Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
New Canaan celebrated the FCIAC title last season. Who will hoist the trophy this year?

5 minute guide to the FCIAC

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5 TEAMS TO WATCH Darien: The Blue Wave are replacing most of their skill players but return the core of their defense and 6-foot-4 QB Timmy Graham has impressed people who have seen him in preseason. If the young players blend well with the returning players, Darien should be considered a favorite to reach the […] [Read More]

2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team

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  2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team OFFENSE QB: Stephen Barmore (Southington) RB: Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Ervin Philips (West Haven) WR: Alex Jamele (Southington), Nick Weissauer (Foran) TE: Julian Dunn (Newtown) OL: Ryan Hovan (Ansonia), John Tondalo (North Haven), Steve Hashemi (St. Joseph), Colin McKeown (Fairfield Warde), Ryan McKenna (New Canaan)  DEFENSE DL: Zach Maxwell (Southington), […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Zachary Allen (# 44) pressures Farmington quarterback Jeremy Buck.
Photo/Bob Luckey

New Canaan back in form

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I thought Farmington could hang with New Canaan. I was wrong. The Indians had no chance in this game and that was apparent from the opening kickoff. The Rams picked off Farmington on the third play of the game, scored on the next series and rolled from there, winning 46-0. Shockingly, it was the Rams […] [Read More]

HS Football Playoff Power Poll

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  CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Quarterfinals, 6:30 TUESDAY DEC. 3   CLASS LL   No. 8 Ridgefield 9-2 at No. 1 Newtown 11-0 No. 7 Fairfield Prep 9-2 at No. 2 Glastonbury 10-1 No. 6 West Haven 9-2 at No. 3 Hall 9-1 No. 5 NFA 8-2 at No. 4 Southington 9-1   CLASS  L   […] [Read More]

New Canaan wins 8th FCIAC crown

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It was not easy, mostly by their own doing, but the No. 1 New Canaan Rams defeated St. Joseph 31-20, claiming their 8th FCIAC Championship. The Rams could have pulled away sooner but twice fumbled inside the 10-yard line when they seemed destined for 6 points. The fumble before halftime would certainly have had people […] [Read More]

HS Football Power Poll

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Week 9 wrapup

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The two top teams in the state were tested this week but stayed unbeaten while others kept playoff hopes alive with wins. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered with links to stories. THURSDAY SCC Ansonia 21 Seymour 20 Chargers 37th straight win was maybe their toughest. FRIDAY FCIAC Norwalk 20 Stamford 6 Bears […] [Read More]

Week 7 wrapup

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  FRIDAY FCIAC Stamford 19 Bassick 14 Stamford scored on an end-around pass with a little over a minute left to pick up first win. New Canaan 43 Staples 7 Rams roll again, this time over defending champs. Trumbull 32 Wilton 28 Huge rally for the Eagles keeps their postseason hopes alive. NVL Seymour 49  […] [Read More]

Week 5 wrapup

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Week 5 in Connecticut High School football had some lopsided wins and some surprises. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered with links THURSDAY FCIAC Bassick 34 Central 12 First win for Lions over Central since 1990. FRIDAY FCIAC Ridgefield 48 Stamford 22 The Tigers got back on track after loss last week, Black […] [Read More]

Arkeel Newsome rushing record watch

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Ansonia senior Arkeel Newsome is chasing the state’s rushing record held by former Ansonia back Alex Thomas, whose total is 8,279 yards. Newsome’s total Friday in a 62-28 win over Derby: 317 yards, four touchdowns. Newsome’s unofficial career total: 7,979 yards Yards to break title: 301 Up next: Thursday vs. Masuk at home, 6:30 NOTE: […] [Read More]

Week 4 wrapup

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Top teams starting to separate themselves now but a few pesky teams still sitting at 4-0 or 3-1 as we round the first bend of the season. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered this week with links to stories. FRIDAY FCIAC New Canaan 45 Warde 21 The Rams continue rolling, opening up a […] [Read More]

Ridgefield vs St. Joseph preview

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St. Joseph Head Coach Joe Della Vecchia and Ridgefield Head Coach Kevin Callahan have known each other almost their entire lives. Growing up down the street from each other as kids and working together when Callahan was the at coach Notre Dame of Fairfield and Della Vecchia was his assistant, the two will not need much […] [Read More]

FCIAC-SCC Challenge primer

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The Connecticut football world has been talking about the FCIAC-SCC Challenge since the plan was announced and after months of waiting it is finally here. The greatest opening week in state football history? Most likely. Will it live up to the hype? We will see. Here is a breakdown off all the week one challenge […] [Read More]

