Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

HS Football Power Poll

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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]

Westhill back on track as Harding’s losses continue

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The trends with which Westhill and Harding entered their FCIAC football game Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport were maintained after the Vikings’ 20-6 road victory. The Presidents (3-7) tried like heck to reverse their losing ways. Westhill (5-5) had won three in a row before a 40-7 thumping to Greenwich on Nov. 8, so the Vikings […] [Read More]

Darien brings win home from North Haven

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It looked like the grinding offense of North Haven was going to out muscle Darien as the Indians took a 20-9 lead after a touchdown run by bruising back Ethan Suraci but an 84-yard kickoff return by Nick Lombardo stopped any momentum North Haven had and got the Blue Wave rolling en route to a […] [Read More]

Ludlowe survives shootout with Stamford

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How does a team clinging to a winning record react when its opponents fire a four-touchdown effort by their quarterback its way? By responding with its QB rushing for two TDs and throwing for two, while its No. 2 feature back rushes for two scores and makes one of the touchdown grabs.   That was […] [Read More]

Longi, Greenwich run past Danbury

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How spectacular has Greenwich High School junior running back Austin Longi been the past five games? Danbury High School coach Dan Donovan said he would have settled for Longi scoring four touchdowns against his team Friday night and Cardinals coach Rich Albonizio said it’s actually a surprise when Longi gains five yards in a particular […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan, Ansonia, Newtown on top; Brookfield breaks through

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (10-0) (9): Rams roll to 52-3 win over Trinity Catholic minus QB Nick Cascione. NEXT: FCIAC championship vs. St Joseph at McDougall Stadium, Friday, 7 pm 2. ANSONIA (10-0) (1): No scare on Thursday with lopsided […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Bobby Drysdale: The next big thing?

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Nine games doesn’t make a career, but it can help cement a reputation. Bobby Drysdale of Brookfield High School  has quickly made a name for himself, rushing for 1,518 yards and 22 touchdowns. “We knew Bobby was something special,” said Brookfield coach Rich Angarano. “He was a great runner on the freshman team last year […] [Read More]

Week 10 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY   NVL | By Doug Bonjour Crosby (1-8) at Ansonia (9-0), 6: Chargers escaped major scare from Seymour last week. Don’t expect much drama in this one.   FRIDAY   FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Greenwich (6-3) at Danbury (3-6), 6:00: Cardinals playing for nothing more than pride for first time in long time. […] [Read More]

St. Joseph and McMahon to lock horns

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  St. Joseph (8-1) comes to Norwalk Friday night with a chance to secure a spot in the FCIAC championship game and another crack at No. 1 New Canaan. Host McMahon (8-1) still has an inside track for a Class LL playoff spot with a win and an outside shot at making the FCIAC championship […] [Read More]

Darien a win away from playoff berth

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Darien stayed in control of its own state playoff destiny as it took to the road Saturday to deal Harding a 47-23 defeat. As a result, a win against fellow 8-1 North Haven on Friday would send the Blue Wave to the state tournament. Getting everyone involved: As has often been the case this season, […] [Read More]

FCIAC playoff picture

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Here are the updated rankings/points for the FCIAC contenders. I am a writer by trade and pretty terrible at math but let’s take a crack at this points thing. In this regard, can’t wait for basketball and baseball with their non-points related standings. Listed is team’s FCIAC record, total points and average New Canaan  7-0  […] [Read More]

Ridgefield climbs closer to a state tournament berth

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As expected, the Ridgefield football team climbed significantly in the Class LL state playoff rankings following its 44-7 domination of previously unbeaten McMahon on Friday night. The Tigers entered the game at 6-2 and in 13th place in the rankings and, with the win, are now 7-2 and in ninth (the top eight teams play […] [Read More]

Greenwich downs Westhill for 3rd straight win

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Greenwich celebrated its Senior Night with a resounding 40-7 win over Westhill Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals, who have dominated the head-to-head series for years, used a strong running game and an aggressive defense to put another convincing win in the books against the Vikings. Junior running back Austin Longi gained 187 yards […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, Connecticut, FCIAC

Elite 8: New Canaan No. 1, Newtown climbs to No. 3

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. New Canaan (9-0) (8 first-place votes): Rams’ impressive resume includes lopsided wins over Hand, Greenwich, Staples and St. Joseph. Fared: Rams struggle early, but score 28 unanswered in second half to beat Wilton 35-7 and clinch spot […] [Read More]

