Connecticut High School Football

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