Connecticut High School Football

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

Ansonia 48, Derby 6: The Movie!

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Finally (finally!) getting caught up on video production after a pretty slow couple of weeks dealing with camera issues and new editing software. Now it’s finally time to start debuting our weekly features. We first go back to a week ago where Ansonia, the state’s third- or fourth-ranked team and No. 2 in the Elite […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap: Week 3

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A weekly look back at the who said and did what during the high school football season. Compiled by the Hearst CT Sports Staff: Mike Cardillo, Sean Patrick Bowley, Dave Ruden, Pat Pickens, Cam Martin and Doug Bonjour. Bulldozers Niko DeRosa, Foran: 168 yards and two TDs on 15 carries as Lions won their first […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: Mufasha, St. Joseph states their case

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They call him the ‘Lion King,’ an endearing reference to his name, “Mufasha,” and the namesake of the titular character from the popular Disney franchise. Like his namesake, Mufasha Abdul Basir grew up before our eyes Saturday at Darien High School. Called upon to make the biggest play of the young season, Abdul Basir, his […] [Read More]

Derby-Ansonia XC: No Newsome? No problem

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For a sportswriter on deadline, the 90th Ansonia-Derby meeting was a dream game. First off, it was over quickly (that, my friends is the ultimate sportswriter’s dream). Second, it came custom built with an all-to-easy newspaper lead by halftime. It was so easy, when told what was happening at Jarvis Stadium, every sports editor in […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC, NVL, SCC

Coggins decommits from Boston College (ESPN-Boston)

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Sacred Heart receiver David Coggins has de-commited from Boston College, according to a report in ESPN-Boston on Wednesday evening. Coggins, who has made news recently for being embroiled in a recruiting scandal that ended with him receiving a four-game suspension from the CIAC, told the website he was rescinding his verbal commitment because, “I wanted […] [Read More]

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 3

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We’re all shook up heading into Week 3 of the high school football season. Some surprising local results have us scratching our heads and thinking about what’s what. What to do with teams like Trinity Catholic, Stamford and Westhill. What do do with Brookfield, Weston and Barlow? Only so many spots, so many teams to […] [Read More]

Vote now! What’s Week 3’s Game of the Week?

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Trinity Catholic-New Canaan was overwhelmingly voted Week 2’s ‘Game of the Week’ by you, the ever wise high school football fans, players and coaches. That turned out to be the correct response. (Though it might have got a few write-in votes, we didn’t include Westhill-Trumbull as an option. Silly us. But, based purely on meaning […] [Read More]

That’s a wrap Week 2

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A look back at the who did and said what in Week 2 of the 2012 high school football season. Compiled by Gary Rogo, Executive Sports Editor of Hearst CT Newspapers, and the Hearst CT Staff. Bulldozers John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Ran for 163 yards and three TDs on just five carries in 47-0 shutout of […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 3: Masuk, Darien, West Haven make poll debuts

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The earth moved under our feet after a pretty wild week 2. Among the wreckage affecting the Top 10 vote: Hillhouse lost to Hand in a battle of Top 10 teams. New Canaan was nipped by Trinity Catholic in overtime. New London crushed Montville. Brookfield shocked Bunnell. Ansonia blitzed Woodland. Hillhouse and New Canaan were […] [Read More]

Watch: Copious video coverage of Derby’s 21-20 victory over Naugatuck

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A year ago, Derby suffered a 14-13 heartbreak loss to Naugatuck, one of a couple games that ultimately kept the Red Raiders from earning their first winning season in 16 years. Last week’s rematch was equally heartbreaking. This time for Naugatuck. The CIAC’s new broadcast partner, PlayOn! Sports, was at Lou DeFilippo Field to capture […] [Read More]
Categories: New Haven County, NVL

‘About Last Night…’ Week 2: Matinee idols

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In the run-up to its broadcast of the Bunnell at Brookfield game, the good folks at CPTV Sports had made a slight error. They published a post hyping their broadcast talking about Brookfield and QB Boeing Brown. Guess they don’t read our stuff. (No worries, guys, I don’t either.) Actually, the quarterback of Brookfield in […] [Read More]

CIAC hits Naugatuck, players with recruiting penalties

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The CIAC served Naugatuck High School with a $7,500 penalty and two-year probation for its football program for violating CIAC rules in attempting to recruit Boston College commit David Coggins, Javon Martin and Xavier Woods, the Republican-American reported today via Kyle Brennan on Twitter. The Republican-American also reported that all three players, who will remain […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL

SPB’s Elite 8: Week 2

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And now the second edition of our weekly REGIONAL high school football rankings. Like the state polls before them, very little movement from the contenders. Let’s take a look at the big boys of southwestern Connecticut… NEW CANAAN: [Last week: Defeated Bassick 49-16. Up next: Saturday at Trinity Catholic.] The words out of New Canaan […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8 , FCIAC , Links , NVL , SCC | More

That’s a Wrap: Week 1

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A look back at who did and said what during Week 1 of the high school football season, and a look ahead to Week 2. BULLDOZERS Arkell Newsome, Ansonia: A ho-hum 197 yards on nine carries for five touchdowns in the Chargers’ 66-26 win over Torrington. Tomar Joseph, Norwalk: 119 yards on 27 carries, including […] [Read More]

Video: NVL Football Blog has your Ansonia-Torrington highlights (and more)

