Connecticut High School Football

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

So Fairfield Prep’s John Moten is now starring halfway across the country

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First practices are still more than a day away, but we already have ourselves the first big transfer news of 2013: John Moten, who as a sophomore in 2012 thrilled Fairfield Prep fans with glimpses of a glorious future, has transferred halfway across the country. Moten is now at John Burroughs High School in St. […] [Read More]

Welcome back, football. Let’s get everybody caught up

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Football. Sweet, nourishing football, begins this week, kids. Nearly two-thirds of the state’s football teams begin fall practice on Wednesday. Yes, we’re all very excited. And if you’re one of those seasonal fans, y’know, those who only make their way to this space when the pigskin starts flying around, we present to you a recap […] [Read More]

Hillhouse loses its coach: Tom Dyer to take Hamden AD job

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Tom Dyer, who led Hillhouse to a pair of state championships in six years, is resigning to become the next athletic director at Hamden, the New Haven Register reported today. From the article: “I’m extremely excited about the new opportunity and looking forward to meeting all of the coaches and student-athletes,” Dyer said. “But I’m […] [Read More]

Hand’s new football website is fancy-shmancy

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Hand won’t have Strong Field ready for its epic clash with New Canaan on Week 1. Strike, Hand. But it is at least giving New Canaan’s ramfootball.com a run for its money as ‘Best team website in Connecticut.’ The recently-launched site, TigerPrideFootball.com is loaded with records, stats, photos, rosters and even a ‘video of the […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Looks like New Canaan won’t get to christen the new Surf Club

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Thursday morning saw a relatively significant change to the Week 1 schedule. The epic Hand-New Canaan matchup on Sept. 12 will not — repeat — not be played at Madison’s legendary Surf Club. The schedule has switched the site to Daniel Hand High School’s turf field, Thursday morning. The Surf Club’s athletics park is at […] [Read More]

Cancer claims Casey Ridgway, West Haven linebacker’s sister

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Casey Ridgway, a West Haven seventh grader and younger sister to West Haven linebacker Jesse Ridgway, died Sunday from a rare bone cancer, her brother announced on Twitter. Today heaven gain a new ANGEL. I just want to let everyone know Casey passed away peacefully with her family all with her. <3 — Jesse Ridgway […] [Read More]

Watch: North Haven boy who needs heart shows great heart at Indians scrimmage

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Well, this was just tremendous. No, no, it was waaaaay better than that. Every season, North Haven’s football team donates the proceeds of its annual ‘Spring Brawl’ game to a charity of the team’s choosing. This year, it decided to give to the “The Matthew Jacques Mission,” a drive to help an ailing 6-year old […] [Read More]

Recruiting trail: Southington’s Barmore commits to Yale; West Haven’s Phillips visits Syracuse

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Two of Connecticut’s top high school football players took college visits this weekend. One returned home with a decision, the other said his choice would be coming soon. After a short trip to New Haven Saturday, Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore announced his commitment to Yale on Sunday night. Officially committed to Yale University!! Gonna be […] [Read More]

NDWH vs. West Haven is now the Soderman Bowl, a fundraising effort for veterans

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Here was a nice little note out of the New Haven Register Monday: In an effort to raise funds for veterans, the October 11 game between intracity rivals Notre Dame and West Haven will now be known as the Soderman Bowl. The christening is in honor of West Haven World War II hero William Soderman, […] [Read More]

So, uh, anyone in America want to play CT’s three-time state champions?

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Over the last three years, Xavier High School’s football program has been without peer in Connecticut. It has won three straight Class LL championships — the first program to accomplish that feat in the history of the state’s largest playoff division — and four overall since 2005. For three seasons, it has gone 38-1 and […] [Read More]

Your 2013 high school football schedules (aka: the greatest schedules ever?) [Updated]

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I can’t tell you how many inquiries I’ve had about the release of this year’s schedules. It’s a lot. Like several times a week. Y’all are like a brats in the back seat of my car on the way to Itchy & Scratchy Land: Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Whentheygonnabeout? June. Well it’s June, so here’s where I […] [Read More]

Anthony Lucibello named next coach at East Haven

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East Haven’s Board of Education has confirmed Anthony Lucibello as its next head coach. Lucibello takes over for Greg Volpe, who resigned after four seasons and a 5-35 record. Ray Curren (@currenscc) first reported the news via Twitter on Tuesday night. A North Haven native who played football under Bob DeMayo and Rich Cavanaugh at […] [Read More]

Recruiting trail: West Haven’s Phillips gets Syracuse offer (Updated: and Temple…)

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West Haven all-state tailback Ervin Phillips has received his first major college football offer: Syracuse. Phillips shared the news on Twitter Friday afternoon. The offer was confirmed by Ryan Murphy of CuseConfidential.com, the Rivals.com site covering Syracuse recruiting. Phillips, a 5-11, 180-pound back who should be one of the state’s best players in 2013, was naturally […] [Read More]

Fun with GIFs: Xavier’s Sean Marinan gets hit in head with football

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So, I’ve been learning how to make animated GIFs. And — hooboy! — I’m having a lot of fun. Here’s a GIF from a 2011 interview I did with Xavier’s Sean Marinan at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. He was just talking about his team that year when suddenly, out of nowhere, an errant football thrown […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Fields of Dreams: New Oxford and the Surf Club fields coming along

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And now a quick photo update on two brand-new football fields coming to a town near you — well, at least if you live in Oxford or Madison. Oxford has already laid down its turf field and has added bleachers on the site of its old practice field next to the school. It looks like […] [Read More]

