Connecticut High School Football

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

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]