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Saturday, September 17, 2011

H-K's Vollaro injured in win over Hyde

Haddam-Killingworth senior running back Andrew Vollaro suffered an apparent foot injury in the Cougars' 51-30 win over Hyde on Saturday.

Vollaro did not play in the second half. Before being injured, Vollaro rushed 11 times for 73 yards.

"He got stepped on," H-K coach Dennis O'Rourke said. "We're not sure if there's a break or not. We'll see."

Vollaro was expected to be the Cougars featured back this season.

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Masuk's Cochran sets state passing record

Masuk senior quarterback Casey Cochran set the state record for career passing yards after throwing for 298 yards in a 49-14 South-West Conference interdivision victory over host Oxford Saturday.

Cochran has now thrown for 7,998 yards. He needed just 11 yards to surpass the mark of 7,710 yards set by former St. Joseph standout Joe Della Vecchia from 2007-2010. Cochran was 15-of-19 with three touchdowns and one interception.

Colin Markus rushed 10 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, ranked No. 2 in the Register Poll. Thomas Milone returned the game's opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and he also caught four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Chris Hovan scored on an 84-yard kickoff return, and Jeff Haney returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdowns, for the Wolverines.

Note: Stats were called in by Oxford and are unofficial.

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Haddam-Killingworth 51, Hyde 30

H-K scored 29 unanswered points in the second half to erase an 8-point deficit to win this Pequot Conference Sassacus Division victory at Bowen Field.

The game was tied at 22 at halftime. Hyde's Akeem Berry scored on a two-yard run and then Devan Dolphin caught the 2-point conversion pass from Kevin Jones as the Howling Wolves took a 30-22 lead in the third quarter.

Then, Patrick Dougherty caught a 29-yard pass from Alex DiMauro-D'Amico, but the 2-point run failed and H-K trailed 30-28.

Nate Cruz then scored the winning touchdown on a 9-yard run with 7:34 left in the final stanza. Dan German added two rushing touchdowns later in the quarter for the Cougars.

German finished with 93 yards on 15 carries. Cruz carried 11 times for 32 yards. Greg Duval ran back a kickoff 64 yards for another H-K score.

Kevin Jones went 7-for-11 for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Hyde. Elijah Nixon had 4 catches for 115 yards and two TDs.

It was the fifth straight loss for Hyde dating back to last season, and the first win for H-K over the Howling Wolves since 1999.

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Friday's recap/Saturday's schedule

North Haven knocked off No. 4 Hillhouse.

Shelton rallies past Wilbur Cross.

No. 1 Xavier rolls past Notre Dame

Branford holds off Foran

Valley Regional outscores North Branford

Roundup and Box scores

Farmington at E.O. Smith, 1:00 p.m.
South Windsor at Conard, 1:00 p.m.
Weaver at Tolland, 1:00 p.m.
Manchester at Hall, 1:30 p.m.

Prince Tech at Abbott Tech, 1:00 p.m.
Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech at Capital Prep/Classical Magnet, 1:00 p.m.

Windham at Norwich Free Academy, 1:00 p.m.

Fairfield Ludlowe at Darien, 1:30 p.m.
Staples at St. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.
Trinity Catholic at Westhill, 1:30 p.m.

Cromwell at East Hampton/Vinal Tech, 11:00 a.m.
Haddam-Killingworth at Hyde Leadership, 1:00 p.m.
Nonnewaug at Coginchaug, 1:00 p.m.
Morgan at Lewis Mills, 2:00 p.m.

Canton at Ellington/Somers, 12:00 p.m.
Enfield at Granby Memorial, 1:00 p.m.

Masuk at Oxford, 12:00 p.m.
Bunnell at Immaculate, 1:00 p.m.

