Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Peter Archey and the Darien Blue Wave remain at No. 1 in the Elite 8.

Elite 8: Week 2

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Hearst Connecticut Media’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (points, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. DARIEN (1-0) (54 points, 2 first-place votes): Quite a second-half effort by the Blue Wave, outscoring Hillhouse 33-7. 2. NEW CANAAN (1-0) (51, 3): Rams made perhaps the biggest statement in Week One, winning at Hand […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo. (Bob Luckey/staff photographer)

Week 1 review: The top performers

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Offense Dequan Woods, Harding: 3 TDs — runs of 1 and 11 yards and 13-yard pass from Taisun Phommachanh — in 38-10 rout of Law. Phommachanh, a freshman QB, who threw for 278 yards, also connected on a 69-yard TD pass to Tyshawn Walker (7 catches for 140 yards) and a pair of  2-point conversions. […] [Read More]
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Elite 8

Elite 8: Week 1

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1. Darien (42, 2): The Blue Wave have young skill position players on offense but bring back what may be the state’s best defense. 2. Fairfield Prep (36, 2): Jesuits return plenty from last season’s Class LL runner-up. 3. Greenwich (28): The Cardinals want to get back to the FCIAC and Class LL playoffs but […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games: Week 1

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WEDNESDAY FCIAC-SCC Challenge | By Scott Ericson Ridgefield at Cheshire 6 p.m. Last season: Ridgefield 17, Cheshire 14 Skinny: Cheshire returns players on both sides of the ball while the Tigers took heavy graduation losses though QB Ryan Dunn is back. Harding at Jonathan Law 7 p.m. Last season: Harding 32, Law 14 Skinny: Last […] [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]
The New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the final Elite 8 poll.

Elite 8: The numbers are in, who is No. 1?

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (records, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (14-1) (7): Rams allow 12 points in playoffs, capturing Class L title 44-12 over rival Darien. 2. ANSONIA (15-0) (2): Chargers win 43rd in a row in claiming 19th state title. 3. ST. JOSEPH […] [Read More]
New Canaan WR Alex LaPolice.

Vote: Who’s No. 1: Ansonia or New Canaan?

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New Canaan LB Michael Root. Just as his jersey says, the Rams are No. 1. (Bob Luckey/Staff photographer)

The case for New Canaan

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The Class L champion New Canaan Rams are the best football team in Connecticut. It’s been the great debate all season long: New Canaan vs. Ansonia. Ansonia vs. New Canaan. Who is more deserving of being No. 1? When the Rams beat St. Joseph on Nov. 1, they leapfrogged Ansonia into the top spot in […] [Read More]
Like Jaiquan McKnight's jersey says, Ansonia is No. 1 (MIke Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

The case for Ansonia

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BY GINO MORETTI The Ansonia Chargers are the best football team on Connecticut. While I can understand the argument for New Canaan being voted the top team, having beaten Class M St. Joseph twice and playing a tougher schedule, here’s my take on it and it’s pretty simple. Look no further than the college football […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, State Polls
Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome holds six state records. (Christian Abraham/Staff photographer)

Arkeel Newsome by the numbers

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Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome put a wrap his spectactular and record-setting career with a Class S championship Friday night. We take a look at his final statistics. These are the final numbers for Ansonia senior running back Arkeel Newsome: CAREER 943 carries 10,672 yards (state record) 187 TDs (state record) 39 2-point conversions 1,162 […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, NVL, State Playoffs