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Monday, September 9, 2013

XAVIER IS NO. 1: The 2013 New Haven Register Preseason Top 10

Xavier has been voted the No. 1 team in the preseason New Haven Register football poll. Senior captains Will Garrity, left, Joe Carbone, center and Andrew Meoli, at right. Catherine Avalone—The Middletown Press

And now, the 2013 New Haven Register Preseason Top 10:

Three-time defending Class LL champion Xavier narrowly edged Ansonia for No. 1 in the Register's preseason Top 10 media poll.

Xavier finished No. 1 in 2010 and 2011. It was No. 2 behind two-time Class L champion Hand a year ago.

But while Hand was ranked at No. 10, voters seemed much more confident Xavier would not only contend for a fourth-straight Class LL championship, but that it would be the best team in the state.

Ansonia, a two-time 14-0 state champion, came in at No. 2 with 13 votes. 2012 Class LL runner-up NFA earned one first-place vote. Hand received two.

Dropped out: Hillhouse (4), Windsor (3), Staples (7), Glastonbury (8), North Branford (9)

Others receiving votes:
11. Windsor, 316; 12. Glastonbury, 256; 13. Greenwich, 234; 14. Staples, 219; 15. Masuk, 141; 16. Hillhouse, 139; 17. New London, 137; 18. Shelton, 71; 19. Berlin, 58; 20. Fairfield Prep, 43; 21. Naugatuck; 22. Valley Reg./Old Lyme, 28; 23. Capital Prep/Classical/Achievement 27; 24. Oxford, 26; 25. Ledyard, 21; 26. Rocky Hill, 20; 27. Platt, 16; 28. Foran, 14; T29. Farmington and Wolcott, 12; T31. Guilford, North Haven and North Branford 8; T34 Amity, Bethel, Gilbert/Northwestern 7

The following voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, New Haven Register; Don Boyle, Sporting News CT; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Francesco Graziano, CPTV; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Meriden-Record Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Torrington Register Citizen; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Kevin Roberts, Bristol Press; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.

Poll Compiled by Mike Pucci


Anonymous Mike said...

This is a joke. Hand is Back to Back state champs. And the defending No. 1 team in the state. Pucci constantly underrates us. Its alright though, only feeds fuel to the fire

September 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...

Tis a poll. Not Pucci's Ranking. Direct your ire at every media member in Connecticut who voted Hand low. You should be happy ey even cracked the top 10.

September 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasnt Xavier ranked #1 a year ago since they were the defending #1 team the previous season, until the lost decisively to Hand in "The Game of The Century"?

September 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Mike good thing this is a poll of this season. Hand shouldn't even be there, that spot belongs to prep, Shelton or masuk

September 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...

@ciacfollower - they were indeed. ...This poll is a reflection of how the voters (for the most part) believe the teams will be this year.

September 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM 
Anonymous Advanced Predictor said...

I believe Hand should be #1 after last season. They spanked Ansonia and WH at the Yale camp right after Spring football. You have Newtown too high, but at #9 makes sense. Middletown? Didn't they lose to X by like triple digits last season?

Glad you have this site finally up and looking forward to the season of SCC. next week will have a totally new look for the top 10.

September 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...

Voters are trying to predict who the best teams in the state are in 2013, not 2012. We know who was No. 1 in 2012, now we're looking forward.

Two voters voted Hand No. 1 as a carry-over, which I distinctly despise.

If you really think they'll be No. 1, then fine. But to just confer that on a team that lost 29 seniors is ludicrous.

September 10, 2013 at 1:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching what hand did to Xavier last year it shocks me that there ranked 10. Yes they lost 30 seniors but they were also the team who at the beginning of last season was given much hope either. After prroving what they were capable of last year... I think they are going to prove everyone wrong. Also... Xavier, too over rated in my mind I believe they lost just as much as hand and even though they have won 3 years in a row, like sbp said that was the previous years not 2013.

September 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...



Xavier lost a similar amount, but returns quite a few more stud players. Hence: Voters like them much better than Hand.

September 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just evidence that the sports writers don't really know that they are writing about.

September 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...

Anybody who thinks Hand should be the preseason No. 1... in 2013... with Gerson, Walsh and 27 other players gone... should just go take a walk.

Don't need to be a sports writer to understand the logic behind that.

You do have to be from Madison to NOT understand the logic.

September 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol on that last line SPB.
Maybe not #1, but #15 on Pucci's part is a little extreme. Cmon, this is NH county now, not FF/SWC.

25 hours til the most anticipated 9/11 opening game tomor., can hardly wait.

September 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ Clearly you don't know what hand has as far as young talent and what they've done in the spring. Yes they lost a lot of their team. But with for excellent captains, they will quickly adapt to the play the young players that is also along with their outstanding coaching... it starts with a strong game against new Cannan which if the start the season with that as a win, you could be looking at another good hand football season.

September 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ I seroiusly don't get it, why does it matther to you so much what place your team is ranked preseason. If your team is good, they are going to get the recognition they deserved during the season

September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM 
Blogger Sean Patrick Bowley said...

Hoo boy. Love these partisan Hand comments. Look, y'all. They'll be OK, and by OK I mean they'll be in the thick of things. Just not a valid preseason No. 1. Sorry.

Also: Is it too much to ask that everyone try to pick a user name instead of 'anonymous?'

September 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical of parents these days, they all want their kid recognized for their greatness before they ever even do anything great.

How 'bout your team wins a game first. IF you win, then you will get the recognition you deserve. WHEN you lose, you will drop out of the poll altogether. Prepare yourself.


NC 41
H 14

Your's Truly,

SYNONYMOUS (How's that Sean?)

September 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess most of the sports writers new what they were talking about with Hand. The surprise was Staples competing with X. Those 2 reporters who voted Hand at 1 should be banned from voting, lol.

Just preseason votes and nobody knows exactly who will be great and who will not. Prep will be in the top 10 shortly, trust me on this.

September 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess all of these Hand people are quiet today...I guess they should have been happy with 10 because that only lasted one week.

September 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM 

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