Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
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]
Barlow quarterback Jack Shaban carries the ball in a 62-34 loss to St. Joseph in Saturday's Class M semifinal. (Photo by Bob Luckey)

St. Joseph adjusts quickly to triple-option

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After scoring 84 points in the Class M state quarterfinals, St. Joseph enjoyed another monster day on offense Saturday. Even without star tailback Mufasha Abdul Basir, who suffered what coach Joe DellaVecchia believed to be a stinger on the game’s third play, the Cadets rolled Joel Barlow 62-34 in the semifinals. The Cadets have scored […] [Read More]
Brookfield head coach Rich Angarano .

Brookfield’s winning tradition continues

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It’s been quite a run so far for Brookfield High School head football coach Rich Angarano, who will be making his sixth trip to the state championship game with the Bobcats on Saturday. Angarano was an assistant on Tom Taylor’s staff when Brookfield won the 1995 state title with a 21-7 triumph over Wilton in […] [Read More]
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]

Elite 8: Ansonia the new No. 1; Newtown No. 2

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Ansonia (12-0) (5): No. 1 team in the state is seeded second in Class S playoffs. 2. Newtown (12-0) (3): The top seed in LL hosts Ridgefield. 3. New Canaan (11-1): Rams 9 yards away from unbeaten season. […] [Read More]
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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]

Barlow runs triple-option to perfection

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The funny thing about the triple-option offense, when it is run properly and with talented personnel, is that there always seems to be room to run for somebody coming out of the backfield. It’s difficult to defend against everyone at the same time, so opposing defenses are forced to pick their poison. Barlow has run […] [Read More]