Connecticut High School Football

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

Stamford and Bethel scrimmage

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Went to my first football scrimmage of the season and it featured Bethel coming down to Stamford for a preseason tussle. Stamford is young but has some serious speed if players can find room to run. Cameron Webb should be one of the top backs in the FCIAC but it was freshman Jon-Michael Bivona that […] [Read More]

Coaching carousel: Manchester’s Pizzoferrato resigns

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According to a report from the Hartford  Courant, Manchester coach Marco Pizzoferrato has resigned, saying “he wants to spend more time with his young family.” Pizzoferrato was 35-26 in six years with no playoff appearances. Led by Maryland recruit and TE Andrew Isaacs, Manchester was 6-3 last year, which was shortened to nine games due to […] [Read More]

Spring Football Flings: The Norwalk Bears

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Beginning today, Ye Olde Football Blog begins a sporadic and random series on local spring games. Today: Norwalk.  Norwalk kicked off the first official spring football game ’round these parts and reporter Emery Filmer filed a report for Hearst CT Inc. Coming off a glorious state semifinal appearance the season before, Norwalk, in Year 2 […] [Read More]

So, uh, anyone in America want to play CT’s three-time state champions?

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Over the last three years, Xavier High School’s football program has been without peer in Connecticut. It has won three straight Class LL championships — the first program to accomplish that feat in the history of the state’s largest playoff division — and four overall since 2005. For three seasons, it has gone 38-1 and […] [Read More]

Your 2013 high school football schedules (aka: the greatest schedules ever?) [Updated]

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I can’t tell you how many inquiries I’ve had about the release of this year’s schedules. It’s a lot. Like several times a week. Y’all are like a brats in the back seat of my car on the way to Itchy & Scratchy Land: Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Well it’s June, so here’s where I […] [Read More]

Fitch names 2005 grad Panucci as next coach

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In a recent trend of hiring younger and younger head football coaches, Fitch just trumped everyone. The Day of New London reported this week that the school hired 26-year old alumnus Jordan Panucci, making him the youngest of the new hires this offseason. Panucci, a history teacher and Groton Parks and Rec employee, has spent […] [Read More]

It’s Connecticut high school fantasy football draft day (minus the fantasy)

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You ready for a little fantasy football in April? If you’re either Windsor’s Rob Fleeting or Ledyard’s Jim Buonocore, you’d better be. The two coaches are about to play general manager for the day at Rentschler Field when the senior draft of the new Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl […] [Read More]

UConn nabs Windsor’s Ormsby from UMass

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Cole Ormsby is staying home after all. Very close to home. The monster Windsor defensive end switched his verbal commitment from UMass to UConn, The Hartford Courant reported Thursday. “My family and I talked it over,” he told The Courant Thursday night. “It’s close to home. It just felt right.” Ormsby, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound end, […] [Read More]

Connecticut coaching carousel 2013: Here’s where we stand in mid-January [Updated]

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*** It’s been a crazy, topsy-turvy offseason for high school football programs and coaches. And we’re barely halfway through January. Big names, small names, big programs, little programs… no one, it seems, is immune from the bug that has plagued our regional coaches’ psyches. The reasons have varied: Many “want to spend more time with […] [Read More]

Live broadcast: Walter Camp’s ‘Breakfast of Champions,’ 9 a.m.

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♦♦♦ Ever want to know what it’s like to be wined and dined as a state championship football team by the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation? Well, unless you’re Hand, this is the next, best thing. Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant in New Haven, the four Connecticut state champions will come […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

Rep-Am: Dunaj resigns from Torrington (and other, minor coaching carousel news)

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Dan Dunaj has resigned as coach of Torrington after five seasons, the Republican-American reported today. Dunaj, the former Seymour defensive coordinator who brought the Raiders to respectability in the NVL by 30-21, told Mark Jaffee he resigned for family reasons, namely the impending birth of his second child. He already has a 9-year old. He […] [Read More]

Coaching hot stove is a blazin: Hocter resignation makes 13 (updated)

