Connecticut High School Football

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

Brookfield captures Class M-Large championship by blanking Berlin

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The Class M-Large championship belongs to Brookfield, which pitched a 14-0 shutout against Berlin Thursday evening at New Britain’s Willowbrook Park.   Brookfield defense There’s really nowhere else to start. The Bobcats swarmed from start to finish, racking up nine sacks, including four by Bobby Drysdale and three from Nick Seis. “(Bobby Drysdale) is a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, State Playoffs, SWC

Xavier edges Newtown for a return trip to Class LL final

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Locked in a tight game late in the fourth quarter of its 13-7 win over Newtown in the Class LL-Small Division semifinals, Xavier coach Sean Marinan faced a crucial decision. The Falcons led 13-7 in the fourth quarter and had the football inside the Newtown 10-yard line. On 4th-and-5, Marinan debated kicking a field goal […] [Read More]

Brookfield heads into Class M tournament with win over Bethel

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Brookfield pounded the rock to pick up a 30-13 win over Bethel, its first Thanksgiving win over the Wildcats since 2010. Three-headed monster Bobby Drysdale, Austin Reich and Dan Jackson were all key contributors to Brookfield’s win over its border rival, running with great success and keeping Bethel’s defense off-balance. Drysdale scored two short touchdowns, […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Newtown closes out undefeated regular season with win over Masuk

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Newtown earned its third straight perfect regular season by scoring the final 28 points of its 28-7 victory over visiting Masuk Tuesday night. Dunn to Dunn Newtown’s offense seemingly didn’t miss a beat with Justin Dunn subbing in place of injured Jacob Burden. The sophomore signal-caller received some words of encouragement from Burden just prior […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Newtown dominates Brookfield for SWC three-peat

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Nicholas Rubino scored a trio of touchdowns as Newtown captured its third straight SWC championship, shutting out Brookfield 42-0. Pitching a shutout Newtown’s defense not only kept Brookfield off the scoreboard in a conference title game, it forced Brookfield into seven three-and-outs and caused three turnovers. “We didn’t give up the big play, which is […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Guide to the Games: Week 11

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THURSDAY SWC Championship Newtown (10-0) vs. Brookfield (9-1) 7 p.m. (at Pomperaug High): Nighthawks are bidding for third straight conference title, including two in a row over Brookfield. CSC Platt Tech (2-6) at Prince Tech (7-2) 2 p.m.: Panthers — losers of three of their last four — will need a strong effort to curb […] [Read More]
Matt Cognetta and the New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the Elite 8.

Elite 8: Week 11

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the region’s top high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (68 points, 5 first-place votes) (9-0): Rams rolling into FCIAC championship game. 2. DARIEN (65, 3) (10-0): Blue Wave wiped out North Haven, looking to stay unbeaten against rival Rams next. 3. NEWTOWN (53, 1) (10-0): SWC final rematch with Brookfield […] [Read More]

Bunnell races past Bethel

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Bunnell quarterback Adam Wojenski had quite the evening, throwing six touchdown passes to lead his team to a 53-34 victory over visiting Bunnell, the Bulldogs’ fourth win in their last five games. Third time’s the charm For Wojenski, the third time was the charm on a key touchdown drive in the first half. On second-and-six […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Guide to the Games: Week 10

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FRIDAY FCIAC By Scott Ericson Wilton (3-6) at Ridgefield (1-8) 6 p.m.: The Warriors have not beaten their rivals in 19 years. Ludlowe (4-5) at Stamford (5-4) 6 p.m.: Black Knights looking to get back to early-season form and finish above .500. Trumbull (3-6) at Bridgeport Central (2-7) 7 p.m.: Eagles have lost two in […] [Read More]

Elite 8: Week 10

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Connecticut Hearst Media ranks the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (69 points, 6 first-place votes) (8-0 record): Last time Rams visited Trinity Catholic, New Canaan left with a loss. Crusaders would love to pull off the upset again. 2. DARIEN (64, 2) (9-0): Blue Wave host SCC’s North Haven Saturday. Teams […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 9 in review

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Offense Jared Piatnik, Bethel: Ran for 4 TDs and passes for 2 (36 and 26 yards to Will Daniels) in 56-41 victory over New Milford. Jai’Quan McKnight and Tyler Bailey, Ansonia: McKnight threw 7 yards to Bailey for a TD on 4th down with 11.7 seconds to play to cap a furious comeback. Earlier, with […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
Undefeated Shelton hosts Xavier in a key SCC clash on Friday night,