Wolcott Tech at Stamford Academy, 1:00 p.m.
Naugatuck at East Longmeadow (MA), 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 16, 2011

North Haven, Hillhouse videos

North Haven 20, Hillhouse 19

North Haven blocked a Hillhouse field goal attempt with five seconds remaining as the Indians held on to a 20-19 SCC interdivision victory at Bowen Field over the No. 4 Academics.

Jalon White scored the winning touchdown on a 15-yard run with 1:44 left.

Hillhouse took over at their own 38-yard line and drove to the 5 on nine plays, including a 21-yard run from Je'Vaughn Moore on 4th-and-10, before the field goal was blocked.

White also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Burr to cut the Academics lead to 19-13.
Hillhouse (0-1) led 13-0 at halftime.

White finished with 110 yards on 24 carries. Teammate Joe Schwab rushed 30 times for 144 yards and one score.

Andre Anderson gained 121 yards on just five carries and scored on touchdown runs of 80 and 36 yards in the first half. Moore connected with Mike Washington on a 57-yard TD pass.

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Cheshire turf update

Cheshire is currently in the process of getting a new turf field at the Maclary Complex. School officials had hoped the field would be ready by October.

There have been some buzz, though, that the field won't be ready until Thanksgiving Day (when Cheshire hosts Southington) because the track installation requires that the track surface has to be "cured." It would mean several weeks before anyone could walk on it.

Cheshire AD Steve Trifone said that the turf delay has not been confirmed yet. However, just in case it happens, they have already made plans to play the Oct. 14 home game at Sheehan High.

The Oct. 14 game against Wilbur Cross was supposed to be the first game on the new field.

Cheshire hosts Hand on Oct. 6, but that game will be played at Falcon Field in Meriden.

The Rams open the season tonight against Hamden in a game that will be played at East Haven. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

We'll keep you updated.


Thursday's recap/Friday's schedule

Ansonia knocked off Torrington in a big NVL clash. Read the story here.

Read Torrington Register Citizen's Dan Podheiser's column on Ansonia-Torrington here.

Billy Gannon led Sheehan past Law.

Hartford Public at Maloney, 6:30 p.m.
Rocky Hill at Rockville, 6:30 p.m.
Bristol Central at Bulkeley, 7:00 p.m.
East Catholic at Berlin, 7:00 p.m.
East Hartford at Southington, 7:00 p.m.
Glastonbury at New Britain, 7:00 p.m.
Newington at Simsbury, 7:00 p.m.
Plainville at Bloomfield, 7:00 p.m.
Platt at Northwest Catholic, 7:00 p.m.
RHAM at Bristol Eastern, 7:00 p.m.
Wethersfield at Windsor, 7:00 p.m.

Wilcox Tech at Cheney Tech, 6:00 p.m.
Bullard Havens Tech at Platt Tech, 7:00 p.m.

Woodstock Academy at New London, 6:30 p.m.

Bacon Academy at Griswold, 6:30 p.m.
Fitch at Plainfield, 6:30 p.m.
Ledyard at Killingly, 6:30 p.m.
Waterford at Stonington, 6:30 p.m.

Harding at Stamford, 6:00 p.m.

Brien McMahon at Fairfield Warde, 7:00 p.m.
Norwalk at Danbury, 7:00 p.m.
Ridgefield at Greenwich, 7:00 p.m.

Crosby at Holy Cross, 7:00 p.m.
Kennedy at Wolcott, 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic at Derby, 7:00 p.m.

North Branford at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.

Avon at Stafford/East Windsor, 6:30 p.m.
Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby at Housatonic/Wamogo, 6:30 p.m.
Coventry/Windham Tech at Gilbert/NW Regional, 7:00 p.m.

North Haven at Hillhouse, 3:30 p.m.
Shelton at Wilbur Cross, 4:00 p.m.
Amity at West Haven, 7:00 p.m.
East Haven at Guilford, 7:00 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Daniel Hand, 7:00 p.m.
Foran at Branford, 7:00 p.m.
Hamden at Cheshire, 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Xavier, 7:00 p.m.

