Connecticut High School Football

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

“About Last Night…” Week 6: Wreckers roll, Falcons rally, Trojans fall

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First thing’s first. RAIN? WHAT RAIN? Some of you athletic directors and coaches have to ease your fingers off the button and slowly back away from your telephones. There were a few drops Friday night, but nothing really past kickoff. Yet just hours before many games were postponed. (The SCC almost went whole hog on […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Week 5

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♦♦♦ We are at the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. Here’s a look at who did an said what during Week 5 in southwestern Connecticut. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. Bulldozers Mike Burns, Wilton: Scored two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards on 13 […] [Read More]

Barlow’s Tynan won’t be suspended for violating CIAC 50-Point Policy

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The CIAC has spoken, Barlow coach Rob Tynan won’t be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘Score Management’ policy for defeating Immaculate 56-0 on Saturday. The CIAC said ‘proper sportsmanship protocols’ were followed during the game. On Sunday’s Laxworm Radio high school football show, Tynan said when it became apparent that Barlow might score more than […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend…’ Week 5: The Changing of the Guard

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♦♦♦ A king has his reign and then he must fall. #cthsfb — Peter Gerson (@p92g) October 13, 2012 With keen and wisened eyes, a number of Xavier High School football alumni grouped together in shallow right at Palmer Field Friday night. It was a who’s who of Xavier’s recent, glorious past: Ryan Murphy, Jovan […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: Attack of the Creatures from the Pits!

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Prepare yourself! Prepare to scream in TERROR! Deep! Deep from the depths of the nether regions, come creatures to vile, so merciless, so unrelenting, they threaten to ruin the season of your favorite high school football team! You’ll experience Thrills! and Chills! as these nightmares come to a football field near you. You grab your […] [Read More]

‘About last night…’ Week 4: Blowout City

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Jeez, kids. What got into your pregame pasta dinners this week? As the scores rolled across our ticker Friday night, it was blowout, after blowout, after blowout. “Look at all these points being scored,” WELI’s George DeMaio cooed as the night’s action was read to him on his Friday night broadcast. “Unbelievable.” They came in […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: Mufasha, St. Joseph states their case

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They call him the ‘Lion King,’ an endearing reference to his name, “Mufasha,” and the namesake of the titular character from the popular Disney franchise. Like his namesake, Mufasha Abdul Basir grew up before our eyes Saturday at Darien High School. Called upon to make the biggest play of the young season, Abdul Basir, his […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and live updates: Rain, postponements galore (updated)

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Week 3 began as a mess with rain, rain and more rain fudging with the schedules. But there was football played Friday night and there were a few intriguing results, especially up north, where nary a drop fell after kickoff. Along Route I-84, Tyler Hassett and Weston hit a landmark victory when they rallied back […] [Read More]

Vote now! What’s Week 3’s Game of the Week?

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Trinity Catholic-New Canaan was overwhelmingly voted Week 2’s ‘Game of the Week’ by you, the ever wise high school football fans, players and coaches. That turned out to be the correct response. (Though it might have got a few write-in votes, we didn’t include Westhill-Trumbull as an option. Silly us. But, based purely on meaning […] [Read More]

That’s a wrap Week 2

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A look back at the who did and said what in Week 2 of the 2012 high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo, Executive Sports Editor of Hearst CT Newspapers, and the Hearst CT Staff. Bulldozers John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 163 yards and three TDs on just five carries in 47-0 shutout of […] [Read More]

CPTV Sports highlights: Brookfield squashes Bunnell

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There were plenty of insane results from Week 2’s games, not the least of which was Brookfield’s dismantling of Bunnell Friday night in an SWC game. As we’ve mentioned, it was a coming out party for junior quarterback Brad Westmark and new-look Brookfield, which was practically unstoppable on offense and tough on defense. The Bobcats […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: Stamford wakes up the echoes (video)

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♦♦♦ The City of Stamford, for all of its resources and diversity, hasn’t been a hotbed of high school football over the years. It’s produced its fair share of outstanding players, yes. Andy Roubustelli and Bobby Valentine are the first of many Stamford greats. But actual football teams? You have to go back. Back further […] [Read More]

SCC-FCIAC football challenge for 2013 and 2014 begins to take shape

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Football fans get ready. A future clash between two of the state’s power football conferences took a leap closer to reality today. Ambassadors from both the SCC and FCIAC met at Marisa’s in Trumbull this afternoon and adjourned with a preliminary agreement in place to match the leagues’ 38 teams together in the first week […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Eve Primer and Live Scoring Blog

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest 24-hours of the Connecticut sports calendar. Tomorrow, thousands of Nutmeg state residents will get up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast and head over to their favorite Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. It is a day where records are thrown […] [Read More]

Game-by-game regional Thanksgiving week capsules (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]

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]

Notes, Videos and Thursday Night Lights

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Week Nine begins tonight, so let’s get everyone caught up on what’s what. POTENTIAL TITLE GAME WOULD STAY IN WESTPORT First, Stamford’s Dave Ruden reported on Twitter yesterday that the FCIAC will not make Staples move its game up a week or to a neutral site should Greenwich and the Wreckers line up with the […] [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]
Jerry McDougall with the 1989 Trumbull football team. Connecticticut Post File Photo

Jerry McDougall, Trumbull and Connecticut coaching legend, dies at 76

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Jerry McDougall, a pillar of Connecticut and national high school athletics for more than 50 years, died Wednesday morning. He was 76. [Related: McDougall’s voice will live forever in a chorus of thousands | Sean Patrick Bowley] A member of both the National High School and Connecticut High School Hall of Fame, McDougall’s Trumbull football […] [Read More]

Greenwich at Trumbull (The Movie!)

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Greenwich receiver Joe Kelly, 80, gets a bounce off the helmet of Trumbull defender Matt Nakano, 9, to make a reception during football game at Trumbull Oct. 6, 2011. Photo: Bob Luckey Next on the marquee is last Thursday’s FCIAC clash between Greenwich and Trumbull. This was one of the more ballyhooed games of Week […] [Read More]

It’s a Wrap Week 4: Only nine unbeatens remain

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We wrapped up Week 4 with  quick strikes and big stops from Notre Dame-West Haven in its 28-15 victory over crosstown rival West Haven. We ended with another Masuk blitz, another Arkeel Newsome tidal wave and Norwalk moving to 4-0 for the first time since… (anyone?) On Saturday, we quietly wrapped it all with tech […] [Read More]

Notre Dame-WH at Shelton & Weston at Newtown (The Movies!)

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Time to grab the goodies and dim the lights for the final two highlight videos of Week 3. This should tide you over for a few hours before we publish a Wednesday night edition of the Guide to the Games as we bull straight ahead into Week 4. Notre Dame-WH 28, Shelton 0 First, Notre […] [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]

The Elite 8 for Week 4

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None of the Top 8 from last week lost, but we do have some movement based on performances and results around the region. TRENDING UP ANSONIA — Arkeel Newsome is awesome, no doubt. Perhaps the state’s best tailback. His anticipation and field vision are without peer, and enable him to turn big gainers into long […] [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 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]
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