Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

Newtown-Bunnell: The Day After (plus, state playoff clinchers)

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After a delirious celebration on the eastern end of Bulldog Field, the thousands of previous events of the afternoon finally caught up to the Newtown football team. Panting, coughing, wheezing, chugging water bottles, they were at last told to get off their feet and gather around their coach. They did so, thankfully, utterly spent, leaving […] [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]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: McDougall memorials

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Welcome to Week 5, the midpoint of the 2011 high school football season. And the big news of the day is, what else? Rain. Rain. And more rain. This is — what? — the third week of heavy rain forecasts already? (Check here for the latest) So get ready for a few postponements tonight and […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 4: Flip flop, flip flop

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Here we go again. Xavier recaptured the top spot in the NHR Media Poll today, returning to the top for the first time since Week 1. The Falcons defeated Cheshire 42-20 and snatched two first-place votes away from Masuk and claimed the top spot by a measly two points. Masuk 50-pointed Stratford, scoring 42 points […] [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]

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]

Week 2: Saturday Live Update Dashboard

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Good morning. What can we tell you? Oh, yes. Football. Lots of football. Recaps, get your game stories and recaps here, plus the live update blog. Lots of games were  postponed to today (inexplicably, unless maybe you had grass. It rained, but not nearly enough to be a problem. Especially for you turf schools. C’mon […] [Read More]
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Friday Night Lights: Week 1 live updates

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Welcome to the only place (and we mean only) place to follow Southwestern Connecticut and statewide high school football. We have a full slate of games for you tonight. Big games. Little games. Out-of-the-way games. Everything. First, quick pleasantries: We have previewed the entire SWCT region, so here’s everything you need before we get to […] [Read More]

CSWA Preseason Poll: Masuk, Xavier (almost) in a dead heat for No. 1

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The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance preseason poll was released Tuesday night and, surprise, surprise: It’s a virtual dead heat for No. 1. Both Masuk and Xavier received 15 first-place votes each. The defending Class LL champions, juuuuuust narrowly edged the defending Class L champions for No. 1. By. One. Point. (This means one of these […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, State Polls

Let’s play water polo: New Canaan at Brookfield scrimmage

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Count us stunned to hear Brookfield’s scrimmage with New Canaan remained a go as biblical rain swept across Fairfield County Tuesday afternoon. Sure we had to pull the galoshes and umbrellas out, but if they were playing, we were going especially since we were eager to catch Brookfield in action before the start of the […] [Read More]

Reel Time: Newtown-Seymour; Masuk-Greenwich game scrimmages

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Continuing our scrimmage coverage for the week, we present two significant game scrimmages (you know, the one run like actual games): Newtown at Seymour on Friday, Sept. 2. Then Masuk at Greenwich, Monday, Sept. 5. NEWTOWN AT SEYMOUR We’ll start with this one first. Played on the practice fields at Seymour high school, Newtown defeated […] [Read More]

Want more Casey Cochran videos? Here’s four from ESPN (co-starring Brock Huard)

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Not exactly sure what to make of this latest internet find, except to say it’s… different, at least in our high school football niche: ESPN videos of Masuk QB Casey Cochran hanging out in Bristol with college analyst and former Washington star Brock Huard. This is a first. But, OK, sure. Roll film. Add: There’s […] [Read More]

Weekend update: Sacred Heart’s Coggins done; Ryan commits to UConn

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Couple of items of note from beyond Fairfield County before we continue with pressing questions. First is the bad news from Waterbury that Sacred Heart standout junior receiver David Coggins was likely lost for the season with a broken ankle. The news was reported by the NVL Football Blog. Coggins has been star for two […] [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]

Sitcom pitch: Kid moves to Southington, takes in his father… hilarity ensues

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So I’ve got this idea for a sitcom once ‘Two and a Half Men’ mercifully folds. This 20-something kid, former football player, all-state wrestler, gets one of the plumb coaching jobs in the state at Southington. To help him out we’ll bring in his dad — a hellraiser in his day (we swear!) — and […] [Read More]

