Former North Haven football standout John Liquori dies after being struck by pickup

North Haven's John Liquori vs. Hillhouse in 2011. (Register file)

John Liquori, a standout linebacker on North Haven football’s 2011 playoff team, died Thursday evening a day after being hit by a pickup truck while jogging on Middletown Ave. He was 20. John Liquori Obituary The pickup driver, Theodore Spalding, 72, was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and operating a motor […]

The 2014 Connecticut high school football divisions are here!

Southington: 2013 Class LL champions (Mara Lavitt - New Haven Register)

[Randomly goes to's football page... oh, hey... HEY!] A week ago, the CIAC released its playoff packets for the 2014 fall seasons. It was met with practically no fanfare, mostly because we didn’t notice it. Now we’ve noticed and now I feel like Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk.” (For you young’uns, a ‘Phone-book’ was […]

Joe Deptula, Derby captain and Seymour youth football coach, dies at 51

Joe Deptula III, a former Derby football captain and a long-time coach in Seymour, died Saturday following a year-long bout with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 51. Deptula was captain of the 1980 Derby football team, who later settled in Oxford. He worked 21 years as a salesman for DiGiorgi Roofing and Siding and became […]

Behold: The 2014 Connecticut High School Football schedules

Photo by Peter Hvizdak - Register

The preliminary schedules for the 2014 Connecticut high school football season have been released by CIAC. Schedules are subject to change throughout the summer until deadline in early September. MASTER FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2014 COMPOSITE SCHEDULES (Classes NOT official) CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S Here are individual links to each […]

Super 100 All-Star game: Nutmeg, Constitution teams geared for offensive showcase

Trumbull's Nick Roberts (left) of Team Nutmeg and Southington's Steve Barmore of Team Constitution are many of the talented offensive players in this year's Super 100 All-Star game scheduled for Saturday, 4:30 at Rentschler Field

WALLINGFORD >> There’s reason to believe Saturday’s Super 100 Football Classic will be more high-scoring than last year’s all-star contest. Some of the state’s most explosive players, including Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore, Hillhouse running back Harold Cooper, St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi and Sheehan wide receiver Brandon Gauthier, are among this year’s participants. Team Nutmeg […]

New Haven Register’s Athletes of the Year: Cross’ Danae Rivers, Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome


NEW HAVEN –  On one side stands the prodigy. Danae Rivers, as a sophomore for the Wilbur Cross girls’ indoor and outdoor track teams, is already the top middle-distance runner in the state and one of the best in the country. On the other side is the former prodigy, though Arkeel Newsome is by no means […]

Super 100 Football All-Stars: Torrington’s Langs excited for opportunity

Torrington’s Desmond Langs caught 61 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns this season and will play the Super 100 Classic all-star game this Saturday.
Marianne Killackey — Special to the Register Citizen

TORRINGTON >> This season Desmond Langs was the Torrington Red Raiders’ top offensive weapon, catching 61 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns, which resulted in being the lone Torrington player selected for the Super 100 Classic all-star game. “Being able to represent Torrington, it’s cool, it’s an honor,” Langs said. “I’m definitely going to […]

Super 100 Football All-Stars: Notre Dame’s Esposito hopes to end career with a bang

Notre Dame's Sal Esposito blasts through the secondary for a long TD run during the 2013 Green Bowl. (Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

WALLINGFORD >> On the first day of all-star practice, Team Nutmeg coach John Ferrazzi asked his players how many would continue their football careers in college. Almost the entire group put a hand up. Sal Esposito was not one of them. The Notre Dame-West Haven standout will instead focus on academics at Fairfield University, which […]

Football: Super 100 Classic set for June 28


The 2nd Connecticut high school all-star football game, dubbed the “Super 100 Classic” and sponsored by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, will take place on June 28 at Rentschler Field. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Team Constitution is coached by Xavier’s Sean Marinan, while Sheehan’s John Ferrazzi will head Team Nutmeg. There will […]

Super 100 All-Star Football: Opportunity knocks at UConn for Shelton’s Jason Thompson

Shelton's Jason Thompson, who will play in the Super 100 All-Star Classic on Saturday,  received preferred walk-on status at UConn.