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Remmy at the NVL Football Blog has a comprehensive look at the scene in Torrington during Ansonia’s 66-26 victory over the Red Raiders in an NVL season-opener. The NVL Blog guys have tons of more NVL analysis and a Week 1 recap (hint: they were not pleased). [Read More]
Categories: NVL

For Oxford and Masuk, football soothes aching hearts [Saturday wrap]

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These are just games, right? We love them. We care about them. We enjoy them. For the players, the games build character and cultivate relationships. They bring communities together. In context, sports are an important and wonderful part of of our lives. Both as a player, then as a spectator. But they are just games, […] [Read More]

The preseason Elite 8

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At long last the previews are out of the way, and now that you’re up to speed with us, we unveil the 2012 Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s rankings for the state’s southwestern high school football teams. These are all based on what we know: Who’s back? Who’s not? And it’s based on what we think […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL

The Guide to the Games: Week 1

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Welcome back to another high school football season. We’re still rolling out previews and will hit the SCC and SWC today. But in honor of the first game of the season, and new coach Nick Aprea’s first as head coach at O’Brien Tech, we’ll present to you this week’s guide a little early. [Related: Regional […] [Read More]

2012 Naugatuck Valley League football cheat sheet

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPION ♦♦♦ ANSONIA (14-0, Class M Champion) ♦♦♦ CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ♦♦♦ Nov. 15 at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury ♦♦♦ Local NVL Preview Capsules ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS TO WATCH ♦♦♦ ARKEEL NEWSOME, RB/DB, Ansonia – The unstoppable back put up insane numbers that drew national attention in Ansonia’s record-breaking 14-0 state championship season and […] [Read More]

Patch: Naugatuck admits Plasky violated CIAC recruting rules

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Naugatuck has wrapped up its independent investigation into the alleged recruitment of Sacred Heart’s David Coggins and Javon Martin. The Naugatuck board of education has approved and sent it to the CIAC. The conclusions: Former Naugatuck football coach Rob Plasky and booster club chairman Frank Johnson violated CIAC rules when they loaned Meme Martin $1,000 […] [Read More]

Scrimmage Bowl MMXII goes to Ansonia; and a full scrimmage schedule (updated)

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We’re just about to Labor Day, and y’all know what that means: Connecticut is just under two weeks away from actual high school football games. (ugh). No worries, there will be football played all across the state, just not the kind that counts– unless, of course, you were at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven […] [Read More]

Coggins back to Sacred Heart and a Naugy investigation update from Rep-Am

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After all the craziness of the past summer involving Boston College commit David Coggins and former Naugatuck coach Rob Plasky’s alleged attempts to woo him and Javon Martin into Greyhound uniforms, we’ve finally come full circle. The Republican-American’s Mark Jaffee reports that Coggins will return to Sacred Heart-Waterbury. The school and Meme Martin, Coggins’ legal […] [Read More]

MaxPreps profile: Ansonia’s Newsome on pace for national rushing record

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Feeling down about Connecticut’s performance against Don Bosco Prep in a scrimmage? No worries Nutmeggers. You got yourself a big dose of Connecticut hubris just by visiting MaxPreps this morning. Former NewsTimes reporter Jim Stout, now the Eastern U.S. media manager of the wildly popular CBS Sports high school site, and videographer Adam Spencer spent […] [Read More]

The Coggins-to-Naugatuck mess just went supernova: Naugy coach Plasky suspended

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Just when you thought things couldn’t… never mind, you kind of knew this saga wasn’t going sort itself out quietly. Naugatuck coach Rob Plasky has been suspended by his school while it investigates allegations that he violated CIAC rules by giving $2,000 to Meme Martin, the foster mother of all-American wide receiver and Boston College […] [Read More]

Annnnd…. GO! Football practices begin

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Rise and shine campers! Grab your permission slips and physical forms. Lace up your best running shoes, leave your pads in your locker and start stretching. Today is the first day of the 2012 high school football season. We begin in earnest Wednesday with conditioning practices for the teams that elected to forgo traditional spring […] [Read More]

About that whole Coggins-to-Naugy thing: It’s a hot mess

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Mark Jaffee at Republican-American has the very latest on the long rumored and infinitely discussed impending transfer of All-American wide receiver and Boston College commit David Coggins, quarterback Javon Martin and fullback Xavier Woods from Sacred Heart to Naugatuck. While Woods is all set to start practicing for the Greyhounds, there are some serious issues […] [Read More]

Dope on an ATV tears up Nolan Field, unleashes Ansonia’s goodwill

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We’re not going to get too, too crazy about this because it’s only grass. Grass grows back. Besides, Ansonia football and its supporters are relentless like the post office. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of chewed up football fields stays these boys from the swift demolition of their appointed opponents.” Or something […] [Read More]

We start tonight: Holy Cross vs. Cromwell in Class S title game

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We’re just wrapping up our last previews for tomorrow’s regional football state championship games. You can find everything you need here, links, stats AND special video previews (Xavier-Staples will be available tonight): Class LL Championship Preview Class L Championship Preview Class M Championship Preview But, oh yes, one state championship will be decided tonight. It […] [Read More]

Game-by-game regional Thanksgiving week capsules (and pick the winners!)

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]

Ansonia wins NVL Championship (with video) and your latest playoff musings

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From the outset, it appeared if every notion about Ansonia-Holy Cross II would come to fruition. Holy Cross punt. Arkeel Newsome. One carry. One touchdown. By the time the Holy Cross coaching staff had finished screamed “C’mon! That was too easy!” at their players, Newsome added another touchdown on the Chargers’ second possession. The rout […] [Read More]