Connecticut High School Football

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

Elite 8: Ansonia the new No. 1; Newtown No. 2

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Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Ansonia (12-0) (5): No. 1 team in the state is seeded second in Class S playoffs. 2. Newtown (12-0) (3): The top seed in LL hosts Ridgefield. 3. New Canaan (11-1): Rams 9 yards away from unbeaten season. […] [Read More]
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HS Football Playoff Power Poll

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  CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Quarterfinals, 6:30 TUESDAY DEC. 3   CLASS LL   No. 8 Ridgefield 9-2 at No. 1 Newtown 11-0 No. 7 Fairfield Prep 9-2 at No. 2 Glastonbury 10-1 No. 6 West Haven 9-2 at No. 3 Hall 9-1 No. 5 NFA 8-2 at No. 4 Southington 9-1   CLASS  L   […] [Read More]

Barlow runs triple-option to perfection

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The funny thing about the triple-option offense, when it is run properly and with talented personnel, is that there always seems to be room to run for somebody coming out of the backfield. It’s difficult to defend against everyone at the same time, so opposing defenses are forced to pick their poison. Barlow has run […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving: It’s a wrap

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What a great day of football Thanksgiving in Southwest Connecticut turned out to be. From Prep’s comeback win to clinch a playoff berth to Darien’s dramatic win over No. 1 New Canaan to Bethel beating Brookfield to reach the Class M playoffs, it was an exciting day of football.   FCIAC McMahon 35, Norwalk 14: […] [Read More]

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]