Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs:
1. New Canaan (5-0): Maybe a team from Massachusetts can slow down the Rams?
2. Ansonia (5-0): Chargers facing their toughest test thus far in Masuk.
3. St. Joseph (5-0): Bassick in the line of fire this week.
4. Newtown (5-0): Nighthawks putting up a lot of points, Wolcott putting up a lot of points. This one should be fun.
5. Fairfield Prep (4-1): Big win over Shelton last week, huge game at Hand this weekend.
6. Darien (4-1): Blue Wave looking to make it two in a row.
7. Shelton (4-1): Gaels were rolling before they ran into Prep, look to rebound this weekend.
8. Barlow (4-1): Barlow enters the Elite 8 and is facing winless Torrington this week.
8. Staples (4-1): Wreckers should not look past a tough Danbury squad before they meet New Canaan next week.
Best of the rest: West Haven (4-1), Ridgefield (4-1), Masuk (4-1)
— SCOTT ERICSON
Members of the Hearst Connecticut sports staff who were balloted: Doug Bonjour, Chris Brodeur, Scott
Ericson, David Fierro, Rich Gregory, Ryan Lacey, Chris McNamee, Gino Moretti, Gary Rogo and Reid