Connecticut High School Football

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THe mAD sCiENTist sTAte PLaYofF BReaKdowN: Class L [UPDATED]

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His Madness returns! Up next is a strong Class L field, not as strong as LL, but pretty solid. This playoff division is done-diddily-done as far as qualifiers, save for one spot. It’s all about seeding, really. So it’s not so mad. For a complete breakdown of all the other classes, follow these links: CLASS […] [Read More]

The mAD sCIenTIst STate plaYOff bReaKdoWns: Class LL (UPDATED WESTHILL FORFEIT)

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UPDATED WITH WESTHILL FORFEIT NUMBERS: Ridgefield gained 20, potentially 30 points, putting it into position to clinch with a Fairfield Prep victory. It’s still tight, but now a decided Ridgefield advantage. take a look below. ♦♦♦ Grab the beakers! Fire up the Bunson burners! Connect the tubes! Charge the transformers! YES! The Mad Playoff Scientist […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night…’ Week 10 Friday: Down goes Pacheco, in goes New Canaan

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♦♦♦ We don’t root for teams here at Hearst Football HQ. We root for stories. And late in this nutty 2012 high school football season, we were really pulling for New Fairfield to reach the state playoffs. Why? Because the Rebels’ sterling back Joe Pacheco is a great story. We won’t get into the specifics, […] [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]

The Clinch Is In: Newtown joins Class LL and the Week 10 playoff breakdown

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♦♦♦ The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist has awoken from his year-long slumber and — hey, what’s this? Not only do we have the CIAC’s H.A.L. Supercomputer, we actually have some RIVAL young scientists out there making their way up the wacky ladder. Mr. Polecat’s been on the case for a few weeks, as usual. But […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In: Masuk, Southington, Wolcott (now Xavier) among new playoff qualifiers [Updated]

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♦♦♦ UPDATE (Tuesday): Xavier has clinched a spot with its 42-7 victory over West Haven on Monday night. UPDATE: Apparently we jumped the gun and HAL wasn’t ready for a roll-out until after O’Brien Tech and Wolcott Tech officially ended Week 9. We’ve been properly scolded by CIAC. The link’s information may or may not […] [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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2012 playoff divisions set: Ansonia, Pomperaug, New London among changes

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The pieces are all in place now. All that’s left is a precious few weeks of summer vacation and we gear up for the start of the 2012 season. We’ve been pretty lax here on the football blog, perhaps more than most outlets. There has been a lot going on and we’re going to get […] [Read More]

We start tonight: Holy Cross vs. Cromwell in Class S title game

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We’re just wrapping up our last previews for tomorrow’s regional football state championship games. You can find everything you need here, links, stats AND special video previews (Xavier-Staples will be available tonight): Class LL Championship Preview Class L Championship Preview Class M Championship Preview But, oh yes, one state championship will be decided tonight. It […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Welcome. Welcome to the War Room. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. Today the hard-working staff of Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and Danbury News-Times will be covering six state semifinal games involving our regional […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Eve Primer and Live Scoring Blog

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the greatest 24-hours of the Connecticut sports calendar. Tomorrow, thousands of Nutmeg state residents will get up, rub the sleep out of their eyes, grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast and head over to their favorite Thanksgiving Day rivalry game. It is a day where records are thrown […] [Read More]

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class S

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Finally, His Madness comes to the final state playoff division, Class S. Not many local teams in the mix here. Last year’s state championship participants are gone. Runner-up Ansonia has graduated to Class M. Champion St. Joseph is not in the playoff hunt. So your Mad Playoff Scientist will dispense with the pleasantries and get […] [Read More]

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class L

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His Madness returns! Up next is a pretty stacked Class L field. This playoff division is a bit more clear than its predecessor, with eight legitimate contenders vying for six spots. Two teams will be left out in the cold. And one of those teams has already been decided: The loser of the Turkey Bowl […] [Read More]
Categories: State Playoffs

THe mAD pLAyoff sCiENTist state playoff breakdown: Class LL

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Grab the beakers! Fire up the Bunson burners! Connect the tubes! Charge the transformers! YES! The Mad Playoff Scientist is back in the laboratory to concoct the latest and last CIAC state playoff scenarios. With one week of football left and about half the playoff field already clinched, it’s become clearer to see what all […] [Read More]

ThE mAd PLayoFF scIENtist REtUrns! (Updated)

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Welcome… to the LA’bor-atory. (THUNDERCRRRRRAACK!) HAAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAA!!!!! The Mad CIAC Playoff Scientist has awoken from his year-long slumber, almost a week earlier than normal. But hey, he’s anxious to get this playoff party started. He’s warmed up to the arrival of the H.A.L (Levy) 9000 Super Playoff Computer. Now it’s just […] [Read More]

Newtown-Bunnell: The Day After (plus, state playoff clinchers)

