(Not a) Shocker! Hand is No. 1


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? Did they not see THIS game?

Whatever. Didn’t affect the outcome. Though if you’re Ansonia I’m thinking you’re feeling a bit disrespected. 14-0. Back-to-back champs…

Oh well, to the victors go the spoils. Connecticut High School Football in 2012 is the SCC’s World, the rest of the state is just cannon fodder. The league came close to sweeping the top three spots.

Oughta be a fun time at the New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame dinner. Get your tickets now.

Anyway, Hand, the Class L champions, won all but one of the 25 first-place votes. This is the third time in school history the Tigers have been named  No. 1.

Class LL champion Xavier leaped Ansonia to take No. 2.

Guess that Oct. 12 game really did live up to all the hype. Turns out it was for the No. 1 ranking.

Ansonia, the only team to ever go 14-0, went 14-0 again and won the Class S title. The Chargers finish third.

Class M champion Hillhouse took fourth.

FCIAC Champion Staples was the only Fairfield County school to finish in the Top 10. The Wreckers were No. 7. Both SWC champion Newtown and FCIAC runner-up Greenwich dropped out.

NHR Top 10 Media Poll

(Final 2012)

Dropped Out: Newtown (7), Greenwich (8).
Other teams receiving votes: Berlin (11-2), 257; Newtown (10-1), 241; Masuk (10-2), 212; Greenwich (8-2), 186; West Haven (8-3), 113; New Canaan (9-3), 106; Middletown (8-3), 46; North Haven (7-3), 25; St. Joseph (8-3), 24; Hyde (10-2), 19; Montville (9-3), 15; Woodland (8-4), 9; Wolcott (9-2), 8; Platt (8-3), 7.
The following voted: 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; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, MSG Varsity; Noah Finz, WTNH-8; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, West Hartford News/New Britain City Journal; 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.

Day Coaches Top 10

The Day is holding their final coaches poll for a blowout piece. All we care about is who is No. 1, and who else got high billing. They did give us a taste, which is all we really need, anyway. Ahem, they emailed it, as usual. Brain. Fried.

Hand’s No. 1, of course. The Tigers got 13 of 15 first-place votes. Ansonia got the other two first-place votes and finish No. 2.

Dropped out: Southington (6), Newtown (7), and Greenwich (T9).
Also receiving votes: Southington (10-1), 124 points; Masuk-Monroe (10-2), 117; Newtown (10-1), 107; West Haven (8-3), 61; Tie, Greenwich (8-2) and Middletown (8-3), 52; New Canaan (9-3), 44; North Haven (7-3), 35; St. Joseph-Trumbull (8-3), 15; Wolcott (9-2), 10; Montville (9-3), 8; Tie, Weston (9-3) and Woodland-Beacon Falls (8-4), 7.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell-Stratford; Dave Cadelina, Bridgeport Central; Steve Filippone, Hand-Madison; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paul-Bristol; Tim King, Valley Regional-Deep River; Sean Marinan, Xavier-Middletown; John Murphy, Masuk-Monroe; Marce Petroccio, Staples-Westport; Bob Zito, Maloney-Meriden.

Sean Patrick Bowley