Connecticut High School Football

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

2012 Class M state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Class M is looking a little… tilted, no? Hillhouse-St. Joseph, two recent state champions (St. Joseph won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, Hillhouse won in 2010) facing off in a game that many (outside of Wolcott and the NVL) pegged as this division’s likely state championship matchup a few weeks ago. To the lucky winner […] [Read More]

2012 Class S state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Get your ‘The Ansonia Invitational’ jokes out of the way now. We’ve all heard it. Find some new material. The Chargers, last year’s Class M champions, had no peer among NVL schools while rolling to a consecutive league title and a 25-game win streak. They’re big, -strong, fast, talented and just flat-out better than any […] [Read More]

State playoff polls: Newtown leaps forward

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Your SWC Champion Newtown Nighthawks have jumped from No. 9 to No. 7 in the pre-playoff edition of the NHR State Media Top 10. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this might be the highest the Nighthawks have climbed in the polls for as long as I’ve been here (2008, maybe?). The last time they […] [Read More]

Bridgeport to NVL? City public schools in preliminary talks to join Valley league

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High school conference realignment has suddenly kicked into high gear. Central, Bassick and Harding are in preliminary talks to jump from the FCIAC to the NVL, officials on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers today. The three city public schools, who have been members of the FCIAC since 1993, met with […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day highlight reels: SWC & FCIAC championships, Barlow-Weston XV, Ansonia-Naugy CXIII

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One last, final look back at some of the action from Thanksgiving. In addition to some of the clips we posted to our stories Thanksgiving day, we shot two full-game NFL Films-styled highlight reels: Newtown’s 21-14 victory over Masuk in the SWC Championship game last Wednesday night, and Weston’s Class M-clinching victory over Barlow in […] [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]

The Lonesome Polecat Speaks! The Day’s Ned Griffen breaks down playoffs on FNF

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♦♦♦ We say this every year, but there are only perhaps three or four people in the state who see practically every high school football team of note throughout a season. One is the New Haven Register football writer emeritus and Connecticut football record book archivist, Bob Barton. No one knows more than him. The […] [Read More]

Jack Hunt: Remembering an Ansonia Legend

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♦♦♦ Just an hour before Ansonia and Naugatuck kicked off the 113th edition of their Thanksgiving Rivalry, Jack Hunt, one of town’s most beloved figures died just a few miles from Jarvis Stadium. Hunt, an imposing figure, starred at Ansonia as two-way lineman, played at Wichita State under Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson, then returned […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day 2012: The State Playoff Field quickly, quietly comes together

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♦♦♦ Only — what? — five, maybe four years ago figuring out the state playoff pairing became a Thanksgiving game unto itself. Without the benefits of Twitter and the genius of the CIAC’s information maven Matt Fischer, we lowly reporters used do anything and everything to get the results and then calibrate the playoff rankings. […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day Football 2012 Primer and Live Update Blog

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Welcome to High School Football Thanksgiving Day Central: Thursday edition. Happy Thanksgiving and what can we tell you this morning? Cooper Gold ran for 222 yards and Newtown toppled Masuk to claim its first SWC Championship since 1997 St. Joseph punched its Class M playoff ticket with a rout of Trumbull. Oxford is 8-2, and […] [Read More]