Connecticut High School Football

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Darien's Will Hamernick seals his team's 13-7 win by breaking up a fourth down pass intended for Middletown's Jacob Homar.

Darien holds off Middletown in Class L semifinals

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Another day, another nail-biting win for the Darien football team. The Blue Wave turned back Middletown 13-7 at Pomperaug High School in the Class L semifinals, crawling out of a 7-0 halftime hole and keeping the Blue Dragons’ offense at bay to advance to Saturday’s championship clash with rival New Canaan. Defense holds firm: Just […] [Read More]
Mark Evanchick

All-FCIAC team

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  All-FCIAC Offense Position Name School QB Nick Cascione New Canaan QB Jordan Vazzano St. Joseph RB Mufasa Abdul-Basir St. Joseph RB Austin Longi Greenwich RB William Bonaparte Ridgefield WR Cole Turpin New Canaan WR T.J. Hayduk Trumbull WR Shane Miller St. Joseph WR Lars Pederson St. Joseph WR Griffin Ross Darien TE Brien Kerrigan […] [Read More]
Barlow quarterback Jack Shaban carries the ball in a 62-34 loss to St. Joseph in Saturday's Class M semifinal. (Photo by Bob Luckey)

St. Joseph adjusts quickly to triple-option

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After scoring 84 points in the Class M state quarterfinals, St. Joseph enjoyed another monster day on offense Saturday. Even without star tailback Mufasha Abdul Basir, who suffered what coach Joe DellaVecchia believed to be a stinger on the game’s third play, the Cadets rolled Joel Barlow 62-34 in the semifinals. The Cadets have scored […] [Read More]
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New Canaan moves onward

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With another dominating defensive performance, the New Canaan football team moved on to the Class L final with a 17-0 win over North Haven at Law High School Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight shutout for the Rams, who beat Farmington 46-0 in the quarterfinals. The reward for the Rams? Another date with arch […] [Read More]
No. 1: Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia come in at No. 1

Elite 8: Ansonia No. 1, New Canaan No. 2 heading into semifinal weekend

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. ANSONIA (13-0) (5): Two games from perfect season, Rocky Hill up in S semis. 2. NEW CANAAN (12-1) (1): Rams taking on throwback North Haven in L semis. 3. DARIEN (11-1) (2): Blue Wave continue to roll through […] [Read More]
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Which FCIAC team has best shot at state title?

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Did Arkeel Newsome get robbed of player of year award?

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And the winner of the 2013 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year award is……..? Dario Highsmith. Quarterback. Middletown. Um, do I have the wrong state? Am I missing something here? Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia should have been a lock for this award, right? I mean, he’s rushed for 3,350 yards and has  an eye-popping 55 […] [Read More]
Ridgefield’s Will Bonaparte runs past Newtown’s Nick Samuelson. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Ridgefield edges Newtown in a thriller

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In a game loaded with big plays, momentum shifts and a lot of twists and turns, eighth-seeded Ridgefield pulled out a dramatic 35-33 win over top-seeded host Newtown Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL Tournament. The Tigers (10-2) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will face No. 4 Southington at West […] [Read More]

Barlow, St. Joseph set to clash in high-powered semifinal

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In order to prepare for its next opponent in the Class M state tournament, the Barlow High football team will have to go back to the beginning. The Falcons will face St. Joseph in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bunnell High in Stratford. And as it turns out, Barlow’s first scrimmage this […] [Read More]
St Joseph's Shane Miller (88) is congratulated by teammate Darren Jasckson (8) after scoring one of his four touchdowns against Ledyard. (Mike Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

St. Joseph lights up the scoreboard against Ledyard

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St. Joseph running back Mufasha Abdul Basir called his team’s 808-yard, 84-point outburst Tuesday a “good” offensive day. That most certainly is an understatement. The Cadets scored touchdowns on 13 of their 14 possessions in an 84-49 rout of No.7 Ledyard in the Class M state quarterfinals at Trumbull High. Five different players scored touchdowns […] [Read More]