Guide to the Games: Week 9

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FRIDAY  NVL Ansonia (7-1) at Woodland (3-4) 6:30 p.m.: The rematch of last year’s NVL and Class S championship games won’t generate nearly the same amount of buzz. Naugatuck (6-1) at Derby (6-1) 7 p.m.: The road to the postseason isn’t easy for the Red Raiders, starting with a visit from an NVL contender. Wolcott […] [Read More]

Elite 8 Week 8

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football programs. 1. NEW CANAAN (7-0) (67 points, 5 first-place votes): Rams made a statement in crushing St. Joseph 41-14 last week. 2. DARIEN (8-0) (66, 3): Blue Wave better rest up against Harding before crucial dates with North Haven and New Canaan. 3. NEWTOWN (8-0) […] [Read More]
Derby QB Michael Kreiger.

Top performers: Week 8 in review

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Offense Max German, Law: Rushed for 302 yards and 3 TDs on 36 carries in a 28-27 win over Guilford. Mike Kreiger, Derby: Went 12-of-18 passing for 314 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception in a 62-44 win over Seymour. Ricky Bartone (123 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries) and Josh Park (3 running […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
New Cananan and St. Joseph meet Saturday in a rematch of the FCIAC championship.

Guide to the Games: Week 8

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THURSDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Seymour (4-2) at Derby (5-1) 6 p.m.: Red Raiders own the NVL’s longest winning streak at four games. They’d be wise to extend that streak with Naugatuck, Wolcott and Shelton still on the schedule. Oxford (0-6) at Sacred Heart/Kaynor (0-7) 6 p.m. (at Municipal Stadium): Coming off a bye, […] [Read More]

Elite 8 Week 8: New Canaan, Darien, Newtown are Top 3

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Hearst Connecticut Media’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (37 points, 3 first-place votes) (6-0 record): Rams face their sternest test of the season Saturday at St. Joseph in FCIAC championship rematch. 2. DARIEN (36, 1) (7-0): After winning at Tiger Hollow, Blue Wave […] [Read More]

Top performers: Week 7 review

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Offense Colton Smith, Fairfield Prep: A remarkable 563 yards of total offense in 51-28 domolition of previously unbeaten Cheshire. 12-of-24 passes for 342 yards and 3 TDs nad 221 yards rushing and a TD on 24 carries. Mark Piccirillo Shelton: Senior QBPiccirillo rushed for 217 yards and 2 TDs in a 33-20 win over Hand. […] [Read More]

Newtown holds off Brookfield to remain undefeated

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Unbeaten Newtown dealt Brookfield its first loss of the season, controlling the game with a strong running attack, as Jaret Devellis led the way with 116 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown in the 21-14 win. Unique formation On several occasions, Newtown quarterback Jacob Burden lined up in the shotgun surrounded by all three […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC
Newtown's Jared Pearson, left, and Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale, right, lead their teams into Friday's SWC championship rematch.

Week 7 Guide to the Games: Brookfield, Newtown meet in SWC remacth

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FRIDAY CSC | By Doug Bonjour Bullard Havens (4-2) at Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin (3-3) 6 p.m. (at Palmer Field): Tigers beat previously unbeaten Prince Tech last week for their fourth straight win. O’Brien Tech (0-6) at Cheney Tech (5-1) 6 p.m.: Schedule doesn’t get any easier for the winless Condors. Their next two opponents are a […] [Read More]
Newtwon's Tim Krapf (44) and Jared Pearson (7) celebrate during their win over Ansonia. Newtown, No. 3 in the Elite 8, faces No. 5 Brookfield in a rematch of the SWC championship. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Elite 8 Week 7: New Canaan, Darien remain on top

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top high school football programs in the region: 1. NEW CANAAN (5-0 record) (59 points, 4 first-place votes): Rams remain in top spot after a bye. 2. DARIEN (6-0) (59, 3): Blue Wave visits 0-6 Ridgefield next. That could get ugly. 3. NEWTOWN (6-0) (49, 1): The Nighthawks beat ‘The […] [Read More]
Newtown's Jaret DeVellis stiff arms Ansonia's Witold Gul during Friday's win by the Nighthawks.

