Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Greenwich halts Staples’ postseason hopes

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Staples entered its annual Thanksgiving Day showdown against rival Greenwich in control of its own destiny. A win would have put the Wreckers into the Class LL Tournament for the fifth straight season, while a loss would have ended the Wreckers’ postseason hopes. Greenwich made sure Staples’ streak of making the postseason was halted. Registering […] [Read More]

Westhill and Stamford abandon Thanksgiving spirit

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The stands were full, people were reuniting and Westhill was on its way to blowout victory to claim the City title and its first winning season since 1987. The Vikings should have been able to complete the game, shake hands with their opponents and claim their trophy at midfield, winning 40-0. Instead a brawl with […] [Read More]

The Burning Of The Shoe

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The burning of the shoe. Legend has it, Ossie Solem, the head football coach at Springfield College in 1946, gathered his players after the final practice of the season and lit a football cleat on fire. He believed it would erase any ill will among teammates so they could play the last game clear of […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Guide to the Games

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Tuesday  SWC Oxford 28, Pomperaug 12: Steve Pearson scores two touchdowns as Wolverines exit SWC on a high note. Newtown 42, Masuk 7: Undefeated Nighthawks roll behind 256 yards, 5 TDs from Cooper Gold. New Fairfield 33, New Milford 12: Rebels claim Candlewood Cup, finish at 8-3 thanks to two touchdowns apiece from Mike McCourt […] [Read More]

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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]

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Darien brings win home from North Haven

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It looked like the grinding offense of North Haven was going to out muscle Darien as the Indians took a 20-9 lead after a touchdown run by bruising back Ethan Suraci but an 84-yard kickoff return by Nick Lombardo stopped any momentum North Haven had and got the Blue Wave rolling en route to a […] [Read More]

Longi, Greenwich run past Danbury

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How spectacular has Greenwich High School junior running back Austin Longi been the past five games? Danbury High School coach Dan Donovan said he would have settled for Longi scoring four touchdowns against his team Friday night and Cardinals coach Rich Albonizio said it’s actually a surprise when Longi gains five yards in a particular […] [Read More]

Bobby Drysdale: The next big thing?

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Nine games doesn’t make a career, but it can help cement a reputation. Bobby Drysdale of Brookfield High School  has quickly made a name for himself, rushing for 1,518 yards and 22 touchdowns. “We knew Bobby was something special,” said Brookfield coach Rich Angarano. “He was a great runner on the freshman team last year […] [Read More]

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]

Greenwich downs Westhill for 3rd straight win

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Greenwich celebrated its Senior Night with a resounding 40-7 win over Westhill Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals, who have dominated the head-to-head series for years, used a strong running game and an aggressive defense to put another convincing win in the books against the Vikings. Junior running back Austin Longi gained 187 yards […] [Read More]
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Joel Barlow’s Little Big Man

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When you play in the large shadow of Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome, who has dominated the headlines for Connecticut football, it’s awfully hard to get noticed. However, Jack Shaban of Joel Barlow (7-1) is standing out during his brilliant season for the Falcons. Thanks to an incredible five-game stretch, Shaban has pushed his rushing total to […] [Read More]

Week 8 wrapup

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New Canaan made a huge statement, Staples jumped back into the FCIAC Championship conversation and Harding and Stamford took big steps toward City titles. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the game stories. FRIDAY FCIAC McMahon 41 Ludlowe 9 The Senators remained unbeaten, rolling over the Falcons. New Canaan […] [Read More]

New Canaan state’s new number 1

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After throttling No. 3 St. Joseph 62-21 the New Canaan Rams are the new No. 1 team in the state in both the Game Time CT Media and the Day Coaches Polls. The Rams leapfrogged Ansonia, who also won this week, to take over the top spot. It is the first time New Canaan has […] [Read More]

Darien thumps Wilton

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Two big plays by Wilton made this game close for a bit in the third quarter but the truth was revealed the rest of the game when Darien was in complete control, winning 40-14. The Blue Wave used an efficient passing attack, passes to the flat with a few looks deep as DBs cheated up […] [Read More]

Week 8 Elite 8: New Canaan stays on top, McMahon, Trumbull join the party

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (record and first-place votes in parentheses): 1.  New Canaan (7-0) (7): Rams facing toughest test of the year in St. Joseph. 2.  Ansonia (8-0) (3): Chargers crush Watertown for 36th straight win, tying a school record. 3. St. Joseph (7-0): Cadets have […] [Read More]

