Connecticut High School Football

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

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

Title No. 19: Ansonia 51, Woodland 12

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It looks like just another one of those Ansonia runaways, another night when Arkeel Newsome ran roughshod over another team on the way to a perfect season and another Class S title. But you hear Ansonia talk about worrying about running against them, and Woodland talking about simplifying their schemes to contain Newsome. “Nobody’s run […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs

Back to the final, Ansonia beats Rocky Hill

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Ho, hum: Arkeel Newsome ran for all of 265 yards Saturday. That’s all. No 400-yard barrage today. Don’t know if that will dissuade anyone from thinking Rocky Hill “lost to one guy.” Especially since Newsome made a big defensive play himself. “This is team work,” Newsome said. “I’m not doing all the work.” There’s a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs
No. 1: Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia come in at No. 1

Elite 8: Ansonia No. 1, New Canaan No. 2 heading into semifinal weekend

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. ANSONIA (13-0) (5): Two games from perfect season, Rocky Hill up in S semis. 2. NEW CANAAN (12-1) (1): Rams taking on throwback North Haven in L semis. 3. DARIEN (11-1) (2): Blue Wave continue to roll through […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8 , FCIAC , NVL , SCC , State Playoffs | More

Ansonia, Newsome just keep running

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For most of the night the ball belonged to just three Ansonia players. Corey Dzienkiewicz picked it up at center. Once in a while, he sent it back to Tajik Bagley. Most of the time, though, he snapped it to a fellow you may have heard of, one Arkeel Newsome. Loving the Wildcat, Newsome ran […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, NVL, State Playoffs