Connecticut High School Football

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Week 3 Primer and Live Scoring Updates: Less 2010 and more 2011, please

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Something’s not right here. We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it. Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day. Paraphrasing Phil […] [Read More]

The Guide to Week 3′s Games

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Here is your Guide for Week 3’s regional high school football games. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bassick (0-2) Wilton (2-0) 6 Get excited for your Warriors, Wilton O’Brien Tech (1-1) Capital Prep (2-0) 6:30 Honeymoon’s over, Condors Warde (1-1) New Canaan (2-0) 7 TV show ‘Traditions’ wants a happy ending Trumbull (1-0) Ludlowe (0-2) […] [Read More]

Masuk at Oxford (The Movie!)

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Our second-to-last Week 1 video recap takes us to “The Swamp” in Oxford where then-No. 2-now-No.1 Masuk rolled over the host Wolverines. Though Masuk struck quick and early beginning with Tom Milone’s opening kickoff return TD, Oxford fought the good fight for a little while. But it was done in by a bunch of turnovers […] [Read More]

Pomperaug at Brookfield (The Movie!)

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This game was probably the most eye-opening result of Week 1, at least here in Shangri-La. Not that we thought Pomperaug would lose, but we were pretty sure of ourselves that Brookfield wouldn’t lose… at least this early. Given the small upheavals going on in Southbury — a 36-year coach retires, incumbent quarterback transfers, top […] [Read More]

2011 High School Football Cheat Sheet: The SWC

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPION MASUK (13-0, Class L champion) CHAMPIONSHIP DATE Thursday, Nov. 17 at Bulldog Field, Bunnell High School, Stratford. ♦♦♦ TEAM-BY-TEAM PREVIEW CAPSULES ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS ♦♦♦ CASEY COCHRAN, QB, Masuk — Theres nothing we could say here that hasn’t been mentioned about the UConn recruit. Consummate team player threw for 3,345 yards, […] [Read More]

Let’s play water polo: New Canaan at Brookfield scrimmage

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Count us stunned to hear Brookfield’s scrimmage with New Canaan remained a go as biblical rain swept across Fairfield County Tuesday afternoon. Sure we had to pull the galoshes and umbrellas out, but if they were playing, we were going especially since we were eager to catch Brookfield in action before the start of the […] [Read More]

Reel Time: Newtown-Seymour; Masuk-Greenwich game scrimmages

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Continuing our scrimmage coverage for the week, we present two significant game scrimmages (you know, the one run like actual games): Newtown at Seymour on Friday, Sept. 2. Then Masuk at Greenwich, Monday, Sept. 5. NEWTOWN AT SEYMOUR We’ll start with this one first. Played on the practice fields at Seymour high school, Newtown defeated […] [Read More]

Want more Casey Cochran videos? Here’s four from ESPN (co-starring Brock Huard)

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Not exactly sure what to make of this latest internet find, except to say it’s… different, at least in our high school football niche: ESPN videos of Masuk QB Casey Cochran hanging out in Bristol with college analyst and former Washington star Brock Huard. This is a first. But, OK, sure. Roll film. Add: There’s […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Bunnell quad scrimmage report

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OK, kids, approximately two weeks into the 2011 preseason, it’s time to start posting scrimmage reports. Hurricane Irene has played havoc with the schedule somewhat (some school districts that have postponed school for the week won’t even let their fall teams practice, which is just nuts what with the CIAC’s 14-day mandatory practice rule suddenly […] [Read More]

Preseason 2011: Five (or Six or Seven) Pressing Questions for the SWC

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1. Can anyone beat Masuk? No. 1a. Um… Could you please embellish? Do we need to? What else is there to say? You’ve read and seen this a millions times before. Masuk has the state’s best quarterback in Casey Cochran. But you knew that. You’ve seen and read it it here, here, here, here, here, […] [Read More]

The (tentative) 2011 High School Football Scrimmage Schedule

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Awright. Here we go. Everybody gets started for real Monday. From now until mid-December, it’ll be wall-to-wall football. Scrimmage schedules. We’ve got your scrimmage schedules! These are the most up-to-date listings on CIAC’s website (though, this year, they haven’t been listed on the master schedule. So I had to go through each regional school, one […] [Read More]

The (somewhat) definitive Connecticut Class of 2012 recruiting list

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With some fanfare, top college recruiting website Rivals.com unveiled its state-by-state recruit rankings a couple of weeks ago. So we here at Connecticut Football HQ thought it would be nice to take those and compile a comprehensive list of the state’s top recruits heading into the 2011 season. This is purely a list based on […] [Read More]

Immaculate works quick, goes exotic with coaching hire from Georgia

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UPDATED (8:45) News-Times writer Kevin Duffy has the whole story on how Bryan Pinabell landed in Connecticut at Immaculate after an entire coaching career spent in the south. Immaculate pegs Georgia high school assistant as next football coach Hint: His wife led him to Shangri La. UPDATED (4:10) We just got off the phone with […] [Read More]

Immaculate looking for a new football coach

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Immaculate is searching for a new football coach. Coach Gary Bellagamba resigned earlier this week after one season for personal reasons, according to a story by Rich Gregory of the NewsTimes. He had been an assistant coach prior to last year. From the article: “We’re very thankful for the five years he gave us,” Immaculate […] [Read More]

Holiday Extras: Croce to Gunnery; Calitro to Villanova; DesRuisseaux to Milford

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This week has been a whirlwind of statewide high school football news and tidbits. Here’s the latest as we head into the July 4 weekend. QB CROCE LEAVING POMPERAUG — Pomperaug quarterback Kellen Croce will likely enroll at The Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn., his father, offensive coordinator Steve Croce said. Croce was an […] [Read More]

When’s your spring football game?

