Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale, left, announced his plans to play college football at Harvard (File Photo).

Brookfield’s Drysdale chooses Harvard

School’s out, and the official start of the high school football season is still over two months away, but Bobby Drysdale has been plenty busy of late. In fact, Drysdale, a two-way starter on Brookfield’s state championship football team, recently found himself smack in the middle of one of college sports’ longest-running rivalries. The Bobcats’ […] [Read More]
Darien and New Canaan have played the last two years in the state finals. They won't meet for a title this fall (File Photo).

A Darien-New Canaan state final in 2015? Don’t count on it

One of the state’s most intense rivalries will be scaled back next season — sort of. The CIAC announced the breakdown of its new divisions for the upcoming season — remember, we’re back to four classes — and perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Darien has jumped up a class, from L to LL. So, […] [Read More]

FCIAC retains championship game, Thanksgiving rivalries

The FCIAC has reached a compromise. In the ongoing power struggle between the league and a fraction of its coaches over the football schedule, executive secretary John Kuczo announced Friday that the FCIAC is once again moving the date of its championship game. “We are changing the football championship from Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday […] [Read More]

FCIAC announces big plans to keep championship game

Change is coming to the FCIAC — at least, on the gridiron. The league announced plans Wednesday afternoon to dramatically alter its football schedule for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The change will allow the league to keep its championship game, but will come at the expense of meaningful Thanksgiving football for all but […] [Read More]

Mignone tabbed as Bunnell’s head coach

With Doug Cotto’s job in flux last October, Sean Mignone, an assistant for Bunnell’s football team, stepped up to take a larger role with the Bulldogs. He helped lead the Bulldogs to four wins over the final five weeks, and what looked like a season destined for disappointment was instead one of optimism. Intent on […] [Read More]

ND-Fairfield hires St. Joseph assistant as new head coach

Notre Dame-Fairfield hired Chris Sadler to be its new football coach, the school announced Wednesday in a release. Sadler spent the last 10 years as an assistant coach, and the last six as defensive coordinator, at FCIAC powerhouse St. Joseph, where he was part of four state championships. He replaces Ted Boynton, who resigned after […] [Read More]

Gordon steps down after two seasons at Central

Right before the start of the school year, Brian Gordon was named assistant principal at Central High. He stayed on as the school’s football coach through the fall, but juggling both responsibilities was ultimately too much. Following a 2-9 season, Gordon stepped down to place his focus solely on his administrative job. “There were two […] [Read More]

Greenwich’s Scooter Harrington commits to Boston College

Greenwich High School junior Scooter Harrington announced Saturday that he has decided to play football at Boston College. Harrington, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end/defensive end, made his announcement on Twitter. “I’ve decided to play football at Boston College!” he proudly tweeted. An athletic tight end and force on the edge on defense, Harrington was also […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Zachary Allen sacks St. Joseph QB Cory Babineau on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Saturday, Allen decommitted from Northwestern and announced he will sign a National Letter of Intent with Boston College. (Christian Abraham/Staff photo)

New Canaan’s Allen heading to Boston College

With National Signing Day just a few days away, potential suitors are making their final push for high school studs to attend their program. Connecticut’s own Zach Allen has been committed all year to attend Northwestern in the fall, but Saturday revealed he has decided to attend Boston College. Allen, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound  DE/LB was […] [Read More]

Maine man: Newtown’s Dunn to play football at the University of Maine

Newtown High School football coach Steve George confirmed Monday afternoon that All-State tight end/defensive back Julian Dunn has committed to play football at the University of Maine. “He had a lot of options, and this seemed like a good fit for him,” George said. “He’ll be successful wherever he goes.” Dunn, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound standout […] [Read More]

3 Greenwich assistants follow Albonizio out the door

News came down yesterday that long-time Greenwich football coach Rich Albonizio was stepping down as a  result of outside pressure to resign. Today it was learned that three of his six assistant coaches also resigned. “Three of the assistants are resigning, the other three have not decided to to that right now,” Albonizio said. “The […] [Read More]
Greenwich High football coach Rich Albonizio has resigned after 18 seasons. (Bob Luckey/Staff photographer)

