Connecticut High School Football

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

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]