Connecticut High School Football

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

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. Like this:Like Loading… [Read 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.   Like this:Like Loading… [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Video: Newtown rolls over Pomperaug

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

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.   Like this:Like Loading… [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.   Like this:Like Loading… [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.   Like this:Like Loading… [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]
Greenwich quarterback Matt Marzulla passes the ball during the 7th annual Grip It and Rip It 7-on-7 passing tournament at New Canaan High School Saturday, July 12, 2014. (Autumn Driscoll/Staff photographer)

Grip It & Rip It Roundup

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Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s 7th Annual Grip It and Rip It 7-on-7 passing tournament. Competition provides teams a chance to look at new quarterbacks   FCIAC roundup. SWC/SCC roundup.   Like this:Like Loading… [Read More]
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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]
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]

Darien earns top seed in Class L state tournament after Turkey Bowl win over New Canaan

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Turkey Bowl XX between Darien and New Canaan lived up to the hype and then some, as a pass breakup by Darien’s Griffin Ross on the final play from scrimmage in the Darien end zone preserved the 28-24 win for the Blue Wave, their second straight over the Rams.   Wyper uses his legs: Darien […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, FCIAC

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]

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]

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]

HS Football Power Poll

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Week 10 wrapup

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Lots of games this week with postseason implications. Most of them lived up to the hype and were very good games. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the stories. FRIDAY FCIAC Ludlowe 42 Stamford 40 Falcons get 6 wins for first time in 9 years.  Greenwich 57 Danbury 29 […] [Read More]

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]

St. Joseph and McMahon to lock horns

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  St. Joseph (8-1) comes to Norwalk Friday night with a chance to secure a spot in the FCIAC championship game and another crack at No. 1 New Canaan. Host McMahon (8-1) still has an inside track for a Class LL playoff spot with a win and an outside shot at making the FCIAC championship […] [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]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

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]

Rams roll over St. Joseph

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Most reporters on the sideline were thinking that unless St. Joseph could create turnovers, New Canaan would beat them by around 14 points. Boy were we wrong. The Rams created 4 turnovers and never coughed the ball up, rolling to a 62-21 win. The scary thing is, it wasn’t even that close. New Canaan had […] [Read More]

Who will win? St. Joseph or New Canaan?

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