Connecticut High School Football

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

Rep-Am: Dunaj resigns from Torrington (and other, minor coaching carousel news)

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Dan Dunaj has resigned as coach of Torrington after five seasons, the Republican-American reported today. Dunaj, the former Seymour defensive coordinator who brought the Raiders to respectability in the NVL by 30-21, told Mark Jaffee he resigned for family reasons, namely the impending birth of his second child. He already has a 9-year old. He […] [Read More]

Coaching hot stove is a blazin: Hocter resignation makes 13 (updated)

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Back to business… With doubt rising from his administration and maybe himself throughout a 2-8 season, Bryan Hocter resigned at Stamford Tuesday just a half hour before athletic director Jim Moriarty was scheduled to meet with two assistant principals. The Black Knights went 7-2 in 2011, but finished this season by losing eight consecutive games […] [Read More]
Categories: Connecticut, FCIAC, SWC

End of an Era at Masuk: John Murphy steps down

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John Murphy, the most successful coach in Masuk and SWC football history, is calling it a career at football program he turned into a state powerhouse. Murphy’s name annually comes up as a candidate to coach elsewhere. Yet he spent 15 years in Monroe, won 159 games, six SWC championships and three state championships. This […] [Read More]

The SCC: “State Champions Conference”

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♦♦♦ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!3 state #cthsfb titles. Congrats Xavier (LL), Hillhouse (M), Hand (L) – you made us proud. #SCC – best in the state! — Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) December 9, 2012 There was poignant moment as Hand and Hillhouse football players exchanged places on the grand stage of Rentschler Field Saturday evening. Hillhouse had just […] [Read More]

Semifinal Sunday: NFA wrecks Staples’ mojo, Fairfield County silenced

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CLASS LL — NFA 30, STAPLES 28 | XAVIER 30, GLASTONBURY 13 CLASS L — HAND 42, MASUK 23 | WINDSOR 27, NEW CANAAN 21 CLASS M — BERLIN 21, WESTON 7 | HILLHOUSE 48, MONTVILLE 26 CLASS S — ANSONIA 41, HYDE 13 | NORTH BRANFORD 62, WOODLAND 27 With big smiles, massive hugs, […] [Read More]

2012 Class LL state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Fasten your seatbelts. This division is L-O-A-D-E-D. Start off with the two-time defending state champs, the FCIAC champions, the SWC champions, the ECC Large champs, CCC Division I’s best team. It’s a division so good, one unlucky 10-0 team must hit the road in the state quarterfinals: All the way from Norwich to Newtown. Foof. […] [Read More]

2012 Class L state quarterfinal preview capsules

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Can anyone beat No. 1? Matt Walsh, Peter Gerson and the unbeaten defending Class L champion Hand Tigers are back for another run at a glorious 10th state championship. And as of now they’re the favorites to win it all again. After all, they come from the mighty Southern Connecticut Conference and toppled two-time defending […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Thanksgiving 2012

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A look as who did what on Thanksgiving Week 2012. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst CT sports staff. BULLDOZERS Joey Zelkowitz, Staples: Ran for FCIAC-title game record 317 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs, as Wreckers won the league championship for second straight year. John Shannon, Bullard-Havens: Helped […] [Read More]

Thanksgiving Football 2012: Tuesday and Wednesday’s game-by-game previews (and pick the winners!)

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It’s that time of year again… the Greatest Sporting Day of the Year in Connecticut. Rivalry Week. Thanksgiving Week. A day where every game means something — be it pride, a winning season, a .500 season, precious playoff points, bragging rights — and it’s played in front of, most likely, your largest crowd of the […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night…’ Week 10 Friday: Down goes Pacheco, in goes New Canaan

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♦♦♦ We don’t root for teams here at Hearst Football HQ. We root for stories. And late in this nutty 2012 high school football season, we were really pulling for New Fairfield to reach the state playoffs. Why? Because the Rebels’ sterling back Joe Pacheco is a great story. We won’t get into the specifics, […] [Read More]

‘About Last Night’ Week 10 Thursday: Deja Vu all over again

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♦♦♦ Through rain, snow, gale-force winds, hurricanes/superstorms, Nor’easters, you name it we’ve been through it this high school football season. We’ve also seen the attack of the creatures from the pits, those typically downtrodden clubs who suddenly rose from the wreckage of it all to produce some memorable moments this year. Barlow, Trinity Catholic, Weston, […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend’ Week 9: Answered prayers in Stamford and other craziness

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So that happened Saturday afternoon. It was delicious, poignant high-stakes moment in the narrative of the 2012 high school football season. As we endlessly discussed through two football-free weeks, Trinity Catholic needed to beat Darien and St. Joseph to stake a claim to the FCIAC championship and, by extension, tick off the guys in Westport […] [Read More]

The Clinch Is In: The Week 9 CIAC Playoff Situation (Hand, Avon, Windsor, Ansonia qualify)

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SWC erases championship week in favor of rescheduled games

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In contrast to the FCIAC, which is squeezing its final two weeks of the regular season into one week, the SWC has taken the easy step of rescheduling all of their Week 8 football games for the week of Nov. 17, which is typically reserved for its annual championship game. The championship was supposed to […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC

FCIAC puts the squeeze on schedule before title game; SWC likely to cancel

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Because a majority of its schools will be out for the remainder of the week due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, the FCIAC announced Wednesday it will be rescheduling its Week 8 and Week 9 football games into a 10-day span before Thanksgiving week. The FCIAC said its Week 8 football games will be […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, SWC

