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Gary Rogo

ND-Fairfield coach Boyton quits

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Per a media release from Notre Dame-Fairfield AD Rob Bleggi: Coach Ted Boynton informed me today that he will be stepping down as Head Football coach to pursue other opportunities.  Notre Dame would like to thank Coach Boynton for his dedication and commitment to ND over theses past years. [Read More]

Top performers: Championship game edition

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The champs Mufasha Abdulbasir, St. Joseph: Ignited Cadets’ 37-7 victory over Ledyard in Class M Small championship game with a 91-yard TD run. Finished with 205 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries. Alex LaPolice, New Canaan: Caught 24-yard go-ahead TD pass from Michael Collins (25-ofo-48 for 259 yards and 3 TDs) in 21-20 victory […] [Read More]

Top performers: Playoff semifinals edition

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Mufasha Abdul Basir, and Corey Babineau, St. Joseph: Basir rushed for 181 yards and scored 3 TDs in 55-6 rout of Ellington/Somers in the Class M Small semifinals. Basir pushed his season total to 2,131 yards and 20 TDs. Babineau, a soph QB, provided a nice air complement with 3 TD passes (19 and 55 […] [Read More]

Top performers: Thanksgiving edition

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Offense Mufasha Abdul Basir and Lars Pedersen, St. Joseph: Rushed 22 times for 223 yards and 3 TDs in a 49-30 win over Trumbull.Pedersen caught 7 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs. Also rushed for 66 yards and 1 score. Peter Lummis, Weston: Ran for 3 TDs (3, 55 and 54 yards) and passed […] [Read More]

Week 12: Guide to the Thanksgiving games

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TUESDAY NVL Seymour (7-3) at Woodland (3-7), 4 p.m.: Wildcats won’t be headed to the postseason, but finishing 5-1 over their last six would be a nice consolation prize. SWC Weston (4-6) at Barlow (4-6) 5 p.m.: Each team’s logged a Class M semifinals appearance in its not-so-distant past. Neither is postseason-bound this year. New […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 10 review

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Offfense Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: QB rushed 31 times for 141 yards and 2 TDs in 38-28 defeat of West Haven. Piccirillo also passed for 226 yards and two scores.Teammate Peter Hoff ran for 65 yards and 1 TD and caught a 30-yard pass for another score. Stephen Longley, Foran: Rushed for 148 yards and 3 […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 9 in review

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Offense Jared Piatnik, Bethel: Ran for 4 TDs and passes for 2 (36 and 26 yards to Will Daniels) in 56-41 victory over New Milford. Jai’Quan McKnight and Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: McKnight threw 7 yards to Bailey for a TD on 4th down with 11.7 seconds to play to cap a furious comeback. Earlier, with […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Derby QB Michael Kreiger.

Top performers: Week 8 in review

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Offense Max German, Law: Rushed for 302 yards and 3 TDs on 36 carries in a 28-27 win over Guilford. Mike Kreiger, Derby: Went 12-of-18 passing for 314 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in a 62-44 win over Seymour. Ricky Bartone (123 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries) and Josh Park (3 running […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Top performers: Week 7 review

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Offense Colton Smith, Fairfield Prep: A remarkable 563 yards of total offense in 51-28 domolition of previously unbeaten Cheshire. 12-of-24 passes for 342 yards and 3 TDs nad 221 yards rushing and a TD on 24 carries. Mark Piccirillo Shelton: Senior QBPiccirillo rushed for 217 yards and 2 TDs in a 33-20 win over Hand. […] [Read More]
Newtown's Jaret DeVellis stiff arms Ansonia's Witold Gul during Friday's win by the Nighthawks.

Top performers: Week 6 in review

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OFFENSE Jaret DeVellis, Newtown: Rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries as the Nighthawks beat Ansonia 14-8 oto snap the Chargers’ 48-game winning streak. Tyler Hansen, New Milford: 11 completions for 215 yards and 4 TDs and a 28-yard run for another score in 48-8 rout of Kennedy. Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: Threw 3 TDs (37, […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Alex LaPolice finished with 223 total yards, running for two scores while catching a third in a 42-14 rout of Danbury.

Top performers: Week 5 in review

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OFFENSE Spencer Turkel and Peter Lummis, Weston: Pair hooked up on a 60-yard TD pass on 4th-and-15 with 0.7 seconds left in thrilling 41-29 win over Bunnell. QB Turkel threw for 232 yards and 3 TDs. Lummis rushed rush 76 yards and caught 10 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs. Zach Spencer’s 2-yard interception […] [Read More]
Shelton QB  Mark Piccirillo.

Top performers: Week 4 review

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Offense Jai’Quan McKnight and Tajik Bagley, Ansonia: QB McKnight rushed for 2 TDs and threw for another in a 43-8 defeat of Seymour. Bagley rushed for 154 and 3 TDs in the first half. Tim Graham, Darien: QB tossed TD passes of 33 yards to Todd Herger and 35 yards to Colin Minicus as the […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 3 review

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Mykel Morris, Central: Accounted for an astounding 505 yards in 24-21 comeback victory over Ludlowe, the Hilltoppers’ first win. Ran 22 times for 285 yards and 3 TDs, including scoring runs of 10 and 79 yards, and completed 7-of-14 passes for 220 yards. Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: 5 TDs — 4 runs from scrimmage, the 5th […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Top performers: Week 2 review

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Offense Jai’Quan McKnight and Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: McKnight, a senior QB, gained 155 yards with TD runs of 45 and 34 yards on 19 carries while junior RB Bailey added 77 yards and 2 TDs on 17 carries in 36-6 victory over Derby. It was the Chargers’ 45th straight win, four shy of Cheshire’s state […] [Read More]
Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo. (Bob Luckey/staff photographer)

