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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bunnell edges Weston

Chris Rosario returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Bunnell football team to a 30-25 South-West Conference victory over host Weston.

Rosario also caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Chris Sloat for the Bulldogs (3-0), who are ranked second in the Register Top 10 Poll.

Sloat also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Navarro and Oliver Aurelia scored on a 2-yard run for Bunnell, which trailed 12-0 after the first quarter.

Sloat completed 11 of 22 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Mark Harrison caught five passes for 90 yards, Navarro caught three for 35 yards and Rosario made three catches for 79 yards.

Aurelia finished with 68 yards on nine carries while Sloat rushed nine times for 73 yards.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hand's Filippone wishes Prep well

After Hand emerged with a hard-fought 27-21 victory over Fairfield Prep, Hand coach Steve Filippone pulled Fairfield Prep quarterback Brendan Nizolek aside and wished the 5-foot-11, 175 pound junior and his teammates well.

Nizolek's brother, Ryan, was a fullback/linebacker at Hand from 2002-2005, and helped led the Tigers to three state titles.

"I told Nizo that I wanted them (Fairfield Prep) to be 9-1 and the one (loss) be to us," Filippone said. "I'm hoping for both Richie (Fairfield Prep coach Rich Magdon), because as far as I'm concerned Rich Magdon is as good a man as there is in high school coaching. I mean that, sincerely. He is absolutely the cream of the crop, and I, of course, love Brendan. I hope they win nine games and go to the state championship game. I'll be there rooting for them, for sure."

Hand 27, Fairfield Prep 21

Senior fullback Brendan Maghini scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Hand football team to a 27-21 victory over Fairfield Prep at Alumni Field in Fairfield. It was the Tigers' first victory of the season.

Maghini also scored on a 12-yard run with 7:48 left in the final frame, and after the point after kick, the game was tied at 21.

Fairfield Prep (1-1) went up 21-14 on a 12-yard TD run by Peter Gruppo with 9:35 left.

Read the full story in Saturday's Register.

Friday's Postponements

North Haven at Hillhouse has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. from 3:30 p.m.

Guilford at Foran is now Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Xavier at Notre Dame-West Haven postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wilbur Cross at Amity has been moved to Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at SHELTON HIGH

It's still early but already a few games have been postponed tonight.

Most notably, Hamden at West Haven is now Saturday at 7 p.m.

I will update this entry throughout the day when updates begin available.

You may also click on this link which will bring you to the CIAC scoreboard page.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Foran hopes to navigate through tough SCC

When Jeff Bevino arrived at Foran in 2006 he heard that the Southern Connecticut Conference was a tough league. However, he didn't know just how tough it was until the games began.

Bevino has previously coached in the South-West Conference at Barlow and Notre Dame-Fairfield and was an assistant at schools in the Fairfield County Conference.

"Evey week (it's tough)," Bevino said. "People said to me before I got here that the SCC is a tough league and I said I've been in some tough leagues. I've coached in the FCIAC and the SWC, and they're all good. But the difference in this league is that every week it's a battle. You're going to get lumped up. That's the way it is."

Foran is off to a 2-0 start. During Bevino's first year the Lions went 0-10. Last year Foran finished at 2-8 and snapped a 20-game losing streak with a victory over Derby/O'Brien Tech last October.

"There are no off weeks," Bevino said. "I think some people are worried now because we used to be the off week when teams played us. But we're a little better now. I can tell you that we're better defensively, and that's been keeping us in games. I hope it stays that way."

Foran faces Guilford on Friday in Milford at 7 p.m.

"They (the kids) want it (to keep winning)," Bevino said. "That's the key thing. But wanting it and getting it in the SCC is a different story. Every week you have somebody tough but I am really happy with the way they've come out and with the way they played. It's just awesome."

Read a feature on quarterback Jake White and the Foran football team in Friday's Register.

Week 3 Predictions

The weather is wrecking havoc on this week's schedule already.

A few games were moved up to tonight (Thursday), and I will now try and get my picks in before those games kickoff.

Also of note, Wolcott at Seymour has been moved to Sunday at 4 p.m. A few games have already been moved to Monday, including Wolcott Tech at Morgan.

I am sure there will be more postponements this weekend and I will try and update them as best as possible.

My picks for area games are in bold.

Shelton at Cheshire
Lyman Hall at East Haven

Sacred Heart at Woodland
North Haven at Hillhouse
Hand at Fairfield Prep
Derby/O'Brien Tech at Branford
Guilford at Foran
Hamden at West Haven
Law at Sheehan
Wilbur Cross at Amity
Xavier at Notre Dame-West Haven
Westhill at Platt Tech

Ansonia at Wilby
Naugatuck at Kennedy
Cromwell at Haddam-Killingworth
North Branford at Old Saybrook/Westbrook
Valley Regional/Old Lyme at Hyde
Bunnell at Weston
Oxford at Bethel
Stratford at Notre Dame-Fairfield

Wolcott at Seymour

Wolcott Tech at Morgan

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shelton-Cheshire moved up to Thursday

Just got an e-mail from Steve Trifone, the AD at Cheshire.

The Shelton at Cheshire football game, originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Cheshire's Maclary Complex, has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m. at the same site.

Trifone cited the impending inclement weather expected for Friday as the reason for the switch. Cheshire plays on a natural grass field.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Poll Position-Week 2

The latest Register Top 10 Football Poll will be published in Tuesday's edition.

One team from last week's Top 10, Greenwich, lost. The Cardinals suffered a 31-25 defeat to Darien. Due to that loss, there was some shuffling in the Top 10.

However, Ansonia (2-0) is still ranked No. 1. Did voters drop Greenwich out of the Top 10? If so, did Darien pick up enough support to make the Top 10?

Find out Tuesday.

Conference Breakdown:

28 teams received votes this week, including a leading seven from the Southern Connecticut Conference. Here is breakdown by conference: