Connecticut High School Football

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New Canaan WR Alex LaPolice.

Vote: Who’s No. 1: Ansonia or New Canaan?

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Like Jaiquan McKnight's jersey says, Ansonia is No. 1 (MIke Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

The case for Ansonia

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BY GINO MORETTI The Ansonia Chargers are the best football team on Connecticut. While I can understand the argument for New Canaan being voted the top team, having beaten Class M St. Joseph twice and playing a tougher schedule, here’s my take on it and it’s pretty simple. Look no further than the college football […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, State Polls
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]

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]
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]

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]

Week 9 wrapup

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The two top teams in the state were tested this week but stayed unbeaten while others kept playoff hopes alive with wins. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered with links to stories. THURSDAY SCC Ansonia 21 Seymour 20 Chargers 37th straight win was maybe their toughest. FRIDAY FCIAC Norwalk 20 Stamford 6 Bears […] [Read More]

New Canaan state’s new number 1

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After throttling No. 3 St. Joseph 62-21 the New Canaan Rams are the new No. 1 team in the state in both the Game Time CT Media and the Day Coaches Polls. The Rams leapfrogged Ansonia, who also won this week, to take over the top spot. It is the first time New Canaan has […] [Read More]

Who will win? St. Joseph or New Canaan?

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Elite 8: New Canaan still No. 1, Ansonia No. 2

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): NEW CANAAN (6-0) (7): Trip to Staples a big test for the Rams. ANSONIA (6-0) (3): Scoring over 50 points a game, good luck Wolcott. ST. JOSEPH (6-0): If Cadets avoid looking past Trinity, New Canaan looms. NEWTOWN […] [Read More]

McMahon stays undefeated

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Any hope Stamford had of pulling off an upset were dealt a blow just a minute into the game when the Black Knights fumbled the opening kickoff and gave up a touchdown two plays later. Another Stamford fumble, this one in the McMahon red zone, and another Senators touchdown and that was pretty much that […] [Read More]

New Canaan dominance continues

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In yet another runaway victory, New Canaan scored 49 first half points to make it five-for-five to start the season with a 49-7 triumph over visiting Danbury. The Rams average margin of victory increased to 32.6 points on the season. EVERYONE GETS A TURN: Everyone seemed to have a hand in New Canaan’s 338 total […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan is No. 1

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs: New Canaan: Rams have not been held under 40 and have a defense to match. Ansonia: Arkeel Newsome is good at football, rest of Chargers pretty good, too. St. Joseph: The Cadets begin 6-week road trip at Wilton. Newtown: Newtown let up some […] [Read More]

Week 3 wrap up

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Week two was a lot to live up to and week 3 did not come close to matching the drama produced the previous week with most of highly anticipated matchups turning into blowouts. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the stories. FRIDAY FCIAC Norwalk 35 Harding 28 The Presidents […] [Read More]

Ridgefield vs St. Joseph preview

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St. Joseph Head Coach Joe Della Vecchia and Ridgefield Head Coach Kevin Callahan have known each other almost their entire lives. Growing up down the street from each other as kids and working together when Callahan was the at coach Notre Dame of Fairfield and Della Vecchia was his assistant, the two will not need much […] [Read More]

Coaches and Media polls week 2

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Any first place votes in parentheses The Day of New London Coaches Poll T1. Ansonia  (6) 2-0 T1. New Canaan (5) 2-0 3. NFA (2) 1-0 4. St. Joseph 2-0 5. Southington 2-0 6. North Haven 2-0 7. Darien 2-0 8. Middletown 2-0 T9. Shelton 2-0 T9. Windsor 2-0   New Haven Register Media Poll […] [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]

FCIAC-SCC Challenge primer

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The Connecticut football world has been talking about the FCIAC-SCC Challenge since the plan was announced and after months of waiting it is finally here. The greatest opening week in state football history? Most likely. Will it live up to the hype? We will see. Here is a breakdown off all the week one challenge […] [Read More]

Ansonia’s going to be your preseason No. 1, isn’t it?

