Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
New Canaan's Zachary Allen (# 44) pressures Farmington quarterback Jeremy Buck.
Photo/Bob Luckey

New Canaan back in form

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I thought Farmington could hang with New Canaan. I was wrong. The Indians had no chance in this game and that was apparent from the opening kickoff. The Rams picked off Farmington on the third play of the game, scored on the next series and rolled from there, winning 46-0. Shockingly, it was the Rams […] [Read More]

Coaches and Media polls week 2

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll T1. Ansonia  (6) 2-0 T1. New Canaan (5) 2-0 3. NFA (2) 1-0 4. St. Joseph 2-0 5. Southington 2-0 6. North Haven 2-0 7. Darien 2-0 8. Middletown 2-0 T9. Shelton 2-0 T9. Windsor 2-0   New Haven Register Media Poll […] [Read More]

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]

Coaching carousel: Stafford/East Windsor posts opening

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So, here we go again? Stafford/East Windsor’s co-op program posted a job opening for a varsity head football coach Thursday. Corey Bernier was the coach of the team, which was 2-8 last year in the Pequot Uncas. It is unknown what happened. The apparent vacancy brings the dwindling list back up to three from a high […] [Read More]

Recruiting trail: Southington’s Barmore commits to Yale; West Haven’s Phillips visits Syracuse

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Two of Connecticut’s top high school football players took college visits this weekend. One returned home with a decision, the other said his choice would be coming soon. After a short trip to New Haven Saturday, Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore announced his commitment to Yale on Sunday night. Officially committed to Yale University!! Gonna be […] [Read More]

Your 2013 high school football schedules (aka: the greatest schedules ever?) [Updated]

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I can’t tell you how many inquiries I’ve had about the release of this year’s schedules. It’s a lot. Like several times a week. Y’all are like a brats in the back seat of my car on the way to Itchy & Scratchy Land: Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Well it’s June, so here’s where I […] [Read More]

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]

Coaching carousel update: Woodstock hires, no vacancy at Rockville, six remain

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It’s been a few weeks since we last checked on the vacancies and — woah — there’s been some movement. y’all. Second time’s the charm at Woodstock Academy A year ago, NFA assistant Clay Killingsworth was passed over at Woodstock Academy for Jesse Pimental. A year later, Pimental had resigned due to family considerations and […] [Read More]

Connecticut coaching carousel 2013: Here’s where we stand in mid-January [Updated]

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*** It’s been a crazy, topsy-turvy offseason for high school football programs and coaches. And we’re barely halfway through January. Big names, small names, big programs, little programs… no one, it seems, is immune from the bug that has plagued our regional coaches’ psyches. The reasons have varied: Many “want to spend more time with […] [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]

2012 Class LL state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Fasten your seatbelts. This division is L-O-A-D-E-D. Start off with the two-time defending state champs, the FCIAC champions, the SWC champions, the ECC Large champs, CCC Division I’s best team. It’s a division so good, one unlucky 10-0 team must hit the road in the state quarterfinals: All the way from Norwich to Newtown. Foof. […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night…’ Week 8: Showdown? Showcase in Ansonia

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♦♦♦ In Football Friday’s only big game played in the region, Ansonia mopped the Jarvis Stadium turf with 7-0 Wolcott in a 41-12 NVL Brass Showdown. Showcase. Did we really think it would be anything but? Arkeel Newsome ran for 200 yards, Andrew Matos flexed his big-play muscles and the Ansonia defense stifled Wolcott’s gamebreakers, […] [Read More]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: The Storm Arrives

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… It’s judgement night in the SCC: Hand and Xavier will kick off in the Rumble at Palmer Field. Hillhouse and North Haven tangle in the fray at Vanacore Field. Fairfield Prep takes on Cheshire in the fight at the Maclary Complex. There’s so much to say, so much to talk about. Elsewhere Liam O’Neil […] [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]

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]

It’s a Wrap Week 7: The Snow Days of Autumn

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We asked for an upset last week and we got it, with Bethel’s stunning 56-46 victory over Stratford at Ralph DeSantis Field. That was the only local surprise. Statewide, we saw both NFA (to Stonington) and New London (to Fitch) catch the upset bug and the state playoff picture looked slightly different than they did […] [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]

