Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

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]

Frank Marcucio out as Bassick football coach

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Frank Marcucio is out as Bassick football coach. The coach, who has been a coach at the school for four years, including two as the head football coach, reported his dismissal on his Facebook page with a post that read: “Four years of hard work — how sad.” His post was followed by pledge from […] [Read More]

Former Ansonia captain Darnell Cooks dies at 25

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Updated Tuesday with accompanying article. Darnell Cooks, a star player on Ansonia’s back-to-back state championship seasons of 2002 and 2003, died Sunday in a car accident in Bridgeport. He was 25. Cooks served as team captain on the 2004 team and graduated from Ansonia in 2005. Updated: Funeral arrangements, via Jenkins King and Malerba Funeral […] [Read More]
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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]

It’s almost All-Star season: Rosters for Governor’s Cup and Hall of Fame Classic

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In just a few weeks, it’ll be time to get your summer’s football fix with the state’s two all star games. First up, is the Rhode Island-Connecticut Governor’s Cup all-star game Saturday June 25 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. This year the game will be held at Southington High School’s Fontana Field — named […] [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]

When’s your spring football game?

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We’re in the process of gathering all of the annual spring football game dates for the 2011 season. Here is an evolving list: We’ll attempt to get a comprehensive list over the next day or so. If you want your spring game listed email me at sbowley@ctpost.com. Amity Ansonia – Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. […] [Read More]

Once “selfish,” Brogna says he’s at Notre Dame for the long haul

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Rico Brogna has worn a lot of hats over the years. He can call himself an alumni of many clubs, and not just his stops during his nine years as a Major League Baseball player. Since retiring after the 2001 season, the Watertown native has been a head coach at Post University baseball, Kennedy football, […] [Read More]

Rico Brogna hired as next coach of Notre Dame-Fairfield

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Former Major Leaguer and Connecticut football/baseball star Rico Brogna has been named the next football coach at Notre Dame-Fairfield, athletic director Rob Bleggi announced in a statement today. Brogna, 41, starred in football and basketball at Watertown in the 1980s and went on to have a nine-year career in Major League Baseball with the Detroit […] [Read More]

Chuck Drury makes it official, steps down at Pomperaug

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UPDATED, Friday, 1 a.m. Chuck Drury has ended his outstanding, championship career at Pomperaug. Athletic director Joe Velardi first confirmed the to the News-Times of Danbury Thursday afternoon, then Drury himself later in the day. Drury, 62, said he is indeed stepping down to join his son Mike’s football staff at Southington High School. He […] [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]

St. Joseph football alum Shaft Hunter killed in crash

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From today’s Connecticut Post, sad news of former St. Joseph starter and 1990 alum Shaft Hunter, a Maryland state trooper who was killed in a car crash on I-95 while on duty in the state. Police say Hunter, a father of six who played corner and running back for the 1988 and 1989 state championship […] [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]

Updated: Brookfield’s Brown also get Team USA tryout

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Note: Due to confusion between Team USA and the US Army All-American Bowl teams, this post has been corrected to include just Boeing Brown. Masuk’s Casey Cochran had been erroneously added. He will be attending the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A few days ago we reported Bassick lineman Brandon Williams‘ invitation to the U-19 Team […] [Read More]

Bassick’s DT Brandon Williams gets national team tryout

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Brandon Williams, a 6-3, 232-pound All-State defensive tackle from Bassick, has been invited to try out for the U-19 national football team in Atlanta, Ga. on Memorial Day weekend. USA football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFLPA and describers itself as a non-profit organization devoted to developing the game […] [Read More]

Joe Beler resigns as Notre Dame-Fairfield football coach

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Desiring a break from the daily grind of managing and coaching a high school football program, Joe Beler has resigned at Notre Dame-Fairfield today. Beler, a Milford resident and business teacher at Law, coached the Lancers for two seasons compiling a 5-15 record. Injuries and low numbers helped contribute to Notre Dame’s 2-8 record in […] [Read More]

Scholar-Athlete Dinner: Coach Mac’s emotional bow

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Staples coach Marce Petroccio spent much of the early stages of the Fairfield County Chapter of the National Football Foundation-College Hall of Fame’s Scholar-Athlete banquet at the Continental Manor in Norwalk, nervously going over a couple of pages of notes of a speech he had written. Petroccio has given perhaps thousands of speeches in his […] [Read More]

Fairfield County Chapter Scholar-Athletes announced

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The Ralph DeSantis Fairfield County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame is holding its annual scholar-athlete dinner Tuesday night at the Continental Manor in Norwalk. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 to attend. Congratulations to all of these fine young men. School Coach Student Nominee Bassick Frank Marcucio […] [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]

St. Joseph QB Della Vecchia to play at Stonehill

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St. Joseph has announced senior Joe Della Vecchia signed a letter of intent to play at Stonehill (Mass.) College. He signed approximately a month ago, his father and St. Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia said. “He is very happy about it,” the elder Della Vecchia said via text message. “Really liked everything there.” A three-year […] [Read More]

Former Shelton football assistant Joe ‘Bags’ Casablanca dies at 38

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*** Sad news out of Shelton today. Joseph “Bags” Casablanca Jr. died of cancer Wednesday morning. He was 38. Casablanca was a Shelton native and St. Joseph graduate who spent time as an assistant football coach at his alma mater under Joe Della Vecchia before moving to coach under Jeff Roy at Shelton. He was […] [Read More]

2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team

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The 2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team was unveiled today at the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions — which honors the four state championship teams from the state — at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. Masuk coach John Murphy was honored as the Foundation’s Coach of the Year after a 13-0, Class L […] [Read More]

The Final Elite 8 – 2010

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the final Elite 8 of 2010. MASUK IS NO. 1 Of course. The Panthers were, hands-down the best high school football team in the region and, in our humble opinion, the best team in the state. Without going through all their superlatives and accomplishments, simply it was a dream season for the […] [Read More]

State Championship Times Annnounced (CIAC Championship Luncheon Videos)

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Here are the dates and times for the four high school football state championships at Rentschler Field, announced Monday morning at the annual CIAC football championship luncheon in East Hartford. After years spent at CIAC headquarters in Cheshire, and then two years at banquet halls in Simsbury and Southington, this was the first time the […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are. Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of […] [Read More]

CIAC State Football Semifinal Preview & Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Twelve to go. We knock off eight more Saturday. Welcome to the end of the gauntlet portion — two games, four days — of the new and improved CIAC football playoffs. What used to be championship Saturday is now Semifinal Saturday, a week before the big games at the Rent. But, boy, it […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday: State Football Quarterfinal Primer & Live Blog

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Welcome to Super Tuesday. 32 teams enter. 16 leave. Tonight, the CIAC football state quarterfinals kick off across the state at 6:30. Regionally, we have nine (or so) lucky qualifiers — shown above — Brookfield takes on Lyman Hall in Class M; St. Joseph hosts Woodland at Ludlowe,  Ansonia hosts Hyde in Class S; New […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class LL & L)

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Yes! Finally, we have ourselves, in my humble estimation, a legit playoff season in Connecticut high school football. The pairings have been set, the hype is just starting to boil to the surface. It’s time to see who the best teams in the state really are. It’s time to start the new and improved CIAC […] [Read More]