Sean Patrick Bowley’s Audibles: Your statewide guide to Week 8′s Games (plus Bing Crosby sings!)

The Week 8 high school football slate gets cooking with a bunch of pre-Halloween games (Photo by Peter Hvizdak)

League championship night meant we had to put off a full slate of ‘Audibles’ for Week 8. You got a taste last night, now we’ve posted the rest. We’ve refrained from making any Halloween references because, well, Newington’s school district might get upset with us. Well, except this parable from good ol’ Bing Crosby. Loved […]

Pooch’s Week 8 Greater New Haven Football Predictions (Thursday’s games)

Mike Kreiger, who amassed close to 3,000 yards of total offense, returns to lead the Red Raiders at QB. Derby is hoping his bout with mono doesn't last until the season opener.

THURSDAY’S GAMES •  Wolcott (5-1) at No. 8 Ansonia (6-1), 6 p.m.: Interesting contest pitting Wolcott’s passing game against the Chargers’ effective ground attack. The Eagles have never beaten Ansonia. Pooch’s pick: Ansonia. •  Oxford (0-6) at Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech (0-7), 6 p.m.: Oxford seeks its first victory as a member of the Naugatuck Valley […]

Hopkins’ Jake Moscarelli voted GameTimeCT Star of Week 7


With an enormous ground performance at Long Island Lutheran, Hopkins’ Jake Moscarelli has narrowly been voted the GameTimeCT Star of Week 7. He won the vote by a mere 0.76 percent over Bunnell’s Adam Wojenski, who received 33 percent of the vote. Notre Dame’s Kameron Matthews came in third place with 24 percent of the […]

Officials say goal is to open Hillhouse’s Bowen Field by Thanksgiving, 2015

Hillhouse High School students and public officials pose for photographs at a ground breaking ceremony for Bowen Field in New Haven on 10/27/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >>The message was loud and clear. Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said Monday the goal is to have Bowen Field at James Hillhouse High School ready for the 2015 Elm City Bowl Classic. Harries was flanked by elected officials, students, parents and community members during a ground-breaking ceremony at Hillhouse when he announced […]

Week 8 Football Notebook: Derby, Seymour clash with playoffs on line; Notre Dame revival

Derby's Mike Kreiger runs out of bounds while Ansonia's Malcom Martin defends Friday (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

More than just bragging rights will be on the line when Seymour visits Derby in a clash of Naugatuck Valley League rivals on Thursday. Derby (5-1) is in the thick of the Class S playoff race. The Red Raiders are currently rated fifth in that division. The top eight teams advance to the quarterfinals. Seymour […]

Week 8 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Football Poll: Ledyard, Wethersfield debut after SCC shakeup

Wethersfield's Matt Sanzaro looks for the end zone in an earlier game. Unbeaten Wethersfield debuts in the Top 10 for the first time this season (Photo Derek Turner)

Thanks to (another) exciting week in the SCC, there’s been a shakeup in this week’s edition of the GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10. Cheshire and Xavier have dropped out of the Top 10 with their losses to Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven, respectively. In their place are the Top 10 poll debuts […]

Ray Curren’s Inside the SCC: Fairfield Prep’s Colton Smith leads in a “new-school” way

Fairfield Prep's Colton Smith totaled 536 yards and five touchdowns in the Jesuits' win over Cheshire this weekend. (Catherine Avalone - Register)

Fairfield Prep quarterback Colton Smith looked toward his sideline last Friday night, stomped his foot on the ground, and waved his index finger in a circular motion, the universal motion for “Hurry up!” A few seconds later, the Jesuits were forced to use a time out and Smith barked toward the sideline, “Get the plays […]

Submit your PLAYS OF THE WEEK!

Plays of the Week

Calling all high school coaches, players or parents: Did someone on your team make a spectacular or clutch play to win the game? Make sure the rest of the state gets to see your feats of daring do by submitting a video for our weekly ‘Plays of the Week’ highlight reel. The best plays will […]

Boys Cross Country: Amity wins 1st Class LL state title since 2010

Amity wins the Class LL crown for the first time since 2010. The Spartans finished with a score of 90.  Photo-Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register

MANCHESTER >> The Amity boys cross country team knew it had a shot to take the Class LL title. The pre-race hype was in their favor, according to Kyle Beaudette. “We came into this pretty high in the polls,” he said. “We were looking to do some pretty big things.” The Spartans did big things […]