New Canaan, Ansonia to be featured on SNY’s ‘Traditions’

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SNY’s taking its role as the home of Connecticut football up a notch. Already the self-described home of the UConn Huskies, the cable channel is dipping into the high school football market as well this fall witha a program called, Traditions. Produced by freelancer Drew Thorry of Five x Five Productions, Traditions will travel to […] [Read More]

The (somewhat) definitive Connecticut Class of 2012 recruiting list

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With some fanfare, top college recruiting website Rivals.com unveiled its state-by-state recruit rankings a couple of weeks ago. So we here at Connecticut Football HQ thought it would be nice to take those and compile a comprehensive list of the state’s top recruits heading into the 2011 season. This is purely a list based on […] [Read More]

Immaculate works quick, goes exotic with coaching hire from Georgia

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UPDATED (8:45) News-Times writer Kevin Duffy has the whole story on how Bryan Pinabell landed in Connecticut at Immaculate after an entire coaching career spent in the south. Immaculate pegs Georgia high school assistant as next football coach Hint: His wife led him to Shangri La. UPDATED (4:10) We just got off the phone with […] [Read More]

Hey, lookit this: Fairfield County wins — convincingly

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This time there were no doubts. No one could question it. No one could stir controversy, suggesting that the outcome should have been different. This time, Fairfield County’s amalgamation of football talent, if not a true all-star team, actually went out and brutally snatched back the Hall of Fame Classic football trophy from the bullies […] [Read More]

Updated: Your Hall of Fame Football Classic XV kickoff page

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Updated: Paul Criscuolo says the game is on this evening, despite threats of heavy rain. As of 4:40 p.m. West Haven remained dry while northern parts of the state were being pounded. More rain is on the way, however. Criscuolo said lightning would, of course, delay the game. Follow the radar here. ♦♦ Original Post […] [Read More]

15th Annual Hall of Fame Football Classic all-star game rosters

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The final rosters for the 15th Annual New Haven County-Fairfield County Hall of Fame Fooball Classic all-star game have been released. The game will be played at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven, Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and proceeds go toward general fundraising and scholarships. For more information visit NewHavenFootballFoundation.com. […] [Read More]

Marcus Easley hosting free football clinic at Bunnell

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver and Stratford native Marcus Easley is holding a one day free football clinic — The Marcus Easley E.A.S.Y. Football Clinic — July 9 at Bunnell High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic — which will be run by Bunnell coach Craig Bruno and local Stratford Pop Warner coaches […] [Read More]

Holiday Extras: Croce to Gunnery; Calitro to Villanova; DesRuisseaux to Milford

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This week has been a whirlwind of statewide high school football news and tidbits. Here’s the latest as we head into the July 4 weekend. QB CROCE LEAVING POMPERAUG — Pomperaug quarterback Kellen Croce will likely enroll at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn., his father, offensive coordinator Steve Croce said. Croce was an […] [Read More]

Ansonia RB Montrell Dobbs accepts scholarship offer from UConn

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Ansonia running back Montrell Dobbs, the fifth all-time leading rusher in state history, has accepted a scholarship offer to play football at UConn. Dobbs picked up the offer from UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni during his first (ever) visit to Storrs with Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick on Wednesday. After returning home to Ansonia, Dobbs didn’t […] [Read More]

BirdsEye Sports’ Governor’s Cup football highlight reel

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Looking for Governor’s Cup highlights? We know you are. Well, here comes BirdsEye Sports to the rescue. While cutting together the official broadcast, which will be shown on Cox Sports TV on Saturday and Sunday, Ben Talbott, the Czar of Connecticut Sports Video, threw together this quick highlight reel of the action from Connecticut’s 37-6 […] [Read More]

Nutmeg domination again in the Governor’s Cup football game

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I think we can sum up this game in one photo: Any questions? OK, If you must know any more read our man Mike Cardillo’s recap of the game, the ninth straight victory for Connecticut over Rhode Island. Or if more photos are your thing, check out our massive slideshow. See if you can spot […] [Read More]