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Back to business… With doubt rising from his administration and maybe himself throughout a 2-8 season, Bryan Hocter resigned at Stamford Tuesday just a half hour before athletic director Jim Moriarty was scheduled to meet with two assistant principals. The Black Knights went 7-2 in 2011, but finished this season by losing eight consecutive games […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, FCIAC, SWC

The 2012 CHSCA All-State Football Teams: OVERALL

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The Connecticut High School Coaches Association has unleashed its all-state teams for 2012. We’re publishing these in five installments, overall, and the individual classes. These teams are voted by the members of the CHSCA. Here are the four Class teams: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S The following is the […] [Read More]

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS LL

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The 2012 Class LL All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS L

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The 2012 Class L All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS M (updated)

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The 2012 Class M All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

The 2012 CHSCA All-State Team: CLASS S

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The 2012 Class S All-State football team, as voted on by the members of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. All-state is divided into five: the four playoffs classes plus an overall all-state team. Players who make the overall team do not make the Class teams. Click the links below for the other teams. OVERALL […] [Read More]
Categories: All-State, Connecticut

Thanksgiving Football 2012: Thursday’s Game-by-Game Previews (and pick the winners!)

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Here’s the complete run-down on all of the games played on Thanksgiving morning, including the FCIAC Championship between Greenwich and Staples, the ultra-important Barlow-Weston clash (seriously!) and the longstanding traditions: Ansonia-Naugy, Derby-Shelton, The Green Bowl. Click here for the TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY slate, which includes St. Joseph-Trumbull and the SWC Championship, Newtown vs. Masuk. Same as before. […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut

‘About Last Night…’ Week 10 Friday: Down goes Pacheco, in goes New Canaan

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♦♦♦ We don’t root for teams here at Hearst Football HQ. We root for stories. And late in this nutty 2012 high school football season, we were really pulling for New Fairfield to reach the state playoffs. Why? Because the Rebels’ sterling back Joe Pacheco is a great story. We won’t get into the specifics, […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In: Masuk, Southington, Wolcott (now Xavier) among new playoff qualifiers [Updated]

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♦♦♦ UPDATE (Tuesday): Xavier has clinched a spot with its 42-7 victory over West Haven on Monday night. UPDATE: Apparently we jumped the gun and HAL wasn’t ready for a roll-out until after O’Brien Tech and Wolcott Tech officially ended Week 9. We’ve been properly scolded by CIAC. The link’s information may or may not […] [Read More]

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]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: The Storm Arrives

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… It’s judgement night in the SCC: Hand and Xavier will kick off in the Rumble at Palmer Field. Hillhouse and North Haven tangle in the fray at Vanacore Field. Fairfield Prep takes on Cheshire in the fight at the Maclary Complex. There’s so much to say, so much to talk about. Elsewhere Liam O’Neil […] [Read More]

‘About last night…’ Week 4: Blowout City

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Jeez, kids. What got into your pregame pasta dinners this week? As the scores rolled across our ticker Friday night, it was blowout, after blowout, after blowout. “Look at all these points being scored,” WELI’s George DeMaio cooed as the night’s action was read to him on his Friday night broadcast. “Unbelievable.” They came in […] [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]

What did we learn from Week 1?

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It’s been a few days since we closed the book on Week 1. You’ve gone through all the stories on our high school football page. You’ve digested our week in review. You’ve seen the state polls. You’ve seen our Elite 8 regional teams. Here’s one more thing for you to read: Ned Griffen’s Lonesome Polecat […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut

#ctfb is dead; Long live #cthsfb

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Twitter is an untamed wilderness. It is freedom, the ultimate lassiez faire in social networking. Only the strongest survive. Those who have attempted to subdue Twitter’s relentless beasts have only met with frustration, or have been thoroughly subdued themselves. Since 2009, we Connecticut folk had a monopoly on the search tag #ctfb (shortened in late […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut

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]

Game-by-game regional Thanksgiving week capsules (and pick the winners!)

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]
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