Connecticut High School Football

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The New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the final Elite 8 poll.

Elite 8: The numbers are in, who is No. 1?

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (records, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (14-1) (7): Rams allow 12 points in playoffs, capturing Class L title 44-12 over rival Darien. 2. ANSONIA (15-0) (2): Chargers win 43rd in a row in claiming 19th state title. 3. ST. JOSEPH […] [Read More]

Stratford names Cavaliere head football coach

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Stratford High named T.J. Cavaliere its head football coach on Friday, replacing John Svatik, who resigned earlier this month. “We are very pleased to have T.J. running our football program,” principal Joseph Corso said in a release. “T.J. is well respected by the student body, our athletes and the faculty, and he is no stranger […] [Read More]

Class LL final: Southington sticks to what works best

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Southington gashed Fairfield Prep for 38 second-half points to rally for a 52-34 win in the Class LL championship on Thursday at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium. The title was the Blue Knights’ first since 1998 and second all-time. Most impressive was the way in which Southington (12-1) stuck to what it does best, despite […] [Read More]

Get ready for some football. Finally

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After four time changes and three cancellations, the Class LL final between Fairfield Prep and Southington is ready to kick off. Finally. The game that was originally scheduled for last Saturday night at Central Connecticut State, then moved up five hours, then pushed to Sunday, then pushed to Monday — all because of the weekend […] [Read More]
New Canaan WR Alex LaPolice.

Vote: Who’s No. 1: Ansonia or New Canaan?

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New Canaan LB Michael Root. Just as his jersey says, the Rams are No. 1. (Bob Luckey/Staff photographer)

The case for New Canaan

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The Class L champion New Canaan Rams are the best football team in Connecticut. It’s been the great debate all season long: New Canaan vs. Ansonia. Ansonia vs. New Canaan. Who is more deserving of being No. 1? When the Rams beat St. Joseph on Nov. 1, they leapfrogged Ansonia into the top spot in […] [Read More]
Like Jaiquan McKnight's jersey says, Ansonia is No. 1 (MIke Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

The case for Ansonia

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BY GINO MORETTI The Ansonia Chargers are the best football team on Connecticut. While I can understand the argument for New Canaan being voted the top team, having beaten Class M St. Joseph twice and playing a tougher schedule, here’s my take on it and it’s pretty simple. Look no further than the college football […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, State Polls

LL state final postponed again…and again

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UPDATE: The Class LL championship has been postponed yet again and rescheduled for Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at West Haven. The CIAC said that the latest date the final can be played is Friday. If it’s not, co-champions will be declared. SUNDAY: The Class LL championship between No. 4 Southington (11-1) and No. 7 Fairfield […] [Read More]
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Reaction: St. Joseph’s crushes Brookfield, 54-16, in Class M Final

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St. Joseph capped a ridiculous 200-point Class M playoff run with a 54-16 demolishing of Brookfield. Some postgame thoughts from Arute Field:  St. Joseph’s running back Mufasha Abdul Basir dedicated the game (a 220-yard, 3-touchdown performance) to the victims of Sandy Hook. He had “Newtown” written on his gloves. Basir’s English teacher, Kathleen Cardillo, is […] [Read More]
St Joseph's Mufasha Abdul Basir (6) runs through a gaping hole opened up by the Cadets' massive offensive line. (H. John Voorhees III/For Hearst newspapers)

St. Joe’s offensive line plows a path through the snow

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More often than not, if a football team is running the ball effectively, it’s because its offensive line is winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. Such was the case in St. Joseph’s 54-16 victory over Brookfield in the Class M state title game Saturday. The Cadets’ front five is big and athletic, and […] [Read More]
Nick Cacione slides in the end zone after scoring.
Photot/ Autumn Driscoll

Let it snow: New Canaan wins Class L title

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What a day at Boyle Stadium. Woke up this morning with snow on the window and the dreadful feeling that they may not play the Class L championship game. What a shame that would have been. Boyle was not full and nowhere near the 10,000 that packed it on Thanksgiving in 2008 but both bleachers […] [Read More]
Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome holds six state records. (Christian Abraham/Staff photographer)

Arkeel Newsome by the numbers

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Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome put a wrap his spectactular and record-setting career with a Class S championship Friday night. We take a look at his final statistics. These are the final numbers for Ansonia senior running back Arkeel Newsome: CAREER 943 carries 10,672 yards (state record) 187 TDs (state record) 39 2-point conversions 1,162 […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, NVL, State Playoffs

Title No. 19: Ansonia 51, Woodland 12

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It looks like just another one of those Ansonia runaways, another night when Arkeel Newsome ran roughshod over another team on the way to a perfect season and another Class S title. But you hear Ansonia talk about worrying about running against them, and Woodland talking about simplifying their schemes to contain Newsome. “Nobody’s run […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs

New Canaan-Darien state final moved to Stamford

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The Class L state championship game between New Canaan and Darien has been moved to Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Arute Statium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University at 2pm  as part of the CIAC’s championship Saturday. Darien and New Canaan High School are separated by […] [Read More]

LL, L state finals shifted because of winter weather

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The forecast for snow has forced the CIAC to alter its Saturday schedule for the state football finals. The Class L final between Darien and New Canaan has been pushed to 11:05 a.m. at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. It was previously scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Central Connecticut State’s Arute Field. The Class LL final between […] [Read More]