State Polls Week 4: Flip flop, flip flop

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Here we go again. Xavier recaptured the top spot in the NHR Media Poll today, returning to the top for the first time since Week 1. The Falcons defeated Cheshire 42-20 and snatched two first-place votes away from Masuk and claimed the top spot by a measly two points. Masuk 50-pointed Stratford, scoring 42 points […] [Read More]

Weekly Football Links: Ansonia-Derby preview; New London travels to Greenwich

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A quick roundup of what’s good around the state as we inch closer to Week 3. Ansonia, Derby resume rivalry Friday night Our first preview of the week, Jason Sonski takes a trip across Division Street for a preview of Friday night’s border rivalry between Ansonia and Derby. The Chargers, of course, rallied from 26-13 […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: NWC’s Tyler won’t be suspended

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Short and sweet: The CIAC “Score Management” committee — henceforth referred to here as the ‘Death Panel’  — has ruled that Northwest Catholic coach Michael Tyler will not be suspended for violation the 50-point policy in a 52-0 victory over Weaver on Saturday. From the CIAC statement: After a review of reports received from both […] [Read More]

Sitcom pitch: Kid moves to Southington, takes in his father… hilarity ensues

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So I’ve got this idea for a sitcom once ‘Two and a Half Men’ mercifully folds. This 20-something kid, former football player, all-state wrestler, gets one of the plumb coaching jobs in the state at Southington. To help him out we’ll bring in his dad — a hellraiser in his day (we swear!) — and […] [Read More]

Day One Links: Bad news, good news and worse news

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News, news, news and more news. Some good, some bad, some just terrible. …And we’ve only just started high school football practices. Here’s the quick rundown on what’s been going on the last day or so. Cover your eyes if you must. Good stuff is at the bottom. 1. Derby’s Jake Tomczak out for the […] [Read More]

The (somewhat) definitive Connecticut Class of 2012 recruiting list

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With some fanfare, top college recruiting website Rivals.com unveiled its state-by-state recruit rankings a couple of weeks ago. So we here at Connecticut Football HQ thought it would be nice to take those and compile a comprehensive list of the state’s top recruits heading into the 2011 season. This is purely a list based on […] [Read More]

Nutmeg domination again in the Governor’s Cup football game

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I think we can sum up this game in one photo: Any questions? OK, If you must know any more read our man Mike Cardillo’s recap of the game, the ninth straight victory for Connecticut over Rhode Island. Or if more photos are your thing, check out our massive slideshow. See if you can spot […] [Read More]

Hoo boy! Ansonia jumps to Class M and other (less significant) 2011 playoff division shuffling

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They haven’t been officially posted by the CIAC, but anyone with a brain can discover the 2011 high school football playoff divisional layout. Just not me, apparently. On Friday, one of our loyal posters mentioned he noticed that perennial small-school contender Ansonia had been bumped to Class M this season. Thinking CIAC had released the […] [Read More]

Chuck Drury makes it official, steps down at Pomperaug

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UPDATED, Friday, 1 a.m. Chuck Drury has ended his outstanding, championship career at Pomperaug. Athletic director Joe Velardi first confirmed the to the News-Times of Danbury Thursday afternoon, then Drury himself later in the day. Drury, 62, said he is indeed stepping down to join his son Mike’s football staff at Southington High School. He […] [Read More]

Report: D.J. Hernandez leaves Southington

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D.J. Hernandez, the former Bristol Central and UConn star who became embroiled in nationwide controversy during his rookie season as the head coach of the Southington football team, has resigned, the Knight Time blog reported Tuesday evening. According to a press release from the school, Hernandez is accepting a job as quarterbacks coach at Brown […] [Read More]

2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team

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The 2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team was unveiled today at the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions — which honors the four state championship teams from the state — at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. Masuk coach John Murphy was honored as the Foundation’s Coach of the Year after a 13-0, Class L […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are. Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of […] [Read More]

CIAC State Football Semifinal Preview & Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Twelve to go. We knock off eight more Saturday. Welcome to the end of the gauntlet portion — two games, four days — of the new and improved CIAC football playoffs. What used to be championship Saturday is now Semifinal Saturday, a week before the big games at the Rent. But, boy, it […] [Read More]