Connecticut High School Football

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

NFHS enforces new rules for player safety

The state playoff format isn’t the only change coming to high school football. As player safety continues to fall under the microscope around the country, new rules are being enforced in regards to player contact. The National Federation of State High School Associations has forbidden targeting beginning next season. Rule 2-43 reads, “Targeting is an […] [Read More]

Viewpoint: 8 football champions too many for Connecticut

Late next month, the powers that be at CIAC headquarters will hand us a revised format for next year’s state football playoffs. The four-class, 32-team, three-round setup will be replaced with a system that’s promised to alleviate concerns over player safety. After teams like Ansonia played 15 times in 13 weeks, with five of those […] [Read More]
Weston's Joe Lato has been named the new head football coach at Masuk.

Weston’s Lato to take over at Masuk

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Masuk has its new football coach in place. And, it’s a familiar one. Masuk hired Joe Lato, the former Weston High head coach and an assistant with the Panthers, athletic director John DeGennaro announced Tuesday. “I’ve always been impressed, obviously of his knowledge of the […] [Read More]

Time waits for no man – or football coach

The head coaching positions of two local high school football programs have become vacant in the last month, as Danbury High’s Dan Donovan and Pomperaug’s Dave Roach stepped down from their respective posts. Coincidentally, both men gave the same reason for leaving: there just aren’t enough hours in a day to dedicate sufficient time to […] [Read More]

‘Very early’ in process; no timetable set on Masuk coaching search

For the second straight offseason, Masuk athletic director John DeGennaro is tasked with hiring a football coach. Last year, his job was to replace the highly successful John Murphy, who resigned after winning three state titles in 16 seasons. Now, coming off the program’s first playoff-less season since 2009, DeGennaro is going back to the […] [Read More]

2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut team

  2013 Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team OFFENSE QB: Stephen Barmore (Southington) RB: Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Ervin Philips (West Haven) WR: Alex Jamele (Southington), Nick Weissauer (Foran) TE: Julian Dunn (Newtown) OL: Ryan Hovan (Ansonia), John Tondalo (North Haven), Steve Hashemi (St. Joseph), Colin McKeown (Fairfield Warde), Ryan McKenna (New Canaan)  DEFENSE DL: Zach Maxwell (Southington), […] [Read More]
The New Canaan Rams are No. 1 in the final Elite 8 poll.

Elite 8: The numbers are in, who is No. 1?

  Hearst Connecticut’s sports staff rates the top regional high school football programs (records, first-place votes in parentheses): 1. NEW CANAAN (14-1) (7): Rams allow 12 points in playoffs, capturing Class L title 44-12 over rival Darien. 2. ANSONIA (15-0) (2): Chargers win 43rd in a row in claiming 19th state title. 3. ST. JOSEPH […] [Read More]

Stratford names Cavaliere head football coach

Stratford High named T.J. Cavaliere its head football coach on Friday, replacing John Svatik, who resigned earlier this month. “We are very pleased to have T.J. running our football program,” principal Joseph Corso said in a release. “T.J. is well respected by the student body, our athletes and the faculty, and he is no stranger […] [Read More]