Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

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]

‘About last night…’ Week 4: Blowout City

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Jeez, kids. What got into your pregame pasta dinners this week? As the scores rolled across our ticker Friday night, it was blowout, after blowout, after blowout. “Look at all these points being scored,” WELI’s George DeMaio cooed as the night’s action was read to him on his Friday night broadcast. “Unbelievable.” They came in […] [Read More]

Week 2 Primer and Live Updates

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Welcome back. Not a ton of questions were answered in Week 1 of the high school football season. So let’s take a look at what Week 2’s got in store for us. Here are a bunch of goodies from Team Hearst CT (we’ve even thrown in a Brunswick preview for you prep school fans), links […] [Read More]

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 2

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And now the second edition of our weekly REGIONAL high school football rankings. Like the state polls before them, very little movement from the contenders. Let’s take a look at the big boys of southwestern Connecticut… NEW CANAAN: [Last week: Defeated Bassick 49-16. Up next: Saturday at Trinity Catholic.] The words out of New Canaan […] [Read More]
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About Last Night: Week 1 – Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

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Ah, a brand-spankin’-new high school football season finally has kicked off. It’s a new season: A time for new names, new stars, new personalities, new teams, new contenders, new storylines. It’s a time to reacquaint ourselves with some of our favorite players as they perform incredible new feats to widen our eyes and get our […] [Read More]
Categories: Links

Week 1 Primer and Live Updates

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Good afternoon and welcome once again to the magnificent, incredible, spectacular spectacle that is high school football. The slate is stacked with great games on this 2012 Week 1. We’re expecting thrills, chills and spills tonight and tomorrow as everybody gets up and rolling. So up, up an at ’em. Let’s see what stuff our […] [Read More]
Categories: Links, Live Chat

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]

That’s a Wrap Week 3: Status Quo (kinda)

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They almost pulled it off. Fairfield Warde on Friday night, then McMahon and Hamden on Saturday night almost gave us the shakeup we were looking for. But their established opponents, New Canaan, Staples and West Haven, respectively, pulled off wild, come-from-behind victories to keep the status quo in the region. New Canaan beat Warde 28-14 […] [Read More]

Week 3 Friday: Biblical Proportions

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The first sign of trouble came well before anyone really kicked off Week 3. A Tweet, simply, from our pals at the Greenwich Time, all the way at the other end of the state: It didn’t sound too ominous. Games all across Connecticut kicked off without a second thought. But anyone with a smartphone tuned […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and Live Scoring Updates: Less 2010 and more 2011, please

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Something’s not right here. We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it. Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day. Paraphrasing Phil […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap Week 2: Trojan horses and High-Flying Condors

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Some surprising results (Norwalk, Wilton), some not-so-surprising and one whopper: Weston 21, Brookfield 20. Oh, yes. And big congrats to the O’Brien Tech Condors for the program’s first victory. It took just two games and they might have lost their head coach to a knee injury in the ensuing celebration (he’s questionable for Week 3), […] [Read More]

Week 2: Saturday Live Update Dashboard

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Good morning. What can we tell you? Oh, yes. Football. Lots of football. Recaps, get your game stories and recaps here, plus the live update blog. Lots of games were  postponed to today (inexplicably, unless maybe you had grass. It rained, but not nearly enough to be a problem. Especially for you turf schools. C’mon […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, Links, Live Chat

Week 2: The Friday Night Update Dashboard

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Week 2 is now in session. Let’s get you caught up on everything you need to know so you can be chalk full o’ knowledge for the games tonight. The Essentials The Guide to Week 2’s Games | The Elite 8 (and other Week 1 thoughts) | Games to Watch Features Connecticut Post: Bullard-Havens QB […] [Read More]
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Spring Links: Pomperaug’s new football coach and (some) scrimmage updates

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It’s been a relatively busy week in offseason high school football. First, the 10th Governor’s Cup between Rhode Island and Connecticut all-star teams, kicks off Saturday night at Southington’s Fontana Field. The Hall of Fame Classic comes two weeks after. Pomperaug elevated Dave Roach to head football coach. And a bunch of teams culminated spring […] [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]

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]

Super Tuesday: State Football Quarterfinal Primer & Live Blog

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Welcome to Super Tuesday. 32 teams enter. 16 leave. Tonight, the CIAC football state quarterfinals kick off across the state at 6:30. Regionally, we have nine (or so) lucky qualifiers — shown above — Brookfield takes on Lyman Hall in Class M; St. Joseph hosts Woodland at Ludlowe,  Ansonia hosts Hyde in Class S; New […] [Read More]

Week 8: Shock and Awe

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Fairfield County is a breed apart from Connecticut when it comes to high school football coverage. We’re blessed (cursed?) with four dailies, maybe a dozen and a half hyper-local weekly newspapers and websites, two radio stations and one huge TV conglomerate, the year-old MSG Varsity and Cablevision affiliate News 12. They all converged like a […] [Read More]

Week 8 Primer: Eddie Mac’s milestone

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Perhaps a 100 people or so trudged to cold and rainy East Haven High School  to watch West Haven take on Wilbur Cross Thursday night. Maybe more than 200 were present when you included the players and coaches on the field. This relatively small band of participants and followers witnessed one of the wildest games […] [Read More]

Week 7 Primer: Masuk-Bethel it is (with a caveat)

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The masses have spoken on this Week 7: You want me at Bethel-Masuk. Ask and you shall receive! …But this appearance comes with a warning. Bethel has to show up, and I mean not be down by 3 TDs at halftime. It has to compete and give mighty Masuk a run. Otherwise I’m slinking off […] [Read More]

Week 6: We’re Halfway Home

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♦♦♦ WALK OUTSIDE. Take a breath. Look around. See that? Feel that? Taste that? There’s a chill in the air. Brilliant oranges, yellows and reds are blooming from the trees. The ground crackles and snaps beneath your feet. We’re knee-deep in autumn. And those crowds on Friday night, they buzz just a little bit louder […] [Read More]

Summer’s over. Football begins. See you in January!

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Less than 24 hours away, everybody in Connecticut will be practicing for the 2010 High School Football Season. It’s here. It’s now. Let’s rock. On Monday, at various points and times around the state, 85 high school football teams will join the 40 already underway for fall practices. For them, it’s conditioning week. For the […] [Read More]
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