ECC Football 2014: Waterford preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Waterford senior tackle Cody Cleary, who was an All-ECC Medium honorable mention pick and anchors a veteran defensive line. Vitals Coach: Mike Ellis (12th year, 55-60) Conference: ECC Medium Playoff Class: Class M (416 boys enrollment) Home: Alumni Field, Waterford HS 2013 Record: 4-7 (1-4 ECC Medium) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Platt-Meriden, 6:30 p.m. Team website: MaxPreps […]

CCC Football 2014: Tolland preview

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Vitals Coach: Patrick Cox (6th season, 34-17) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division III East) Playoff Class: Class S (Boys enrollment 408) Home: Tolland High School 2013 Record: 1-10 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Killingly, 6:30 p.m. Captains: Austin Hainey, AJ Vanderpool, Mike Koss and Matt Edinger. Team website: MaxPreps page Top players Austin Hainey, Sr., RB/S (5-10, 190) Matt Edinger, Sr., RB/LB (5-11, […]

SWC Football 2014: New Fairfield preview

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Above: Highlight reel for New Fairfield junior Greg Radovic, a 6-foot end and linebacker, who is one of the headliners of the Rebels’ strong junior class of skill players. Vitals Coach: Anthony Fata (5th year, 20-21) Conference: SWC Patriot Playoff Class: L (530 boys enrollment) Home: Rebel Stadium, NFHS 2013 Record: 8-3 (7-3 SWC) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13 at Notre Dame-Fairfield, […]

FCIAC Football 2014: Fairfield Warde preview

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Vitals Coach: Duncan DellaVolpe (6th year, 20-31) Conference: FCIAC Playoff Class: LL (882 boys enrollment) Home: Tetreau/Davis Field 2013 Record: 4-7 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs Foran, 7 p.m. Captains: Brandon Bisack, Ryan Brown, Jack Whiting, T.J. Gallagher, Wade Petro Team websites: MaxPreps page Top players Brandon Bisack, Sr., QB (6-5, 185) Ryan Brown, Sr., WR (6-2, 185) […]

Pequot Football 2014: Lewis Mills preview

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Vitals Coach: Jose Santana (2nd year, 2-9) Conference: Pequot Sassacus Playoff Class: Class M Home: Muzzy Field, Bristol or Lewis Mills H.S. 2013 Record: 2-9 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13, vs. Hyde Leadership at Wilbur Cross, 12 p.m. Captains: Hayden Macri, Grant McGregor, Lucas Lanning Team page: Max Preps page Top players Lucas Lanning, Jr., QB Hayden Macri, Sr., FB/LB Grant McGregor, […]

Football scrimmage season 2014: How’s everybody looking? Let us know

Ansonia coach Tim Brockett watches his team scrimmage vs. West Haven Monday morning at Ken Strong Stadium (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Ansonia and West Haven played their annual scrimmage Labor Day morning at West Haven High School, marking the midway point of the 2014 high school football preseason. [Check photos from the event here] There’s one full week of practices left before we kick off Week 1 of the regular season. Huzzah! Meanwhile, we here at […]

Pequot Football 2014: Cromwell preview

Cromwell head coach Chris Eckert works with the return specialist at football practice Friday afternoon.
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Vitals Coach: Chris Eckert (4th year, 22-12) Conference: Pequot Sassacus Playoff Class: S (279 boys enrollment) Home: Pierson Park, Cromwell 2013 Record: 4-7 (4-2 Pequot North) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 at North Branford, 6:30 p.m. Team webpages: MaxPreps page Top players Jarius Bailey, Jr. QB/CB (5-10, 175) Emir Cirikuvic, Sr. WR/FS (6-2, 185) Kristian Sapp, Soph. RB/CB (5-8, 155) Nelson Carlson, Jr. […]

Ray Curren’s Inside the SCC: Division II preview

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John Limone, center, leads a recent Branford football practice.

After two years at Marist, former Branford standout John Limone decided his football playing career has just about reached its limits, so he moved back home to finish his degree at Southern Connecticut. With some free time on his hands, Limone asked Branford High coach Gary Gravina if he could use some help. Of course […]

Bob Barton: Plenty of things to keep an eye on this high school football season

Hand's Scott Sweitzer (left) pursues Alex LaPolice (right) of New Canaan during the season opening, SCC/FCIAC Challenge game last year. The two Connecticut heavyweight programs face off at the Surf Club this season. (Arnold Gold - New Haven Register)

Every year, as the euonymus bushes along Route 8 turn crimson and summer fades toward fall, a question bugs me: Is it time to hang up the clipboard and quit football? Face it: I covered my first Connecticut high school game for the Register in 1957. I’ve charted games in at least 75 venues – […]

ECC Football 2014: Stonington preview

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Above: Highlight reel for All-ECC Medium linebacker Jack Riordan, one of Stonington’s few returning starters in 2014. Vitals Coach: A.J. Massengale (11th year, 55-46) Conference: ECC Medium Playoff Class: Class S (382 boys enrollment) Home: Donald Palmer Field, Stonington 2013 Record: 8-3 (4-1 ECC Medium champion) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13 at Woodstock, 1:30 p.m. Team webpages: MaxPreps page Top players Matt […]

FCIAC Football 2014: Wilton preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Wilton’s Patrick Ryan, who is the team’s top-returning threat now that all-state QB Brett Phillips has graduated. Ryan had 600 yards of total offense and three TDs last year Vitals Coach: Bruce Cunningham (6th season, 20-31) Conference: FCIAC East Playoff Class: Class L (665 boys enrollment) Home: Fujitani Field 2013 Record: 4-7 […]

NVL Football 2014: Oxford preview

Owen Diaz (right) is expected to start at quarterback for Oxford this season. (Photo Peter Paguaga)

Vitals Coach: Joe Stochmal (8th year, 27-35) Conference: NVL Iron Division Playoff Class: S (312 boys enrollment) Home: Wolverine Field 2013 Record: 6-5 2014 Kickoff: Ansonia, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Team page: Max Preps Page Top players Owen Diaz, 5-10, 170, Sr., QB/WR/DB Gunnar Fay, 5-9, 175, Sr., TB/LB Noah Lisewski, 5-9, 220, Sr., OL/DL […]

CSC Football 2014: Abbott Tech / Immaculate United preview

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Vitals Coach: Rich Holmes Conference: CSC Playoff Class: M (495 boys enrollment) Home: Mustang Valley, Danbury 2013 Record: N/A 2014 Kickoff: at Platt Tech, Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Team Webpages: Max Preps Page Top players Steve Bohling, 5-9, 180, Jr., FB/LB Dominique Rogers, 5-10, 190, Jr., HB/LB Zach Ruscoe, 6-1, 190, Sr., QB Darius Smith, […]

SCC Football 2014: Law preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Law captain Giovanni Marzullo, who played a variety of positions for the Lawmen last year and is expected to be the team’s full-time QB. Vitals Coach: Derrick Lewis (1st year) Conference: SCC Division II West Playoff Class: M (461 boys enrollment) Home: Law High, Milford 2013 Record: 4-7 2014 Kickoff: Harding, […]

SWC Football 2014: Newtown preview

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Above: Quick highlight reel of Newtown vs. Westhill in a preseason scrimmage Friday, Aug. 29 featuring touchdown catches by Julian Dunn and Ethan Carpenter from QB Jacob Burden and an interception return TD by Ben Mason. Vitals Coach: Steve George (8th year, 63-16) Conference: SWC Colonial Playoff Class: LL (882 boys enrollment) Home: Blue and Gold Stadium, Newtown 2013 […]

NVL Football 2014: Seymour’s Joey Salemme poised for a big season

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running back Joey Salemme is poised for a big season.

SEYMOUR >> Joey Salemme didn’t exactly have the best ending to an outstanding football season last year. Against rival Woodland in the season finale, Salemme exited the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury with Seymour clinging to a 19-14 lead. He never returned. On the ensuing possession after Salemme’s injury, Woodland scored […]

CCC Football 2014: Farmington preview

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Vitals Coach: Chris Machol (6th season, 35-17) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division II West) Playoff Class: Class LL (687 boys enrollment) Home: George Bennett Field 2013 Record: 9-2 (Lost to New Canaan in Class L quarterfinals) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Simsbury, 7 p.m. Captains: N/A Team website: MaxPreps page, Top players Dan Hardiman, Sr., OL/DL (6-4, 260) Connor Martin, Sr., […]

SCC Football 2014: Xavier ready for another playoff run

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Xavier starting quarterback Mike Scherer runs through a passing drill at football practice Thursday evening.

MIDDLETOWN >> The 2013 Xavier football season was one most coaches would love to have. The Falcons were 7-3 and the three games they lost were to playoff teams North Haven, West Haven and Fairfield Prep. By anyone’s definition, it was a very good year. But to maybe some spoiled Xavier fans – you see, the Falcons had won […]

SCC Football 2014: Wilbur Cross preview

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Vitals Coach: John Acquavita Conference: SCC Division I East Playoff Class: L (672 boys enrollment) Home: Wilbur Cross Athletic Complex, New Haven 2013 Record: 4-7 2014 Kickoff: McMahon, Sept. 11, 4 p.m. Team page: Max Preps page Top players Tyvon Bradley, 6-2, 207, Sr., FL Wali McKelvey, 6-1, 187, Sr., SE Stevie Swinson, 5-6, 141, […]

SCC Football 2014: Xavier preview

Xavier receiver Caleb Lutton reaches to catch a pass last season. He is one of many players expected to emerge for the Falcons. (Photo John Vanacore)

Vitals Coach: Sean Marinan (13th season) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (863 boys enrollment) Home: Palmer Field, Middletown 2013 Record: 7-3 2014 Kickoff: at Staples, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Team page: Max Preps page Top players Kaleb Lutton 6-3, 220, Sr., TE Michael Scherer, 5-10, 180, Sr., QB Tanner Kern, 6-4, 290, […]