Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Ansonia's Tyler Bailey fends off Naugatuck's Antoine Sistrunk during Thanksgiving morning's game at Nolan Field. (Autumn Driscoll/Staff photograppher)

Slipping forward: Ansonia beats Naugatuck 47-12

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Fine work by all involved to get Jarvis Stadium ready at Nolan Field on Thursday. The sidelines and the gridiron had been cleared. There wasn’t a lot of snow in that part of the Valley; a thin coat of icy slush more than anything. That made for some interesting footing, a few slips, a few […] [Read More]

Guide to the Games: Week 11

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THURSDAY SWC Championship Newtown (10-0) vs. Brookfield (9-1) 7 p.m. (at Pomperaug High): Nighthawks are bidding for third straight conference title, including two in a row over Brookfield. CSC Platt Tech (2-6) at Prince Tech (7-2) 2 p.m.: Panthers — losers of three of their last four — will need a strong effort to curb […] [Read More]
Matt Cognetta and the New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the Elite 8.

Elite 8: Week 11

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the region’s top high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (68 points, 5 first-place votes) (9-0): Rams rolling into FCIAC championship game. 2. DARIEN (65, 3) (10-0): Blue Wave wiped out North Haven, looking to stay unbeaten against rival Rams next. 3. NEWTOWN (53, 1) (10-0): SWC final rematch with Brookfield […] [Read More]

Guide to the Games: Week 10

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FRIDAY FCIAC By Scott Ericson Wilton (3-6) at Ridgefield (1-8) 6 p.m.: The Warriors have not beaten their rivals in 19 years. Ludlowe (4-5) at Stamford (5-4) 6 p.m.: Black Knights looking to get back to early-season form and finish above .500. Trumbull (3-6) at Bridgeport Central (2-7) 7 p.m.: Eagles have lost two in […] [Read More]

Elite 8: Week 10

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Connecticut Hearst Media ranks the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (69 points, 6 first-place votes) (8-0 record): Last time Rams visited Trinity Catholic, New Canaan left with a loss. Crusaders would love to pull off the upset again. 2. DARIEN (64, 2) (9-0): Blue Wave host SCC’s North Haven Saturday. Teams […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 9 in review

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Offense Jared Piatnik, Bethel: Ran for 4 TDs and passes for 2 (36 and 26 yards to Will Daniels) in 56-41 victory over New Milford. Jai’Quan McKnight and Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: McKnight threw 7 yards to Bailey for a TD on 4th down with 11.7 seconds to play to cap a furious comeback. Earlier, with […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Undefeated Shelton hosts Xavier in a key SCC clash on Friday night,

Guide to the Games: Week 9

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FRIDAY  NVL Ansonia (7-1) at Woodland (3-4) 6:30 p.m.: The rematch of last year’s NVL and Class S championship games won’t generate nearly the same amount of buzz. Naugatuck (6-1) at Derby (6-1) 7 p.m.: The road to the postseason isn’t easy for the Red Raiders, starting with a visit from an NVL contender. Wolcott […] [Read More]

Elite 8 Week 8

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football programs. 1. NEW CANAAN (7-0) (67 points, 5 first-place votes): Rams made a statement in crushing St. Joseph 41-14 last week. 2. DARIEN (8-0) (66, 3): Blue Wave better rest up against Harding before crucial dates with North Haven and New Canaan. 3. NEWTOWN (8-0) […] [Read More]
Derby QB Michael Kreiger.

Top performers: Week 8 in review

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Offense Max German, Law: Rushed for 302 yards and 3 TDs on 36 carries in a 28-27 win over Guilford. Mike Kreiger, Derby: Went 12-of-18 passing for 314 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in a 62-44 win over Seymour. Ricky Bartone (123 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries) and Josh Park (3 running […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
New Cananan and St. Joseph meet Saturday in a rematch of the FCIAC championship.

Guide to the Games: Week 8

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THURSDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Seymour (4-2) at Derby (5-1) 6 p.m.: Red Raiders own the NVL’s longest winning streak at four games. They’d be wise to extend that streak with Naugatuck, Wolcott and Shelton still on the schedule. Oxford (0-6) at Sacred Heart/Kaynor (0-7) 6 p.m. (at Municipal Stadium): Coming off a bye, […] [Read More]