Elite 8: New Canaan still No. 1, Ansonia No. 2


The New Canaan Rams are No.1 in the Elite 8 once again.

The New Canaan Rams are No.1 in the Elite 8 once again.

Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses):

  1. NEW CANAAN (6-0) (7): Trip to Staples a big test for the Rams. Elite 8
  2. ANSONIA (6-0) (3): Scoring over 50 points a game, good luck Wolcott.
  3. ST. JOSEPH (6-0): If Cadets avoid looking past Trinity, New Canaan looms.
  4. NEWTOWN (6-0): Nighthawks look more and more locked in every week.
  5. DARIEN (5-1): Any chance at playoffs depends on beating Ridgefield first.
  6. SHELTON (5-1): Gaels hosting red-hot Hand in SCC showdown.
  7. BARLOW (5-1): Lone loss to Newtown, otherwise Barlow has rolled.
  8. STAPLES (5-1): FCIAC, Class LL playoffs could be on the line for Wreckers vs. New Canaan.

— Scott Ericson

Receiving votes: Masuk (4-2), Ridgefield (5-1), Fairfield Prep (4-2)

Members of the Hearst Connecticut staff who were balloted: Doug Bonjour, Chris Brodeur, Scott Ericson, Dave Fierro, Rich Gregory, Ryan Lacey, Chris McNamee, Geno Moretti, Gary Rogo and Reid Walmark.

Chris McNamee