Connecticut High School Football

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

Video: Fairfield Prep and Stamford open season with a shootout

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Fairfield Prep beat Stamford 59-40 in the season opener at Ludlowe Thursday night. Prep’s Colton Smith and Stamford’s Jalen Brown put on a show for everyone.   [Read More]
New Canaan celebrated the FCIAC title last season. Who will hoist the trophy this year?

5 minute guide to the FCIAC

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5 TEAMS TO WATCH Darien: The Blue Wave are replacing most of their skill players but return the core of their defense and 6-foot-4 QB Timmy Graham has impressed people who have seen him in preseason. If the young players blend well with the returning players, Darien should be considered a favorite to reach the […] [Read More]
New Canaan takes on St. Joe's in the 2013 FCIAC Championship game.

FCIAC title game shifted to Saturday

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The FCIAC Championship game will move to a Saturday for the 2014 season after a meeting of the FCIAC Board of Directors. The game will be played Saturday, Nov. 22 during the day at a site to be determined. The decision to move the game was so it could be showcased as a stand-alone game […] [Read More]

Viewpoint: 8 football champions too many for Connecticut

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Late next month, the powers that be at CIAC headquarters will hand us a revised format for next year’s state football playoffs. The four-class, 32-team, three-round setup will be replaced with a system that’s promised to alleviate concerns over player safety. After teams like Ansonia played 15 times in 13 weeks, with five of those […] [Read More]

HS Football Power Poll

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Coaches and Media polls

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll 1. Xavier-Middletown (4)   1-0 2. Ansonia (4)  1-0 3. New Canaan (2)  1-0 4. Norwich Free Academy (2)   0-0 5. St. Joseph-Trumbull   1-0 6. Greenwich (1)     1-0 7. Southington    1-0 8. Middletown   1-0 9. Windsor    1-0 10. West Haven    0-1 New Haven […] [Read More]

No Central decision (yet), but committee members talk open division (gasp!)

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The CIAC football committee met Wednesday to discuss, among other things, the impending move of its championship games to Central Connecticut State. There was nothing official to report on that matter as of Thursday. But, make no mistake, it’s going to happen. And soon. Update: It just happened. We’re told that the football committee wants […] [Read More]

Goodbye Rentschler? CIAC exploring venue change for state championships (again)

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Too few fans. Too much overhead. A big shortfall. That’s what the CIAC says is the problem with The Rent. After just three years, the CIAC is thinking about abandoning East Hartford’s Rentschler Field as a football championship venue Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin reported today. CIAC associate director Paul Hoey apparently dropped this […] [Read More]

(Not a) Shocker! Hand is No. 1

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♦♦♦ Hand of Madison earn the coveted No. 1 ranking in the state media poll conducted by The Register of New Haven. I know. We’re stunned. It was a unanim… wait, somebody voted Xavier No. 1? Really? Really? Did they not see THIS game? Whatever. Didn’t affect the outcome. Though if you’re Ansonia I’m thinking […] [Read More]

The SCC: “State Champions Conference”

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♦♦♦ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!3 state #cthsfb titles. Congrats Xavier (LL), Hillhouse (M), Hand (L) – you made us proud. #SCC – best in the state! — Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) December 9, 2012 There was poignant moment as Hand and Hillhouse football players exchanged places on the grand stage of Rentschler Field Saturday evening. Hillhouse had just […] [Read More]

Class L: Rogers kickstarts Hand’s second straight championship

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♦♦♦ HAND 23, WINDSOR 6 EAST HARTFORD — Dan Rogers and his twin brother Pat really had no choice. Their parents divorced. The two Weston football stars had to pack up and move to another part of the state. New town, a new school, new friends, a whole new football team. When they moved to […] [Read More]

Class M: Hillhouse gets its heart started, rallies past Berlin

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♦♦♦ HILLHOUSE 34, BERLIN 12 EAST HARTFORD — Pushed around in the first half, its offense cold and its defense battered, Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer walked into the halftime locker room at Rentschler Field and didn’t say a word to his struggling football team. “I just drew a heart on the board,” he said. That […] [Read More]

ANSONIA AGAIN: Chargers win record 18th, back-to-back state championships

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♦♦♦ ANSONIA 59, NORTH BRANFORD 26 North Branford struck first. Ansonia struck harder and more often. Titletown added a record 18th trophy to its already jam-packed display case Saturday, using a dazzling display of offense and defense to topple unbeaten North Branford 59-26 in the Class S championship game at Rentschler Field. Arkeel Newsome ran […] [Read More]

Championship Saturday: Live Updates from three title games

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♦♦♦ Good, early morning. Rise and shine campers. The cheers have barely died down on Xavier’s 48-14 victory over NFA in the Class LL championship game. Save for a few turnovers that let NFA hope down 20-14 at halftime, Xavier went to DeAngelo Berry and its defense to bring home the threepeat, and title No. […] [Read More]

Threepeat in Class LL: Xavier grounds NFA into chuck

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♦♦♦ They did it again, again. Aside from a few tense moments late in the first half, Xavier dominated Norwich Free Academy 48-14 to win its third straight Class LL championship in front of 4,576 Friday night at Rentschler Field. DeAngelo Berry ran for 260 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns as Xavier blew […] [Read More]

