Connecticut High School Football

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

Bethel shuts out Brookfield, clinches Class M playoff berth

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The Gavel-Swanson Cup is staying in Bethel, and the Wildcats are headed to the state playoffs. For the third straight year, Bethel beat Brookfield on Thanksgiving Day. And for the third time in coach Jason Gill’s tenure, the Wildcats needed the victory to qualify for the Class M playoffs. “This is the third time we’ve […] [Read More]

The Burning Of The Shoe

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The burning of the shoe. Legend has it, Ossie Solem, the head football coach at Springfield College in 1946, gathered his players after the final practice of the season and lit a football cleat on fire. He believed it would erase any ill will among teammates so they could play the last game clear of […] [Read More]

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]