Connecticut High School Football

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

McMahon gets Norwalk by grabing momentum at end

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Coaches love to see their teams deliver a full 48 minutes of consistent play. It’s the best path to victory. But most coaches acknowledge that despite their players’ best efforts, and even with sharply devised schemes on offense and defense, the opposition is usually able to assert itself. The 53rd battle between McMahon (8-2) and […] [Read More]

Westhill and Stamford abandon Thanksgiving spirit

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The stands were full, people were reuniting and Westhill was on its way to blowout victory to claim the City title and its first winning season since 1987. The Vikings should have been able to complete the game, shake hands with their opponents and claim their trophy at midfield, winning 40-0. Instead a brawl with […] [Read More]

The Burning Of The Shoe

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The burning of the shoe. Legend has it, Ossie Solem, the head football coach at Springfield College in 1946, gathered his players after the final practice of the season and lit a football cleat on fire. He believed it would erase any ill will among teammates so they could play the last game clear of […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Guide to the Games

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Tuesday  SWC Oxford 28, Pomperaug 12: Steve Pearson scores two touchdowns as Wolverines exit SWC on a high note. Newtown 42, Masuk 7: Undefeated Nighthawks roll behind 256 yards, 5 TDs from Cooper Gold. New Fairfield 33, New Milford 12: Rebels claim Candlewood Cup, finish at 8-3 thanks to two touchdowns apiece from Mike McCourt […] [Read More]

HS Football Power Poll

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New Canaan wins 8th FCIAC crown

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It was not easy, mostly by their own doing, but the No. 1 New Canaan Rams defeated St. Joseph 31-20, claiming their 8th FCIAC Championship. The Rams could have pulled away sooner but twice fumbled inside the 10-yard line when they seemed destined for 6 points. The fumble before halftime would certainly have had people […] [Read More]

Preparation for Warde-Ludlowe Thanksgiving showdown

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It’s been 40 years since I spent this much time on a high school football practice field, dating back to my days as a reserve on the Wilton High School football team for my senior year in 1973. As a reporter, covering high school football on and off beginning in 1979, I’ve been to practices […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan near unanimous No. 1, Ridgefield makes first appearance

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (records, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. New Canaan (10-0) (9): Rams have rematch with St. Joseph in FCIAC championship game. 2. Ansonia (10-0) (1): Locked up state bid; NVL title game against Woodland up first. 3. Newtown (10-0): Have clinched LL spot […] [Read More]

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Week 10 wrapup

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Lots of games this week with postseason implications. Most of them lived up to the hype and were very good games. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the stories. FRIDAY FCIAC Ludlowe 42 Stamford 40 Falcons get 6 wins for first time in 9 years.  Greenwich 57 Danbury 29 […] [Read More]