Connecticut High School Football

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

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]
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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]
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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]
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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]