Bethel at New Milford, 7:00 p.m.
Pomperaug at Brookfield, 7:00 p.m.

Notre Dame-Fairfield at New Fairfield, 7:00 p.m.
Weston at Stratford, 7:00 p.m.

Newtown at Joel Barlow, 7:00 p.m.

Naugatuck at East Longmeadow (MA), 7:00 p.m.
St. Bernard/Norwich Tech at Lowell Catholic (MA), 7:00 p.m.
Trumbull at Catholic Memorial (MA), 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Newsome, Ansonia run over Torrington

Sophomore running back Arkeel Newsome rushed 24 times for 332 yards and six touchdowns as No. 5 Ansonia defeated Torrington 49-20 in a Naugatuck Valley League interdivision win at Ansonia.

Newsome scored on touchdown runs of 4, 2, 16, 8, 66 and 31 yards.

Tyler Lester added a 13-yard touchdown run for the Chargers (1-0).

Brenden Lytton rushed 32 times for 124 yards and two scores for the Red Raiders (0-1).

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Ansonia vs. Torrington: Follow Live

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Can Torrington snap losing skid against Ansonia?

Torrington Register Citizen

It’s been 24 long years, but tonight, the Torrington High School football program will have a shot at once again beating one of the state’s best.

The Red Raiders take on the Ansonia Chargers, rated No. 5 in the New Haven Register’s preseason top-10 poll, at historic Jarvis Stadium at 6 p.m. in front of what should be a frenzy of media and football fans.

Anyone and everyone who follows high school football in Connecticut — and whose rooting interest isn’t also playing Thursday — will be there, or at least following along in live blogs and through social media. It’s the game of the week, no doubt, but also an early-season chance for both teams to make a statement.

This is, for all intents and purposes, the biggest game the Raiders have played in a long, long time.

Read the full story here.

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Thursday's schedule

Fermi at Middletown, 7:00 p.m.
New Canaan at Bassick, 6:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Woodland, 6:00 p.m.
Torrington at Ansonia, 6:00 p.m.
Sheehan at Jonathan Law, 7:30 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Wilby, 6:00 p.m.
Watertown at Montville, 6:30 p.m.

Seymour snaps losing streak

DERBY — One team sought to end a losing streak that dated back to 2009.

The other was in search of its first varsity victory in school history.

That’s what was at stake when Seymour visited O’Brien Tech Wednesday at DeFilippo Field in the first game of the Connecticut high school football season.

On an emotional night that began with a pregame ceremony honoring the past and present of O’Brien Tech sports, Seymour tailback Jon Wilson and the rest of the Wildcats spoiled the Condors’ debut in front of an estimated 2,000.

Read the full story here.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wilson, Seymour spoil O'Brien Tech's debut

Senior tailback Jon Wilson scored five touchdowns for Seymour in a 42-14 non-conference victory over O'Brien Tech Wednesday at DeFilippo Field in Derby.

It marked the first win for the Wildcats (1-0) since defeating Crosby on Oct. 30, 2009.

O'Brien Tech was playing its first varsity game in school history. The Condors had been members of a co-op with Derby the past four seasons.

Wilson scored on touchdown runs of 60, 3 and 14 yards, caught a 22-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Luke Grabowski, and ran back a punt return 60 yards for another score.

Wilson finished with 106 yards on eight carries. Jack Briggs added a 34-yard TD run for Seymour.

Frank Corso rushed 19 times for 137 yards and a score for O'Brien Tech (0-1).

Josh Gordan caught a 14-yard TD pass from Nick Coppola for the Condors.