Sunday Crunch: The Storm before the Storm

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It was exactly one year ago when snowpocalypse belted our region on a football Saturday morning. I was in Westport at the time, where Darien held a 17-7 halftime lead over Staples. We all remember what happened next: Big flakes, a snowstorm and then an avalanche of 28 third-quarter points from Staples in an eventual […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC , FCIAC , High School Football , NVL , SCC | More

That’s a Wrap! Week 6

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♦♦♦ A look at who did and said what during Week 6 of the southwestern Connecticut high school football season. Compiled by executive editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. arlow quarterback Jack Shaban escapes the sack from Bunnell’s Kevin Hernandez Friday. BULLDOZERS Jack Shaban, Barlow: Junior quarterback ran for 135 yards with […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: The Will to Win

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“Good teams find ways to win. That’s what we did. We never gave up.” Fairfield Prep’s Chris Golger uttered that well-worn phrase Saturday night. It’s a worn phrase for a reason because, well, it true for many high school football teams. It was especially true Saturday for the Golger’s Jesuits, who survived a surprising challenge […] [Read More]

Dom Quinto (1929-2012): Monroe loses a sporting legend

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Dom Quinto, Sr., who coached Masuk to its first football state championship games in 1985 and 1986, died Thursday. He was 83. Before he established Masuk football’s tradition in the 1980s, Quinto was a pioneer of the town’s sports tradition. He began the Monroe Lions Pop Warner program in 1966, and guided the 7-8 grade […] [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield County, SWC

“About Last Night…” Week 6: Wreckers roll, Falcons rally, Trojans fall

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First thing’s first. RAIN? WHAT RAIN? Some of you athletic directors and coaches have to ease your fingers off the button and slowly back away from your telephones. There were a few drops Friday night, but nothing really past kickoff. Yet just hours before many games were postponed. (The SCC almost went whole hog on […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap! Week 5

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♦♦♦ We are at the midpoint of the 2012 high school football season. Here’s a look at who did an said what during Week 5 in southwestern Connecticut. Compiled by executive sports editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. Bulldozers Mike Burns, Wilton: Scored two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards on 13 […] [Read More]

Barlow’s Tynan won’t be suspended for violating CIAC 50-Point Policy

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The CIAC has spoken, Barlow coach Rob Tynan won’t be suspended for violating the CIAC’s ‘Score Management’ policy for defeating Immaculate 56-0 on Saturday. The CIAC said ‘proper sportsmanship protocols’ were followed during the game. On Sunday’s Laxworm Radio high school football show, Tynan said when it became apparent that Barlow might score more than […] [Read More]

‘About Last Weekend…’ Week 5: The Changing of the Guard

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♦♦♦ A king has his reign and then he must fall. #cthsfb — Peter Gerson (@p92g) October 13, 2012 With keen and wisened eyes, a number of Xavier High School football alumni grouped together in shallow right at Palmer Field Friday night. It was a who’s who of Xavier’s recent, glorious past: Ryan Murphy, Jovan […] [Read More]

Week 5 Primer and Live Updates: The Storm Arrives

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… It’s judgement night in the SCC: Hand and Xavier will kick off in the Rumble at Palmer Field. Hillhouse and North Haven tangle in the fray at Vanacore Field. Fairfield Prep takes on Cheshire in the fight at the Maclary Complex. There’s so much to say, so much to talk about. Elsewhere Liam O’Neil […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap: Week 4

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We’re just about at the halfway point of the season. Here’s a quick look back at who did and said what in Week 4. Compiled by Executive Sports Editor Gary Rogo and the Hearst Connecticut sports staff. BULLDOZERS Frank Bacarella, Masuk: Senior ran 14 times for 133 yards with three scores in a 63-14 rout […] [Read More]
Categories: CSC , FCIAC , High School Football , NVL , SCC | More

Sunday Crunch: Attack of the Creatures from the Pits!

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Prepare yourself! Prepare to scream in TERROR! Deep! Deep from the depths of the nether regions, come creatures to vile, so merciless, so unrelenting, they threaten to ruin the season of your favorite high school football team! You’ll experience Thrills! and Chills! as these nightmares come to a football field near you. You grab your […] [Read More]

‘About last night…’ Week 4: Blowout City

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Jeez, kids. What got into your pregame pasta dinners this week? As the scores rolled across our ticker Friday night, it was blowout, after blowout, after blowout. “Look at all these points being scored,” WELI’s George DeMaio cooed as the night’s action was read to him on his Friday night broadcast. “Unbelievable.” They came in […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap: Week 3

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A weekly look back at the who said and did what during the high school football season. Compiled by the Hearst CT Sports Staff: Mike Cardillo, Sean Patrick Bowley, Dave Ruden, Pat Pickens, Cam Martin and Doug Bonjour. Bulldozers Niko DeRosa, Foran: 168 yards and two TDs on 15 carries as Lions won their first […] [Read More]

Sunday Crunch: Mufasha, St. Joseph states their case

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They call him the ‘Lion King,’ an endearing reference to his name, “Mufasha,” and the namesake of the titular character from the popular Disney franchise. Like his namesake, Mufasha Abdul Basir grew up before our eyes Saturday at Darien High School. Called upon to make the biggest play of the young season, Abdul Basir, his […] [Read More]

Week 3 Primer and live updates: Rain, postponements galore (updated)

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Week 3 began as a mess with rain, rain and more rain fudging with the schedules. But there was football played Friday night and there were a few intriguing results, especially up north, where nary a drop fell after kickoff. Along Route I-84, Tyler Hassett and Weston hit a landmark victory when they rallied back […] [Read More]