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Friday, November 26, 2010

Playoff pairings official

The CIAC football committee has approved this year's playoff pairings.

Here is the breakdown:
Quarterfinals are slated for Tuesday at the site of the higher seed.

Class LL
No. 8 West Haven at No. 1 Xavier (Palmer Field, Middletown)
No. 7 Hall at No. 2 NFA
No. 6 Conard at No. 3 Trumbull
No. 5 Staples at No. 4 Glastonbury

No. 8 Bristol Eastern at No. 1 Masuk at Bunnell, Stratford
No. 7 North Haven at No. 2 Hand (Surf Club, Madison)
No. 6 New Canaan at No. 3 Naugatuck
No. 5 Darien at No. 4 Wethersfield

No. 8 Hillhouse at No. 1 Berlin (Sage Park, Berlin)
No. 7 Platt at No. 2 New London
No. 6 Lyman Hall at No. 3 Brookfield
No. 5 Plainville at No. 4 Gilbert/NW Regional at Torrington

No. 8 Sacred Heart at No. 1 Valley Regional
No. 7 Cromwell at No. 2 Montville
No. 6 Hyde at No. 3 Ansonia (Nolan Field)
No. 5 Woodland at No. 4 St. Joseph (at Fairfield Ludlowe)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Playoff ratings

Here are the latest playoff ratings, which seem to have determined, unoffically, the eight teams in each of the four classes that have qualified.

View the ratings here.

Naugatuck 38, Ansonia 20

Senior quarterback Erich Broadrick ran for two touchdowns and passed for three to lead the Naugatuck football team to a 38-20 Naugatuck Valley League interdivision victory over host Ansonia Thursday before an estimated 4,000 at Jarvis Stadium.

The win clinched the NVL title and secured a Class L state playoff berth for the Greyhounds (9-1). Naugatuck now trails in the annual Thanksgiving Day series 66-35-11. It was the first win for the Greyhounds over the Chargers since 2001, which marked the last time Naugatuck captured the NVL title.

Broadrick scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 6 yards, and completed 12 of 19 passes for 215 yards. Broadrick connected twice with senior Tyler Conklin on touchdown passes and once with senior Irman Farimani.

Naugatuck led 17-14 at halftime after a 31-yard field goal from Mick Pernell.
Arkeel Newsome scored on a 9-yard run, Montrell Dobbs on a 2-yard run, and Andrew Matos caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Elliott Chudwick for Ansonia (9-1), which is ranked sixth in the Register Top 10 Poll. Dobbs carried 26 times for 114 yards.

Ansonia also qualified for the playoffs. The Chargers will be the third seed in Class S.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Darien players suspended

Read Dave Ruden's story here.

No names mentioned, yet, but several members of the Darien football team were suspended and will not play Thursday against New Canaan after "a vandalism incident at New Canaan High School overnight that caused significant damage to the school was reportedly the work of five Darien football players who reportedly have been suspended from the team on the eve of its key football game with the Rams", according to the story.

Darien (10-0) recently won the FCIAC title. New Canaan (8-1) needs to defeat the Blue Wave in order to qualify in Class L. Darien has already secured a berth in that class.

Still no names, but the story was updated to include that "two starters, one reserve and two non-players were involved"


Lyman Hall players suspended

At least three Lyman Hall football players have been suspended and will not play Thursday against Sheehan in the team's final regular season game. One is senior quarterback John DeSandre, according to sources.
Lyman Hall (7-2) is battling for a Class M state playoff berth. The Trojans will clinch a spot with a victory over their rivals, but their postseason hopes could be in jeopardy with a loss.
The players were suspended after breaking team rules this past weekend which, according to sources, was a violating of the school’s substance abuse policy. The players were allegedly caught drinking.
"Some football players did break a school policy and they're being appropriately disciplined," Lyman Hall athletic director Amy Labas said. "I'm not able to say for how long (the suspension will be) or who they are."


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Semifinal sites set

Here are the sits for the semifinals games, which will be contested on Dec. 4.

The sites and times are as follows (the listing of which specific game is in which slot will be posted by noon on Wednesday, December 1 assuming all quarterfinals are completed on Tuesday):

* West Haven (Games at 2:00/7:00)
* Municipal Stadium, Waterbury (Games at 2:00/7:00)
* Shelton (One game at 2:00)
* Bunnell (One game at 2:00)
* Middletown (One game at 2:00)
* Southern Connecticut State University (One game at 2:00)

Quarterfinal games are Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the site of the higher seeded team. State finals are set for Dec. 10-11 at Rentschler Field.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Latest Top 10 Poll

Xavier remains No. 1 in latest Top 10 Poll. No new teams joined the Top 10 this week. Trumbull dropped from No. 6 to No. 10 after losing to Darien in the FCIAC title game.

Click here to view the complete poll.