WALLINGFORD >> Despite missing most of his high school career due to injury, Jason Thompson’s dream can still be fulfilled. On Aug. 1, Thompson will report to UConn, where he received preferred walk-on status to join the football team. Thompson, who graduated from Shelton High on Monday, will have to earn his spot on the […]

John Murphy resigns at New Milford after one season; was under investigation (updated)

John Murphy

Update: The NewsTimes reported Wednesday night that the New Milford school board was investigating former New Milford coach John Murphy at the time of his resignation on June 20.  Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote did not tell the paper what the investigation entailed. ”We were following up on some issues, but before we could conclude our research, we received […]

WestConn WR, former Ellington star Austin Tautkus dies following accident

Austin Tautkus (via Ellington/Somers Football)

Above: One of Austin Tautkus’ finest football moments for Ellington/Somers. A 4th-and-17 catch from Brian Ryder that led to field goal and a 10-8 win over Suffield/East Windsor that kept the Knights’ unbeaten season alive in 2011. (Credit: Ellington/Somers football via Hudl) Austin Tautkus, the son of former Ellington/Somers football coach Keith Tautkus and a […]

2014 Casey/O’Brien New Haven County Chapter scholar-athletes


In April, 29 scholar-athletes from across New Haven County were honored by the Casey/O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at the Fantasia Banquet Facility in North Haven. The scholar athletes Jake Boncal, Woodland Thomas Majchrzak, Ansonia Kyle Broderick, Holy Cross Andrew Meoli, Xavier Jevaughn Brodie, Hyde […]

Football: Hand’s Filippone wins National Coach of Year award

Steve Fillipone, Daniel Hand High School of Madison head football coach, center holding football, after defeating Windsor H.S. for the  Class L State Football Championship at UConn's Rentschler Field in East Hartford,  December 8, 2012.  Photo by Peter Hvizdak / New Haven Register

Hand athletic director Craig Semple has confirmed that football coach Steve Filippone was named National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year Wednesday night at the NHSACA national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Filippone was one of eight finalists. Filippone’s selection was based on longevity, service to […]

Hamden Hall dual-sport standout Ginnetti commits to Syracuse for football

Not a week after securing the commitment from Norwalk lineman Evan Adams, Syracuse has nabbed another Connecticut High School players’ verbal commitment. This time, it’s Hamden Hall defensive end Brandon Ginnetti. Ginnetti gave his verbal commitment Wednesday, according to (subscription required). BREAKING: Hamden (CT) Hall DE Brandon Ginnetti has committed to Syracuse — Mike […]

Phipps gets head coaching job at Woodland, the program he helped build

He was so close to getting the Naugatuck job a year ago, but Tim Phipps didn’t have to wait much longer for another school to give him a chance. As fate would have it, he’s not going anywhere. And things just might have worked out better than he could have imagined. The Woodland offensive coordinator […]

Football: Anthony Longley, 7, scores TD during North Haven Spring Brawl

Proceeds from North Haven’s annual Spring Brawl football game went to the family of Anthony Longley, 7, a North Haven resident who is battling brain cancer. Above is a video of Longley scoring a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff. Video courtesy of the North Haven football program.

Football: North Haven continues to give back with annual Spring Brawl game

NORTH HAVEN >> The 2013 football season was certainly a memorable one for North Haven. The Indians upset three-time defending Class LL champion Xavier in a regular season contest, and then North Haven earned the program’s first playoff victory when it defeated Platt in the Class L quarterfinals. But the season was also filled with […]

CT HS football’s recruit class grows: Norwalk OG Evan Adams commits to Syracuse

Norwalk OG Evan Adams

Evan Adams, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound guard at Norwalk, gave his verbal commitment to Syracuse on Thursday, boosting the growing Connecticut high school football class of 2015 Division I recruits. Norwalk coach Sean Ireland confirmed the original report from [subscription required] and announced the news on Twitter, Thursday night. Evan Adams just verbally committed to Syracuse, […]