Connecticut High School Football

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

Thanksgiving Guide to the Games

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Tuesday  SWC Oxford 28, Pomperaug 12: Steve Pearson scores two touchdowns as Wolverines exit SWC on a high note. Newtown 42, Masuk 7: Undefeated Nighthawks roll behind 256 yards, 5 TDs from Cooper Gold. New Fairfield 33, New Milford 12: Rebels claim Candlewood Cup, finish at 8-3 thanks to two touchdowns apiece from Mike McCourt […] [Read More]

SWC finalists face big Thanksgiving tests

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Now that the South-West Conference championship game is in the books, we can turn our attention to the next big day on the football calendar: Thanksgiving. And neither SWC finalist can afford a holiday letdown, not with state playoff implications hanging in the balance. Undefeated Newtown (11-0) – with its second consecutive SWC crown firmly […] [Read More]

Newtown football: All for one and one for 26

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Football is merely a game, but it’s a powerful one, capable of bringing an entire community together and providing some relief for those still dealing with mind-numbing pain. The Newtown High School football team, undefeated going into Thursday’s SWC championship game, has helped bring some joy to a special place that was ripped apart by […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan near unanimous No. 1, Ridgefield makes first appearance

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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 (10-0) (9): Rams have rematch with St. Joseph in FCIAC championship game. 2. Ansonia (10-0) (1): Locked up state bid; NVL title game against Woodland up first. 3. Newtown (10-0): Have clinched LL spot […] [Read More]

HS Football Power Poll

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Elite 8: New Canaan, Ansonia, Newtown on top; Brookfield breaks through

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (10-0) (9): Rams roll to 52-3 win over Trinity Catholic minus QB Nick Cascione. NEXT: FCIAC championship vs. St Joseph at McDougall Stadium, Friday, 7 pm 2. ANSONIA (10-0) (1): No scare on Thursday with lopsided […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8, FCIAC, NVL, SCC, SWC

Bobby Drysdale: The next big thing?

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Nine games doesn’t make a career, but it can help cement a reputation. Bobby Drysdale of Brookfield High School  has quickly made a name for himself, rushing for 1,518 yards and 22 touchdowns. “We knew Bobby was something special,” said Brookfield coach Rich Angarano. “He was a great runner on the freshman team last year […] [Read More]

Week 10 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY   NVL | By Doug Bonjour Crosby (1-8) at Ansonia (9-0), 6: Chargers escaped major scare from Seymour last week. Don’t expect much drama in this one.   FRIDAY   FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Greenwich (6-3) at Danbury (3-6), 6:00: Cardinals playing for nothing more than pride for first time in long time. […] [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]

Elite 8: New Canaan No. 1, Newtown climbs to No. 3

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. New Canaan (9-0) (8 first-place votes): Rams’ impressive resume includes lopsided wins over Hand, Greenwich, Staples and St. Joseph. Fared: Rams struggle early, but score 28 unanswered in second half to beat Wilton 35-7 and clinch spot […] [Read More]

Week 9 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Ansonia (8-0) at Seymour (5-3), 6 : Chargers saw New Canaan leapfrog them for top spot in state polls. Another win will make it 37 in a row for Arkeel Newsome and Co., a school record.   FRIDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Stamford (2-6) at Norwalk (3-5), 7:00: […] [Read More]

Week 8 wrapup

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New Canaan made a huge statement, Staples jumped back into the FCIAC Championship conversation and Harding and Stamford took big steps toward City titles. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to the game stories. FRIDAY FCIAC McMahon 41 Ludlowe 9 The Senators remained unbeaten, rolling over the Falcons. New Canaan […] [Read More]

Week 8 Elite 8: New Canaan stays on top, McMahon, Trumbull join the party

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  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (record and first-place votes in parentheses): 1.  New Canaan (7-0) (7): Rams facing toughest test of the year in St. Joseph. 2.  Ansonia (8-0) (3): Chargers crush Watertown for 36th straight win, tying a school record. 3. St. Joseph (7-0): Cadets have […] [Read More]

Week 8 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY  NVL | By Doug Bonjour Watertown (1-6) at Ansonia (7-0), 3:30 pm: Can we start the state playoffs, already?   FRIDAY NVL | By Doug Bonjour Crosby (1-6) at Seymour (4-3), 7: Bulldogs’ lone win came two weeks ago against Immaculate. And no, it wasn’t by forfeit. Seymour’s won three of last four. Wolcott […] [Read More]

Week 7 wrapup

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  FRIDAY FCIAC Stamford 19 Bassick 14 Stamford scored on an end-around pass with a little over a minute left to pick up first win. New Canaan 43 Staples 7 Rams roll again, this time over defending champs. Trumbull 32 Wilton 28 Huge rally for the Eagles keeps their postseason hopes alive. NVL Seymour 49  […] [Read More]

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]

New Canaan and Staples gear up for ‘donnybrook’