Branford to hire John Limone as next coach

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John Limone will likely be named the next head coach at Branford, according to a report in The Day of New London’s Shore Publishing division. Limone, 29, is a Branford graduate who played quarterback on longtime coach Len Bonn’s final team in 2001. He went on to play at Marist. He joined the football staff […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Another coaching vacancy unearthed: East Haven

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This nutty offseason hasn’t hit its zenith just yet. East Haven coach Greg Volpe has resigned at East Haven after four seasons, bringing the current total of high school coaching vacancies back to 19 for the time being. The news was first reported Monday by Ray Curren, aka @CurrenSCC on Twitter, and followed up by […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Xavier’s Boyle commits to UConn, updated signing day list

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With National Signing Day just four days away, Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle announced Sunday he was switching his commitment from Boston College to UConn. Boyle made the announcement on Twitter just as Super Bowl XLVII was kicking off in New Orleans. The quarterback began rethinking his June commitment to Boston College after former coach Frank […] [Read More]

Connecticut coaching carousel 2013: Here’s where we stand in mid-January [Updated]

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*** It’s been a crazy, topsy-turvy offseason for high school football programs and coaches. And we’re barely halfway through January. Big names, small names, big programs, little programs… no one, it seems, is immune from the bug that has plagued our regional coaches’ psyches. The reasons have varied: Many “want to spend more time with […] [Read More]

NHR: Tracy resigns at Branford

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And then there were 15. The high school football coaching hot stove hasn’t finished flaring up just yet. Mike Tracy has resigned at Branford after four seasons, according to a report by Mike Pucci of New Haven Register. Tracy’s decision to resign is a familiar one: #Branford coach Mike Tracy stepped down on Friday #cthsfb […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

2013 FCIAC-SCC Challenge dates set

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The SCC has released the times and dates for next year’s SCC-FCIAC Challenge. Adjust your Outlook Calendars or whatever accordingly. The ‘Challenge’ games are the games born of the league arrangement and the 11-game CIAC schedule. There are 17 overall. Amity, Norwalk, Westhill and Branford are not involved. The ‘bye week games’ are one schools […] [Read More]

The SCC: “State Champions Conference”

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♦♦♦ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!3 state #cthsfb titles. Congrats Xavier (LL), Hillhouse (M), Hand (L) – you made us proud. #SCC – best in the state! — Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) December 9, 2012 There was poignant moment as Hand and Hillhouse football players exchanged places on the grand stage of Rentschler Field Saturday evening. Hillhouse had just […] [Read More]

2012 All-SCC football teams

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♦♦♦ The mighty Southern Connecticut Conference released its 2012 all-conference football teams Tuesday. Division I Offense Offensive line: Dennis Flanagan (Amity), John Thomas (Hamden), Zack Creeron (Xavier), Greg Purcell (Amity) Wide receiver: Kris Luster (Xavier), Chris Perry (Notre Dame), Kyle Drost (Shelton), Kyle Anderson (Daniel Hand) Running back: DeAngelo Berry (Xavier), Ervin Philips (West Haven), […] [Read More]

Semifinal Sunday: NFA wrecks Staples’ mojo, Fairfield County silenced

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CLASS LL — NFA 30, STAPLES 28 | XAVIER 30, GLASTONBURY 13 CLASS L — HAND 42, MASUK 23 | WINDSOR 27, NEW CANAAN 21 CLASS M — BERLIN 21, WESTON 7 | HILLHOUSE 48, MONTVILLE 26 CLASS S — ANSONIA 41, HYDE 13 | NORTH BRANFORD 62, WOODLAND 27 With big smiles, massive hugs, […] [Read More]

2012 Class LL state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Fasten your seatbelts. This division is L-O-A-D-E-D. Start off with the two-time defending state champs, the FCIAC champions, the SWC champions, the ECC Large champs, CCC Division I’s best team. It’s a division so good, one unlucky 10-0 team must hit the road in the state quarterfinals: All the way from Norwich to Newtown. Foof. […] [Read More]

2012 Class L state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Can anyone beat No. 1? Matt Walsh, Peter Gerson and the unbeaten defending Class L champion Hand Tigers are back for another run at a glorious 10th state championship. And as of now they’re the favorites to win it all again. After all, they come from the mighty Southern Connecticut Conference and toppled two-time defending […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Thanksgiving 2012

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A look as who did what on Thanksgiving Week 2012. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT sports staff. BULLDOZERS Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Ran for FCIAC-title game record 317 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs, as Wreckers won the league championship for second straight year. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Helped […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night’ Week 10 Thursday: Deja Vu all over again

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♦♦♦ Through rain, snow, gale-force winds, hurricanes/superstorms, Nor’easters, you name it we’ve been through it this high school football season. We’ve also seen the attack of the creatures from the pits, those typically downtrodden clubs who suddenly rose from the wreckage of it all to produce some memorable moments this year. Barlow, Trinity Catholic, Weston, […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend’ Week 9: Answered prayers in Stamford and other craziness

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So that happened Saturday afternoon. It was delicious, poignant high-stakes moment in the narrative of the 2012 high school football season. As we endlessly discussed through two football-free weeks, Trinity Catholic needed to beat Darien and St. Joseph to stake a claim to the FCIAC championship and, by extension, tick off the guys in Westport […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In: The Week 9 CIAC Playoff Situation (Hand, Avon, Windsor, Ansonia qualify)

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