Greenwich’s Rich Albonizio resigns after 18 seasons

Rich Albonizio, who guided the Greenwich High School football team to five FCIAC championships and three state titles, resigned as coach of the Cardinals after 18 seasons on Thursday. Albonizio, who was hired as coach of the Cardinals in 1997, never had a losing season and finished .500 only once during his successful tenure. He […] [Read More]
Senior quarterback Mark Piccirillo, right, led Shelton to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Class LL Small finals (Photo by Christian Abraham)

Walter Camp All-Connecticut team

The Walter Camp Foundation on Tuesday announced its Connecticut all-star football team. Here are the selections: Offense: QB: Mark Piccirillo (Shelton), Jasen Rose (Southington) HB: Mufasha Abdulbasir (St. Joseph), JoJo Shumaker (Ledyard) WR: Alex Jamele (Southington), Alex LaPolice (New Canaan) TE: Julian Dunn (Newtown) OL: Jack Griffiths (Darien), Noah McDonald (Southington), Anthony Palazzolo (Fairfield Prep), Ryan Rogers (Avon), Tanner Kern (Xavier) Defense: LB: Tim […] [Read More]
Alex LaPolice (1) celebrates New Canaan's 21-20 Class L-Large title win over Darien with Rams teammates and fans (Photo by Christian Abraham).

Elite 8: State champ New Canaan tops final poll

Hearst Connecticut Media offers its final poll ranking regional football teams: 1. NEW CANAAN (47 points, 5 first-place votes) (11-1): For the second straight year, the Rams avenged a Thanksgiving Day loss to Darien by beating their rival in the state finals. Alex LaPolice’s 24-yard touchdown catch with 6:59 remaining in the L-Large final lifted […] [Read More]

ND-Fairfield coach Boyton quits

Per a media release from Notre Dame-Fairfield AD Rob Bleggi: Coach Ted Boynton informed me today that he will be stepping down as Head Football coach to pursue other opportunities.  Notre Dame would like to thank Coach Boynton for his dedication and commitment to ND over theses past years. [Read More]

Top performers: Championship game edition

The champs Mufasha Abdulbasir, St. Joseph: Ignited Cadets’ 37-7 victory over Ledyard in Class M Small championship game with a 91-yard TD run. Finished with 205 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries. Alex LaPolice, New Canaan: Caught 24-yard go-ahead TD pass from Michael Collins (25-ofo-48 for 259 yards and 3 TDs) in 21-20 victory […] [Read More]

Turnovers, blocked kicks prove costly for Shelton

Shelton will have to wait another year to end its title drought. The previously unbeaten Gaels were stunned 28-27 by SCC foe Xavier in overtime in Saturday’s Class LL Small final at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. “This is very satisfying to come back and play up to the potential these kids had,” said Sean […] [Read More]

First a national championship, now a state championship for Brookfield

Brookfield High defensive coordinator Bob Drysdale had seen a celebration like this before from this same group of kids. Only, it wasn’t a state championship they were celebrating, but a Pop Warner national championship. Drysdale was the head coach of the Brookfield team which captured the 2011 Pop Warner Midget National Championship. That team was […] [Read More]
New Canaan celebrates its win over Darien, during Class L State Championship football at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014. New Canaan beat Darien 21-20.

Video: New Canaan rallies over Darien for L-LARGE crown

New Canaan came back from 20-7 down, defeating rival Darien in the Class L-LARGE Championship game at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. Anthony Parelli has the game story on the 21-20 Rams victory. You can also check out the 2-minute drill breaking down the key points and stats of the game. And a column […] [Read More]

Live updates: HS football championships

Follow all the action from this weekend’s state championship games and see who walks away with the trophy.   SATURDAY DEC. 13 CLASS LL-Large at Willowbrook No. 2 NFA (8-2) vs. No. 1 Southington (11-0), 6 CLASS LL-Small at West Haven No. 4 Xavier (8-3) vs. No. 2 Shelton (12-0), 2:30 CLASS L-Large at West […] [Read More]