Week 1 review: The top performers

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Offense Dequan Woods, Harding: 3 TDs — runs of 1 and 11 yards and 13-yard pass from Taisun Phommachanh — in 38-10 rout of Law. Phommachanh, a freshman QB, who threw for 278 yards, also connected on a 69-yard TD pass to Tyshawn Walker (7 catches for 140 yards) and a pair of  2-point conversions. […] [Read More]
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Danbury names Ecke new football coach

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Former Cheshire head coach Mark Ecke has been named the new football coach at Danbury High School, Danbury AD Chip Salvestrini announced Monday. Ecke, who replaces Dan Donovan, won four state championships at Cheshire. During the last two years, Ecke has been the cornerbacks coach at Trinity College in Hartford, the No. 7 ranked team […] [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]

Top performances: The Thanksgiving edition

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GUNSLINGERS Adam Wojenski, Bunnell QB: Sophomore, who had taken one snap all season, entered the Bulldogs’ 12-10 victory over Stratford in the fourth quarter and directed the game-winning drive. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 50 yards, culminating in a 3-yard TD pass to Devante Teel with 3 minutes left. BULLDOZERS Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia […] [Read More]

Top performances: League championship version

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The top 3 teams in the Hearst Connecticut Elite 8 all won their respective league championships last week — No. 3 Newtown over No. 6 Brookfield 28-7 in the SWC, No. 2 Ansonia over Woodland 48-7 in the NVL and No. 1 New Canaan over No. 4 St. Joseph 31-20. Here are the stars of […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 10

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GUNSLINGERS Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: 14 of 25 for 274 yards and 3 TDs — all to WR T.J. Hayduk (60. 59 and 39 yards) in 43-18 victory over Central. David Ryan, Amity QB: Threw 3 TD passes and ran for another score in 34-21 win over Hamden. BULLDOZERS Mufasha Abdul-Basir, St. Joseph RB: Rushed […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 9

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GUNSLINGERS Ryan Dunn, Ridgefield QB: Completed 18 passes for 240 yards and 5 TDs as Tigers dominated previously undefeated McMahon 44-7. Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: Threw for 308 yards and 4 TDs — 2 each to Hunter Wnukowski and T.J. Hayduk — in 45-14 win over Danbury. Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph QB: 275 yards and […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 8

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GUNSLINGERS Nick Cascione, New Canaan QB: 379 passing yards and 6 TDs to 5 different receivers and a 4-yard rushing TD in 62-21 rout of St. Joseph in a battle of unbeatens. Jack Massie, Staples QB: TD passes of 35 and 29 yards to Will Johnson and a 29-yard rushing TD in 49-42 overtime victory […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 7

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GUNSLINGERS Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: 29-of-46 passes for 510 yards and 4 TDs in 32-28 comeback victory over Wilton. His final pass of the night deflected off Wilton defender Brett Phillips’ hands and into the arms of receiver T.J. Hayduk in the end zone with 30.5 left as the Eagles rallied from a 28-19 deficit […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 6

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GUNSLINGERS Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: 28 of 44 for 413 yards and 3 TDs to power the Eagles to their fifth straight victory, a 50-44 thriller over Greenwich. Andrew Tarantino, Newtown QB: 18 completions for 289 yards and 4 TDs in 56-14 rout of Wolcott. Ryan Dunn, Ridgefield QB: TD passes of 36, 16, 12 […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 5

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GUNSLINGERS Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: Completed just 10 passes, but those completions went for 362 yards and 6 TDs (73 and 11 yards to Eric Anderson, 90 to Thomas Hayduk, 13 to Quentin Brunetti, 95 to Hunter Wnukowski and 11 to Jamar Robinson) in 49-16 demolition of Westhill. Nick Cascione, New Canaan QB: In just […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 4

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GUNSLINGERS Drew Tarantino, Newtown QB: Threw 6 passes on 21 of 32 for 406 yards in wild 39-36 victory over Barlow. Julian Dunn (36, 9, 9 yards) and Troy Frongione (28, 17, 24 yards) each caught 3 TD passes. Michael Kreiger, Derby QB: 267 yards and 3 TDs passing and 121 yards and 1 TD […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 3

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GUNSLINGERS Michael Kreiger, Derby QB: 16 for 20 for 207 yards and 3 TDs in 44-33 victory over Wilby. Jake Kasuba, Foran QB: Passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Sheehan. Ran for 74 yards on 12 carries. Mark Piccirillo, Shelton QB: Threw for 258 yards and three TDs in […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of week 2

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GUNSLINGERS Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph Sr. QB: 29 of 25 for 379 yards and 5 TDs — including a 42-yard Hail Mary to Lars Pedersen on the game’s final play — in a 36-34 thriller over Fairfield Prep. Nick Roberts, Trumbull QB: 21 of 32 passing for 286 yards and 3 TDs in 28-21 victory […] [Read More]

Top performances: The stars of Week 1

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GUNSLINGERS Jordan Vazzano, St. Joseph Sr. QB: 201 yards passing (14-of-23) and 4 TDs (49, 36, 9 and 17 yards) and a 13-yard scoring run in 47-28 defeat of Notre Dame-West Haven. Silas Wyper, Darien, Sr. QB: Completed 18-of-31 passes for 242 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception in 46-26 victory over Hillhouse. Also gained […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Week 10

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A look back at who did what in Week 10 of the regional high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut Sports Staff. BULLDOZERS Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia: Junior returned to greatness after being slowed by an ankle injury, rushing for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-26 demolition of Woodland […] [Read More]