Could Saturday’s schedule change? Just how good is St. Joseph’s offense? And more…

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On Wednesday, the CIAC held its annual state football final luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Before we get to a few details on each team, we note that there could (yes, could) be a change to Saturday’s schedule. As of now, the day of events at Central Connecticut State’s Arute Field reads […] [Read More]
Tailback Arkeel Newsome will play his final game of his Ansonia career when the Chargers face Woodland Friday in the S final. (Photo by Christian Abraham)

Newsome’s numbers at a glance

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Tailback Arkeel Newsome will play the final game in his storied high school career when Ansonia meets Woodland in the Class S state final on Friday at 7 p.m. Here’s the eye-popping statistics for the Chargers’ senior. Career 909 carries 10,413 yards (state record) 183 TDs (state record) 38 2-point conversions 1,136 points (state record) […] [Read More]
Darien's Will Hamernick seals his team's 13-7 win by breaking up a fourth down pass intended for Middletown's Jacob Homar.

Darien holds off Middletown in Class L semifinals

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Another day, another nail-biting win for the Darien football team. The Blue Wave turned back Middletown 13-7 at Pomperaug High School in the Class L semifinals, crawling out of a 7-0 halftime hole and keeping the Blue Dragons’ offense at bay to advance to Saturday’s championship clash with rival New Canaan. Defense holds firm: Just […] [Read More]
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All-FCIAC team

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  All-FCIAC Offense Position Name School QB Nick Cascione New Canaan QB Jordan Vazzano St. Joseph RB Mufasa Abdul-Basir St. Joseph RB Austin Longi Greenwich RB William Bonaparte Ridgefield WR Cole Turpin New Canaan WR T.J. Hayduk Trumbull WR Shane Miller St. Joseph WR Lars Pederson St. Joseph WR Griffin Ross Darien TE Brien Kerrigan […] [Read More]

Top performances: State playoff edition

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BULLDOZERS Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia RB: Career-best 492 yards — surpassing 10,000 — and 7 TDs on 26 carries in 49-21 Class S quarterfinal victory over Coginchaug. Followed with 265 yards and 5 TDs on 36 carries in 49-27 semifinal victory over Rocky Hill. Mufasha Abdul Basir, St. Joseph RB: 323 yards and 5 TDs on […] [Read More]

Newsome … all over

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Today was my second opportunity to see Arkeel Newsome in the last three years, and what impressed me was that he’s much more than a big-play running back. The UConn-bound senior forced a fumble with a nice hit; he repeatedly took snaps in the Wildcat formation and showed the ability to take a pounding from […] [Read More]
Barlow quarterback Jack Shaban carries the ball in a 62-34 loss to St. Joseph in Saturday's Class M semifinal. (Photo by Bob Luckey)

St. Joseph adjusts quickly to triple-option

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After scoring 84 points in the Class M state quarterfinals, St. Joseph enjoyed another monster day on offense Saturday. Even without star tailback Mufasha Abdul Basir, who suffered what coach Joe DellaVecchia believed to be a stinger on the game’s third play, the Cadets rolled Joel Barlow 62-34 in the semifinals. The Cadets have scored […] [Read More]
Brookfield head coach Rich Angarano .

Brookfield’s winning tradition continues

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It’s been quite a run so far for Brookfield High School head football coach Rich Angarano, who will be making his sixth trip to the state championship game with the Bobcats on Saturday. Angarano was an assistant on Tom Taylor’s staff when Brookfield won the 1995 state title with a 21-7 triumph over Wilton in […] [Read More]
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New Canaan moves onward

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With another dominating defensive performance, the New Canaan football team moved on to the Class L final with a 17-0 win over North Haven at Law High School Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight shutout for the Rams, who beat Farmington 46-0 in the quarterfinals. The reward for the Rams? Another date with arch […] [Read More]

Back to the final, Ansonia beats Rocky Hill

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Ho, hum: Arkeel Newsome ran for all of 265 yards Saturday. That’s all. No 400-yard barrage today. Don’t know if that will dissuade anyone from thinking Rocky Hill “lost to one guy.” Especially since Newsome made a big defensive play himself. “This is team work,” Newsome said. “I’m not doing all the work.” There’s a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs
No. 1: Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia come in at No. 1

Elite 8: Ansonia No. 1, New Canaan No. 2 heading into semifinal weekend

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. ANSONIA (13-0) (5): Two games from perfect season, Rocky Hill up in S semis. 2. NEW CANAAN (12-1) (1): Rams taking on throwback North Haven in L semis. 3. DARIEN (11-1) (2): Blue Wave continue to roll through […] [Read More]
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State playoffs power poll

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Which FCIAC team has best shot at state title?

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Did Arkeel Newsome get robbed of player of year award?

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And the winner of the 2013 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year award is……..? Dario Highsmith. Quarterback. Middletown. Um, do I have the wrong state? Am I missing something here? Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia should have been a lock for this award, right? I mean, he’s rushed for 3,350 yards and has  an eye-popping 55 […] [Read More]
Middletown QB Dario Highsmith (6) was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.

Highsmith named Gatorade Player of the Year

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Middletown quarterback Dario Highsmith has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year. The junior will lead the No. 4 Blue Dragons into Saturday’s Class L semifinals where they will face No. 1 Darien at Pomperaug HS at 2 o’clock. Highsmith has rushed for 2,565 yards and 27 touchdowns this season while passing for […] [Read More]
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