Connecticut High School Football

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

‘About Last Night…’ Week 8: Showdown? Showcase in Ansonia

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♦♦♦ In Football Friday’s only big game played in the region, Ansonia mopped the Jarvis Stadium turf with 7-0 Wolcott in a 41-12 NVL Brass Showdown. Showcase. Did we really think it would be anything but? Arkeel Newsome ran for 200 yards, Andrew Matos flexed his big-play muscles and the Ansonia defense stifled Wolcott’s gamebreakers, […] [Read More]

Following letter of law, NFA’s Davis should be suspended for 51-0 win over Stamford

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We’ve entered new territory with the new and improved 50-point score management policy. What to do about Norwich Free Academy coach Jemal Davis following his team’s 51-0 victory over Stamford? According to The Day of New London’s Mike DiMauro here’s what went down: Stamford coach Bryan Hocter declined a running clock, NFA kept its starters […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, ECC, FCIAC

Sunday Crunch: The Will to Win

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“Good teams find ways to win. That’s what we did. We never gave up.” Fairfield Prep’s Chris Golger uttered that well-worn phrase Saturday night. It’s a worn phrase for a reason because, well, it true for many high school football teams. It was especially true Saturday for the Golger’s Jesuits, who survived a surprising challenge […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Week 5

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♦♦♦ We are at the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. Here’s a look at who did an said what during Week 5 in southwestern Connecticut. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. Bulldozers Mike Burns, Wilton: Scored two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards on 13 […] [Read More]

Barlow’s Tynan won’t be suspended for violating CIAC 50-Point Policy

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The CIAC has spoken, Barlow coach Rob Tynan won’t be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘Score Management’ policy for defeating Immaculate 56-0 on Saturday. The CIAC said ‘proper sportsmanship protocols’ were followed during the game. On Sunday’s Laxworm Radio high school football show, Tynan said when it became apparent that Barlow might score more than […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 3: Masuk, Darien, West Haven make poll debuts

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The earth moved under our feet after a pretty wild week 2. Among the wreckage affecting the Top 10 vote: Hillhouse lost to Hand in a battle of Top 10 teams. New Canaan was nipped by Trinity Catholic in overtime. New London crushed Montville. Brookfield shocked Bunnell. Ansonia blitzed Woodland. Hillhouse and New Canaan were […] [Read More]

CIAC hits Naugatuck, players with recruiting penalties

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The CIAC served Naugatuck High School with a $7,500 penalty and two-year probation for its football program for violating CIAC rules in attempting to recruit Boston College commit David Coggins, Javon Martin and Xavier Woods, the Republican-American reported today via Kyle Brennan on Twitter. The Republican-American also reported that all three players, who will remain […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL

Annnnd…. GO! Football practices begin

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Rise and shine campers! Grab your permission slips and physical forms. Lace up your best running shoes, leave your pads in your locker and start stretching. Today is the first day of the 2012 high school football season. We begin in earnest Wednesday with conditioning practices for the teams that elected to forgo traditional spring […] [Read More]

2012 playoff divisions set: Ansonia, Pomperaug, New London among changes

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The pieces are all in place now. All that’s left is a precious few weeks of summer vacation and we gear up for the start of the 2012 season. We’ve been pretty lax here on the football blog, perhaps more than most outlets. There has been a lot going on and we’re going to get […] [Read More]

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your 2012 Football Schedules

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The spring sports are winding down, there’s spring football going on (though, looking at my recent work, you wouldn’t know it here on the football blog), we are T-minus 10 weeks from the start of practices for teams they aren’t practicing now, T-minus 11 weeks for the teams that are and T-minus 14 weeks to […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut

2012 spring practice schools announced

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Which high school football teams will be participating in spring practices later this month? The CIAC announced the official list this weekend. For the most part, it’s an even split between the spring schools and those opting for additional practice days in August. Spring practice schools get 10 days of practice time (including three initial […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut

Thanksgiving Eve Primer and Live Scoring Blog

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest 24-hours of the Connecticut sports calendar. Tomorrow, thousands of Nutmeg state residents will get up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast and head over to their favorite Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. It is a day where records are thrown […] [Read More]

ThE mAd PLayoFF scIENtist REtUrns! (Updated)

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Welcome… to the LA’bor-atory. (THUNDERCRRRRRAACK!) HAAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAA!!!!! The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist has awoken from his year-long slumber, almost a week earlier than normal. But hey, he’s anxious to get this playoff party started. He’s warmed up to the arrival of the H.A.L (Levy) 9000 Super Playoff Computer. Now it’s just […] [Read More]

It’s a Wrap Week 7: The Snow Days of Autumn

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We asked for an upset last week and we got it, with Bethel’s stunning 56-46 victory over Stratford at Ralph DeSantis Field. That was the only local surprise. Statewide, we saw both NFA (to Stonington) and New London (to Fitch) catch the upset bug and the state playoff picture looked slightly different than they did […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: Murphy exonerated in ‘Score Management’ violation

