Connecticut High School Football

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

Stamford and Bethel scrimmage

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Went to my first football scrimmage of the season and it featured Bethel coming down to Stamford for a preseason tussle. Stamford is young but has some serious speed if players can find room to run. Cameron Webb should be one of the top backs in the FCIAC but it was freshman Jon-Michael Bivona that […] [Read More]

Now that scrimmage season is over; What do we think we know?

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Ah, scrimmage season. It starts off with a few throw away lines. We talk to someone who talked to someone else who saw a team play some 10-on, 10-off scrimmage in mid-August. We get a tidbit, maybe two from players, parents, assistants, maybe even a head coach. In turn, we pass those nuggets of information […] [Read More]
Categories: Fall Practice

Masuk, Southington, Berlin tri-scrimmage and (very) quick Labor Day notes

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Rick Volk was out and about Saturday at the Masuk-Southington-Berlin tri-scrimmage. So here’s the footage from that. As Rick says in his YouTube comments, with the offenses starting on the 40-yard line: Berlin-Southington scored on TD apiece. Southington-Masuk had three TDs apiece, Masuk-Berlin was 3-1 in favor of Berlin. I checked out Staples-Ridgefield-Cheshire on Labor […] [Read More]

Scrimmage Bowl MMXII goes to Ansonia; and a full scrimmage schedule (updated)

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We’re just about to Labor Day, and y’all know what that means: Connecticut is just under two weeks away from actual high school football games. (ugh). No worries, there will be football played all across the state, just not the kind that counts– unless, of course, you were at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven […] [Read More]

Greenwich tangles with Don Bosco in scrimmage today

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Talk about starting the preseason with a tough opponent. The Greenwich High School football team will travel to Ramsey, N.J., Tuesday to scrimmage national power Don Bosco Prep at 5 p.m. How good is Don Bosco Prep? Here’s a quick glance at the Ironmen. They are coming off their third consecutive undefeated season – a […] [Read More]
Categories: Fall Practice, FCIAC

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]

About that whole Coggins-to-Naugy thing: It’s a hot mess

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Mark Jaffee at Republican-American has the very latest on the long rumored and infinitely discussed impending transfer of All-American wide receiver and Boston College commit David Coggins, quarterback Javon Martin and fullback Xavier Woods from Sacred Heart to Naugatuck. While Woods is all set to start practicing for the Greyhounds, there are some serious issues […] [Read More]

(Pretty bad) Shelton-Ansonia scrimmage highlights

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OK, so we’ve been busy lately. Busy trying to scrape together every last bit of information to cram into our official high school football previews which will begin next week. I’ve been running around getting personal video interviews with a majority of our 50 schools, trying to somehow cut them all together with video previews […] [Read More]

Reel Time: Newtown-Seymour; Masuk-Greenwich game scrimmages

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Continuing our scrimmage coverage for the week, we present two significant game scrimmages (you know, the one run like actual games): Newtown at Seymour on Friday, Sept. 2. Then Masuk at Greenwich, Monday, Sept. 5. NEWTOWN AT SEYMOUR We’ll start with this one first. Played on the practice fields at Seymour high school, Newtown defeated […] [Read More]

Weekend Update: Latest story links and scrimmage videos

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Updated: 8:20 p.m. 9/4 And the countdown continues. Our staffers and photographers continue to run all over Fairfield and New Haven counties, collecting images, videos and (most important) information on our 50 regional high school football teams. Over the next week, we’ll be molding all of these tidbits into one mighty 2011 preview package to […] [Read More]

(Another) Updated Scrimmage Schedule, as of 9/2

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Here’s the updated, updated scrimmage schedule for this weekend and beyond. Lots of changes (like Ansonia-West Haven sent to Veterans Field in West Haven Saturday, Sept. 3.) due to the post-Irene effects. Saturday Masuk at Southington, 9 a.m. Football Jamboree at Rocky Hill at, Rocky Hill High School, 10 a.m. Amity at Pomperaug at, Pomperaug […] [Read More]
Categories: Fall Practice

Preseason 2011: Bunnell quad scrimmage report

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OK, kids, approximately two weeks into the 2011 preseason, it’s time to start posting scrimmage reports. Hurricane Irene has played havoc with the schedule somewhat (some school districts that have postponed school for the week won’t even let their fall teams practice, which is just nuts what with the CIAC’s 14-day mandatory practice rule suddenly […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five Pressing Questions for the SCC

