Connecticut High School Football

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

Spring football takes on greater importance at Danbury High with new coach at the helm

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Spring practice this year for the Danbury High football team is going to be important for a few reasons. First, it’ll be the players’ first chance to work with new head coach Mark Ecke, the longtime Cheshire High coach who was introduced as the Hatters’ head coach on Monday morning, and whose mission it is […] [Read More]

Danbury names Ecke new football coach

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Former Cheshire head coach Mark Ecke has been named the new football coach at Danbury High School, Danbury AD Chip Salvestrini announced Monday. Ecke, who replaces Dan Donovan, won four state championships at Cheshire. During the last two years, Ecke has been the cornerbacks coach at Trinity College in Hartford, the No. 7 ranked team […] [Read More]
Derrick Lewis is taking over as head coach at Jonathan Law after three years in a similiar position at Bassick.

Updated: Bassick’s Lewis heading to Law

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UPDATE: Derrick Lewis confirmed Monday that he’s headed to Milford as the new coach of Jonathan Law’s football program. Lewis said he pondered over the Law job for a while before deciding that he had accomplished all he could in his three years at Bassick. He said it was a “hard decision, but it was the right decision.” […] [Read More]

CIAC finalizes 32-team, 8-champion playoffs

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The debate over the state postseason setup has been settled, at least for now. The CIAC’s football committee met last Tuesday to finalize plans to shift to a 32-team, eight-champion playoff for the 2014 season. Teams will be divided prior to the season into four divisions based on enrollment, and the top eight from each […] [Read More]

NFHS enforces new rules for player safety

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The state playoff format isn’t the only change coming to high school football. As player safety continues to fall under the microscope around the country, new rules are being enforced in regards to player contact. The National Federation of State High School Associations has forbidden targeting beginning next season. Rule 2-43 reads, “Targeting is an […] [Read More]
Weston's Joe Lato has been named the new head football coach at Masuk.

Weston’s Lato to take over at Masuk

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After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Masuk has its new football coach in place. And, it’s a familiar one. Masuk hired Joe Lato, the former Weston High head coach and an assistant with the Panthers, athletic director John DeGennaro announced Tuesday. “I’ve always been impressed, obviously of his knowledge of the […] [Read More]

Time waits for no man – or football coach

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The head coaching positions of two local high school football programs have become vacant in the last month, as Danbury High’s Dan Donovan and Pomperaug’s Dave Roach stepped down from their respective posts. Coincidentally, both men gave the same reason for leaving: there just aren’t enough hours in a day to dedicate sufficient time to […] [Read More]

‘Very early’ in process; no timetable set on Masuk coaching search

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For the second straight offseason, Masuk athletic director John DeGennaro is tasked with hiring a football coach. Last year, his job was to replace the highly successful John Murphy, who resigned after winning three state titles in 16 seasons. Now, coming off the program’s first playoff-less season since 2009, DeGennaro is going back to the […] [Read More]

2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team

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  2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team OFFENSE QB: Stephen Barmore (Southington) RB: Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Ervin Philips (West Haven) WR: Alex Jamele (Southington), Nick Weissauer (Foran) TE: Julian Dunn (Newtown) OL: Ryan Hovan (Ansonia), John Tondalo (North Haven), Steve Hashemi (St. Joseph), Colin McKeown (Fairfield Warde), Ryan McKenna (New Canaan)  DEFENSE DL: Zach Maxwell (Southington), […] [Read More]