Connecticut High School Football

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

Guide to the Games: Week 11

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THURSDAY SWC Championship Newtown (10-0) vs. Brookfield (9-1) 7 p.m. (at Pomperaug High): Nighthawks are bidding for third straight conference title, including two in a row over Brookfield. CSC Platt Tech (2-6) at Prince Tech (7-2) 2 p.m.: Panthers — losers of three of their last four — will need a strong effort to curb […] [Read More]

Bullard-Havens claims sixth straight victory

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Bullard-Havens Tech got the jump on Abbott Tech-Immaculate Saturday afternoon and locked up its sixth straight win with a 34-7 rout. Slow start Abbott Tech-Immaculate seemed to be just a step behind Bullard-Havens for most of the afternoon. Bullard-Havens required just four plays to go 80 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession. “The […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC
New Cananan and St. Joseph meet Saturday in a rematch of the FCIAC championship.

Guide to the Games: Week 8

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THURSDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Seymour (4-2) at Derby (5-1) 6 p.m.: Red Raiders own the NVL’s longest winning streak at four games. They’d be wise to extend that streak with Naugatuck, Wolcott and Shelton still on the schedule. Oxford (0-6) at Sacred Heart/Kaynor (0-7) 6 p.m. (at Municipal Stadium): Coming off a bye, […] [Read More]

Capital Prep pulls away to take down Abbott Tech-Immaculate

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A dominant second half paved the way for Capital Prep to claim a 43-14 victory over Abbott Tech-Immaculate Saturday night. Capital Prep’s defense pitched a second half shutout, and its offense Wearing them down With less than a minute left in the half, Abbott Tech-Immaculate scored what looked to be a potential tide-turning touchdown on […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC
Ansonia's Jai'Quan McKight, left, and Newtowns Troy Frangione will face off in Friday's SWC-NVL crossover game.

Guide to the Games: Week 6

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FRIDAY CSC | By Doug Bonjour O’Brien Tech (0-5) at Quinebaug Valley (1-4) 6:30 p.m.: Woes continue for Condors, despite production from quarterback Devin Bacchiocchi. FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bassick (0-5) at St. Joseph (4-1) 3 p.m.: Cadets begin stretch of 5 straight home games. McMahon (4-1) at Stamford (4-1) 6 p.m.: Huge game […] [Read More]

Guide To The Games: Week 3

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FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Fairfield Ludlowe (2-0) at Bridgeport Central (0-2) 7 p.m.: Falcons can move to 3-0 with a win up the road in Bridgeport. St. Joseph (2-0) at Ridgefield (0-2) 7 p.m.: Skinny: Cadets open play in the FCIAC after two quality out of conference wins put them in the state […] [Read More]
Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo. (Bob Luckey/staff photographer)

Week 1 review: The top performers

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Offense Dequan Woods, Harding: 3 TDs — runs of 1 and 11 yards and 13-yard pass from Taisun Phommachanh — in 38-10 rout of Law. Phommachanh, a freshman QB, who threw for 278 yards, also connected on a 69-yard TD pass to Tyshawn Walker (7 catches for 140 yards) and a pair of  2-point conversions. […] [Read More]
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Abbott Tech-Immaculate victorious in team debut

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The Abbott Tech-Immaculate co-op football team wrote the first chapter of its history on Saturday, and their book is off to an exciting start. A tough running game and four touchdowns by Dominique Rogers led the United to a convincing 35-8 victory against Platt Tech at Foran High School.   Sustaining a ground attack Seemingly […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC
Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games: Week 1

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WEDNESDAY FCIAC-SCC Challenge | By Scott Ericson Ridgefield at Cheshire 6 p.m. Last season: Ridgefield 17, Cheshire 14 Skinny: Cheshire returns players on both sides of the ball while the Tigers took heavy graduation losses though QB Ryan Dunn is back. Harding at Jonathan Law 7 p.m. Last season: Harding 32, Law 14 Skinny: Last […] [Read More]

HS Football Playoff Power Poll

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  CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Quarterfinals, 6:30 TUESDAY DEC. 3   CLASS LL   No. 8 Ridgefield 9-2 at No. 1 Newtown 11-0 No. 7 Fairfield Prep 9-2 at No. 2 Glastonbury 10-1 No. 6 West Haven 9-2 at No. 3 Hall 9-1 No. 5 NFA 8-2 at No. 4 Southington 9-1   CLASS  L   […] [Read More]

