Connecticut High School Football

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

Murphy on title game switch: “I’m all for it.”

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Masuk football coach John Murphy said Wednesday that he’s on board with playing the SWC championship game at Pomperaug next week. His reason: SWC championships should be played at SWC venues, regardless if if gives one participant a home game. “I’m all for it, in fact, I was one of the first people to suggest […] [Read More]

Live High School Football Chat Wednesday Night, 8:30 p.m.

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Join myself and Advocate of Stamford writer Dave Ruden for another round of high school football discussion for Week 9, on this Veterans Day eve at 8:30 p.m. Just click the window below and you cal follow along. High School Football Live Chat (Week 9) [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 9

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Had some real work to attend to today before I had a chance to post the Elite 8 heading into the final week of the league portion of the season for the FCIAC, the SWC and the NVL. So here it is, the Elite 8 Rankings for Week 9. New Canaan, riding high on a […] [Read More]

Stay Tuned. There’s more to come…

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Just a quick announcement: There will be much, much, much more on this space to sift through in the coming days. The first part of the highlights of New Canaan-Greenwich; Second-half highlights of Barlow-Pomperaug and interviews with the Pomperaug players about the last week of the season. We’ll have more playoff musings (good news for […] [Read More]

The SWC Football Playoff Scenario

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Pomperaug and Masuk have both qualified for the SWC Football Championship. (That was easy.) Nov. 19 at Arum Field in Southbury, 7 p.m. I was a tad perplexed by the venue change to Pomperaug. More on that in a bit. Meanwhile, Let the hype begin. Update: From Dave Johnson, the Bunnell Athletic Director and one […] [Read More]

Hellfighters don’t show… trouble ensues

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Fairfield Ludlowe was all set to play Saturday against the Harlem Hellfighters, the recently reinstated PSAL co-op football team from Manhattan. But 90 minutes before game-time, Harlem called to say they wouldn’t be showing up. The Hellraisers said they couldn’t get enough players together to field a team, leaving Ludlowe all dressed up and no […] [Read More]

Sean Patrick Bowley’s Guide to This Week’s Games: Week 8 (updated)

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FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Fairfield Warde (4-3) Stamford (2-5) 6 Buzz has kinda died for these two Ridgefield (6-1) Trumbull (5-2) 6 Welcome back to the show, Ridgefield Oxford (3-4) Immaculate (1-6) 6 Margin’s small for Oxford winning season Central (6-1) McMahon (2-5) 6:30 Last tune up for Central before NC Abbott Tech (2-4) […] [Read More]

Sean’s Playoff Neighborhood of Make Believe… a reality?

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Looks like we have ourselves a new playoff proposal in the works from your friends, and mine, on the CIAC football committee. The Connecticut football think tank, headed by playoff maven Steve Filippone of Hand-Madison, took this refurbished proposal to the rest of its peers on the football committee (minus a few absentees) Tuesday night […] [Read More]

Polls! Polls! Polls! (Week 8)

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Extra! Extra! Get your Top 10 polls here! Take a look. Check it out. Tell us what you think! As expected, there was absolutely no movement in the sta… Wait. What’s this? Staples moved up from No. 3 to 2? By eight points. Hmmm. Strange… but OK, I guess. Also, Notre Dame-WH and Xavier had […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 for November 2 — and other musings

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I can’t remember a night like the one we had Friday night of Week 6.  It was, perhaps, one of the top 5 regular season evenings of high school football since Week 9 of the 2007 season when Greenwich played at Naples, Fla., Staples topped New Canaan in an overtime thriller, Alex Thomas and Ansonia […] [Read More]

FCIAC Playoff Standings (Through Week 7)

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Here’s the latest from the FCIAC on its football playoff picture. New Canaan and Staples holding firm at the top of the list. Central, Greenwich, Ridgefield and St. Joseph bringing up the rear. Everything’s far from decided. New Canaan is at Greenwich, Ridgefield is at Trumbull, Central is at McMahon, St. Joseph is home vs. […] [Read More]

Ansonia 44, Derby/O’Brien Tech 14 (The Movie)

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After a tense first-half, it appears nothing has changed since Ansonia and Derby last clashed on a football field. Ansonia and, more to the point, Montrell Dobbs and his offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, erased an early deficit and won the first meeting of these border rivals since 2003 convincingly — pretty much […] [Read More]

Ansonia-Derby: Finally, A Valley Classic Renewed

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From the moment the Naugatuck Valley League finally said, ‘We do,’ and approved the marriage with its long lost step child, the anticipation for this moment has been palpable. You could just taste the impending venom and bile on your tongue. Every resident from Pulaski Highway, to Main Street, across the Naugatuck River, to Pershing […] [Read More]

New Canaan 35, St. Joseph 25 (The Movie)

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While you were all busy voting on our players of the week on the main site (what? you haven’t done it? Well get busy: http://connpost.com/highschoolfootball) I finally got a chance to cut together highlights from Saturday’s big performance from — yes, I’ll say it — the state’s No. 1 football team. New Canaan and quarterback […] [Read More]

The Elite 8: Week 7

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And, finally, we bring you the Elite 8 power rankings for Southwest Connecticut, where, frankly the best football is played year-in, year-out. I had a real, real, real tough time sifting through my memory, basing what I’ve seen, heard and what I know about our fair region’s top teams, and then matching that up against […] [Read More]

