CCC football 2014: Hartford Public preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Hartford Public senior Khalil Patterson, who will be one of the Owls’ top threats in 2014. Vitals Coach: Harry Bellucci (12th year, 66-47-1) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division II East) Playoff Class: Class LL Home: Hartford Public High School or Dillion Stadium 2013 Record: 6-5 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 13 at South Windsor, 11 a.m. Top players […]

2014 CSC Football Team Preview Capsules

CSC Preview Bug 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 […]

CCC Football 2014: Platt preview

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Above: Highlight reel for Platt RB Tyzhan Leatherwood vs. Rocky Hill last year. The senior is expected to be one of the state’s best in 2014 Vitals Coach: Jason Bruenn (8th year, 47-27) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division III East) Playoff Class: Class L (boys enrollment 606) Home: Falcon Field, Meriden 2013 Record: 11-0 (CCC Div. III Champions, lost to […]

CSC Football: 2014 Wolcott Tech preview

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Vitals Coach: Jamie Coty (8th season, 6-54) Conference: CSC Playoff Class: M (419 boys enrollment) Home: OWTS School Field 2013 Record: 1-9 2014 Kickoff: Wilcox Tech, Sept. 13, 12 p.m. Captains: Mickey Ross and Dan Remika Top players Mickey Ross, Sr., QB/DB Dan Remika, Sr., RB/LB Dalton Monroe, Soph., OT Ben Wassik, Sr., OT/DT Key losses Asante Maldon, RB/S (1,792 rushing yards, […]

West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy to retire following 2014 season

West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy gets an ice bath from his team's players after defeating Hamden 49-7 in celbration of McCarthy's 322 career win.

WEST HAVEN >> The time has finally come. Entering his 44th season as a head football coach, 32 at West Haven after spending 12 at St. Joseph, Ed McCarthy has decided to call it a career. After thinking about it for quite some time, the state’s all-time winningest coach, now 68, will coach his last […]

2014 football: Oxford feels right at home in Naugatuck Valley League

Oxford battles Pomperaug during the 2013 Thanksgiving week. It would be the Wolverine's last in the SWC. The Valley school moves a bit closer to home when it begins play in the Naugatuck Valley League.

  OXFORD >> Oxford’s road to a coveted South-West Conference football championship was always a long one, literally. The Wolverines, who never won the conference, had to battle larger schools and drive distances far beyond their home region to do so. Now in the Nauguatuck Valley League, players are looking forward to facing local competition, […]

2014 CCC Football Team Preview Capsules

CCC PREVIEW BUG 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 […]

CCC football 2014: Glastonbury preview

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Above: Quick highlights for Glastonbury senior Donevin O’Reilly, who should be one of the Tomahawks’ top threats in 2014. Vitals Coach: Scott Daniels (4th season, 28-7) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division I East) Playoff Class: Class LL (1,035 boys enrollment) Home: Glastonbury High School Stadium Field 2013 Record: 10-1 (Lost to Fairfield Prep in Class LL quarterfinals) 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 […]

CCC Football 2014: E.O. Smith preview

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Above: Quick highlights for E.O. Smith junior Anthony Stigler, who should be one of the Panthers’ top offensive threats in 2014. Vitals Coach: Jody Minotti (5th season, 13-28) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division II East) Playoff Class: Class L (594 boys enrollment) Home: E.O. Smith High School 2013 Record: 5-6 2014 Kickoff: Sept. 12 vs. Rockville, 6 p.m. Team website: […]

CSC Football 2014: O’Brien Tech preview

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Vitals Coach: Nick Aprea (3rd year, 5-16) Conference: CSC Playoff Class: S (366 boys enrollment) Home: O’Brien Tech Athletic Complex, Ansonia 2013 Record: 4-7 2014 Kickoff: at Prince Tech, Sept. 20, noon Captains: Drew House, Giani Krajewski Top players Drew House, 5-7, 175, Sr., RB/LB Giani Krajewski, 5-10, 175, Sr., WR/DB Devin Bacchiocchi, 5-11, 190, […]

CCC Football 2014: Fermi preview

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Above: Highlight reel of wide receiver and free safety Bailey Raymond against Bulkeley last season. The senior, who is getting college looks, is a key component as the Falcons hope to snap a 33-game losing streak. Vitals Coach: Joseph Tata (3rd season, 0-21) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division II East) Playoff Class: Class M (476 boys enrollment) Home: Fermi […]

CCC Football 2014: East Catholic preview

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Vitals Coach: Steve Calande (3rd season, 7-14) Conference: Central Connecticut Conference (Division III West) Playoff Class: Class S (373 boys enrollment) Home: Cheney Tech Field 2013 Record: 5-6 2014 Kickoff: September 12 at Fermi, 7 p.m. Captains: Alex Schaller, Pablo Colon, Jack Trainor, Luke Townsend, Jack DeSautels Team website: MaxPreps page | Top players Pablo Colon, Sr. RB/LB Luke Townsend, FB Alex Schaller, Sr., […]

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 […]

Hillhouse football team dedicates season to slain teammate

Members of the Hillhouse High School football team carry the casket of Jacob Craggett out of the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden on Aug. 16. Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >> Jacob Craggett will not be walking the hallways with classmates at Hillhouse High School when the district reopens its doors this week. Jacob, 15, a standout student-athlete who played football for the school, was killed earlier this month in a triple shooting in which his brother, Joshua, was also critically injured. While […]

SCC Football 2014: Fairfield Prep preview

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Vitals Coach: Tom Shea (5th year, 25-19) Conference: SCC Division I West Playoff Class: LL (901 boys enrollment) Home: Will use Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde for home games this season. 2013 Record: 11-3 (Class LL finalists) 2014 Kickoff: Stamford, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. (at Warde) Captains: John DelliSanti, Arthur Mansolillo, Anthony Palazzolo, Colton Smith […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Pequot Football 2014: Nonnewaug preview

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Vitals Coach: John Oko (5th year) Conference: Pequot Sassacus Division Playoff Class: S (340 enrollment) Home: Nonnewaug High School Field 2013 Record: 4-7 2014 Kickoff: Valley Regional/Old Lyme, Sept. 13, 12 p.m. Captains: Eligah Gonillo, Trevor Scappatura, Jon Gombos, R.J. Burke Top Players Dominci Nastrti, Sr. QB Jon Gombos, Sr. FB Jake Broderick, Jr. OL Jimmie […]

SCC Football 2014: Hand preview

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Vitals Coach: Steve Filippone (26 years, 211-58-4) Conference: SCC Division I East Playoff Class: L (623 boys enrollment) Home: Surf Club, Madison 2013 Record: 8-4 (Class L quarterfinalist) 2014 Kickoff: New Canaan, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Captains: Jack Driscoll, Tom Durkin, Scott Sweitzer, Cory Walsh Top players Jack Driscoll, 6-6, 255, Sr., OL Tom Durkin, […]

SCC hosts inaugural Media Day for football teams

SCC Commissioner Al Carbone welcomes coaches, players and the media to SCC Football Media Night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN >> With the football season ready to kickoff in a couple of weeks, sixteen teams from  the Southern Connecticut Conference came together at the Floyd Little Athletic Center for the league’s inaugural Media Day. The teams that came were represented by their coaches and captains, if the team has already named them, and […]