Top performers: Playoff semifinals edition

Mufasha Abdul Basir, and Corey Babineau, St. Joseph: Basir rushed for 181 yards and scored 3 TDs in 55-6 rout of Ellington/Somers in the Class M Small semifinals. Basir pushed his season total to 2,131 yards and 20 TDs. Babineau, a soph QB, provided a nice air complement with 3 TD passes (19 and 55 […] [Read More]
Shelby Grant rushed for two touchdowns in Darien's 42-12 win vs. Naugatuck. Bob Luckey photo

Darien upends Naugatuck, advances to L Large final

Peter Archey and Shelby Grant combined for almost 200 yards rushing, Tim Graham consistently completed key passes when needed and Darien’s defense was as strong as usual in an impressive 42-12 triumph against visiting Naugatuck in the Class L Large School Tournament semifinals Saturday. Yes, the Blue Wave had everything working Saturday – nine days […] [Read More]

Brookfield, Berlin set to clash in Class M-Large Division state final

The only team standing between the Brookfield High football team and its first state championship since 2008 is Berlin, which, while Brookfield was busy pounding New London 46-14 in the Class M-Large Division semifinals, was taking care of its own business in a 49-6 victory over Cheney Tech on Saturday. Brookfield and Berlin will meet […] [Read More]

Video: New Canaan beats Wethersfield in Class L LARGE semi

New Canaan withstood a second half rally, beating Wethersfield 27-14 in the Class L LARGE semifinals at Dunning Field Saturday. The Rams now face rival Darien in the championship game next week.   [Read More]

Kanios’ return sparks Shelton; Hoff hurt

Thanks to five Mark Piccirillo touchdown passes, unbeaten Shelton crushed Hall 42-14 in the Class LL Small semifinals Saturday at Finn Stadium. Three of those scores went to speedy junior Chris Kanios, who returned after missing five weeks with a collarbone injury. “Weeks and weeks of therapy, frustration, and just watching these kids play, I wanted […] [Read More]

Xavier edges Newtown for a return trip to Class LL final

Locked in a tight game late in the fourth quarter of its 13-7 win over Newtown in the Class LL-Small Division semifinals, Xavier coach Sean Marinan faced a crucial decision. The Falcons led 13-7 in the fourth quarter and had the football inside the Newtown 10-yard line. On 4th-and-5, Marinan debated kicking a field goal […] [Read More]

Live updates: HS football semifinals

Semifinals LL Large No. 4 Glastonbury (8-3) at No. 1 Southington (10-0), 2 No. 3 New Britain (8-3) at No. 2 Norwich Free Academy (7-3), 2:30 LL Small No. 4 Xavier (7-3) at No. 1 Newtown (12-0), 2 No. 3 Hall (8-2) at No. 2 Shelton (11-0), 2 L Large No. 4 Naugatuck (9-2) at […] [Read More]
Zach Allen slides into the end zone during last year's Class L championship game.

New Canaan’s Zach Allen named 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year

Defensive end/tight end Zach Allen of New Canaan has bee named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut. “It is really a testament to what everyone has done for me in this town,” Allen said. “The team has put me in the best position to succeed and I have to […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Alex LaPolice tries to break free from a Darien defender in the Blue Wave's 28-21 overtime win on Thanksgiving (Photo by Lindsey Perry).

Thanksgiving: What’s hot, what’s not?

WHAT’S HOT FITTING GOODBYE, IF SO: The FCIAC is reportedly weighing the possibility of eliminating its championship game, much like the neighboring NVL and SWC have. Taking the jam-packed schedules that many teams play into account, it’s understandable that the safety-minded leagues want to eliminate games. But, after watching Darien edge New Canaan in an […] [Read More]

Top performers: Thanksgiving edition

Offense Mufasha Abdul Basir and Lars Pedersen, St. Joseph: Rushed 22 times for 223 yards and 3 TDs in a 49-30 win over Trumbull.Pedersen caught 7 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs. Also rushed for 66 yards and 1 score. Peter Lummis, Weston: Ran for 3 TDs (3, 55 and 54 yards) and passed […] [Read More]