Connecticut High School Football

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

Week 9 wrapup

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The two top teams in the state were tested this week but stayed unbeaten while others kept playoff hopes alive with wins. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered with links to stories. THURSDAY SCC Ansonia 21 Seymour 20 Chargers 37th straight win was maybe their toughest. FRIDAY FCIAC Norwalk 20 Stamford 6 Bears […] [Read More]

Week 6 wrapup

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Some big time wins for teams, some really high scores and the NVL-SWC Crossover games highlighted a busy week 6. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to all the stories. THURSDAY NVL-SWC Crossover Brookfield 49 Wilby 14 Bobcats opened the NVL-SWC Crossover weekend with a resounding win. Ansonia 56 Masuk […] [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]

Wild week 2 wrap up

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Week 2 of the regional high school football season was, in a word, wild. The No. 1 team in the state, Xavier, lost to North Haven, Darien thumped Greenwich, St. Joe’s beat Fairfield Prep on a Hail Mary, Newtown won an emotional home opener and Hand won in the final seconds against Hillhouse. Here are […] [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]

St. Paul QB Logan Marchi picks UConn

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St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi didn’t waste much time making his college decision. After visiting with Temple, Boston College, Rutgers and Oklahoma earlier this month and getting offers from at least Temple and UConn, St. Paul quarterback settled back in-state for UConn’s football camp last week. Just a few days later, on Saturday night, Marchi […] [Read More]

Torrington’s Gonzalez pleads guilty in rape case

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Former Torrington football player Edgar Gonzalez pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault and second-degree robbery and will serve between 3-7 years in prison, the Register-Citizen of Torrington reported this morning. Gonzalez, 18, and teammate Joan Toribio, 18, were arrested in February and each charged with rape of two different 13-year old girls in a case […] [Read More]
Categories: Litchfield County, NVL

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]

So, St. Paul’s Logan Marchi has been busy this week…

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Yea, so news about St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi has been blowing up your Twitter feeds recently. Marchi received a pair of Division I offers within 24 hours of each other: First from Temple, then UConn. It started last weekend when the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Winsted resident, who has played for three years almost exclusively as […] [Read More]

Lewis Mills promotes Jose Santana to head coach

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A few days after we learned East Haven’s job was opened, another closed. Lewis Mills has promoted assistant Jose Santana to head coach, according to a report by the Register-Citizen, which cited a press release from the school. Santana coached running backs and defensive backs at Lewis Mills last season. Previously, Santana was an assistant […] [Read More]

John Murphy expected to become next coach at New Milford

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*** He’ll have a much longer ride to work, but it looks like three-time state championship winning coach John Murphy won’t be straying very far. Murphy, who resigned at Masuk last month after 15 years, is expected be named the next head coach at New Milford. It’s not official yet. Murphy’s hire is pending board […] [Read More]

Connecticut football coaching vacancies reach 20: Lewis Mills

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We have indeed hit the magical 20 mark in Connecticut high school football coaching vacancies. Lewis Mills has posted an opening for a varsity coach, meaning Greg Todd’s two-year tenure is over. We don’t have all the details on this one yet. All we know is the Region 10 athletics website lists a head coach […] [Read More]
Categories: Litchfield County

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]

Rep-Am: Dunaj resigns from Torrington (and other, minor coaching carousel news)

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Dan Dunaj has resigned as coach of Torrington after five seasons, the Republican-American reported today. Dunaj, the former Seymour defensive coordinator who brought the Raiders to respectability in the NVL by 30-21, told Mark Jaffee he resigned for family reasons, namely the impending birth of his second child. He already has a 9-year old. He […] [Read More]

2012 All-NVL teams

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♦♦♦ The NVL Football Blog, your place for all things NVL of course, published the 2012 All-NVL teams, including the photos of each individual squad. Here are the teams. Visit their site for all the extras. All-NVL Offense QB — Mike Nicol (Wolcott) RB — Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Mick Pernell (Naugatuck) WR — Andrew Matos […] [Read More]

Bridgeport to NVL? City public schools in preliminary talks to join Valley league

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High school conference realignment has suddenly kicked into high gear. Central, Bassick and Harding are in preliminary talks to jump from the FCIAC to the NVL, officials on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers today. The three city public schools, who have been members of the FCIAC since 1993, met with […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night…’ Week 8 (Redux): No comeback needed

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♦♦♦ DeAngelo Berry easily slips through Shelton’s defense on his way to a 51-yard, third-quarter touchdown in Saturday’s 59-17 victory. | Screen cap by Sean Patrick Bowley Nearly five quarters and eight days ago, Xavier trailed Hillhouse 49-21. Despair and defeat dripped from their facemasks. Let’s check in with the Falcons now, shall we? Lessee, […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 3: Masuk, Darien, West Haven make poll debuts

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The earth moved under our feet after a pretty wild week 2. Among the wreckage affecting the Top 10 vote: Hillhouse lost to Hand in a battle of Top 10 teams. New Canaan was nipped by Trinity Catholic in overtime. New London crushed Montville. Brookfield shocked Bunnell. Ansonia blitzed Woodland. Hillhouse and New Canaan were […] [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]

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]

2011 High School Football Cheat Sheet: The Naugatuck Valley League

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPION NAUGATUCK (9-2, Class L quarterfinalist) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Nov. 17 at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury ♦♦♦ Local NVL Preview Capsules ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS ♦♦♦ ARKEEL NEWSOME, RB/DB, Ansonia – The heir apparent to Montrell Dobbs chipped in with 800 yards and 12 TDs last season. BRENDEN LYTTON, RB/DB, Torrington – One of the […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Bunnell quad scrimmage report

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OK, kids, approximately two weeks into the 2011 preseason, it’s time to start posting scrimmage reports. Hurricane Irene has played havoc with the schedule somewhat (some school districts that have postponed school for the week won’t even let their fall teams practice, which is just nuts what with the CIAC’s 14-day mandatory practice rule suddenly […] [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]

Holiday Extras: Croce to Gunnery; Calitro to Villanova; DesRuisseaux to Milford

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This week has been a whirlwind of statewide high school football news and tidbits. Here’s the latest as we head into the July 4 weekend. QB CROCE LEAVING POMPERAUG — Pomperaug quarterback Kellen Croce will likely enroll at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn., his father, offensive coordinator Steve Croce said. Croce was an […] [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]

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]

Super Tuesday Recap: Contenders, Pretenders Part Ways

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STATE SEMIFINAL SITES/TIMES Saturday, Dec. 4 Class LL: Trumbull v. NFA, at West Haven 2 p.m. / Xavier v. Glastonbury at SCSU, 2 p.m. Class L: Darien v. Masuk, at Shelton, 2 p.m. / New Canaan v. Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m. Class M: Hillhouse v. Gilbert/NW at Waterbury, 2 p.m.; Brookfield v. New […] [Read More]
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