Connecticut High School Football

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

Spring Flings: Greenwich Cardinals

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Ye Olde Football Blog continues a sporadic and random series on local spring games. Today: Greenwich. In just two short years we’ve gone from, When will Greenwich be back? to Will Greenwich ever over the hump? It’s progress, but we doubt it’s the kind of progress Greenwich would call inspiring. After a three-year layoff including […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC

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]

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]

It’s official: Notre Dame-Fairfield hires Ted Boynton as next football coach

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Confirming a Sunday report from Connecticut Post, Notre Dame-Fairfield announced the hiring of Ted Boynton as its next head football coach Monday afternoon. Boynton, a paraprofessional at Jonathan Law who has served as a Notre Dame assistant for 10 years beginning with Jeff Bevino in 2003, becomes the school’s fifth head football coach since 2006. […] [Read More]

Source: Ted Boynton expected to be named next Notre Dame-Fairfield coach

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Milford resident and assistant coach Ted Boynton is expected to be named the next head coach at Notre Dame-Fairfield, according to a source. Notre Dame athletic director Rob Bleggi did not return a phone message left Sunday afternoon. On Friday, however, Bleggi confirmed Notre Dame had made a hire but wouldn’t make the official announcement until […] [Read More]

Oh, by the way: Harding has a football coaching vacancy, too

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Harding is in the market for a new football coach, Bridgeport citywide athletic director Neil Kavey confirmed Tuesday. Aaron Stroud, who has been the Presidents’ head coach for a year and a half, submitted his resignation approximately two weeks ago. “Aaron regrettably submitted his resignation due to big-time family commitments,” Kavey said. “It’s too bad. […] [Read More]

Marcus Easley inducted into Bunnell Athletics Hall of Fame

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Marcus Easley, former Connecticut Post all-star, walk-on-turned star receiver at UConn and fourth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2010, was inducted into the Bunnell Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night. Easley was honored during the 21st Annual Bunnell High School Athletics Hall of Fame & Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet. Former coach Craig Bruno was […] [Read More]

Coaching Carousel quick update: Notre Dame-Fairfield closes in on next coach

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Notre Dame-Fairfield will be conducting interviews with eight candidates on Thursday, athletic director Rob Bleggi confirmed today. The school, he said, will likely make a decision the following week. Bleggi said Notre Dame whittled its finalists down from 19 applicants. Some candidates, he said, might be asked to return for a second interview before Notre […] [Read More]

Fairfield Ludlowe lures Vin Camera away from Platt Tech (updated)

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Vincent Camera, the only football coach in Platt Tech’s history, has been hired as the next head coach at Fairfield Ludlowe. Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz confirmed the hiring of Camera via email Wednesday afternoon. “Vinnie was the standout candidate in the interview process and we are looking forward to him joining our staff at Fairfield […] [Read More]

Doug Cotto anxious to continue Bunnell football tradition

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He was just window shopping, at first. But before he knew it, Doug Cotto had traded in his Newtown blue and gold for Bunnell silver and blue. Cotto, the Hawks’ defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, only started to look at head coaching jobs to see where he stood in his relatively young career. […] [Read More]

And now, a Masuk football update: Two candidates down, two remain

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With John Murphy expected to be sworn in by a congregation of New Milford converts Wednesday night,  talk has naturally shifted back to his former place of employment: Masuk. OK, let’s be honest, it’s never really shifted away from Masuk. We just took a slight detour when it was confirmed Murphy was on his way […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC

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]

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]

NVL votes ‘no’ on adding Bridgeport schools (updated)

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The Naugatuck Valley League won’t be bringing Bridgeport’s public school athletic teams into its midst any time soon. The league’s athletic directors voted down a proposal to invite Central, Harding and Bassick, according to Bridgeport Citywide athletic director Neil Kavey. Kavey didn’t remember the exact date, but was told “sometime last week.” A call placed […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC, NVL

End of an Era at Masuk: John Murphy steps down

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John Murphy, the most successful coach in Masuk and SWC football history, is calling it a career at football program he turned into a state powerhouse. Murphy’s name annually comes up as a candidate to coach elsewhere. Yet he spent 15 years in Monroe, won 159 games, six SWC championships and three state championships. This […] [Read More]

Peter Stokes resigns at Trinity Catholic

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♦♦♦ Throughout his 15 years as a football coach at Trinity Catholic High School, first as an assistant and, for the last four, at the head position, Pete Stokes has always referred to his team as a family. But it became evident to Stokes a year ago that he had another family he had to […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC

Rick Davis, former Danbury coach, dies after yearlong illness

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♦♦♦ Rick Davis, a beloved coaching figure in Danbury and the FCIAC who once took the Hatters within yards of playing for a state championship, died Monday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Davis, who coached Danbury from 2001-2008, died at his daughter’s home in Maryland, where he had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, FCIAC

The SCC: “State Champions Conference”

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♦♦♦ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!3 state #cthsfb titles. Congrats Xavier (LL), Hillhouse (M), Hand (L) – you made us proud. #SCC – best in the state! — Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) December 9, 2012 There was poignant moment as Hand and Hillhouse football players exchanged places on the grand stage of Rentschler Field Saturday evening. Hillhouse had just […] [Read More]

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]

Dave Cadelina steps down as Central football coach

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It wasn’t that long ago that Central football was one of Connecticut’s most downtrodden programs. Then the school hired Dave Cadelina and began one of the great turnarounds in state football history. Now, after 16 years, 93 victories, a pair of state tournament appearances and two FCIAC championship game appearances, Cadelina has decided to hang […] [Read More]

2012 Class L state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Can anyone beat No. 1? Matt Walsh, Peter Gerson and the unbeaten defending Class L champion Hand Tigers are back for another run at a glorious 10th state championship. And as of now they’re the favorites to win it all again. After all, they come from the mighty Southern Connecticut Conference and toppled two-time defending […] [Read More]

Bridgeport to NVL? City public schools in preliminary talks to join Valley league

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High school conference realignment has suddenly kicked into high gear. Central, Bassick and Harding are in preliminary talks to jump from the FCIAC to the NVL, officials on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers today. The three city public schools, who have been members of the FCIAC since 1993, met with […] [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]

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 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]

‘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]

‘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

That’s a Wrap! Week 6

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♦♦♦ A look at who did and said what during Week 6 of the southwestern Connecticut high school football season. Compiled by executive editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. arlow quarterback Jack Shaban escapes the sack from Bunnell’s Kevin Hernandez Friday. BULLDOZERS Jack Shaban, Barlow: Junior quarterback ran for 135 yards with […] [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]

Dom Quinto (1929-2012): Monroe loses a sporting legend

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Dom Quinto, Sr., who coached Masuk to its first football state championship games in 1985 and 1986, died Thursday. He was 83. Before he established Masuk football’s tradition in the 1980s, Quinto was a pioneer of the town’s sports tradition. He began the Monroe Lions Pop Warner program in 1966, and guided the 7-8 grade […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC
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