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Finally, after a brief respite to deal with Hurricane Irene and its aftermath (I just got power back this morning), we return to the pressing questions portion of our 2011 high school football blog. Once again, this is based on what we know just a week or so into the preseason. Still lots to learn […] [Read More]

Updated high school football scrimmage schedule

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Due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene or other circumstances (but mostly due to Irene), many of this weekend’s scrimmage schedules have been cancelled, or postponed and rescheduled. Here’s the updated list as of Tuesday, August 30 Tuesday Note: Some of these scrimmages may be postponed due to lingering effects from the storm. New Fairfield at Newtown, […] [Read More]
Categories: Fall Practice

Preseason 2011: Five (or Six or Seven) Pressing Questions for the SWC

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1. Can anyone beat Masuk? No. 1a. Um… Could you please embellish? Do we need to? What else is there to say? You’ve read and seen this a millions times before. Masuk has the state’s best quarterback in Casey Cochran. But you knew that. You’ve seen and read it it here, here, here, here, here, […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five Pressing Questions for the FCIAC

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We’re only a week or so into fall practices. We’re still gathering info and still short on details. A lot can change over the next three weeks as we learn more and more about our 2011 high school football contestants. By no means is this a definitive preview. But it’s worth taking a quick glance […] [Read More]

The (tentative) 2011 High School Football Scrimmage Schedule

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Awright. Here we go. Everybody gets started for real Monday. From now until mid-December, it’ll be wall-to-wall football. Scrimmage schedules. We’ve got your scrimmage schedules! These are the most up-to-date listings on CIAC’s website (though, this year, they haven’t been listed on the master schedule. So I had to go through each regional school, one […] [Read More]

Day One Links: Bad news, good news and worse news

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News, news, news and more news. Some good, some bad, some just terrible. …And we’ve only just started high school football practices. Here’s the quick rundown on what’s been going on the last day or so. Cover your eyes if you must. Good stuff is at the bottom. 1. Derby’s Jake Tomczak out for the […] [Read More]

High School Football 2011 – The Circle Opens

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OVERTURE Good morning. Welcome, my friends, to High School Football ’11. In our last episode, Graham Stewart and the Xavier Falcons were dressed to the nines at the Walter Camp Football dinner, basking in the glow of their undefeated, Class LL championship and No. 1 championship trophies. Casey Cochran and the Masuk Panthers, the equally […] [Read More]

Tuesday news & notes: Matakevich, Valenti, New Canaan scrimmage

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Couple of quickies on this Tuesday evening: 1. The most scrutinized metatarsal bone in the state was looked over by more professionals today and the prognosis remains the same: Tyler Matakevich‘s is out indefinitely with either a break or a bone chip on the outside of his right foot. At least two weeks; wait and […] [Read More]

St. Joseph’s Matakevich injured, out indefinitely

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Updated: Sunday. From the Connecticut Post – Matakevich talks about the injury. Updated: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. (Original posting below) The preliminary prognosis on Tyler Matakevich‘s right foot is a fractured fifth metatarsal, or the long bone on the outside of the foot, coach Joe Della Vecchia said Sunday. “He’s on crutches and he’s got a […] [Read More]

DEE-fense! (Masuk at Shelton, the scrimmage)

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Typically you get a lot of offensive fireworks at the annual Masuk at Shelton scrimmage. This year? Not so much. Both offenses sputtered like one of those silly Black Cat fireworks set on a rainy Fourth of July. This year, the pyrotechnics came from defense. Defense. And more defense. And Masuk was the star of […] [Read More]

Ansonia at Notre Dame-WH (The Scrimmage)

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Normally, I check Ansonia out during its annual clash with West Haven at Ken Strong Stadium. This year we decided to grab Ansonia about a week earlier. Since we’re dragging our feet on the 5 NVL question post (soon, I promise), I needed some quick information on Ansonia. Plus, I was absolutely dying to see […] [Read More]

Summer’s over. Football begins. See you in January!

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Less than 24 hours away, everybody in Connecticut will be practicing for the 2010 High School Football Season. It’s here. It’s now. Let’s rock. On Monday, at various points and times around the state, 85 high school football teams will join the 40 already underway for fall practices. For them, it’s conditioning week. For the […] [Read More]