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GAME OF THE WEEK New Canaan (6-0) at Staples (5-1) Friday at 7pm.  This game is huge and one that Rams coach Lou Marinelli said “will be a donnybrook.” I’m sure those same words were uttered by many before New Canaan’s match-ups against Hand and Greenwich and they turned out to be laughers. The Rams […] [Read More]

Week 7 Guide to the Games

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Friday FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bassick (1-4) at Stamford (0-6) 6: If Cam Webb returns from injury Black Knights have chance to pick up their first win. Central (0-6) at Norwalk (2-4) 7: Bears looking to get back on track after a couple of tough weeks. Harding (2-4) at Danbury (2-4) 7: Hatters improving, […] [Read More]

Week 6 wrapup

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Some big time wins for teams, some really high scores and the NVL-SWC Crossover games highlighted a busy week 6. Here are the games covered by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers with links to all the stories. THURSDAY NVL-SWC Crossover Brookfield 49 Wilby 14 Bobcats opened the NVL-SWC Crossover weekend with a resounding win. Ansonia 56 Masuk […] [Read More]

Brotherly QB “controversy” fuels Bethel resurgence

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In recent weeks, Bethel senior quarterback Joey Piatnik has yielded the occasional snap to his younger, brother, Jared. Though Joey doesn’t retreat to the sideline; he stands in at tailback, resulting in some brotherly hand-offs that are stirring memories of the backyard.  “It’s crazy,” Joey said. “It’s something I only imagined, being right next to him […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Ansonia steamrolls Masuk behind Newsome

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What a night. What a performance. At times, Arkeel Newsome seemed simply unstoppable. He rushed for 396 yards and six touchdowns — all on just 26 carries — as No. 1 Ansonia steamrolled Masuk, 56-21 on Thursday at Nolan Field. And by the time the night was over, he had claimed ownership of the state’s […] [Read More]

Week 6 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY  NVL-SWC Crossover | By Gene Moretti & Rich Gregory Masuk (4-1) at Ansonia (5-0), Thursday, 6:30: Well, Masuk got caught looking ahead in loss to Pomperaug last week. Now Panthers get to see if Arkeel Newsome and Ansonia for real. Brookfield (4-1) at Wilby (3-2), 6 pm: Both teams have only lost to quality […] [Read More]

Underdog an unfamiliar role for Masuk

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For years, Masuk lived life as the favorite, the team that nobody wanted to play. Stars like quarterback Casey Cochran and wide reciever Thomas Milone left opposing defensive coordinators with plenty of headaches and few answers. Now, the Panthers are 4-1 — coming off a 35-32 loss to Pomperaug — and are unranked in the […] [Read More]

Elite 8: New Canaan stays on top

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs:   1. New Canaan (5-0): Maybe a team from Massachusetts can slow down the Rams? 2. Ansonia (5-0): Chargers facing their toughest test thus far in Masuk. 3. St. Joseph (5-0): Bassick in the line of fire this week. 4. Newtown (5-0): Nighthawks […] [Read More]

Notre Dame’s offense awakens in 62-32 loss to Weston

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For the first time this season, Notre Dame-Fairfield football coach Ted Boynton had some tangible plays to point to as signs of progress after one of his Lancers’ games. Following Saturday’s 62-32 loss to visiting Weston, in a SWC Patriot Division game at McCarty Stadium, Boynton did not rate his team’s effort as well-rounded or […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

Week 5 wrapup

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Week 5 in Connecticut High School football had some lopsided wins and some surprises. Here are the games Hearst Connecticut Newspapers covered with links THURSDAY FCIAC Bassick 34 Central 12 First win for Lions over Central since 1990. FRIDAY FCIAC Ridgefield 48 Stamford 22 The Tigers got back on track after loss last week, Black […] [Read More]

Breakout game for Bethel’s Willsey

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It was quite the breakout performance for Bethel High running back Jared Willsey on Friday. The junior ran the ball 18 times for 118 yards and three second-half touchdowns in Bethel’s 41-14 victory over Bunnell. In Bethel’s four previous games, Willsey had carried the ball six times for 15 yards. “I’m really proud of our […] [Read More]

Barlow’s Juan Gomez gives Falcons surprise weapon in kicking game

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If 4-1 Barlow is on your radar, then you’re likely already aware of senior quarterback Jack Shaban, who’s in his second year running the triple-option to perfection. The Falcons’ newest weapon, however, remains a mystery — even to coach Rob Tynan. As the story goes, the Falcons were about to break camp when Juan Gomez, […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

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 5 Guide to the Games

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THURSDAY FCIAC | By Scott Ericson Bridgeport Central (0-4) at Bassick (0-4) 6:30 pm: City games in Bridgeport always draw a crowd and the winner here gets an inside track to the City championship. NVL | By Gene Moretti Seymour (2-2) at Sacred Heart (0-4), Thursday, 6 pm: Sacred Heart has allowed nearly 55 points […] [Read More]
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