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Xavier No. 1 in Preseason Top 10 Poll

Team Points Last Class

1. Xavier (13-0) (13) 724 1 LL
Last season: Def. Trumbull 24-13 to win Class LL state title.
Opening game: vs. Notre Dame-West Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Masuk (13-0) (12) 722 2 L
Last season: Def. New Canaan 50-20 to win Class L state title.
Opening game: at Oxford, Saturday, noon.
3. New Canaan (11-2) 592 3 L
Last season: Lost to Masuk 50-20 in Class L title game.
Opening game: at Bassick, Thursday, 6 p.m.
4. Hillhouse (10-3) 543 6 M
Last season: Def. New London 7-0 to win Class M state title.
Opening game: North Haven, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
5. Ansonia (11-2) 503 9 M
Final result: Lost to St. Joseph 49-28 in the Class S title game.
Opening game: vs. Torrington, Thursday, 6 p.m.
6. Staples (9-2) 433 NR LL
Final result: Lost to Glastonbury 7-6 in the Class LL quarterfinals.
Opening game: at St. Joseph, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
7. Hand (10-2) 367 8 L
Final result: Lost to New Canaan 39-31 in the Class L semifinals.
Opening game: vs. Fairfield Prep, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. New London (10-3) 311 NR L
Final result: Lost to Hillhouse 7-0 in the Class M title game.
Opening game: vs. Woodstock Academy, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
9. West Haven (8-3) 299 NR LL
Final result: Lost to Xavier 28-7 in the Class LL quarterfinals.
Opening game: vs. Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.
10. Trumbull (11-3) 257 5 LL
Final result: Lost to Xavier 24-13 in the Class LL title game.
Opening game: at Catholic Memorial (Mass.), Friday, 7 p.m.

Others receiving votes: Cheshire (5-5), 251; Windsor (8-2), 202; North Haven (9-2), 154; Bunnell (7-3), 134; St. Joseph (10-3), 98; Berlin (10-1), 87; Brookfield (9-2), 75; Darien (11-2), 68; Montville (10-2), 63; Greenwich (5-5), 59; Glastonbury (10-2), 51; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (11-1), 47; Southington (8-2), 46; Cromwell (7-4), 39; Norwich Free Academy (11-1), 34; Notre Dame-West Haven (7-3), 32; Shelton (6-4), 29; Middletown (7-3), 25; Conard (8-3), 22; Naugatuck (9-2) and Torrington (7-3), 17; Stamford (6-4), 16; Northwest Catholic (4-6), 11; Bridgeport Central (6-4), 10; Woodland (7-4), 9; Gilbert/Northwestern (9-3), Plainville (8-3), Simsbury (2-8) and Waterford (7-3), 7.
The following voted: Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Sean Patrick Bowley, Connecticut Post; Don Boyle, Sporting News CT; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Bryant Carpenter, Meriden-Record Journal; George DeMaio, WELI; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Matt Doran, MSG Varsity; Kevin Duffy, Danbury News-Times; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Noah Finz, WTNH-8; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Patch/West Hartford News; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Mike Wollschlager, New Haven Register; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.

Poll compiled by Mike Pucci.


2011 Season Preview

Read our feature story: Spread offense taking over high school football

Check out my predictions for Week 1 Games

WATCH the first edition of our football SHOW: The Scout Team, where we offer up predictions for the season, unveil the Top 10 Preseason Poll, and check in with Hand QB Henry Foye

Monday, September 12, 2011

Torrington set to invade Ansonia

Here's a Q&A session between the Torrington Register Citizen and a representative from the NVL football blog.

Register Citizen: Torrington has not beaten Ansonia since 1987, so it’s safe to say there’s some pressure on the Raiders this Thursday. Are they feeling the same kind of pressure down in the Valley?

NVL Football Blog: There’s always pressure on the Ansonia Chargers. It comes with the territory mainly due to the fact that this program has been so successful over the course of several decades. In my opinion, I don’t sense any jitters down here thus far. This game is bigger for Torrington’s program than it is for Ansonia. But I expect both teams to come out and give it their all. It’s just a Week 1 matchup, but it has the potential to be the biggest game of the year between two NVL teams (keep in mind this is technically an out-of-league game).

Read the complete session here.

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