Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech: Meet the new coach, same as a previous coach

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After a rather bitter battle over leadership last season, St. Bernard/Norwich Tech has finally solved its coaching conundrum: by rehiring Sean Ladyga, who was forced to resign two seasons ago. The Day first reported the news Thursday morning. It was quickly submerged by the release of the 2013 football schedules. The Norwich Bulletin fleshed out the story […] [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]

Coaching carousel update: Woodstock hires, no vacancy at Rockville, six remain

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It’s been a few weeks since we last checked on the vacancies and — woah — there’s been some movement. y’all. Second time’s the charm at Woodstock Academy A year ago, NFA assistant Clay Killingsworth was passed over at Woodstock Academy for Jesse Pimental. A year later, Pimental had resigned due to family considerations and […] [Read More]

Law grad, WestConn assistant Erik Larka named coach at Bacon Academy

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Bacon Academy filled its football vacancy Friday with Erik Larka, a West Haven resident and Law graduate, the Norwich Bulletin reported. The 35-year old UConn graduate coached freshman for four years at Law until he was married and had children. Last year, he returned to coaching as a volunteer assistant at Western Connecticut State under […] [Read More]
Categories: ECC

Semifinal Sunday: NFA wrecks Staples’ mojo, Fairfield County silenced

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CLASS LL – NFA 30, STAPLES 28 | XAVIER 30, GLASTONBURY 13 CLASS L — HAND 42, MASUK 23 | WINDSOR 27, NEW CANAAN 21 CLASS M – BERLIN 21, WESTON 7 | HILLHOUSE 48, MONTVILLE 26 CLASS S – ANSONIA 41, HYDE 13 | NORTH BRANFORD 62, WOODLAND 27 With big smiles, massive hugs, […] [Read More]

2012 Class LL state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Fasten your seatbelts. This division is L-O-A-D-E-D. Start off with the two-time defending state champs, the FCIAC champions, the SWC champions, the ECC Large champs, CCC Division I’s best team. It’s a division so good, one unlucky 10-0 team must hit the road in the state quarterfinals: All the way from Norwich to Newtown. Foof. […] [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]

Updated: Outrage as NFA suspends football coach for conduct vs. Stamford

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Well this is an interesting development. Norwich Free Academy preempted the CIAC football committee’s pending ‘Score Management’ decision by suspending football coach Jemal Davis one week for defeating Stamford 51-0, according to our own Dave Ruden. Dave caught up with Stamford athletic director Jim Moriarty and NFA’s Gary Makowicki to get the details of the […] [Read More]

Following letter of law, NFA’s Davis should be suspended for 51-0 win over Stamford

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We’ve entered new territory with the new and improved 50-point score management policy. What to do about Norwich Free Academy coach Jemal Davis following his team’s 51-0 victory over Stamford? According to The Day of New London’s Mike DiMauro here’s what went down: Stamford coach Bryan Hocter declined a running clock, NFA kept its starters […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, ECC, FCIAC

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]

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]

Annnnd…. GO! Football practices begin

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Rise and shine campers! Grab your permission slips and physical forms. Lace up your best running shoes, leave your pads in your locker and start stretching. Today is the first day of the 2012 high school football season. We begin in earnest Wednesday with conditioning practices for the teams that elected to forgo traditional spring […] [Read More]

Weekly Links: Ned talks Xavier, Duffy talks Masuk, IBD talks Boeing and video clips

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The Lonesome Polecat: The Day’s Ned Griffen catches up with Xavier The hardest working writer in all of football took a trip to Middletown to check the Game of the Year of the Week, Cheshire at Xavier. Among the discussions, Xavier’s new offensive coordinator and its suddenly not-so-impotent offense. There’s also a note about the […] [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]

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 Guide to Week 3′s Games

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Here is your Guide for Week 3′s regional high school football games. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bassick (0-2) Wilton (2-0) 6 Get excited for your Warriors, Wilton O’Brien Tech (1-1) Capital Prep (2-0) 6:30 Honeymoon’s over, Condors Warde (1-1) New Canaan (2-0) 7 TV show ‘Traditions’ wants a happy ending Trumbull (1-0) Ludlowe (0-2) […] [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]

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 Recap: Contenders, Pretenders Part Ways

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STATE SEMIFINAL SITES/TIMES Saturday, Dec. 4 Class LL: Trumbull v. NFA, at West Haven 2 p.m. / Xavier v. Glastonbury at SCSU, 2 p.m. Class L: Darien v. Masuk, at Shelton, 2 p.m. / New Canaan v. Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m. Class M: Hillhouse v. Gilbert/NW at Waterbury, 2 p.m.; Brookfield v. New […] [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 M & S)

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We press on with the final two classes of the CIAC state quarterfinal draw. In Class M, which has strengthened considerably in recent weeks, we have a defending state champ vs. a young but talented SCC Division II power. We have a pair of playoff babies in Plainville and Gilbert/Northwestern, who have played in a […] [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]

THANKSGIVING DAY WRAP: Mutual admiration in Darien, all aboard the Greyhound & the comeback kids

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The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl between Darien and New Canaan had all the makings of a bloodbath, the salvo fired from a select few players on the Darien football team with their pregame bluewash at Dunning Stadium. New Canaan’s blood boiled when its residents saw the midnight decorations at their school Wednesday morning. Heck, police […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY SCORING BLOG – Scores & Playoff News

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Extra! Extra! Get all your live scoring updates, and playoff point updates, right here. It’s all hands on deck for the staff of Hearst-Connecticut Newspapers — the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time. We’ll be at nearly every single game in the Southwest Connecticut region for our biggest live scoring […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls – Week 10

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By virtue of its 15-13 victory over Staples Saturday, Trumbull is on the move, all the way up to No. 6. in one of the two media polls. It’s up to No. 8 in the CSWA and only 9 in the coaches. Staples drops to a unanimous 10 in all three. Xavier is back to […] [Read More]

High School Football Polls: Week 8

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The Top 10 Polls heading into Week 8. And we have our first poll disagreement of the year. Xavier is No. 1. But so is Masuk. Xavier (7-0) earned the top spot in the NHR poll, claiming 12 first place votes over Masuk’s 9 and Staples 2. (There was one abstention). Masuk (7-0) swiped the […] [Read More]

Deja Vu Again: Another Bloody Week 6 (updated)

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On 9:30 on Wednesday morning at Stratford High School, math teacher Joe Della Vecchia watched the sweetest two words in the English language buzz into his mobile phone. The message came from Tyler Matakevich, the all-state fullback and linebacker at St. Joseph High School, where Della Vecchia has been the head coach for 12 seasons. […] [Read More]