Top performers: Week 6 in review

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OFFENSE Jaret DeVellis, Newtown: Rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries as the Nighthawks beat Ansonia 14-8 oto snap the Chargers’ 48-game winning streak. Tyler Hansen, New Milford: 11 completions for 215 yards and 4 TDs and a 28-yard run for another score in 48-8 rout of Kennedy. Mark Piccirillo, Shelton: Threw 3 TDs (37, […] [Read More]

Bethel notches shutout win over Seymour

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In muddy conditions in Seymour, Bethel put an end to its two-game losing streak by bouncing back with a 17-0 victory.   Pitching a shutout It’s been a bit of an up-and-down campaign thus far for Bethel’s defense, but sure tackling and a nose for the football allowed the unit to earn a shutout. “They […] [Read More]
Categories: NVL, SWC
Ansonia's Jai'Quan McKight, left, and Newtowns Troy Frangione will face off in Friday's SWC-NVL crossover game.

Guide to the Games: Week 6

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FRIDAY CSC | By Doug Bonjour O’Brien Tech (0-5) at Quinebaug Valley (1-4) 6:30 p.m.: Woes continue for Condors, despite production from quarterback Devin Bacchiocchi. FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bassick (0-5) at St. Joseph (4-1) 3 p.m.: Cadets begin stretch of 5 straight home games. McMahon (4-1) at Stamford (4-1) 6 p.m.: Huge game […] [Read More]
Stamford QB Jalen Brown and the Black Knights make their Elite 8 debut at No. 8.

Elite 8: Week 6: New Canaan No. 1; Stamford debuts

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football teams: 1. NEW CANAAN (51 points, 4 first-place votes) (5-0): Rams get a week off to prepare for a visit from Staples next week. 2. DARIEN (50, 1) (5-0): If the Blue Wave can get by Trinity, they can all but punch their ticket to […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC
New Canaan's Alex LaPolice finished with 223 total yards, running for two scores while catching a third in a 42-14 rout of Danbury.

Top performers: Week 5 in review

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OFFENSE Spencer Turkel and Peter Lummis, Weston: Pair hooked up on a 60-yard TD pass on 4th-and-15 with 0.7 seconds left in thrilling 41-29 win over Bunnell. QB Turkel threw for 232 yards and 3 TDs. Lummis rushed rush 76 yards and caught 10 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs. Zach Spencer’s 2-yard interception […] [Read More]

Newtown takes down Bethel

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Newtown made it five-for-five by playing shutdown defense and distributing the rock on offense in its 27-7 win at Bethel Friday night. Screens galore According to Newtown quarterback Jacob Burden, he and his Nighthawks had yet to dial up a screen pass all season. Until Friday in Bethel. All three of Burden’s touchdowns came on […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC
Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games: Week 5

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FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson St. Joseph (3-1) at Wilton (3-1) 6 p.m.: The Cadets hoping to rebound after a collapse at Darien last week, visit a surprising Warriors team. Greenwich (1-3) at Norwalk (1-3) 7 p.m.: The Cardinals road to redemption and possibly a Class LL playoff spot began last week. New Canaan […] [Read More]
Elite 8

Elite 8 Week 5: New Canaan, Darien, Ansonia on top

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Hearst Connecticut Media ranks the top regional high school football programs: 1. NEW CANAAN (65 points, 5 first-place votes) (4-0 record): A few too many penalties, but otherwise a nice win at Warde. 2. DARIEN (64, 2) (4-0): Overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half to beat St. Joseph. 3. ANSONIA (56, 1) (4-0): […] [Read More]
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Shelton QB  Mark Piccirillo.

Top performers: Week 4 review

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Offense Jai’Quan McKnight and Tajik Bagley, Ansonia: QB McKnight rushed for 2 TDs and threw for another in a 43-8 defeat of Seymour. Bagley rushed for 154 and 3 TDs in the first half. Tim Graham, Darien: QB tossed TD passes of 33 yards to Todd Herger and 35 yards to Colin Minicus as the […] [Read More]

New Fairfield dominates Bethel

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New Fairfield cruised to a 42-0 home shutout of Bethel Thursday night, snapping a two-game losing streak and knocking the Wildcats from the ranks of the unbeaten. Starting fast An efficient eight-play, 66-yard drive was just what the doctor ordered for New Fairfield to start the night. The Rebels, which lost two tough games against […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC