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Video: New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli talks about the upcoming season

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Coming Attractions Wars III: Ellington/Somers

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It doesn’t quite follow the ‘coming attractions’ motif like Stamford and New Canaan, but Ellington/Somers released their 2013 football hype machine video today. The show is set — perfectly, we’d say — to Jason Aldean’s ‘The Only Way I Know:” “Well I grew up in one of them old farm towns / Where they hit […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Thanksgiving 2012

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A look as who did what on Thanksgiving Week 2012. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT sports staff. BULLDOZERS Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Ran for FCIAC-title game record 317 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs, as Wreckers won the league championship for second straight year. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Helped […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend’ Week 9: Answered prayers in Stamford and other craziness

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So that happened Saturday afternoon. It was delicious, poignant high-stakes moment in the narrative of the 2012 high school football season. As we endlessly discussed through two football-free weeks, Trinity Catholic needed to beat Darien and St. Joseph to stake a claim to the FCIAC championship and, by extension, tick off the guys in Westport […] [Read More]

Foran 50, Notre Dame-WH 35 (The Movie!)

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♦♦♦ This Monday, we’re all agog over the man who said Big Foot attacked his RV in the woods of Pennsylvania, hundreds of miles from Sasquatch’s normal stomping grounds of the Pacific Northwest. Psst. Want to see a real rare sight? Let’s try Foran’s 50-35 victory over Notre Dame-West Haven Saturday night, courtesy of ‘RickVolk21‘ […] [Read More]
Categories: Featured Videos, SCC

Watch! St. Joseph 35, Darien 28 – The [double overtime] Movie!

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Finally, our last high school football video of the week. Phew. Took us long enough, right? We saved the best for last: St. Joseph’s big 35-28 double-overtime victory on homecoming day in Darien. Thanks to some big plays from the highly-regarded Blue Wave, the Hogs found themselves down 28-14 early in the second half. But […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, Featured Videos

WTNH: Friday night Week 2 highlights

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You saw the roundup, now watch the highlights via WTNH of the Week 2 Friday games. Noah Finz mostly has the goods on the SCC — including How Guilford built a shocking 14-0 lead on West Haven, and the Top 10 battle at Bowen Field between Hand and Hillhouse. WTNH also threw the SWC a […] [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]

Greenwich 20, Ridgefield 7 (The Movie!)

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The Hearst CT cameras headed up to Lancaster Field at Tiger Hollow to catch highlights from the Greenwich-Ridgefield extravaganza that had been built up all summer. Greenwich, which came to Ridgefield with starting quarterback Liam O’Neil in a cast and backup quarterback Jose Melo in a knee brace, needed this one badly to have any […] [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]

Ansonia wins NVL Championship (with video) and your latest playoff musings

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From the outset, it appeared if every notion about Ansonia-Holy Cross II would come to fruition. Holy Cross punt. Arkeel Newsome. One carry. One touchdown. By the time the Holy Cross coaching staff had finished screamed “C’mon! That was too easy!” at their players, Newsome added another touchdown on the Chargers’ second possession. The rout […] [Read More]

More OT Madness: Foran’s 47-41 2 OT victory over Guilford

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Newtown-Bunnell wasn’t the only crazy OT game in Week 9. Though it didn’t pack the playoff intrigue as Saturday’s heavyweight fight in Stratford, Thursday saw a tit-for-tat battle between SCC Division II combatants Guilford and Foran, won by the Lions on Dave Yerxa’s TD run. This game was filmed by rogue cameraman RickVolk21, who’s gone […] [Read More]
Categories: Featured Videos

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]

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]

West Haven at Notre Dame-WH (The Movie!)

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Sorry we’re so late on these, but there were other work-related duties that got priority. But we’re happy to say the latest films have arrived. We’ll start with Notre Dame-West Haven’s 28-15 victory over rival West Haven at Veterans Stadium. The Green Knights waltzed home after an impressive 28-0 victory over Shelton, looking for their […] [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]

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 2: Norwalk 25, Stamford 12 (The Movie!)

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Stamford was getting a bunch of attention as the 2011 season dawned. The Black Knights went 6-4 a year ago and, with most of the key players returning, looked poised for a breakout season. But it was attention with an asterisks. For years, Stamford has had the talent but has been unable to climb into […] [Read More]

Week 2: Darien 29, Warde 19 – The Movie!

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There had been a light buzz about Fairfield Warde in the preseason. A senior team, armed with strong and veteran offensive line anchored by Mike Mooney, an emerging quarterback Chris Foley, exceptional linebacker David Wolff and a speedy tailback Devon Lofton. We took the video microscopes to Tetreau-Davis Field to check the Mustangs out against […] [Read More]
Categories: Featured Videos

Masuk at Oxford (The Movie!)

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Our second-to-last Week 1 video recap takes us to “The Swamp” in Oxford where then-No. 2-now-No.1 Masuk rolled over the host Wolverines. Though Masuk struck quick and early beginning with Tom Milone’s opening kickoff return TD, Oxford fought the good fight for a little while. But it was done in by a bunch of turnovers […] [Read More]

Monday Night Football recap: Central at Wilton (The Movie!)

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OK, OK. I’ve milked the Monday Night High School Football joke dry. I know it. I’m sorry, but even though it’s been a few days, I still slay myself watching (and rewatching) our MNF opening homage — so much, in fact, that I’ve dumped it onto the start of our highlight reel of Wilton’s 33-20 […] [Read More]

Staples at St. Joseph (The Movie!)

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These highlights are courtesy of a rout. We actually made the trip up to Oxford first to catch Masuk, the state’s No. 2 team (now No. 1 team), in action against the Wolverines Saturday. Since the game was at noon, and then suddenly over at 1 p.m., we hightailed it down Route 108 to Trumbull […] [Read More]

Seymour at O’Brien Tech (The Movie!)

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Part two of many videos we’ll show you from last week, Seymour’s 42-14 victory over O’Brien Tech. You’ll see plenty of Seymour’s Jon Wilson, both in highlights and interviews. You’ll also see interviews with O’Brien Tech AD Dan Nemergut, coach Ken Roberts and senior Frank Corso. Plus you’ll see a pretty relieved Seymour coach Tom […] [Read More]

Your frontrunner for play of the year: Jalon White’s TD pass to Joe Burr

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We now turn to the video recap portion of our week where we take a look back at some of the big games and big plays of Week One. We’ll start off with a play that, frankly, raises the bar impossibly high for the next 11 or 12 weeks: Jalon White‘s third-quarter, rabbit-out-of-a-hat, 16-yard touchdown […] [Read More]
Categories: Featured Videos

Yes, we have Stamford and Xavier highlights

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Two of the most discussed high school football teams this offseason squared off Friday night at beautiful Boyle (soon-to-be-renamed Robustelli) Stadium in downtown Stamford. One, the prime dark horse candidate in the FCIAC. The other… well, the other needs no introduction. We caught the Black Knights take on the defending Class LL state champion and […] [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]

Want more Casey Cochran videos? Here’s four from ESPN (co-starring Brock Huard)

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Not exactly sure what to make of this latest internet find, except to say it’s… different, at least in our high school football niche: ESPN videos of Masuk QB Casey Cochran hanging out in Bristol with college analyst and former Washington star Brock Huard. This is a first. But, OK, sure. Roll film. Add: There’s […] [Read More]