Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
New Canaan's Zachary Allen sacks St. Joseph QB Cory Babineau on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Saturday, Allen decommitted from Northwestern and announced he will sign a National Letter of Intent with Boston College. (Christian Abraham/Staff photo)

New Canaan’s Allen heading to Boston College

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With National Signing Day just a few days away, potential suitors are making their final push for high school studs to attend their program. Connecticut’s own Zach Allen has been committed all year to attend Northwestern in the fall, but Saturday revealed he has decided to attend Boston College. Allen, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound  DE/LB was […] [Read More]

St. Joseph tops Ledyard to win second straight state title

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Mufasha Abdulbasir and Lars Pedersen each scored a pair of touchdowns as St. Joseph ran away with the Class M-Small championship, besting Ledyard 37-7. Turnover on downs Ledyard had a strong finish to the second quarter after finding some rhythm on offense. Ledyard scored a touchdown with 1:20 to go in the half, and prevented […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, FCIAC, State Playoffs

Brookfield captures Class M-Large championship by blanking Berlin

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The Class M-Large championship belongs to Brookfield, which pitched a 14-0 shutout against Berlin Thursday evening at New Britain’s Willowbrook Park.   Brookfield defense There’s really nowhere else to start. The Bobcats swarmed from start to finish, racking up nine sacks, including four by Bobby Drysdale and three from Nick Seis. “(Bobby Drysdale) is a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, State Playoffs, SWC

Xavier edges Newtown for a return trip to Class LL final

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Locked in a tight game late in the fourth quarter of its 13-7 win over Newtown in the Class LL-Small Division semifinals, Xavier coach Sean Marinan faced a crucial decision. The Falcons led 13-7 in the fourth quarter and had the football inside the Newtown 10-yard line. On 4th-and-5, Marinan debated kicking a field goal […] [Read More]
Not sure if snow is in the forecast but Darien vs New Canaan at Boyle stadium is always entertaining.

New Canaan and Darien to play for FCIAC championship

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The two teams have been on a collision course all season and now the top two teams in the FCIAC will face each other once again for the FCIAC championship. The state’s No. 2 New Canaan and No. 3 Darien will meet Thanksgiving morning at Boyle Stadium at 10 a.m. for the FCIAC title with […] [Read More]

Video: Westhill wins 2OT thriller over Ludlowe

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Westhill and Ludlowe slugged it out defensively Friday night until the game went to 2 overtimes with Westhill taking a thrilling 23-20 win at Taft Field on a  1-yard run by Blake Newcomer in the second frame. [Read More]
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Elite 8 Week 5: New Canaan, Darien, Ansonia on top

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (65 points, 5 first-place votes) (4-0 record): A few too many penalties, but otherwise a nice win at Warde. 2. DARIEN (64, 2) (4-0): Overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half to beat St. Joseph. 3. ANSONIA (56, 1) (4-0): […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC , Elite 8 , FCIAC , NVL , SCC | More

Video: McMahon outlasts Westhill

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McMahon outlasted Westhill in a battle of field position and defense Friday afternoon in Stamford, beating the Vikings 19-14.   [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Video: Darien comes back to shock St. Joseph

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Darien rallied from down 17-0, beating St. Joe’s 21-17 to remain unbeaten at 4-0 in a thrilling contest. [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Fairfield County, FCIAC

Video: New Canaan holds off Greenwich

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New Canaan defeated Greenwich 35-20 at Dunning Field Saturday, giving coach Lou Marinelli his 300th win.   [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Fairfield County, FCIAC

Video: Newtown rolls over Pomperaug

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Newtown completely dominated Pomperaug last night, winning 49-3 at Blue and Gold Stadium. [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, SWC

Video: Trinity airs it out in win over Westhill

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Trinity beat Westhill 38-28 Saturday at Alumni Field. Anthony Lombardi threw 5 touchdown passes, four to Randy Polonia in the first half. [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, FCIAC

Video: Danbury wins ugly over Norwalk

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Danbury and Norwalk combined for 8 turnovers with Danbury holding on for a 14-6 win. Neither team did much on offense but we have a few highlights to share with you including the game-clinching interception with less than a minute to go in the game.   [Read More]

Video: New Canaan outlasts Hand

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New Canaan defeated Hand 21-14 in front of a packed house at Strong Field in Madison Friday night. Great atmosphere for a game, right on the Sound and the two teams gave everyone a good game.   [Read More]

Video: Fairfield Prep and Stamford open season with a shootout

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Fairfield Prep beat Stamford 59-40 in the season opener at Ludlowe Thursday night. Prep’s Colton Smith and Stamford’s Jalen Brown put on a show for everyone.   [Read More]
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]

Viewpoint: 8 football champions too many for Connecticut

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Late next month, the powers that be at CIAC headquarters will hand us a revised format for next year’s state football playoffs. The four-class, 32-team, three-round setup will be replaced with a system that’s promised to alleviate concerns over player safety. After teams like Ansonia played 15 times in 13 weeks, with five of those […] [Read More]
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]
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]

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
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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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
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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]
Ridgefield’s Will Bonaparte runs past Newtown’s Nick Samuelson. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Ridgefield edges Newtown in a thriller

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In a game loaded with big plays, momentum shifts and a lot of twists and turns, eighth-seeded Ridgefield pulled out a dramatic 35-33 win over top-seeded host Newtown Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL Tournament. The Tigers (10-2) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will face No. 4 Southington at West […] [Read More]

Elite 8: Ansonia the new No. 1; Newtown No. 2

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Ansonia (12-0) (5): No. 1 team in the state is seeded second in Class S playoffs. 2. Newtown (12-0) (3): The top seed in LL hosts Ridgefield. 3. New Canaan (11-1): Rams 9 yards away from unbeaten season. […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC , Elite 8 , FCIAC , NVL , SCC | 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]

Thanksgiving: It’s a wrap

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What a great day of football Thanksgiving in Southwest Connecticut turned out to be. From Prep’s comeback win to clinch a playoff berth to Darien’s dramatic win over No. 1 New Canaan to Bethel beating Brookfield to reach the Class M playoffs, it was an exciting day of football.   FCIAC McMahon 35, Norwalk 14: […] [Read More]

Warde claims win in the ‘Battle of Fairfield’

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74-48. Not a bad record right? Well, that is the combined record of the teams Fairfield Warde faced in 2013. And that includes a 0-11 Trinity Catholic team. And the three clear-cut best teams in the FCIAC – Darien, New Canaan and St. Joesph. “When you look at our schedule we are probably in the […] [Read More]