New Canaan wins decison over Wilton

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The New Canaan football team went to the locker room at halftime with chants of “overrated” pouring down on them from the Wilton student section. Wilton is one of the few places where both teams have locker rooms under the bleachers, using the same tunnel in the center of the of the base of the […] [Read More]

Joel Barlow’s Little Big Man

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When you play in the large shadow of Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome, who has dominated the headlines for Connecticut football, it’s awfully hard to get noticed. However, Jack Shaban of Joel Barlow (7-1) is standing out during his brilliant season for the Falcons. Thanks to an incredible five-game stretch, Shaban has pushed his rushing total to […] [Read More]

Week 9 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Ansonia (8-0) at Seymour (5-3), 6 : Chargers saw New Canaan leapfrog them for top spot in state polls. Another win will make it 37 in a row for Arkeel Newsome and Co., a school record.   FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Stamford (2-6) at Norwalk (3-5), 7:00: […] [Read More]

Week 8 wrapup

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New Canaan made a huge statement, Staples jumped back into the FCIAC Championship conversation and Harding and Stamford took big steps toward City titles. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the game stories. FRIDAY FCIAC McMahon 41 Ludlowe 9 The Senators remained unbeaten, rolling over the Falcons. New Canaan […] [Read More]

New Canaan state’s new number 1

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After throttling No. 3 St. Joseph 62-21 the New Canaan Rams are the new No. 1 team in the state in both the Game Time CT Media and the Day Coaches Polls. The Rams leapfrogged Ansonia, who also won this week, to take over the top spot. It is the first time New Canaan has […] [Read More]

Darien thumps Wilton

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Two big plays by Wilton made this game close for a bit in the third quarter but the truth was revealed the rest of the game when Darien was in complete control, winning 40-14. The Blue Wave used an efficient passing attack, passes to the flat with a few looks deep as DBs cheated up […] [Read More]

Smith grounds Bassick’s hopes of city title

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Thanks to a pair of touchdowns from tailback D.J. Smith and another from Reggie David, Harding edged Bassick 26-20 on Friday at Kennedy Stadium. Smith led the Presidents with 145 yards — 125 in the first half — on 24 carries. He scored on runs of 35 and 15 yards in the second quarter, helping […] [Read More]

Staples edges Trumbull 49-42 in overtime

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There were plenty of talking points from Staples wild 49-42 win over Trumbull. It was a classic back-and-forth contest; each time Trumbull scored, Staples responded. The teams traded scores and even occasional defensive stops until Staples had the final say. Trumbull, which led 35-28 with less than six minutes left, appeared it would force a […] [Read More]

Rams roll over St. Joseph

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Most reporters on the sideline were thinking that unless St. Joseph could create turnovers, New Canaan would beat them by around 14 points. Boy were we wrong. The Rams created 4 turnovers and never coughed the ball up, rolling to a 62-21 win. The scary thing is, it wasn’t even that close. New Canaan had […] [Read More]

St. Joseph-New Canaan Game Center

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  Can’t get enough of the St. Joseph-New Canaan showdown? Neither can we. So here’s everything you could want to know before heading off to Dunning Stadium Friday night. Unbeaten Cadets, Rams ready to face off, plus Game Day Vote: Who will win, St. Joseph or New Canaan? Coaches’ perspective: Bassick’s Derrick Lews, Ridgefield’s Kevin […] [Read More]

Week 8 Elite 8: New Canaan stays on top, McMahon, Trumbull join the party

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (record and first-place votes in parentheses): 1.  New Canaan (7-0) (7): Rams facing toughest test of the year in St. Joseph. 2.  Ansonia (8-0) (3): Chargers crush Watertown for 36th straight win, tying a school record. 3. St. Joseph (7-0): Cadets have […] [Read More]

Week 8 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY  NVL | By Doug Bonjour Watertown (1-6) at Ansonia (7-0), 3:30 pm: Can we start the state playoffs, already?   FRIDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Crosby (1-6) at Seymour (4-3), 7: Bulldogs’ lone win came two weeks ago against Immaculate. And no, it wasn’t by forfeit. Seymour’s won three of last four. Wolcott […] [Read More]

Who will win? St. Joseph or New Canaan?

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