Connecticut High School Football

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

Bethel dominates Notre Dame-Fairfield

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Bethel’s dominant ground game proved too much for Notre Dame-Fairfield on Saturday, and the Wildcats ran away with a 66-36 win, improving to 2-0.   O-line domination A team doesn’t score 66 points without a strong effort from the offensive line, and Bethel’s starting five of left tackle Eric Almonte, left guard Giavonni Fauntleroy, center […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Barlow edges New Fairfield

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Stymied for most of the night, the Barlow offense scored a late touchdown and hit a two-point conversion to take a one-point lead over visiting New Fairfield, ultimately going on to a 10-7 victory.   89 yards in 22 plays That’s what Barlow did to score the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion. Barlow didn’t attempt […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC
Peter Archey and the Darien Blue Wave remain at No. 1 in the Elite 8.

Elite 8: Week 2

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Hearst Connecticut Media’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (points, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. DARIEN (1-0) (54 points, 2 first-place votes): Quite a second-half effort by the Blue Wave, outscoring Hillhouse 33-7. 2. NEW CANAAN (1-0) (51, 3): Rams made perhaps the biggest statement in Week One, winning at Hand […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Shelton quarterback Mark Piccirillo. (Bob Luckey/staff photographer)

Week 1 review: The top performers

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Offense Dequan Woods, Harding: 3 TDs — runs of 1 and 11 yards and 13-yard pass from Taisun Phommachanh — in 38-10 rout of Law. Phommachanh, a freshman QB, who threw for 278 yards, also connected on a 69-yard TD pass to Tyshawn Walker (7 catches for 140 yards) and a pair of  2-point conversions. […] [Read More]
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Elite 8

Elite 8: Week 1

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1. Darien (42, 2): The Blue Wave have young skill position players on offense but bring back what may be the state’s best defense. 2. Fairfield Prep (36, 2): Jesuits return plenty from last season’s Class LL runner-up. 3. Greenwich (28): The Cardinals want to get back to the FCIAC and Class LL playoffs but […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games: Week 1

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WEDNESDAY FCIAC-SCC Challenge | By Scott Ericson Ridgefield at Cheshire 6 p.m. Last season: Ridgefield 17, Cheshire 14 Skinny: Cheshire returns players on both sides of the ball while the Tigers took heavy graduation losses though QB Ryan Dunn is back. Harding at Jonathan Law 7 p.m. Last season: Harding 32, Law 14 Skinny: Last […] [Read More]
Greenwich quarterback Matt Marzulla passes the ball during the 7th annual Grip It and Rip It 7-on-7 passing tournament at New Canaan High School Saturday, July 12, 2014. (Autumn Driscoll/Staff photographer)

Grip It & Rip It Roundup

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Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s 7th Annual Grip It and Rip It 7-on-7 passing tournament. Competition provides teams a chance to look at new quarterbacks   FCIAC roundup. SWC/SCC roundup.   [Read More]
Jackson Olson scores a touchdown for New Milford at Saturday's Grip It & Rip It 7 on 7 tournament. Autumn Driscoll photo.

SWC, SCC teams compete in Grip It & Rip It

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Here’s a rundown of the SWC and SCC teams that competed in Friday and Saturday’s Grip It & Rip It 7 on 7 competition at New Canaan High School. The seventh annual event included 40 teams from Connecticut and New York. Grand Street Campus from Brooklyn, N.Y., – a team that I heard had as […] [Read More]
The New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the final Elite 8 poll.

Elite 8: The numbers are in, who is No. 1?

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (records, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (14-1) (7): Rams allow 12 points in playoffs, capturing Class L title 44-12 over rival Darien. 2. ANSONIA (15-0) (2): Chargers win 43rd in a row in claiming 19th state title. 3. ST. JOSEPH […] [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]