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Masuk coach John Murphy confirmed Monday he will not be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘score management policy’ in Friday night’s 56-0 victory over Stratford. Coaches are put under review by a committee, pending reports from game officials and the two opposing coaches, when a team defeats an opponent by more than 50 points. Murphy […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap Week 3: Status Quo (kinda)

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They almost pulled it off. Fairfield Warde on Friday night, then McMahon and Hamden on Saturday night almost gave us the shakeup we were looking for. But their established opponents, New Canaan, Staples and West Haven, respectively, pulled off wild, come-from-behind victories to keep the status quo in the region. New Canaan beat Warde 28-14 […] [Read More]

Week 3 Friday: Biblical Proportions

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The first sign of trouble came well before anyone really kicked off Week 3. A Tweet, simply, from our pals at the Greenwich Time, all the way at the other end of the state: It didn’t sound too ominous. Games all across Connecticut kicked off without a second thought. But anyone with a smartphone tuned […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and Live Scoring Updates: Less 2010 and more 2011, please

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Something’s not right here. We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it. Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day. Paraphrasing Phil […] [Read More]

Weekly Football Links: Ansonia-Derby preview; New London travels to Greenwich

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A quick roundup of what’s good around the state as we inch closer to Week 3. Ansonia, Derby resume rivalry Friday night Our first preview of the week, Jason Sonski takes a trip across Division Street for a preview of Friday night’s border rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. The Chargers, of course, rallied from 26-13 […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: NWC’s Tyler won’t be suspended

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Short and sweet: The CIAC “Score Management” committee — henceforth referred to here as the ‘Death Panel’  — has ruled that Northwest Catholic coach Michael Tyler will not be suspended for violation the 50-point policy in a 52-0 victory over Weaver on Saturday. From the CIAC statement: After a review of reports received from both […] [Read More]

The (tentative) 2011 High School Football Scrimmage Schedule

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Awright. Here we go. Everybody gets started for real Monday. From now until mid-December, it’ll be wall-to-wall football. Scrimmage schedules. We’ve got your scrimmage schedules! These are the most up-to-date listings on CIAC’s website (though, this year, they haven’t been listed on the master schedule. So I had to go through each regional school, one […] [Read More]

Immaculate looking for a new football coach

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Immaculate is searching for a new football coach. Coach Gary Bellagamba resigned earlier this week after one season for personal reasons, according to a story by Rich Gregory of the NewsTimes. He had been an assistant coach prior to last year. From the article: “We’re very thankful for the five years he gave us,” Immaculate […] [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]

Spring Links: Pomperaug’s new football coach and (some) scrimmage updates

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It’s been a relatively busy week in offseason high school football. First, the 10th Governor’s Cup between Rhode Island and Connecticut all-star teams, kicks off Saturday night at Southington’s Fontana Field. The Hall of Fame Classic comes two weeks after. Pomperaug elevated Dave Roach to head football coach. And a bunch of teams culminated spring […] [Read More]

Hoo boy! Ansonia jumps to Class M and other (less significant) 2011 playoff division shuffling

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They haven’t been officially posted by the CIAC, but anyone with a brain can discover the 2011 high school football playoff divisional layout. Just not me, apparently. On Friday, one of our loyal posters mentioned he noticed that perennial small-school contender Ansonia had been bumped to Class M this season. Thinking CIAC had released the […] [Read More]

Huzzah! CIAC publishes football schedules

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The CIAC has published the 2011 high school football schedules. (School by school) Master varsity schedule. These are, of course, subject to change between now and September. But, for now, peruse and enjoy. ♦♦♦♦♦♦ FOR STARTERS… A quick look at the top matchups of opening week: Wednesday, Sept. 14 Seymour plays at O’Brien Tech — […] [Read More]

Mike Drury’s hiring at Southington will rock Pomperaug

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Michael Drury has been named the next football coach at Southington High School, the Southington Citizen reported Wednesday. Drury will replace D.J. Hernandez, who coached one season before resigning for a position at Brown. But that’s not all. A source close to the family says the 28-year old coach, who was previously serving as defensive […] [Read More]

Spring Football 2011: Who is and who isn’t?

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The 2011 Connecticut spring football season is drawing closer and, since we plan on checking in with a few of our local teams, here’s a list of who will and who won’t be participating this year. The teams on the left are conducting spring practice this season, meaning between the Friday before Memorial Day and […] [Read More]

Report: D.J. Hernandez leaves Southington

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D.J. Hernandez, the former Bristol Central and UConn star who became embroiled in nationwide controversy during his rookie season as the head coach of the Southington football team, has resigned, the Knight Time blog reported Tuesday evening. According to a press release from the school, Hernandez is accepting a job as quarterbacks coach at Brown […] [Read More]

Class S Championship Rewind: St. Joseph 49, Ansonia 28

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Finally, the last of the CIAC State Championship Videos: St. Joseph’s 49-28 victory over Ansonia in the Class S championship game. This game was probably the best of the bunch, given the extraordinary efforts by both teams, the back-and-forth fireworks display between St. Joseph’s Tyler Matakevich and Ansonia senior Montrell Dobbs, who was heroic in […] [Read More]