Connecticut High School Football

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

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]

The Elite 8 for Week 4

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None of the Top 8 from last week lost, but we do have some movement based on performances and results around the region. TRENDING UP ANSONIA — Arkeel Newsome is awesome, no doubt. Perhaps the state’s best tailback. His anticipation and field vision are without peer, and enable him to turn big gainers into long […] [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]

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]

The Guide to Week 3′s Games

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Here is your Guide for Week 3’s regional high school football games. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bassick (0-2) Wilton (2-0) 6 Get excited for your Warriors, Wilton O’Brien Tech (1-1) Capital Prep (2-0) 6:30 Honeymoon’s over, Condors Warde (1-1) New Canaan (2-0) 7 TV show ‘Traditions’ wants a happy ending Trumbull (1-0) Ludlowe (0-2) […] [Read More]

Masuk at Oxford (The Movie!)

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Our second-to-last Week 1 video recap takes us to “The Swamp” in Oxford where then-No. 2-now-No.1 Masuk rolled over the host Wolverines. Though Masuk struck quick and early beginning with Tom Milone’s opening kickoff return TD, Oxford fought the good fight for a little while. But it was done in by a bunch of turnovers […] [Read More]

Pomperaug at Brookfield (The Movie!)

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This game was probably the most eye-opening result of Week 1, at least here in Shangri-La. Not that we thought Pomperaug would lose, but we were pretty sure of ourselves that Brookfield wouldn’t lose… at least this early. Given the small upheavals going on in Southbury — a 36-year coach retires, incumbent quarterback transfers, top […] [Read More]

Seymour at O’Brien Tech (The Movie!)

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Part two of many videos we’ll show you from last week, Seymour’s 42-14 victory over O’Brien Tech. You’ll see plenty of Seymour’s Jon Wilson, both in highlights and interviews. You’ll also see interviews with O’Brien Tech AD Dan Nemergut, coach Ken Roberts and senior Frank Corso. Plus you’ll see a pretty relieved Seymour coach Tom […] [Read More]

2011 High School Football Cheat Sheet: The SWC

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPION MASUK (13-0, Class L champion) CHAMPIONSHIP DATE Thursday, Nov. 17 at Bulldog Field, Bunnell High School, Stratford. ♦♦♦ TEAM-BY-TEAM PREVIEW CAPSULES ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS ♦♦♦ CASEY COCHRAN, QB, Masuk — Theres nothing we could say here that hasn’t been mentioned about the UConn recruit. Consummate team player threw for 3,345 yards, […] [Read More]

2011 High School Football Cheat Sheet: The Southern Connecticut Conference

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Division I: Xavier (West); Hand (East). Division II: Lyman Hall (West); North Haven (East) ♦♦♦ Local SCC Preview Capsules ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS ♦♦♦ HAROLD COOPER, Hillhouse – With 1,376 yards and 15 TDs, sophomore easily is one of the state’s top returning tailbacks. JALON WHITE, RB/DB North Haven – The Indians […] [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]

(Pretty bad) Shelton-Ansonia scrimmage highlights

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OK, so we’ve been busy lately. Busy trying to scrape together every last bit of information to cram into our official high school football previews which will begin next week. I’ve been running around getting personal video interviews with a majority of our 50 schools, trying to somehow cut them all together with video previews […] [Read More]

Reel Time: Newtown-Seymour; Masuk-Greenwich game scrimmages

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Continuing our scrimmage coverage for the week, we present two significant game scrimmages (you know, the one run like actual games): Newtown at Seymour on Friday, Sept. 2. Then Masuk at Greenwich, Monday, Sept. 5. NEWTOWN AT SEYMOUR We’ll start with this one first. Played on the practice fields at Seymour high school, Newtown defeated […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five Pressing Questions for the SCC

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Finally, after a brief respite to deal with Hurricane Irene and its aftermath (I just got power back this morning), we return to the pressing questions portion of our 2011 high school football blog. Once again, this is based on what we know just a week or so into the preseason. Still lots to learn […] [Read More]

Weekend update: Sacred Heart’s Coggins done; Ryan commits to UConn

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Couple of items of note from beyond Fairfield County before we continue with pressing questions. First is the bad news from Waterbury that Sacred Heart standout junior receiver David Coggins was likely lost for the season with a broken ankle. The news was reported by the NVL Football Blog. Coggins has been star for two […] [Read More]

The (tentative) 2011 High School Football Scrimmage Schedule

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Awright. Here we go. Everybody gets started for real Monday. From now until mid-December, it’ll be wall-to-wall football. Scrimmage schedules. We’ve got your scrimmage schedules! These are the most up-to-date listings on CIAC’s website (though, this year, they haven’t been listed on the master schedule. So I had to go through each regional school, one […] [Read More]

Day One Links: Bad news, good news and worse news

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News, news, news and more news. Some good, some bad, some just terrible. …And we’ve only just started high school football practices. Here’s the quick rundown on what’s been going on the last day or so. Cover your eyes if you must. Good stuff is at the bottom. 1. Derby’s Jake Tomczak out for the […] [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]

Hey, lookit this: Fairfield County wins — convincingly

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This time there were no doubts. No one could question it. No one could stir controversy, suggesting that the outcome should have been different. This time, Fairfield County’s amalgamation of football talent, if not a true all-star team, actually went out and brutally snatched back the Hall of Fame Classic football trophy from the bullies […] [Read More]

Updated: Your Hall of Fame Football Classic XV kickoff page

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Updated: Paul Criscuolo says the game is on this evening, despite threats of heavy rain. As of 4:40 p.m. West Haven remained dry while northern parts of the state were being pounded. More rain is on the way, however. Criscuolo said lightning would, of course, delay the game. Follow the radar here. ♦♦ Original Post […] [Read More]

15th Annual Hall of Fame Football Classic all-star game rosters

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The final rosters for the 15th Annual New Haven County-Fairfield County Hall of Fame Fooball Classic all-star game have been released. The game will be played at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven, Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and proceeds go toward general fundraising and scholarships. For more information visit NewHavenFootballFoundation.com. […] [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]

It’s almost All-Star season: Rosters for Governor’s Cup and Hall of Fame Classic

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In just a few weeks, it’ll be time to get your summer’s football fix with the state’s two all star games. First up, is the Rhode Island-Connecticut Governor’s Cup all-star game Saturday June 25 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. This year the game will be held at Southington High School’s Fontana Field — named […] [Read More]

When’s your spring football game?

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We’re in the process of gathering all of the annual spring football game dates for the 2011 season. Here is an evolving list: We’ll attempt to get a comprehensive list over the next day or so. If you want your spring game listed email me at sbowley@ctpost.com. Amity Ansonia – Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. […] [Read More]

Former Shelton football assistant Joe ‘Bags’ Casablanca dies at 38

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*** Sad news out of Shelton today. Joseph “Bags” Casablanca Jr. died of cancer Wednesday morning. He was 38. Casablanca was a Shelton native and St. Joseph graduate who spent time as an assistant football coach at his alma mater under Joe Della Vecchia before moving to coach under Jeff Roy at Shelton. He was […] [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]

CIAC Semifinals: Southwestern Hospitality (updated)

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The CIAC Semifinals pretty much boiled down to this: Unless it was against Masuk, the FCIAC ruled. Trumbull defeated NFA, 21-6 to reach its first state final in 13 years. St. Joseph eventually routed Valley Regional/Old Lyme 44-7 to reach its second-consecutive final. In the nightcap, New Canaan ripped through Hand in the second half […] [Read More]
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