WTNH’s ‘SportzEdge’ unearths Aaron Hernandez high school footage; Bristol Press has reax video

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I guess we needed this. As former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led away from his North Attleboro, Mass. home in handcuffs Wednesday morning to be arraigned for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, many of us who followed him during his halcyon days at Bristol Central must have been […] [Read More]

Former Bristol Central, Patriots star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder [Updated]

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We’re compiling all the latest news on the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Check back for the latest updates. Update: Saturday — Odin Lloyd laid to rest BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends and well-wishers have gathered at a church in Boston for the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder […] [Read More]

Live broadcast: Walter Camp’s ‘Breakfast of Champions,’ 9 a.m.

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♦♦♦ Ever want to know what it’s like to be wined and dined as a state championship football team by the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation? Well, unless you’re Hand, this is the next, best thing. Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant in New Haven, the four Connecticut state champions will come […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

The 2012 CHSCA All-State Football Teams: OVERALL

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The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has unleashed its all-state teams for 2012. We’re publishing these in five installments, overall, and the individual classes. These teams are voted by the members of the CHSCA. Here are the four Class teams: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S The following is the […] [Read More]

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS LL

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The 2012 Class LL All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
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2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS L

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The 2012 Class L All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
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2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS M (updated)

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The 2012 Class M All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
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The 2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS S

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The 2012 Class S All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
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Who are your Regional Players of the Year?

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The 2011 season is over. Girls basketball is already live. Boys basketball and hockey and wrestling etc, etc get underway this week. But we’re not done with high school football just yet (are we ever?). While football teams from all over say goodbye to their seniors, welcome their freshmen and dive into the long offseason, […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State

Updated: Your Hall of Fame Football Classic XV kickoff page

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Updated: Paul Criscuolo says the game is on this evening, despite threats of heavy rain. As of 4:40 p.m. West Haven remained dry while northern parts of the state were being pounded. More rain is on the way, however. Criscuolo said lightning would, of course, delay the game. Follow the radar here. ♦♦ Original Post […] [Read More]

Holiday Extras: Croce to Gunnery; Calitro to Villanova; DesRuisseaux to Milford

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This week has been a whirlwind of statewide high school football news and tidbits. Here’s the latest as we head into the July 4 weekend. QB CROCE LEAVING POMPERAUG – Pomperaug quarterback Kellen Croce will likely enroll at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn., his father, offensive coordinator Steve Croce said. Croce was an […] [Read More]

Ansonia RB Montrell Dobbs accepts scholarship offer from UConn

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Ansonia running back Montrell Dobbs, the fifth all-time leading rusher in state history, has accepted a scholarship offer to play football at UConn. Dobbs picked up the offer from UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni during his first (ever) visit to Storrs with Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick on Wednesday. After returning home to Ansonia, Dobbs didn’t […] [Read More]

Nutmeg domination again in the Governor’s Cup football game

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I think we can sum up this game in one photo: Any questions? OK, If you must know any more read our man Mike Cardillo’s recap of the game, the ninth straight victory for Connecticut over Rhode Island. Or if more photos are your thing, check out our massive slideshow. See if you can spot […] [Read More]

Saturday Links: Governor’s Cup today; Bassick’s fight; Ansonia says goodbye

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Busy news day for sports, what with the Travelers Championship (led by an amateur after two rounds), the United States-Mexico Copa Oro final, the usual rounds of baseball going down this afternoon. And, yes, there’s plenty of high school football news. The Governor’s Cup is being played at Southington High School at 4:30 p.m. Masuk […] [Read More]

Bassick’s DT Brandon Williams gets national team tryout

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Brandon Williams, a 6-3, 232-pound All-State defensive tackle from Bassick, has been invited to try out for the U-19 national football team in Atlanta, Ga. on Memorial Day weekend. USA football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFLPA and describers itself as a non-profit organization devoted to developing the game […] [Read More]

Masuk’s Cochran nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran is one of 400 high school football players nominated to participate in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Cochran, perhaps the state’s most sought-after senior high school football player, is the only Connecticut player to receive a nomination. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl chooses nominees through the three main recruiting services […] [Read More]

St. Joseph QB Della Vecchia to play at Stonehill

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St. Joseph has announced senior Joe Della Vecchia signed a letter of intent to play at Stonehill (Mass.) College. He signed approximately a month ago, his father and St. Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia said. “He is very happy about it,” the elder Della Vecchia said via text message. “Really liked everything there.” A three-year […] [Read More]