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After a delirious celebration on the eastern end of Bulldog Field, the thousands of previous events of the afternoon finally caught up to the Newtown football team. Panting, coughing, wheezing, chugging water bottles, they were at last told to get off their feet and gather around their coach. They did so, thankfully, utterly spent, leaving […] [Read More]

Hoo boy! Ansonia jumps to Class M and other (less significant) 2011 playoff division shuffling

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They haven’t been officially posted by the CIAC, but anyone with a brain can discover the 2011 high school football playoff divisional layout. Just not me, apparently. On Friday, one of our loyal posters mentioned he noticed that perennial small-school contender Ansonia had been bumped to Class M this season. Thinking CIAC had released the […] [Read More]

State Championship Times Annnounced (CIAC Championship Luncheon Videos)

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Here are the dates and times for the four high school football state championships at Rentschler Field, announced Monday morning at the annual CIAC football championship luncheon in East Hartford. After years spent at CIAC headquarters in Cheshire, and then two years at banquet halls in Simsbury and Southington, this was the first time the […] [Read More]

CIAC Semifinals: Southwestern Hospitality (updated)

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The CIAC Semifinals pretty much boiled down to this: Unless it was against Masuk, the FCIAC ruled. Trumbull defeated NFA, 21-6 to reach its first state final in 13 years. St. Joseph eventually routed Valley Regional/Old Lyme 44-7 to reach its second-consecutive final. In the nightcap, New Canaan ripped through Hand in the second half […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are. Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of […] [Read More]

CIAC State Football Semifinal Preview & Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Twelve to go. We knock off eight more Saturday. Welcome to the end of the gauntlet portion — two games, four days — of the new and improved CIAC football playoffs. What used to be championship Saturday is now Semifinal Saturday, a week before the big games at the Rent. But, boy, it […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday Recap: Contenders, Pretenders Part Ways

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STATE SEMIFINAL SITES/TIMES Saturday, Dec. 4 Class LL: Trumbull v. NFA, at West Haven 2 p.m. / Xavier v. Glastonbury at SCSU, 2 p.m. Class L: Darien v. Masuk, at Shelton, 2 p.m. / New Canaan v. Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m. Class M: Hillhouse v. Gilbert/NW at Waterbury, 2 p.m.; Brookfield v. New […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday: State Football Quarterfinal Primer & Live Blog

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Welcome to Super Tuesday. 32 teams enter. 16 leave. Tonight, the CIAC football state quarterfinals kick off across the state at 6:30. Regionally, we have nine (or so) lucky qualifiers — shown above — Brookfield takes on Lyman Hall in Class M; St. Joseph hosts Woodland at Ludlowe,  Ansonia hosts Hyde in Class S; New […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class M & S)

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We press on with the final two classes of the CIAC state quarterfinal draw. In Class M, which has strengthened considerably in recent weeks, we have a defending state champ vs. a young but talented SCC Division II power. We have a pair of playoff babies in Plainville and Gilbert/Northwestern, who have played in a […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class LL & L)

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Yes! Finally, we have ourselves, in my humble estimation, a legit playoff season in Connecticut high school football. The pairings have been set, the hype is just starting to boil to the surface. It’s time to see who the best teams in the state really are. It’s time to start the new and improved CIAC […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY WRAP: Mutual admiration in Darien, all aboard the Greyhound & the comeback kids

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The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl between Darien and New Canaan had all the makings of a bloodbath, the salvo fired from a select few players on the Darien football team with their pregame bluewash at Dunning Stadium. New Canaan’s blood boiled when its residents saw the midnight decorations at their school Wednesday morning. Heck, police […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Day Football: The Expanded Playoffs Are Set (& approved!)

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Ladies and gentlemen, your new and improved CIAC state football playoff pairings and schedule. QUARTERFINALS  — Tuesday, Nov. 30: 6:30 p.m. at sites of the highest seeds. SEMIFINALS — Saturday, Dec. 4: at West Haven, 2 & 7 p.m.; Municipal Stadium, Waterbury, 2 & 7 p.m.; Finn Stadium, Shelton, 2 p.m.; Bulldog Field, Bunnell, 2 […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY SCORING BLOG – Scores & Playoff News

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Extra! Extra! Get all your live scoring updates, and playoff point updates, right here. It’s all hands on deck for the staff of Hearst-Connecticut Newspapers — the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time. We’ll be at nearly every single game in the Southwest Connecticut region for our biggest live scoring […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Eve Wrap: This time, Testani and Masuk finish

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Who is the region’s player of the year? We’ve asked this question before. And we’ve received a variety of answers. New Canaan’s Kevin Macari, Trumbull’s Phil Terio, St. Joseph’s Joe Della Vecchia, Ansonia’s Montrell Dobbs (the state’s leading rusher), Brookfield’s Brian Kelly, Masuk’s Casey Cochran. All of them have gaudy statistics that are easily picked […] [Read More]