Connecticut High School Football

High School Football news, analysis, commentary and features from the reporters of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Middletown QB Dario Highsmith (6) was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.

Highsmith named Gatorade Player of the Year

Middletown quarterback Dario Highsmith has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year. The junior will lead the No. 4 Blue Dragons into Saturday’s Class L semifinals where they will face No. 1 Darien at Pomperaug HS at 2 o’clock. Highsmith has rushed for 2,565 yards and 27 touchdowns this season while passing for […] [Read More]


  The calendar says winter is on its way, but on Tuesday night in football stadiums around the state, it sure felt as is if  ”March Madness” had arrived early.  Yes, the sport is different, but all the emotions that come from the NCAA’s greatest tournament, sure felt the same in one incredible night of football. There were scintillating comebacks, fantastic finishes, jaw-dropping […] [Read More]
Ridgefield’s Will Bonaparte runs past Newtown’s Nick Samuelson. (Tyler Sizemore/Staff photographer)

Ridgefield edges Newtown in a thriller

In a game loaded with big plays, momentum shifts and a lot of twists and turns, eighth-seeded Ridgefield pulled out a dramatic 35-33 win over top-seeded host Newtown Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL Tournament. The Tigers (10-2) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will face No. 4 Southington at West […] [Read More]

Barlow, St. Joseph set to clash in high-powered semifinal

In order to prepare for its next opponent in the Class M state tournament, the Barlow High football team will have to go back to the beginning. The Falcons will face St. Joseph in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bunnell High in Stratford. And as it turns out, Barlow’s first scrimmage this […] [Read More]

Brookfield tops Bethel on last-minute touchdown

By the time Bethel had abruptly cleared its sidelines, Brookfield coach Rich Angarano was still giving out hugs to players and yelling “Wooooo!” to no one in particular. Brookfield bounced back from a 20-0 loss to Bethel on Thanksgiving with a dramatic, come-from-behind 22-21 victory over the Wildcats Tuesday. The recap of the Class M […] [Read More]
St Joseph's Shane Miller (88) is congratulated by teammate Darren Jasckson (8) after scoring one of his four touchdowns against Ledyard. (Mike Ross/For Hearst Newspapers)

St. Joseph lights up the scoreboard against Ledyard

St. Joseph running back Mufasha Abdul Basir called his team’s 808-yard, 84-point outburst Tuesday a “good” offensive day. That most certainly is an understatement. The Cadets scored touchdowns on 13 of their 14 possessions in an 84-49 rout of No.7 Ledyard in the Class M state quarterfinals at Trumbull High. Five different players scored touchdowns […] [Read More]
New Canaan's Zachary Allen (# 44) pressures Farmington quarterback Jeremy Buck.
Photo/Bob Luckey

New Canaan back in form

I thought Farmington could hang with New Canaan. I was wrong. The Indians had no chance in this game and that was apparent from the opening kickoff. The Rams picked off Farmington on the third play of the game, scored on the next series and rolled from there, winning 46-0. Shockingly, it was the Rams […] [Read More]

Ansonia, Newsome just keep running

For most of the night the ball belonged to just three Ansonia players. Corey Dzienkiewicz picked it up at center. Once in a while, he sent it back to Tajik Bagley. Most of the time, though, he snapped it to a fellow you may have heard of, one Arkeel Newsome. Loving the Wildcat, Newsome ran […] [Read More]
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