Connecticut High School Football

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

St. Joseph tops Ledyard to win second straight state title

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Mufasha Abdulbasir and Lars Pedersen each scored a pair of touchdowns as St. Joseph ran away with the Class M-Small championship, besting Ledyard 37-7. Turnover on downs Ledyard had a strong finish to the second quarter after finding some rhythm on offense. Ledyard scored a touchdown with 1:20 to go in the half, and prevented […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, FCIAC, State Playoffs
New Canaan celebrates its win over Darien, during Class L State Championship football at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014. New Canaan beat Darien 21-20.

Video: New Canaan rallies over Darien for L-LARGE crown

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New Canaan came back from 20-7 down, defeating rival Darien in the Class L-LARGE Championship game at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. Anthony Parelli has the game story on the 21-20 Rams victory. You can also check out the 2-minute drill breaking down the key points and stats of the game. And a column […] [Read More]

Brookfield captures Class M-Large championship by blanking Berlin

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The Class M-Large championship belongs to Brookfield, which pitched a 14-0 shutout against Berlin Thursday evening at New Britain’s Willowbrook Park.   Brookfield defense There’s really nowhere else to start. The Bobcats swarmed from start to finish, racking up nine sacks, including four by Bobby Drysdale and three from Nick Seis. “(Bobby Drysdale) is a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, State Playoffs, SWC

Viewpoint: 8 football champions too many for Connecticut

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Late next month, the powers that be at CIAC headquarters will hand us a revised format for next year’s state football playoffs. The four-class, 32-team, three-round setup will be replaced with a system that’s promised to alleviate concerns over player safety. After teams like Ansonia played 15 times in 13 weeks, with five of those […] [Read More]
New Canaan LB Michael Root. Just as his jersey says, the Rams are No. 1. (Bob Luckey/Staff photographer)

The case for New Canaan

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The Class L champion New Canaan Rams are the best football team in Connecticut. It’s been the great debate all season long: New Canaan vs. Ansonia. Ansonia vs. New Canaan. Who is more deserving of being No. 1? When the Rams beat St. Joseph on Nov. 1, they leapfrogged Ansonia into the top spot in […] [Read More]
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Reaction: St. Joseph’s crushes Brookfield, 54-16, in Class M Final

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St. Joseph capped a ridiculous 200-point Class M playoff run with a 54-16 demolishing of Brookfield. Some postgame thoughts from Arute Field:  St. Joseph’s running back Mufasha Abdul Basir dedicated the game (a 220-yard, 3-touchdown performance) to the victims of Sandy Hook. He had “Newtown” written on his gloves. Basir’s English teacher, Kathleen Cardillo, is […] [Read More]
Nick Cacione slides in the end zone after scoring.
Photot/ Autumn Driscoll

Let it snow: New Canaan wins Class L title

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What a day at Boyle Stadium. Woke up this morning with snow on the window and the dreadful feeling that they may not play the Class L championship game. What a shame that would have been. Boyle was not full and nowhere near the 10,000 that packed it on Thanksgiving in 2008 but both bleachers […] [Read More]
Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome holds six state records. (Christian Abraham/Staff photographer)

Arkeel Newsome by the numbers

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Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome put a wrap his spectactular and record-setting career with a Class S championship Friday night. We take a look at his final statistics. These are the final numbers for Ansonia senior running back Arkeel Newsome: CAREER 943 carries 10,672 yards (state record) 187 TDs (state record) 39 2-point conversions 1,162 […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, NVL, State Playoffs

Title No. 19: Ansonia 51, Woodland 12

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It looks like just another one of those Ansonia runaways, another night when Arkeel Newsome ran roughshod over another team on the way to a perfect season and another Class S title. But you hear Ansonia talk about worrying about running against them, and Woodland talking about simplifying their schemes to contain Newsome. “Nobody’s run […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs

New Canaan-Darien state final moved to Stamford

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The Class L state championship game between New Canaan and Darien has been moved to Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Arute Statium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University at 2pm  as part of the CIAC’s championship Saturday. Darien and New Canaan High School are separated by […] [Read More]

Back to the final, Ansonia beats Rocky Hill

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Ho, hum: Arkeel Newsome ran for all of 265 yards Saturday. That’s all. No 400-yard barrage today. Don’t know if that will dissuade anyone from thinking Rocky Hill “lost to one guy.” Especially since Newsome made a big defensive play himself. “This is team work,” Newsome said. “I’m not doing all the work.” There’s a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs
No. 1: Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia come in at No. 1

Elite 8: Ansonia No. 1, New Canaan No. 2 heading into semifinal weekend

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. ANSONIA (13-0) (5): Two games from perfect season, Rocky Hill up in S semis. 2. NEW CANAAN (12-1) (1): Rams taking on throwback North Haven in L semis. 3. DARIEN (11-1) (2): Blue Wave continue to roll through […] [Read More]
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Ridgefield’s Will Bonaparte runs past Newtown’s Nick Samuelson. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Ridgefield edges Newtown in a thriller

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In a game loaded with big plays, momentum shifts and a lot of twists and turns, eighth-seeded Ridgefield pulled out a dramatic 35-33 win over top-seeded host Newtown Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL Tournament. The Tigers (10-2) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will face No. 4 Southington at West […] [Read More]

Barlow, St. Joseph set to clash in high-powered semifinal

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In order to prepare for its next opponent in the Class M state tournament, the Barlow High football team will have to go back to the beginning. The Falcons will face St. Joseph in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bunnell High in Stratford. And as it turns out, Barlow’s first scrimmage this […] [Read More]