Monday Bloody Monday: Part 3 (Shakeup Street — aka the state polls)

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As expected, the state polls have been completely shaken up, shaken down, and turned upside down following the events of Freaky Friday. Where we had just one change in the top from Week 4 to Week 5 (Staples leapfrogging Masuk from 6 to 5), we had pretty much a wholesale repositioning in the state polls from […] [Read More]

Monday Bloody Monday: Part 2 (The Class LL mess)

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And, yes, it has become quite a mess at the top of Class LL, where we have just two unbeaten teams and seven one-loss teams all attempting to shoehorn themselves into the four playoff spots. To start, lets take a quick look at the Class LL standings as of right now. You can see their […] [Read More]

Upset Central

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An appropriate headline for a wild and wacky Friday night of high school football. Hamden goes down. Ansonia goes down. Trumbull goes down. Montville goes down. Simsbury goes down. And, of course, the big one at Kennedy Stadium. Central 14, Greenwich 13. Biggest win in Central’s football history? Well, the old guard from the golden […] [Read More]

St. Joseph 54, Bassick 19 (The Movie)

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Highlights and postgame commentary on St. Joseph’s 54-19 win over Bassick and its first 5-0 start in 12 years (Christy Hayes‘ last year and a team that featured current assistant Jim Chaves. St. Joseph started the year 5-0 and then got hammered by then-upstart Staples and QB Mac DeVito, 34-7. Incidentally, those 1997 Hogs beat Bassick the week […] [Read More]

Polls, Polls, Polls!

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, your polls for Week 6. We’ll get more as they come in and we get them formatted (I’m out of the office watching the Yankees, so it’ll be slow going for a spell). Already getting complaints via text that 2-3 Maloney has received votes in the CSWA Poll. I’ll be […] [Read More]

The Elite 8 for Week 6

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I’m going to try something new here in an attempt to have a foundation upon which to base the weekly discussion. It is poll day and we’re going to post every statewide poll out there at 8 p.m. today. But, to kick off, why not publish the Elite 8 on Monday? For years, well before […] [Read More]

Greenwich 37, Trumbull 7 (The movie)

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And if you liked Colin Dunster‘s punt return, you’re going to love the full highlight reel of Greenwich’s 37-7 Friday night FCIAC victory over Trumbull. It includes interviews with Dunster, lineman Jim Barrett (who was all over the field in this one, disrupting every key moment for Mike Romano and the rest of the Trumbull’s […] [Read More]

Colin Dunster’s 70-yard punt return vs. Greenwich (the video)

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You asked for it, you got it: The raw footage of Colin Dunster‘s 70-yard punt return touchdown vs. Trumbull. This view was from the field on the Greenwich sideline. The best part of the whole run was Colin Bawol‘s (No. 3) block on Trumbull’s Will Melvin at about midfield. Had the guys here in the […] [Read More]

Saturday Live Scoring Updates

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Hopefully, you know the drill by now. For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: Our correspondents and staff writers will be at quite a few high school football games. Armed with our mobile phones, we will text or Twitter (Tweet) updates from our games as they happen live. Those updates will appear on the live […] [Read More]

Live Friday Night High School Football Scoring Updates (and radio schedule)

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In case you haven’t been visiting our site over the past month (and, if so, where’ve ya been?!), here’s where you can get all of the scoring updates you need from tonight’s high school football games. For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: Our correspondents and staff writers will be at quite a few high […] [Read More]

Pre-Week 5 Rants: Don’t Forget Your Booties…

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“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today. It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach? Not hardly!” It certainly doesn’t feel like midseason, it’s more like postseason here in Connecticut high school football land. What a miserable, miserable, miserable forecast we have for […] [Read More]

Trumbull 21, Central 0 (The Movie!) Notre Dame-WH 40, Cheshire 36 (The Movie!)

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Yes, it’s the anticipated film on Trumbull’s 21-0 victory over Central in a clash of FCIAC unbeatens at McDougall Stadium. Just getting this out there now for your perusal, comments later… Update: The entire video didn’t make it over, unfortunately, so I’m taking it down (even though it got 25 hits within a half hour). […] [Read More]

It’s Poll Day for Week 5

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No snappy lead-in this time as we unveil the state polls heading into Week No. 5: MEDIA POLL Team Points Last Class 1. New Canaan (4-0) (16) 662 1 MM 2. Hamden (4-0) (5) 640 2 LL 3. Greenwich (4-0) 570 3 LL 4. Glastonbury (4-0) (2) 501 6 LL 5. Masuk (4-0) 486 4 […] [Read More]

Random thoughts as we delve into Week 5

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This was supposed to be a few quick tidbits, but has developed into so much more than that as I wrote the thing. Regardless, here are some thoughts and soliloquies for you to chew on as we delve into Week 5. 1. Bassick defeated McMahon 34-7. Let’s run that by you again. BASSICK WON, 34 […] [Read More]

Week 4! Week 4! Week 4!

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Yes, it is Week 4, one more week until we actually (unbelievably) hit the season’s midpoint. And, yet there’s so many more questions to be answered, posed, and then answered again. Why we’ve only just begun. So what’s on tap this weekend–or to be realistic, tonight, because there’s not a heck of a lot going […] [Read More]