Connecticut High School Football

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

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With another dominating defensive performance, the New Canaan football team moved on to the Class L final with a 17-0 win over North Haven at Law High School Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight shutout for the Rams, who beat Farmington 46-0 in the quarterfinals. The reward for the Rams? Another date with arch […] [Read More]

Back to the final, Ansonia beats Rocky Hill

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Ho, hum: Arkeel Newsome ran for all of 265 yards Saturday. That’s all. No 400-yard barrage today. Don’t know if that will dissuade anyone from thinking Rocky Hill “lost to one guy.” Especially since Newsome made a big defensive play himself. “This is team work,” Newsome said. “I’m not doing all the work.” There’s a […] [Read More]
Categories: CIAC, NVL, State Playoffs
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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State playoffs power poll

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Which FCIAC team has best shot at state title?

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Did Arkeel Newsome get robbed of player of year award?

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And the winner of the 2013 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year award is……..? Dario Highsmith. Quarterback. Middletown. Um, do I have the wrong state? Am I missing something here? Arkeel Newsome of Ansonia should have been a lock for this award, right? I mean, he’s rushed for 3,350 yards and has  an eye-popping 55 […] [Read More]