Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

Stamford gets first win

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It was not easy but the Stamford football team ended a 15-game losing streak that stretch backed to last season with a dramatic 19-14 win over Bassick. The winning score came with 1:09 left on a 38-yard end-around pass from Chris Durant to Andrew Antoine. Bassick fought but too many penalties and turnovers as well […] [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]

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]

McMahon stays undefeated

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Any hope Stamford had of pulling off an upset were dealt a blow just a minute into the game when the Black Knights fumbled the opening kickoff and gave up a touchdown two plays later. Another Stamford fumble, this one in the McMahon red zone, and another Senators touchdown and that was pretty much that […] [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]

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]

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]

Greenwich runs past Trinity Catholic

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After two humbling losses, Greenwich got back on the winning track, defeating host Trinity Catholic, 42-14. The game marked the starting debut of junior quarterback Matt Marzulla, who was solid throughout. Here’s a look at what transpired Saturday at Trinity Catholic. FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE: Greenwich’s running game was the best it’s been so far.  […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Local coaches up for national honor

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USA Today is running a poll to pick the best high school coach in America and is putting up several candidates from each state and, not surprisingly, several of the coaches are from our area. You can go vote for your favorite coach on the USA Today High School Sports website. The candidates are. Craig […] [Read More]

Week 3 wrap up

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Week two was a lot to live up to and week 3 did not come close to matching the drama produced the previous week with most of highly anticipated matchups turning into blowouts. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the stories. FRIDAY FCIAC Norwalk 35 Harding 28 The Presidents […] [Read More]

New Canaan cruises past Greenwich

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Talk about an impressive performance. After routing Daniel Hand and Bassick its first two games of the season, New Canaan dominated another foe on Saturday, downing Greenwich, 66-20 at Cardinal Stadium. With a versatile offense loaded with receiving and running threats and a stingy defense, it doesn’t look like anyone will stop the Rams for […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Week 3 Guide to the games

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THURSDAY NVL | By Chris McNamee Derby (2-0) at Wilby (2-0), 6:30 pm: Red Raiders aiming for 3-0, but will have to win on the road to get there.   FRIDAY   FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Stamford (0-2) at Trumbull (1-1) 7 pm: The Eagles avoided going 0-2 with a win against Warde, but […] [Read More]

Coaches and Media polls week 2

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll T1. Ansonia  (6) 2-0 T1. New Canaan (5) 2-0 3. NFA (2) 1-0 4. St. Joseph 2-0 5. Southington 2-0 6. North Haven 2-0 7. Darien 2-0 8. Middletown 2-0 T9. Shelton 2-0 T9. Windsor 2-0   New Haven Register Media Poll […] [Read More]

Darien dominant in win vs. Greenwich

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In the first game between Darien and Greenwich since the 2008 season it was all Blue Wave. Looking unstoppable at times offensively, while playing strong defense throughout, Darien rolled to a 42-21 victory over visiting Greenwich, raising its record to 2-0. Here were some key factors to the Blue Wave’s big win. SETTING THE TONE: […] [Read More]

Wild week 2 wrap up

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Week 2 of the regional high school football season was, in a word, wild. The No. 1 team in the state, Xavier, lost to North Haven, Darien thumped Greenwich, St. Joe’s beat Fairfield Prep on a Hail Mary, Newtown won an emotional home opener and Hand won in the final seconds against Hillhouse. Here are […] [Read More]

Westhill takes round one of City title chase

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  It was not easy, it never is in a rivalry game, but Westhill came back for a dramatic 14-8 win over Trinity at home Saturday. Dennis Hart-Lima scored the game winner with 40 seconds left and the Westhill defense got a big stop on an interception by Haywood Alexander to ice the game away. […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Arkeel Newsome rushing record watch: Week 2

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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 vs. Sacred Heart: 165 yards on 9 carries, four touchdowns. Newsome career total: 7,153 yards Yards to break title: 1,127 Up next: Sept. 27 at Holy Cross, 7 NOTE: Newsome […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, NVL

Week 2 Guide to the games

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FRIDAY FCIAC | Scott Ericson Harding (1-0) at Stamford (0-1) 6 p.m.: Can Harding move to 2-0? If they do Stamford would be in a deep 0-2 hole with a tough schedule ahead. Norwalk (1-0) at Danbury (0-1) 7 p.m.: Norwalk’s offensive line dominated Westhill and will look to do the same to the Hatters. […] [Read More]

CIAC will not punish Wolcott

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The CIAC will not punish Wolcott High School for breaking the 50-point rule Friday. Here is the statement released by the CIAC. After a review of reports received from both schools involved and the game officials in regards to Wolcott High School’s 62-6 varsity football victory over Sacred Heart on Friday, it has been determined […] [Read More]

Coaches and Media polls

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll 1. Xavier-Middletown (4)   1-0 2. Ansonia (4)  1-0 3. New Canaan (2)  1-0 4. Norwich Free Academy (2)   0-0 5. St. Joseph-Trumbull   1-0 6. Greenwich (1)     1-0 7. Southington    1-0 8. Middletown   1-0 9. Windsor    1-0 10. West Haven    0-1 New Haven […] [Read More]

Wrapping up high school football week one

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  It was certainly a week one for the books. The inaugural FCIAC-SCC Challenge ended with the FCIAC holding a 9-8 advantage after Greenwich’s crazy comeback Sunday. There were some classic games, some blowouts and a few surprises. Hearst Connecticut Newspapers had it covered and here is a wrap up with links to all of […] [Read More]

Albonizio to be inducted into CHSCA Hall of Fame

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Greenwich High School football coach Rich Albonizio will be honored as one of the 2013 inductees to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame at its 37th annual ceremony on Nov. 21 at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7 p.m. Albonizio is one of eight coaches that will be inducted into the […] [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]

Former Greenwich players competing at collegiate level

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Several players from last season’s Greenwich High School team are competing at the collegiate level. Alex McMurray, a running back/receiver for the Cardinals, is playing at Western New England University, as is defensive lineman Alex McGee. Quarterback Liam O’Neil, who began starting games for the Cardinals as a sophomore, is continuing his career under center […] [Read More]

Notebook: FCIAC media night

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  For the first time the FCIAC held a media night for football at Zody’s 19th Hole in Stamford and by all accounts the event was a huge success. Most of the coaches from the league were there and several schools brought players. Local newspapers, TV and online entities were there with former colleague Dave […] [Read More]