhouse had just […] [Read More]

2012 All-FCIAC football teams

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♦♦♦ The All-FCIAC football teams have been announced. Three Divisions. Three teams and three coaches of the year for each division. Peter Stokes of Trinity Catholic won FCIAC East Coach of The Year. Marce Petroccio of Staples won FCIAC West Coach of the Year. A.J. Albano of McMahon won FCIAC Central Coach of the Year. […] [Read More]

Championship Saturday links: Online replays of all four championship games

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♦♦♦ The media coverage of the four state championship games was, in a word, unprecedented. In addition to all of the usual media types, Hearst CT (that’s us), the New Haven Register, The Day of New London, The Republican-American, The Hartford Courant, etc., we saw an explosion of online and TV coverage. This year, CPTV […] [Read More]

Class L: Rogers kickstarts Hand’s second straight championship

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♦♦♦ HAND 23, WINDSOR 6 EAST HARTFORD — Dan Rogers and his twin brother Pat really had no choice. Their parents divorced. The two Weston football stars had to pack up and move to another part of the state. New town, a new school, new friends, a whole new football team. When they moved to […] [Read More]

Class M: Hillhouse gets its heart started, rallies past Berlin

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♦♦♦ HILLHOUSE 34, BERLIN 12 EAST HARTFORD — Pushed around in the first half, its offense cold and its defense battered, Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer walked into the halftime locker room at Rentschler Field and didn’t say a word to his struggling football team. “I just drew a heart on the board,” he said. That […] [Read More]

ANSONIA AGAIN: Chargers win record 18th, back-to-back state championships

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♦♦♦ ANSONIA 59, NORTH BRANFORD 26 North Branford struck first. Ansonia struck harder and more often. Titletown added a record 18th trophy to its already jam-packed display case Saturday, using a dazzling display of offense and defense to topple unbeaten North Branford 59-26 in the Class S championship game at Rentschler Field. Arkeel Newsome ran […] [Read More]

Championship Saturday: Live Updates from three title games

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♦♦♦ Good, early morning. Rise and shine campers. The cheers have barely died down on Xavier’s 48-14 victory over NFA in the Class LL championship game. Save for a few turnovers that let NFA hope down 20-14 at halftime, Xavier went to DeAngelo Berry and its defense to bring home the threepeat, and title No. […] [Read More]

Threepeat in Class LL: Xavier grounds NFA into chuck

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♦♦♦ They did it again, again. Aside from a few tense moments late in the first half, Xavier dominated Norwich Free Academy 48-14 to win its third straight Class LL championship in front of 4,576 Friday night at Rentschler Field. DeAngelo Berry ran for 260 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns as Xavier blew […] [Read More]

Live Updates: Class LL championship Xavier vs. NFA

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No. 5 Norwich Free Academy vs. No. 3 Xavier WHERE/WHEN — Rentschler Field, East Hartford; Friday, 7 p.m. ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Norwich Free Academy: Jemal Davis: 5th year (40-14, 0 state titles); Xavier: Sean Marinan […] [Read More]

2012 Class S championship preview: Ansonia vs. North Branford

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♦♦♦ No. 1 Ansonia vs. No. 3 North Branford WHEN/WHERE — Saturday, 10:35 a.m., Rentschler Field, East Hartford ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM; TV: CPTV Sports; Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app COACHES — Ansonia: Tom Brockett (7th year, 84-7, 3 state titles); North Branford: Mark Basil (11th year, 82-34) RECORDS — Ansonia: […] [Read More]

2012 Class M championship preview: Berlin vs. Hillhouse

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♦♦♦ No. 2 Berlin vs. No. 4 Hillhouse WHERE/WHEN — Saturday, 2:35 p.m. at Rentschler Field ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app COACHES — Berlin: John Capodice (9th year, 82-21-0); Hillhouse: Tom Dyer (6th year, 50-17, 1 state title). RECORDS –– Berlin: 11-1 […] [Read More]

2012 Class L championship preview: Windsor vs. Hand

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♦♦♦ No. 2 Windsor vs. No. 1 Hand WHERE/WHEN – Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Saturday, 5:35 p.m. ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Windsor: Rob Fleeting (4th year, 38-5); Hand: Steve Filippone (24th year, 200-61-5, 6 state titles). […] [Read More]