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It was almost a year ago when I wondered aloud on Twitter if Ansonia, then the defending 14-0 Class M champion, was going to be the best team in Class S in 2012. Well, that challenge was accepted. And 14 victories later the mission: accomplished. And, yea, I heard all about it amid jubilant celebrations […] [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]

State Polls: Thanksgiving Week

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Here are your state polls for Thanksgiving Week. Nothing’s changed. Yawn. NHR Media Top 10 Dropped Out: None. Other teams receiving votes: Glastonbury (9-1), 247; North Branford (9-0), 197; Middletown (8-1), 192; West Haven (7-2), 171; Hillhouse (7-2), 170; New Canaan (8-1), 111; St. Joseph (7-2), 54; Hyde (9-0), 49; Berlin (8-1), 29; Wolcott (8-1), […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

State Polls Week 10: But we’re not done with Week 9! (Ok, now we’re done)

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Week 9 will be over Tuesday night at approximately 9 p.m. Week 10 begins not 24 hours later when Central heads up to Tiger Hollow to play playoff hopeful Ridgefield. Then we begin four consecutive days of postponed games, including the ill-advised NVL Championship game between Ansonia and Woodland on Thursday night. Anyone who watched […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

State Polls Week 7: Hand still the one, but Newtown’s trending up

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The NH Register released its state polls for Week 7 and there’s little or no change. Voters have staked their claims, and now they’re sticking with it. But, hey, what’s this? Newtown makes its Top 10 debut. I do believe that’s called ‘Trending up’ for you once-disgruntled Newtown fans out there. Congratulations, the state writers […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

The State Polls’ Quickening: Hand absorbs No. 1 from Xavier

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♦♦♦ Daniel Hand High School of Madison is your newly crowned No. 1 high school football team in Connecticut. The Tigers whupped up on No. 1 Xavier 40-20 on Friday in the Game of the Century and earned 20 of 26 first-place votes to leapfrog Staples into the top spot. Apparently, the voters believe in […] [Read More]

State Polls Week 5: Calm before the storm

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Blowouts ruled Week 4 with nary an upset to be found among the ranks of the elite. So, naturally, there was no movement in the latest Top 10 polls. With several massive games upcoming this week — hello, SCC! — expect to see some shakeups. For now, here you go: NHR Top 10 Media Other […] [Read More]
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State Polls Week 4: Staples grabs a pair of believers

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Other than losing Ledyard (a 21-14 loser to Windham) and Darien (a 35-28 overtime loser to St. Joseph), and gaining back Berlin and Glastonbury, the only real change in the weekly state media poll were the No. 1 votes. Staples picked up two from Xavier. It’s of minor importance, but interesting for you poll nuts. […] [Read More]
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State Polls Week 3: Masuk, Darien, West Haven make poll debuts

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The earth moved under our feet after a pretty wild week 2. Among the wreckage affecting the Top 10 vote: Hillhouse lost to Hand in a battle of Top 10 teams. New Canaan was nipped by Trinity Catholic in overtime. New London crushed Montville. Brookfield shocked Bunnell. Ansonia blitzed Woodland. Hillhouse and New Canaan were […] [Read More]

Week 2 Polls: New Canaan on the move in media; Day coaches poll debuts

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Just a couple changes in the NHR’s Top 10 as we head into Week 2. 1. Hand lost a first-place vote. 2. Xavier gained two first-place votes. 3. New Canaan jumped two spots to No. 8 4. Kyle Brennan of the NVL Football Bog has joined the roll. Welcome. Also, The Day of New London’s […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

Preseason 2012: Media votes Xavier No. 1 (again)

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Nobody should have expected many surprises from ye ol’ NHR Media Poll, which was released just an hour ago: Xavier, the two-time defending Class LL champions, winners of 26-straight games, straight outta the SCC, etc. etc., was voted the preseason No. 1. Shocker. Yes, Xavier lost 19 seniors from last year’s team and enter 2012 […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

State Polls: Weeks 9-10

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No real changes atop the polls for Week 10. Xavier’s still No. 1 (by 12 points) and Masuk’s still No. 2 as we head into the last week of the season. State Media Top 10 Others receiving votes: Greenwich (8-1), 224; Darien (8-1), 222; Newtown (8-1), 201; North Haven (8-1), 186; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (8-0), […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls