Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated]

The following is a living list of players at Connecticut High Schools who have made verbal commitments for the Class of 2015. The commitments are unbinding until the player signs a letter of intent beginning on National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The list is compiled through various sources, including,, Connecticut […]

NVL Football 2014: Seymour preview

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Vitals Coach: Tom Lennon (6th season, 17-34) Conference: NVL Copper Division Playoff Class: S (320 boys enrollment) Home: DeBarber Field 2013 Record: 6-5 (6-3 NVL) 2014 Kickoff: Amity. Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Joey Salemme, 5-8, 180, Sr., RB Greg Chase-Patrick, 5-9, 170, Sr., RB Julian Falcioni, 5-10, 180, Sr., DL […]

SWC Football 2014: Brookfield preview

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Vitals Coach: Rich Angarano (15th year, 106-65) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (441 boys enrollment) Home: Brookfield Stadium Field 2013 Record: 11-4 (SWC runners up, Class M runners up) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Masuk, 7 p.m. Captains: Gabe Pompette Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Bobby Drysdale, Jr. RB/LB (6-1, 210) Austin Reich, Jr. RB/LB (5-9, 215) Dan Jackson, Sr. WR/DB […]

The (tentative) 2014 High School Football preseason scrimmage schedule

The annual West Haven-Ansonia scrimmage (which will be held Thursday, August 27 at West Haven) is typically of high interest to HS football fans. (Photo Arnold Gold)

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here’s the published schedule of preseason high school football scrimmages across Connecticut via CIAC. WARNING: These are subject to change on a whim and some of the big ones aren’t listed, because everybody just loves when coaches try to hide their scrimmages. So, if you know […]

Fairfield Prep graduate Nick Crowle named National Football Foundation scholar-athlete finalist

Former Fairfield Prep all-state LB Nick Crowle (Photo John Vanacore for the Register)

Fairfield Prep graduate Nick Crowle was announced as one of 36 finalists for the National Football Foundation’s High School National Scholar-Athlete award. The National Football Foundation will choose one National Scholar-Athletes from five regions. The five winners will be announced during the week of Oct.9 and will be honored at the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon […]

ECC Football 2014: Norwich Free Academy preview

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Above: Highlight reel for NFA senior RB/LB Khaleed Exum-Strong, one of Connecticut’s top-returning players. Vitals Coach: Jemal Davis (7th year, 48-18) Conference: ECC Large Playoff Class: LL (1,082 boys enrollment) Home: NFA Turf Field, Norwich 2013 Record: 8-3 (3-1 ECC Large, lost to Southington in Class LL quarterfinals) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 19 vs. East Lyme. 6:30 p.m. Captains: Khaleed Exum-Strong, Marc D’Elia Team […]

SWC Football 2014: Weston preview

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Vitals Coach: Chris Pace (1st year) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M (409 boys enrollment) Home: Weston High Stadium Field 2013 Record: 3-8 (3-7 SWC) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at Bethel, 7 p.m. Captains: Peter Lummis, Blake Wetly, Michael Santa-Maria, Sam Panton Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Peter Lummis, Sr. RB (5-11, 210) Sam Panton, Sr. RB/WR (5-11, 182) Jason Lawrence, Soph. […]

SCC Football 2014: Notre Dame-West Haven preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Notre Dame-West Haven sophomore Nico Ragaini, who is expected to be one of the top receivers in the SCC. Vitals Coach: Tom Marcucci (23rd year, 153-71-6) Conference: SCC Division I East Playoff Class: L (622 boys enrollment) Home: Veteran’s Stadium, West Haven 2013 Record: 5-6 2014 Kickoff: St. Joseph, Sept. 11, […]

CIAC launches concussion education website

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Parents, coaches and athletes can get information about the new state concussion education law and the CIAC’s policies on concussion awareness at a new website launched Wednesday. The CIAC’s provieds in-depth tools and resources to help athletes learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatments for concussions. The site has links explaining the Concussion new education state […]

2014 SWC Football Team Preview Capsules

SWC MAP is previewing every high school football league in Connecticut every day leading up to the start of the 2014 season. As previews are published, they will be added to the map and list below. Hover and click on helmets to get the preview. The map will be updated as preview capsules are written. Check […]

Cross Country: Top CT runners take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Just about every high school football team in Connecticut has taken on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in support of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Awareness, and now the cross country kids are getting in on the action too. Thursday afternoon, distance runners Hannah DeBalsi of Staples, Darien’s Alex Ostberg and Staples’ Erica Hefnawy all accepted the […]

ECC Football 2014: East Lyme preview

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Above: Highlights for senior guard and defensive tackle T.J. Hillyer, one of East Lyme’s captains who will be key to East Lyme’s success in the double-wing. Vitals Coach: Rudy Bagos (2nd year, 6-5) Conference: ECC Large Playoff Class: M (513 boys enrollment) Home: East Lyme HS Turf Field 2013 Record: 6-5 (6-4 ECC, 1-2 ECC Large) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. […]

Staples’ Petroccio gets an Ice Bucket: Bruno, Callahan, Cunningham up next

On cue, Marce Petroccio, coach of the Staples Wreckers, took the Ice Bucket Challenge after practice Wednesday as nominated by New Canaan’s Lou Marinelli on Tuesday the day before. Marce’s nominations are Craig Bruno of Naugatuck, Kevin Callahan of Ridgefield and Bruce Cunningham of Wilton.

ECC Football 2014: Montville preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Montville junior OL/DL Kevin Murtha, who figures to lead a young, but experienced line crucial to the Indians’ defense and retooling run game. Vitals Coach: Tanner Grove (9th season, 55-22) Conference: ECC Medium Playoff Class: S (352 boys enrollment) Home: Montville High Field 2013 Record: 7-4 (3-2 ECC Medium) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Windham, 6:30 p.m. […]

SWC Football 2014: Bethel preview

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Above: Highlight reel forBethel  junior Jared Piatnik, who is expected to take over quarterback duties from his all-star brother, Joe. Vitals Coach: Jason Gill (6th year, 36-19) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: M Home: Ralph DeSantis Field 2013 Record: 9-3 (8-2 SWC, lost to Brookfield in Class M quarterfinals) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Weston, 7 p.m. Captains: Jared Willsey, Ben Cleary, […]

FCIAC Football 2014: Trinity Catholic preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Trinity Catholic senior and Bryant commit Thomas Costigan, who will lead Trinity’s charge in 2014. Vitals Coach: Donny Panapada (2nd year, 0-11) Conference: FCIAC Playoff Class: S (262 boys enrollment) Home: Trinity Catholic Alumni Field 2013 Record: 0-11 (0-9 FCIAC) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13 vs. Sheehan, 2 p.m. Captains: Thomas Costigan, Justin […]

New Canaan’s Marinelli gets dunked for ALS, calls out rest of FCIAC powerhouse coaches

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Post by New Canaan Football. On Tuesday, New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli was dunked for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in front of his boisterous defending FCIAC championship team, and then, as if to get this year’s FCIAC football race kicked off early, nominated the coaches of the three other contending FCIAC teams: Darien’s Rob […]

SCC Football 2014: Lewis now at the helm for Law

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Derrick Lewis enters his first year as head football coach at Law.

Derrick Lewis is getting ready for his first season as the head coach at Law. He replaces Mark Robinson. He moves over from Bassick, where he spent three seasons coaching the Lions. Bassick won four games in those three seasons, three his final year. Lewis has come home to the SCC, so to speak, having […]

ECC Football 2014: Woodstock Academy preview

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Above: Highlights for Woodstock Academy senior end and captain Dan Whittenburg, who is one of the Centaurs’ top returning players.  Vitals Coach: Clay Killingsworth (2nd year, 0-11) Conference: ECC Small Playoff Class: M (514 boys enrollment) Home: Bentley Field, Woodstock 2013 Record: 0-11 (0-4 ECC Small) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13 vs. Stonington, 1:30 p.m. Captains: Daniel Whittenburg, Trent Appleton, Cahan Quinn […]