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We’re in the process of gathering all of the annual spring football game dates for the 2011 season. Here is an evolving list: We’ll attempt to get a comprehensive list over the next day or so. If you want your spring game listed email me at sbowley@ctpost.com. Amity Ansonia – Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. […] [Read More]

Once “selfish,” Brogna says he’s at Notre Dame for the long haul

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Rico Brogna has worn a lot of hats over the years. He can call himself an alumni of many clubs, and not just his stops during his nine years as a Major League Baseball player. Since retiring after the 2001 season, the Watertown native has been a head coach at Post University baseball, Kennedy football, […] [Read More]

Chuck Drury makes it official, steps down at Pomperaug

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UPDATED, Friday, 1 a.m. Chuck Drury has ended his outstanding, championship career at Pomperaug. Athletic director Joe Velardi first confirmed the to the News-Times of Danbury Thursday afternoon, then Drury himself later in the day. Drury, 62, said he is indeed stepping down to join his son Mike’s football staff at Southington High School. He […] [Read More]

Mike Drury’s hiring at Southington will rock Pomperaug

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Michael Drury has been named the next football coach at Southington High School, the Southington Citizen reported Wednesday. Drury will replace D.J. Hernandez, who coached one season before resigning for a position at Brown. But that’s not all. A source close to the family says the 28-year old coach, who was previously serving as defensive […] [Read More]

Updated: Brookfield’s Brown also get Team USA tryout

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Note: Due to confusion between Team USA and the US Army All-American Bowl teams, this post has been corrected to include just Boeing Brown. Masuk’s Casey Cochran had been erroneously added. He will be attending the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A few days ago we reported Bassick lineman Brandon Williams‘ invitation to the U-19 Team […] [Read More]

Joe Beler resigns as Notre Dame-Fairfield football coach

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Desiring a break from the daily grind of managing and coaching a high school football program, Joe Beler has resigned at Notre Dame-Fairfield today. Beler, a Milford resident and business teacher at Law, coached the Lancers for two seasons compiling a 5-15 record. Injuries and low numbers helped contribute to Notre Dame’s 2-8 record in […] [Read More]

Fairfield County Chapter Scholar-Athletes announced

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The Ralph DeSantis Fairfield County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame is holding its annual scholar-athlete dinner Tuesday night at the Continental Manor in Norwalk. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 to attend. Congratulations to all of these fine young men. School Coach Student Nominee Bassick Frank Marcucio […] [Read More]

2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team

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The 2010 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team was unveiled today at the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions — which honors the four state championship teams from the state — at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. Masuk coach John Murphy was honored as the Foundation’s Coach of the Year after a 13-0, Class L […] [Read More]

State Tournament Central: The CIAC Football Semifinals

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Good morning, afternoon or evening from wherever you are. Welcome to Tournament Central. Centro del Torneo. Welcome to our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football world, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s state football semifinal round. You’re not going to find a better spot to witness all of […] [Read More]

CIAC State Football Semifinal Preview & Pick the Winners

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SIXTEEN DOWN. Twelve to go. We knock off eight more Saturday. Welcome to the end of the gauntlet portion — two games, four days — of the new and improved CIAC football playoffs. What used to be championship Saturday is now Semifinal Saturday, a week before the big games at the Rent. But, boy, it […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday Recap: Contenders, Pretenders Part Ways

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STATE SEMIFINAL SITES/TIMES Saturday, Dec. 4 Class LL: Trumbull v. NFA, at West Haven 2 p.m. / Xavier v. Glastonbury at SCSU, 2 p.m. Class L: Darien v. Masuk, at Shelton, 2 p.m. / New Canaan v. Hand at West Haven, 7 p.m. Class M: Hillhouse v. Gilbert/NW at Waterbury, 2 p.m.; Brookfield v. New […] [Read More]

Super Tuesday: State Football Quarterfinal Primer & Live Blog

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Welcome to Super Tuesday. 32 teams enter. 16 leave. Tonight, the CIAC football state quarterfinals kick off across the state at 6:30. Regionally, we have nine (or so) lucky qualifiers — shown above — Brookfield takes on Lyman Hall in Class M; St. Joseph hosts Woodland at Ludlowe,  Ansonia hosts Hyde in Class S; New […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class M & S)

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We press on with the final two classes of the CIAC state quarterfinal draw. In Class M, which has strengthened considerably in recent weeks, we have a defending state champ vs. a young but talented SCC Division II power. We have a pair of playoff babies in Plainville and Gilbert/Northwestern, who have played in a […] [Read More]

Brave New World: CIAC Quarterfinal Previews (Class LL & L)

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Yes! Finally, we have ourselves, in my humble estimation, a legit playoff season in Connecticut high school football. The pairings have been set, the hype is just starting to boil to the surface. It’s time to see who the best teams in the state really are. It’s time to start the new and improved CIAC […] [Read More]

THANKSGIVING DAY WRAP: Mutual admiration in Darien, all aboard the Greyhound & the comeback kids

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The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl between Darien and New Canaan had all the makings of a bloodbath, the salvo fired from a select few players on the Darien football team with their pregame bluewash at Dunning Stadium. New Canaan’s blood boiled when its residents saw the midnight decorations at their school Wednesday morning. Heck, police […] [Read More]