Girls Cross Country: Pias, Mercy take second in Class L

New Fairfield's Gabrielle Richichi won her third straight state title Saturday. Photo by Catherine Avalone/Register

MANCHESTER >> For the second straight year the Mercy cross country team found itself in a familiar position Saturday afternoon at Wickham Park, and one it was hoping to avoid. The Tigers scored 67 points but were edged out by Darien’s 65 to finish as the Class L runner-up for the second year in a […]

Week 7 High School Football Schedule / Results

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Friday, Oct. 24 CCC DIV. I EAST Glastonbury 14, Manchester 13 Newington 20, E.Hartford 18 CCC DIV. I WEST New Britain 28, Hall 20 Southington 41, Conard 6 CCC DIV. II EAST Hartford Pub. 34, E.O. Smith 20 Wethersfield 37, Fermi 0 CCC DIV. II WEST Brist.Cent. 36, Farmington 6 Middletown 21, Maloney 6 Windsor […]

Week 7 High School Football Primer and Live Update Blog

Xavier's Teddy Duharte looks to maneuver past West Haven's Brandon Sebastian last week. Xavier faces Notre Dame-WH Friday at 7.

WEEK 7 SCHEDULE / RESULTS The SCC Division I race is in full effect with Xavier, Shelton and Cheshire putting their unbeaten records to the test against Notre Dame-WH, Hand and Fairfield Prep, respectively. In the SWC, Newtown goes right back into the fire vs. unbeaten Brookfield. New Canaan is off a bye week and […]

Football: Colton Smith, Fairfield Prep knock off No. 6 Cheshire

Fairfield Prep's Colton Smith stiff arms Cheshire's Tyler D'errico Friday night. Fairfield Prep defeated Cheshire, 51-28. 
Catherine Avalone/Register

CHESHIRE >> Fairfield Prep knew the significance of its contest with unbeaten Cheshire on Friday. A victory would keep the Jesuits in the mix for a Class LL state playoff berth. A loss would likely dash their postseason dreams. So, Fairfield Prep’s Colton Smith took matters into his own hands. The senior quarterback was involved […]

Football: Piccirillo, No. 5 Shelton rally past Hand

Photo by Dave Phillips
Shelton's Ed Deptula (21) and Ron Hubbard (44) try to tackle Hand's Mark Hill during Shelton's victory.

MADISON >> On a night when two undefeated Southern Connecticut Conference teams fell victim to the upset, Shelton survived and stands as the lone unbeaten team in the league. The Gaels (7-0) were pushed to the limit Friday night by Hand, but came from behind twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers 33-20 […]

Cross Country: An interactive guide to the state meet at Wickham Park

Members of the Danbury boys' cross country team run up the 'Green Monster' last Tuesday. Photo by Pete Paguaga

(Click on certain parts of the map above for a detailed look at the course in video and photos. Map provided by MANCHESTER >> Granby head cross country coach Dennis Lobo calls Wickham Park a classic. “It’s probably the premier difficult course, maybe in at least southern New England,” Lobo said. “It’s kind of […]

Sean Patrick Bowley’s Audibles: The Statewide Football Guide to Week 7

Newtown's Jared DeVellis runs past Ansonia's Witold Gul during Newtown's 14-8 victory last week. Newtown hosts unbeaten Brookfield Fridayn night. (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

It’s been a rough week. So, no time to chit-chat. Here’s another edition of Audibles. Tread lightly. We’re more than halfway home. FRIDAY AWAY HOME TIME THE BOTTOM LINE Glastonbury (4-2) Manchester (3-3) 6:30 Who’s win streak goes down? We’ll say Manchester’s Newington (3-3) East Hartford (1-5) 7 Hmm, East Hartford’s been better than it’s […]

Week 7 High School Football Games to Watch

Bobby Drysdale runs for yardage in the SWC championship. Brookfield's gone back to the Wing-T this year after several in the spread. The Bobcats are playing in their first state final since 2008.
(Mara Lavitt - New Haven Register)

The GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 Poll Week 7 Schedule   Brookfield at No. 4 Newtown WHEN – Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE – Blue and Gold Stadium, Newtown RECORDS – Brookfield 6-0, Newtown 6-0 ON THE AIR – CPTVSports LAST YEAR – Newtown 35-7, Newtown 28-7 (SWC Championship) PLAYERS TO WATCH — Brookfield: Jr. […]