Brookfield tops Bethel on last-minute touchdown

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By the time Bethel had abruptly cleared its sidelines, Brookfield coach Rich Angarano was still giving out hugs to players and yelling “Wooooo!” to no one in particular. Brookfield bounced back from a 20-0 loss to Bethel on Thanksgiving with a dramatic, come-from-behind 22-21 victory over the Wildcats Tuesday. The recap of the Class M […] [Read More]
St Joseph's Shane Miller (88) is congratulated by teammate Darren Jasckson (8) after scoring one of his four touchdowns against Ledyard. (Mike Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

St. Joseph lights up the scoreboard against Ledyard

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St. Joseph running back Mufasha Abdul Basir called his team’s 808-yard, 84-point outburst Tuesday a “good” offensive day. That most certainly is an understatement. The Cadets scored touchdowns on 13 of their 14 possessions in an 84-49 rout of No.7 Ledyard in the Class M state quarterfinals at Trumbull High. Five different players scored touchdowns […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Zachary Allen (# 44) pressures Farmington quarterback Jeremy Buck.
Photo/Bob Luckey

New Canaan back in form

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I thought Farmington could hang with New Canaan. I was wrong. The Indians had no chance in this game and that was apparent from the opening kickoff. The Rams picked off Farmington on the third play of the game, scored on the next series and rolled from there, winning 46-0. Shockingly, it was the Rams […] [Read More]

Ansonia, Newsome just keep running

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For most of the night the ball belonged to just three Ansonia players. Corey Dzienkiewicz picked it up at center. Once in a while, he sent it back to Tajik Bagley. Most of the time, though, he snapped it to a fellow you may have heard of, one Arkeel Newsome. Loving the Wildcat, Newsome ran […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, NVL, State Playoffs

HS Football Playoff Power Poll

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  CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Quarterfinals, 6:30 TUESDAY DEC. 3   CLASS LL   No. 8 Ridgefield 9-2 at No. 1 Newtown 11-0 No. 7 Fairfield Prep 9-2 at No. 2 Glastonbury 10-1 No. 6 West Haven 9-2 at No. 3 Hall 9-1 No. 5 NFA 8-2 at No. 4 Southington 9-1   CLASS  L   […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving: It’s a wrap

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What a great day of football Thanksgiving in Southwest Connecticut turned out to be. From Prep’s comeback win to clinch a playoff berth to Darien’s dramatic win over No. 1 New Canaan to Bethel beating Brookfield to reach the Class M playoffs, it was an exciting day of football.   FCIAC McMahon 35, Norwalk 14: […] [Read More]

SWC finalists face big Thanksgiving tests

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Now that the South-West Conference championship game is in the books, we can turn our attention to the next big day on the football calendar: Thanksgiving. And neither SWC finalist can afford a holiday letdown, not with state playoff implications hanging in the balance. Undefeated Newtown (11-0) – with its second consecutive SWC crown firmly […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan stays on top

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs:   1. New Canaan (5-0): Maybe a team from Massachusetts can slow down the Rams? 2. Ansonia (5-0): Chargers facing their toughest test thus far in Masuk. 3. St. Joseph (5-0): Bassick in the line of fire this week. 4. Newtown (5-0): Nighthawks […] [Read More]

Week 4 Guide to the Games

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FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Staples (2-1) at Stamford (0-3), 6 pm: The Wreckers are looking to make it two in a row against Stamford schools while the Black Knights are searching for win No. 1. Bassick (0-3) at Wilton (2-1), 6 pm: The Warriors will look to stay hot after rolling over Branford […] [Read More]

Coaches and Media polls

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll 1. Xavier-Middletown (4)   1-0 2. Ansonia (4)  1-0 3. New Canaan (2)  1-0 4. Norwich Free Academy (2)   0-0 5. St. Joseph-Trumbull   1-0 6. Greenwich (1)     1-0 7. Southington    1-0 8. Middletown   1-0 9. Windsor    1-0 10. West Haven    0-1 New Haven […] [Read More]

No Central decision (yet), but committee members talk open division (gasp!)

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The CIAC football committee met Wednesday to discuss, among other things, the impending move of its championship games to Central Connecticut State. There was nothing official to report on that matter as of Thursday. But, make no mistake, it’s going to happen. And soon. Update: It just happened. We’re told that the football committee wants […] [Read More]

(Not a) Shocker! Hand is No. 1

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♦♦♦ Hand of Madison earn the coveted No. 1 ranking in the state media poll conducted by The Register of New Haven. I know. We’re stunned. It was a unanim… wait, somebody voted Xavier No. 1? Really? Really? Did they not see THIS game? Whatever. Didn’t affect the outcome. Though if you’re Ansonia I’m thinking […] [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]

Class L: Rogers kickstarts Hand’s second straight championship

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♦♦♦ HAND 23, WINDSOR 6 EAST HARTFORD — Dan Rogers and his twin brother Pat really had no choice. Their parents divorced. The two Weston football stars had to pack up and move to another part of the state. New town, a new school, new friends, a whole new football team. When they moved to […] [Read More]

Class M: Hillhouse gets its heart started, rallies past Berlin

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♦♦♦ HILLHOUSE 34, BERLIN 12 EAST HARTFORD — Pushed around in the first half, its offense cold and its defense battered, Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer walked into the halftime locker room at Rentschler Field and didn’t say a word to his struggling football team. “I just drew a heart on the board,” he said. That […] [Read More]

ANSONIA AGAIN: Chargers win record 18th, back-to-back state championships

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♦♦♦ ANSONIA 59, NORTH BRANFORD 26 North Branford struck first. Ansonia struck harder and more often. Titletown added a record 18th trophy to its already jam-packed display case Saturday, using a dazzling display of offense and defense to topple unbeaten North Branford 59-26 in the Class S championship game at Rentschler Field. Arkeel Newsome ran […] [Read More]