HS Football Power Poll Tuesday

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It’s Power Poll Tuesday. Cast your vote for the best in area high school football     [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 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bridgeport Central (0-4) at Bassick (0-4) 6:30 pm: City games in Bridgeport always draw a crowd and the winner here gets an inside track to the City championship. NVL | By Gene Moretti Seymour (2-2) at Sacred Heart (0-4), Thursday, 6 pm: Sacred Heart has allowed nearly 55 points […] [Read More]

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]

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]

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]

Week 1 guide to the games

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FCIAC-SCC Challenge  WEDNESDAY Jonathan Law at Harding, at Kennedy Stadium 6 p.m. The first game for Jack Cochran is also the first game of the challenge. Can the coach bring honor to his new league?   Daniel Hand at New Canaan, 6:30 p.m. Six of the last 7 Class L titles belong to these two […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC , FCIAC , FCIAC-SCC Challenge , NVL , SCC | More

Regional CSC/NVL/SCC Capsules

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CSC Abbott Tech COACH: Rich Holmes (1st season) CLASS: M 2012 RECORD: 6-4 (no playoffs) PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jr. RB/DL Delton Rogers (6-foot-2, 260 pounds); Soph. RB/LB Dominique Rogers (5-9, 180); Jr. QB/DB Zach Ruscoe (6-2, 190); Jr. TE/OLB Dylan Shiland (6-3, 180); Sr. OL/LB Justin Neves (5-8, 190); Sr. TE/OLB Lexus Payton (5-10, 190); […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, NVL, SCC

Welcome back, football. Let’s get everybody caught up

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Football. Sweet, nourishing football, begins this week, kids. Nearly two-thirds of the state’s football teams begin fall practice on Wednesday. Yes, we’re all very excited. And if you’re one of those seasonal fans, y’know, those who only make their way to this space when the pigskin starts flying around, we present to you a recap […] [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]

Platt Tech taps Theriault as next coach

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Platt Tech has hired 36-year old Chris Theriault as their next football coach, Athletic Director Sue Murphy announced today. He replaces Vinny Camera, who started the program and coached six years before leaving to take over at Fairfield Ludlowe. This is Theriault’s first head coaching job. “I’m looking forward to it,” Theriault said. “I’m expecting […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Thanksgiving 2012

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A look as who did what on Thanksgiving Week 2012. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT sports staff. BULLDOZERS Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Ran for FCIAC-title game record 317 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs, as Wreckers won the league championship for second straight year. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Helped […] [Read More]

Shannon, Bullard-Havens kick off Thanksgiving Week

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♦♦♦ Perhaps it was the constant injuries, or that he and his teammates toil away in relative anonymity of the Constitution State Conference. But make no mistake, Bullard-Havens back John Shannon is a good football player. Fired up and anxious to return to the state playoffs for the first time since they were freshman in […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, State Playoffs

Thanksgiving Football 2012: Tuesday and Wednesday’s game-by-game previews (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]

‘About Last Night’ Week 10 Thursday: Deja Vu all over again

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♦♦♦ Through rain, snow, gale-force winds, hurricanes/superstorms, Nor’easters, you name it we’ve been through it this high school football season. We’ve also seen the attack of the creatures from the pits, those typically downtrodden clubs who suddenly rose from the wreckage of it all to produce some memorable moments this year. Barlow, Trinity Catholic, Weston, […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend’ Week 9: Answered prayers in Stamford and other craziness

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So that happened Saturday afternoon. It was delicious, poignant high-stakes moment in the narrative of the 2012 high school football season. As we endlessly discussed through two football-free weeks, Trinity Catholic needed to beat Darien and St. Joseph to stake a claim to the FCIAC championship and, by extension, tick off the guys in Westport […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In: The Week 9 CIAC Playoff Situation (Hand, Avon, Windsor, Ansonia qualify)

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At Seymour, The Raven says ‘nevermore'; Small, Derby win 49-28

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♦♦♦ John Commune was a 17-year old junior at Seymour High School in 1968 when new football coach Dan Heffernan asked him to compile statistics for the team. Commune, who had served as team manager under previous coach Joe Gesseck, accepted and, for 45 years, spanning two more coaches, four state championships, not to mention […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night’ Week 8: North Haven 28, Foran 7 (The Movie) and other notes

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♦♦♦ Foran and North Haven clashed Sunday evening in a relatively big game with playoff implications, not to mention the SCC Division II East title. While Foran fought the good fight, North Haven used heavy doses of Ethan Suraci in the second half and got a key fumble recovery for a touchdown to post a […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, Fairfield County, FCIAC, NVL, SCC