Houston Nutt eyeing state high school football

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Almost as soon as Paul Pasqualoni was fired and sent on his way, the name of Houston Nutt surfaced as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at UConn. The Internet and college football chat rooms buzzed about the former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach being on the wish list of the decision makers […] [Read More]

Darien defense holds off Ridgefield

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  In a battle of one-loss teams, Darien held off Ridgefield when its defense forced a turnover on downs with just over two minutes remaining, preserving a 19-14 win on Saturday at Darien High School.   DARIEN DIGS IN: In total, Ridgefield’s offense had nine possessions in which a touchdown would have resulted in the […] [Read More]

Longi does it all for Greenwich vs. Warde

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How’s this for a big game? Greenwich junior Austin Longi ran for two touchdowns, had a reception for a score, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown and threw for a TD off a halfback option during Saturday’s 42-7 win over visiting Fairfield Warde. Indeed, Longi won’t forget Greenwich’s 2013 Homecoming Day. […] [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]

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

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): NEW CANAAN (6-0) (7): Trip to Staples a big test for the Rams. ANSONIA (6-0) (3): Scoring over 50 points a game, good luck Wolcott. ST. JOSEPH (6-0): If Cadets avoid looking past Trinity, New Canaan looms. NEWTOWN […] [Read More]

New Canaan and Staples gear up for ‘donnybrook’

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GAME OF THE WEEK New Canaan (6-0) at Staples (5-1) Friday at 7pm.  This game is huge and one that Rams coach Lou Marinelli said “will be a donnybrook.” I’m sure those same words were uttered by many before New Canaan’s match-ups against Hand and Greenwich and they turned out to be laughers. The Rams […] [Read More]

Arkeel Newsome and a ‘rush’ to history

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  HANGIN’ WITH…ARKEEL NEWSOME Last Thursday against Masuk, Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia became the state’s all-time leading rusher when he racked up 396 yards. His mark of 8,385 yards surpassed the previous record (8,279)  set by Alex Thomas who played at Ansonia from 2004-2007. We checked in with the senior running back shortly after he […] [Read More]

New Canaan breezes past Chicopee, MA

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With New Canaan running roughshod over its Connecticut competition, the Rams welcomed the Chicopee Pacers to town Friday night, but the result was the same it’s been all season: A New Canaan win. In this case, 56-29. Not only are the Rams winning, but no one has even come close, as evidenced by their average […] [Read More]

Week 6 wrapup

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Some big time wins for teams, some really high scores and the NVL-SWC Crossover games highlighted a busy week 6. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to all the stories. THURSDAY NVL-SWC Crossover Brookfield 49 Wilby 14 Bobcats opened the NVL-SWC Crossover weekend with a resounding win. Ansonia 56 Masuk […] [Read More]

Darien’s passing attack paves the way for runaway win over Trinity Catholic

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  Darien admittedly did not play its best game of the season, but it was enough to run away with a 56-29 victory over visiting Trinity Catholic on Saturday. The win kept the Blue Wave’s FCIAC championship hopes afloat and left them with an inside track at a state tournament appearance. Fast start in second […] [Read More]

Trumbull, Greenwich put on a scoring show

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If you enjoy watching games featuring non-stop scoring and big plays practically every possession then Friday night’s showdown between host Trumbull and Greenwich was right up your alley. The Eagles raised their record to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in FCIAC play with a dramatic 50-44 victory over the Cardinals (3-3, 2-3 FCIAC) in a game […] [Read More]

Week 6 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY  NVL-SWC Crossover | By Gene Moretti & Rich Gregory Masuk (4-1) at Ansonia (5-0), Thursday, 6:30: Well, Masuk got caught looking ahead in loss to Pomperaug last week. Now Panthers get to see if Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia for real. Brookfield (4-1) at Wilby (3-2), 6 pm: Both teams have only lost to quality […] [Read More]

5 unbeatens remain in FCIAC

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Half way through the FCIAC football season and there are currently 5 unbeaten teams at the top of the standings. The good thing about this year as opposed to years past is the unbeaten teams all play at least one other unbeaten before the year is out, making the possibility of more than one team […] [Read More]
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