2012 Class M championship preview: Berlin vs. Hillhouse

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♦♦♦ No. 2 Berlin vs. No. 4 Hillhouse WHERE/WHEN — Saturday, 2:35 p.m. at Rentschler Field ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app COACHES — Berlin: John Capodice (9th year, 82-21-0); Hillhouse: Tom Dyer (6th year, 50-17, 1 state title). RECORDS –– Berlin: 11-1 […] [Read More]

2012 Class L championship preview: Windsor vs. Hand

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♦♦♦ No. 2 Windsor vs. No. 1 Hand WHERE/WHEN – Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Saturday, 5:35 p.m. ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Windsor: Rob Fleeting (4th year, 38-5); Hand: Steve Filippone (24th year, 200-61-5, 6 state titles). […] [Read More]

2012 Class LL championship preview: NFA vs. Xavier

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♦♦♦ No. 5 Norwich Free Academy vs. No. 3 Xavier WHERE/WHEN — Rentschler Field, East Hartford; Friday, 7 p.m. ON THE AIR — Radio: WELI 960-AM | TV: CPTV Sports | Online: ESPN 3, Watch ESPN app TICKETS — $10 COACHES — Norwich Free Academy: Jemal Davis: 5th year (40-14, 0 state titles); Xavier: Sean […] [Read More]

Semifinal Sunday: NFA wrecks Staples’ mojo, Fairfield County silenced

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CLASS LL — NFA 30, STAPLES 28 | XAVIER 30, GLASTONBURY 13 CLASS L — HAND 42, MASUK 23 | WINDSOR 27, NEW CANAAN 21 CLASS M — BERLIN 21, WESTON 7 | HILLHOUSE 48, MONTVILLE 26 CLASS S — ANSONIA 41, HYDE 13 | NORTH BRANFORD 62, WOODLAND 27 With big smiles, massive hugs, […] [Read More]

It’s unanimous: Xavier is No. 1 again

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Xavier has been voted the No. 1 team in the NHR’s state media poll for the second-consecutive year. This time, it was unanimous. Xavier was simply dominant in 2011. It earned its second-straight unbeaten, 13-0 season, capped with 42-7 victory over FCIAC Champion Staples in the Class LL championship game. Fellow SCC Division I team […] [Read More]

We start tonight: Holy Cross vs. Cromwell in Class S title game

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We’re just wrapping up our last previews for tomorrow’s regional football state championship games. You can find everything you need here, links, stats AND special video previews (Xavier-Staples will be available tonight): Class LL Championship Preview Class L Championship Preview Class M Championship Preview But, oh yes, one state championship will be decided tonight. It […] [Read More]

Class S Championship Rewind: St. Joseph 49, Ansonia 28

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Finally, the last of the CIAC State Championship Videos: St. Joseph’s 49-28 victory over Ansonia in the Class S championship game. This game was probably the best of the bunch, given the extraordinary efforts by both teams, the back-and-forth fireworks display between St. Joseph’s Tyler Matakevich and Ansonia senior Montrell Dobbs, who was heroic in […] [Read More]

Class L Championship Rewind: Masuk 50, New Canaan 20

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Dim the lights, heat the popcorn. It’s time to relive Masuk’s Class L championship victory over New Canaan at Rentschler Field. [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: Primer and Game Room

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Tonight, we begin. Tonight the first high school football teams will make their final preparations, pack up their equipment, load up their buses and settle in for the ride up to Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the first of four state championship games. Trumbull (11-2) and Xavier (12-0) face off in the Class LL […] [Read More]

CIAC Championship Week: The Game Previews

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Class LL No. 3 Trumbull vs. No. 1 Xavier WHERE — Rentschler Field, East Hartford WHEN — Friday, 7 ; TICKETS — $10 ON THE AIR — WELI 960-AM; Sportingnewsct.com COACHES — Trumbull: Bob Maffei (13th year, 97-31); Xavier: Sean Marinan (9th year, 65-32-2). RECORDS — Trumbull 11-2 (FCIAC runner-up); Xavier 12-0 (SCC Division I […] [Read More]

State Championship Times Annnounced (CIAC Championship Luncheon Videos)

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Here are the dates and times for the four high school football state championships at Rentschler Field, announced Monday morning at the annual CIAC football championship luncheon in East Hartford. After years spent at CIAC headquarters in Cheshire, and then two years at banquet halls in Simsbury and Southington, this was the first time the […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class M & S)

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We press on with the final two classes of the CIAC state quarterfinal draw. In Class M, which has strengthened considerably in recent weeks, we have a defending state champ vs. a young but talented SCC Division II power. We have a pair of playoff babies in Plainville and Gilbert/Northwestern, who have played in a […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class LL & L)

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Yes! Finally, we have ourselves, in my humble estimation, a legit playoff season in Connecticut high school football. The pairings have been set, the hype is just starting to boil to the surface. It’s time to see who the best teams in the state really are. It’s time to start the new and improved CIAC […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY SCORING BLOG – Scores & Playoff News

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Extra! Extra! Get all your live scoring updates, and playoff point updates, right here. It’s all hands on deck for the staff of Hearst-Connecticut Newspapers — the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time. We’ll be at nearly every single game in the Southwest Connecticut region for our biggest live scoring […] [Read More]

FCIAC Championship replay (Darien 17, Trumbull 7)

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Just a quick recap for posterity: The 2010 FCIAC championship game between Trumbull and Darien at McDougall Stadium on Friday. Like we discussed in the aftermath, this victory was a mission statement from Darien, a message to the rest of the state as it heads into the Turkey Bowl clash with New Canaan. It was […] [Read More]