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]

Elite 8 Week 8: New Canaan, Darien, Newtown are Top 3

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Hearst Connecticut Media’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (37 points, 3 first-place votes) (6-0 record): Rams face their sternest test of the season Saturday at St. Joseph in FCIAC championship rematch. 2. DARIEN (36, 1) (7-0): After winning at Tiger Hollow, Blue Wave […] [Read More]
Newtown's Jared Pearson, left, and Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale, right, lead their teams into Friday's SWC championship rematch.

Week 7 Guide to the Games: Brookfield, Newtown meet in SWC remacth

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FRIDAY CSC | By Doug Bonjour Bullard Havens (4-2) at Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin (3-3) 6 p.m. (at Palmer Field): Tigers beat previously unbeaten Prince Tech last week for their fourth straight win. O’Brien Tech (0-6) at Cheney Tech (5-1) 6 p.m.: Schedule doesn’t get any easier for the winless Condors. Their next two opponents are a […] [Read More]
Newtwon's Tim Krapf (44) and Jared Pearson (7) celebrate during their win over Ansonia. Newtown, No. 3 in the Elite 8, faces No. 5 Brookfield in a rematch of the SWC championship. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Elite 8 Week 7: New Canaan, Darien remain on top

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top high school football programs in the region: 1. NEW CANAAN (5-0 record) (59 points, 4 first-place votes): Rams remain in top spot after a bye. 2. DARIEN (6-0) (59, 3): Blue Wave visits 0-6 Ridgefield next. That could get ugly. 3. NEWTOWN (6-0) (49, 1): The Nighthawks beat ‘The […] [Read More]
Newtown's Jaret DeVellis stiff arms Ansonia's Witold Gul during Friday's win by the Nighthawks.

Top performers: Week 6 in review

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OFFENSE Jaret DeVellis, Newtown: Rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries as the Nighthawks beat Ansonia 14-8 oto snap the Chargers’ 48-game winning streak. Tyler Hansen, New Milford: 11 completions for 215 yards and 4 TDs and a 28-yard run for another score in 48-8 rout of Kennedy. Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: Threw 3 TDs (37, […] [Read More]

Bethel notches shutout win over Seymour

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In muddy conditions in Seymour, Bethel put an end to its two-game losing streak by bouncing back with a 17-0 victory.   Pitching a shutout It’s been a bit of an up-and-down campaign thus far for Bethel’s defense, but sure tackling and a nose for the football allowed the unit to earn a shutout. “They […] [Read More]
Categories: NVL, SWC
Ansonia's Jai'Quan McKight, left, and Newtowns Troy Frangione will face off in Friday's SWC-NVL crossover game.

Guide to the Games: Week 6

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FRIDAY CSC | By Doug Bonjour O’Brien Tech (0-5) at Quinebaug Valley (1-4) 6:30 p.m.: Woes continue for Condors, despite production from quarterback Devin Bacchiocchi. FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bassick (0-5) at St. Joseph (4-1) 3 p.m.: Cadets begin stretch of 5 straight home games. McMahon (4-1) at Stamford (4-1) 6 p.m.: Huge game […] [Read More]
Stamford QB Jalen Brown and the Black Knights make their Elite 8 debut at No. 8.

Elite 8: Week 6: New Canaan No. 1; Stamford debuts

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football teams: 1. NEW CANAAN (51 points, 4 first-place votes) (5-0): Rams get a week off to prepare for a visit from Staples next week. 2. DARIEN (50, 1) (5-0): If the Blue Wave can get by Trinity, they can all but punch their ticket to […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
New Canaan's Alex LaPolice finished with 223 total yards, running for two scores while catching a third in a 42-14 rout of Danbury.

Top performers: Week 5 in review

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OFFENSE Spencer Turkel and Peter Lummis, Weston: Pair hooked up on a 60-yard TD pass on 4th-and-15 with 0.7 seconds left in thrilling 41-29 win over Bunnell. QB Turkel threw for 232 yards and 3 TDs. Lummis rushed rush 76 yards and caught 10 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs. Zach Spencer’s 2-yard interception […] [Read More]
Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games: Week 5

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FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson St. Joseph (3-1) at Wilton (3-1) 6 p.m.: The Cadets hoping to rebound after a collapse at Darien last week, visit a surprising Warriors team. Greenwich (1-3) at Norwalk (1-3) 7 p.m.: The Cardinals road to redemption and possibly a Class LL playoff spot began last week. New Canaan […] [Read More]
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Elite 8 Week 5: New Canaan, Darien, Ansonia on top

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (65 points, 5 first-place votes) (4-0 record): A few too many penalties, but otherwise a nice win at Warde. 2. DARIEN (64, 2) (4-0): Overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half to beat St. Joseph. 3. ANSONIA (56, 1) (4-0): […] [Read More]
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Shelton QB  Mark Piccirillo.

Top performers: Week 4 review

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Offense Jai’Quan McKnight and Tajik Bagley, Ansonia: QB McKnight rushed for 2 TDs and threw for another in a 43-8 defeat of Seymour. Bagley rushed for 154 and 3 TDs in the first half. Tim Graham, Darien: QB tossed TD passes of 33 yards to Todd Herger and 35 yards to Colin Minicus as the […] [Read More]
Seymour's Joey Salemme breaks free for a touchdown during last season's meeting with Ansonia.

Guide To The Games: Week 4

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THURSDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson St. Joseph (3-0) at Darien (3-0) 3 p.m.: Game of the week with the winner getting an inside track to FCIAC Championship game. Fairfield Ludlowe (2-1) at  Harding (1-2) 3:30 p.m.: Falcons look to avoid losing two straight to Bridgeport schools. Danbury (2-1) at Bridgeport Central (1-2) 6 p.m.: […] [Read More]
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Elite 8 Week 4: New Canaan, Darien are 1-2

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (3-0) (64 points, 5 first-place votes): Heck of an achievement for Lou Marinelli, notching career win No. 300 2. DARIEN (3-0) (64, 2): Blue Wave look as good as advertised 3. ANSONIA (3-0) (49, 1): Chargers […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Top performers: Week 3 review

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Mykel Morris, Central: Accounted for an astounding 505 yards in 24-21 comeback victory over Ludlowe, the Hilltoppers’ first win. Ran 22 times for 285 yards and 3 TDs, including scoring runs of 10 and 79 yards, and completed 7-of-14 passes for 220 yards. Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: 5 TDs — 4 runs from scrimmage, the 5th […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Guide To The Games: Week 3

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FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Fairfield Ludlowe (2-0) at Bridgeport Central (0-2) 7 p.m.: Falcons can move to 3-0 with a win up the road in Bridgeport. St. Joseph (2-0) at Ridgefield (0-2) 7 p.m.: Skinny: Cadets open play in the FCIAC after two quality out of conference wins put them in the state […] [Read More]
Coach Lou Marinelli's New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the Elite 8.

Elite 8: Week 3

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Hearst Connecticut Media’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (2-0) (42 points, 3 first-place votes): After resting up against Bassick, Rams have chance to squash winless Greenwich. 2. DARIEN (2-0) (39, 1): Gutsy win by the Blue Wave, rallying in the second half at Cardinal Stadium. 3. ANSONIA […] [Read More]
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: 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]