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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hopkins 21, Hamden Hall 14 (OT)

Keith Smith caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Greg Volpe in overtime to lift Hopkins to this prep school win over rival Hamden Hall.

The win marked No. 200 for Hopkins coach Tom Parr. The Hilltoppers finish the season at 4-3. Volpe also made two interceptions on defense.

Sophomore Jim Martino rushed 16 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns for Hopkins. The game was scoreless at halftime.

T.J. Linta scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Whalen for the Hornets (3-4). Curtis Antrum rushed 18 times for 158 yards for Hamden Hall.

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Friday's recap

Roundup and box scores

Notre Dame-West Haven beats Fairfield Prep, stays in playoff race

No. 1 Xavier tops West Haven

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Friday, November 11, 2011

No. 1 Xavier 47, West Haven 22

Senior Mike Mastroianni rushed 13 times for 137 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the visiting Falcons to this SCC interdivision win at Ken Strong Stadium.

Pat D'Amato scored on a 3-yard run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Murphy in the first half as No. 1 Xavier (9-0) built a 40-6 lead at halftime.

Matt Craig (13 carries, 89 yards) scored on a 14-yard run in the second half for the Falcons.

Nick Nieves threw touchdown passes of 7 and 12 yards to Tahir Manning, while Nieves and Duane Gary connected on a 23-yard TD pass for the Westies (6-3).

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Week 9 Preview

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Hamden Hall, Hopkins to square off in prep school clash on Saturday

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Prep school rivals Hamden Hall and Hopkins to clash Saturday

Both Hamden Hall and Hopkins enter Saturday's prep school contest with identical 3-3 records.

Hamden Hall, coach by NFL agent Joe Linta, is balanced offensively. The Hornets pass and ran fairly equally.

The Hornets are led by sophomore quarterback T.J. Linta, the coach's son, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns. Senior running back Curtis Antrum has rushed for 915 yards and eight scores, while senior fullback Marc Cafasso has gained valuable yardage as well.

"We have our work cut out for us," Hopkins coach Tom Parr said. "The Linta boy is a great QB, but they also have Antrum and Cafasso. They have a lot of weapons. Doing the spread that they do, it's always hard to defend."

Hopkins is led by senior quarterback Greg Volpe and running backs Jashon DeSenna and Jim Martino.

"They're well-coached," Joe Linta said. "Tom is a real pro, he does a very nice job. They're a grind-it-out type team. They do a very good job of controlling the offense. I think we're pretty even on paper."

Kickoff is set for noon at Hopkins in New Haven. Hamden Hall has not defeated Hopkins since 2001.

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Athlete of the Week: Brandon Basil

Brandon Basil, North Branford, football: Junior completed 20-of-35 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-16 win over Coginchaug.


Dillon McMahon, Derby, football: Junior caught seven passes for three touchdowns and a school-record 202 yards in a 54-27 win over Seymour. He also holds the Derby school record for receptions in a season (44) and receiving yards (812). McMahon also had two interceptions.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Week 8 Recap

Xavier remains No. 1 in latest Top 10 Poll

Hopkins gears up for big game against Hamden Hall


Ansonia So. RB Arkeel Newsome: Ran for 221 yards and five touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in a 48-14 win over Wolcott.

Derby Sr. QB Ray Kreiger: Ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-27 win over Seymour.

Masuk Sr. RB Colin Markus: Rushed 19 times for 202 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-3 win over Pomperaug.

North Branford Jr. QB Brandon Basil: Completed 20-of-35 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-16 win over Coginchaug.


Cheney Tech Sr. CB D.J. Dawkins: Recovered a fumble and had an interception in a 41-0 win over Wolcott Tech. Dawkins also rushed for 109 yards and scored twice.

Hyde Jr. LB Akeem Berry: Had nine tackles and two sacks in a 32-6 victory over East Hampton/Vinal Tech.

Notre Dame-West Haven Sr. LB Mike Palmieri: Scored on a 75-yard fumble recovery and had a sack in a 28-7 win over Cheshire.

North Haven Sr. LB Joe Schwab: Scored on a 53-yard interception return in a 49-20 win over Foran. Schwab also ran for two touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass.


Hillhouse So. Harold Cooper: Scored on an 80-yard kickoff return in a 41-20 win over Branford. Cooper also rushed 11 times for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Law Sr. Connor Falaguerra: Scored on an 80-yard kickoff return in a 42-17 loss to Guilford.

Shelton Jr. K Ed Groth: Kicked field goals of 27 and 37 yards in a 20-13 win over Fairfield Prep.

Pomperaug Sr. K Matt Paola: Kicked a 48-yard field goal in a 49-3 loss to Masuk.


Ledyard: Defeated Waterford 15-7 to capture the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division title.

Masuk: Defeated Pomperaug 49-3 to earn its third straight berth in the South-West Conference title game.

O’Brien Tech: Defeated Wilcox Tech 44-30 to earn its second win of the season.

Stamford: Defeated previously unbeaten New Canaan 36-29 to earn its first win over the Rams since 1977.


Xavier at West Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.: 960-WELI


Hamden Hall (3-3) at Hopkins (3-3), Saturday, noon: No. 1 Xavier at West Haven is arguably the state’s best game on tap Friday night, but this prep school clash between area teams could be just as exciting on Saturday. Hamden Hall, led by coach, and NFL agent, Joe Linta, has an explosive player in senior running back Curtis Antrum. Hopkins counters with senior Jashon DeSenna and quarterback Greg Volpe, whose father, Greg, is the head coach at East Haven.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Milford Academy ends season unbeaten

Info. from Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick

UCONN commit Montrell Dobbs (Ansonia) finished the season with a team leading 20 touchdowns and 1,366 yards. Dobbs is now the 2nd all-time rushing leader in school history overtaking New York Jets running back Shonn Greene, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and University of Miami running back Graig Cooper.

Dobbs finished 88 yards shy of topping the mark set by Fred Russell.

Bobby Kinnebrew (Ansonia) tied the all-time sack record of 13.5 held by Antonio Dixon, now playing defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Falcons have won 22 of the last 23 games. This year marked the first undefeated season in under Chaplick, now in his 12th year. The Falcons are now 108 wins with 31 losses for a .780 winning percentage under Chaplick.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Week 8 in pictures, videos