High School Football 2015: Connecticut’s Returning Player Leaderboards

A few of Connecticut's top-returning players in 2015. Clockwise from top-left: Tyler Coyle (Windsor), Tyler Bailey (Ansonia), Nico Ragaini (Notre Dame-WH), Connor Field (Granby), Jasen Rose (Southington).

With August just around the corner, here’s an interactive look at Connecticut’s top-returning CIAC players, according to statistics entered by teams on MaxPreps.com. Hover over individual player entries for detailed statistics. Click conference buttons to look at leaders by league. Schools that have changed leagues or players who have transferred have been noted based on information […]

Let’s talk football here

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The first football practices are just under a month away. The season is just under two months away. We’re far from anything real as of this writing (July 21). But seeing how most of our comments this summer are all about football, let’s talk football. So, in order to begin to talk about football, let’s […]

Here are a bunch of Connecticut high school linemen engaging in tug-o-war at the Berlin Lineman Challenge

New Milford (foreground) faces North Branford in the tug-o-war portion of the Berlin Lineman Challenge Saturday (Screen cap via 'Rick Volk' on YouTube)

Practices for the 2015 football season begin a month from now (!!!), but that doesn’t mean our boys are sunning themselves on the Cape, or some other silver-sand beach further south. Well, OK, maybe some are. But a good number of them have been pumping iron, running laps and attending passing leagues and enrolling in […]

Football: Retirement party for West Haven’s Ed McCarthy to be held August 7

West Haven's Ed McCarthy shakes hands with Fairfield Prep's Tom Shea, after the Blue Devils defeated the Jesuits 21-14 in what could possibly be McCarthy's final game. (Mike Madera - Special to GameTimeCT).

A retirement party will be held for longtime West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy on Friday, Aug. 7 at the Polish American Club in West Haven. McCarthy retired as the state’s all-time wins leader with 332 victories. He coached for 44 seasons, 32 at West Haven and 12 at St. Joseph. The party will be […]

North Haven’s Zachary Kastenhuber makes it three Harvard commits in a week

North Haven receiver Zack Kastenhuber scrambles for yardage after a 30 yard reception. John Vanacore  - for the Register

Harvard is cleaning up among Connecticut high school football recruits this summer. Zach Kastenhuber, a former North Haven football player now at Choate, has committed to play at Harvard. Kastenhuber gives Harvard its third commit from Connecticut’s Class of 2016 in a span of a week, along with Staples lineman Jackson Ward  and Brookfield’s Bobby Drysdale. He made his […]

Football: Brookfield’s Bobby Drysdale, Staples’ Jackson Ward pick Harvard

Brookfield's Bobby Drysdale breaks a tackle vs. Newtown last year. (File photo by Pete Paguaga)

Harvard snatched up two of Connecticut’s stop senior football talent this past week. Staples’ lineman Jackson Ward made his verbal commitment on Saturday, reported the Staples High School student-run WWPT 90.3-FM. Today, Brookfield’s all-state linebacker Bobby Drysdale also made his verbal commitment to play for the Crimson in 2016, coach Rich Angarano said. Drysdale, listed at 6-foot-1, […]

Football: Secondary leads Team Nutmeg in Super 100 Classic

Team Nutmeg celebrates its 44-22 victory over Team Constitution in the CHSCA Super 100 Classic Football All-Star Football Game, Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2015, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)

EAST HARTFORD >> Even with a quarter and a half remaining in Saturday’s Super 100 All-Star Classic football contest, Troy Gray’s interception return for a touchdown was the proverbial dagger. With Team Nutmeg already up by 10 points, Gray picked off a Brandon Bisack pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with about […]

Super 100 Football Classic: Title-game rivals unite for All-Star Game

Shelton's Wadson Petithomme (3) will play for Team Nutmeg in Saturday's Super 100 Classic All-Star football game. 
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Shelton’s Wadson Petithomme and Xavier’s John Sullivan last played on the same football field in December, when their respective teams squared off for the Class LL-Small state title at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium. Sullivan and the Falcons emerged with a thrilling 28-27 overtime victory, spoiling the Gaels’ bid at a perfect season. The two […]

Super 100 Football Classic: Cofrancesco making most of second chance at final game

Notre Dame-West Haven's Zach Cofrancesco, who missed the final seven games of his senior season due to injury, will play in Saturday's Super 100 All-Star Classic.
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Zach Cofrancesco went up for a pass like he had on countless occasions during practice. But this time the result was different. Cofrancesco landed wrong and broke his right foot, which ended his football career at Notre Dame-West Haven. “On the way down, I landed on it like you would roll your ankle,” Cofrancesco said. […]

Football: CIAC Announces 2015 Football Playoff Divisions (Hey, look, Darien jumps to LL)

Darien's Shelby Grant breaks a tackle in the Blue Wave's 42-12 win over Naugatuck in the Class L Large semifinals. Darien has now been bumped to Class LL to fight for a title alongside the likes of Southington and Xavier. (File Photo Pete Paguaga)

Here are your 2015 High School Football Playoff Divisions released today by CIAC. The first thing that’ll jump out at you immediately is that Darien is leaving arch rival New Canaan behind and takes the giant leap to Class LL alongside the Southingtons, the Xaviers, Sheltons, Fairfield Preps, West Havens and… well, almost every other FCIAC school. Darien was one […]

Behold: The 2015 High School Football Schedules

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The 2015 football schedules are here! The 2015 football schedules are here! And so we present it to you in all it’s league-by-league glory. There have a been a few notable changes, of course. So here’s what we already knew and what’s jumped out at us so far: Avon is now in the CCC. …Harding […]

Football: Ridgefield’s Callahan to take leave of absence, Arcieri becomes interim

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Ridgefield’s Kevin Callahan, who was arrested in May for driving under the influence, will take a leave of absence as the school’s head football coach. Assistant Joe Arcieri will coach the team in 2015 on an interim basis. The school made the announcement in a press release Friday. Callahan, 52, has been Ridgefield’s head coach since […]

The CIAC 2015 Fall Sports Schedules

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The 2015 CIAC Fall Sports Schedules have been released. Click the links below for master and individual schedules on CIACSports.org. Cross Country Boys Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Girls Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Boys Master Varsity Schedule Girls Master Varsity Schedule Field Hockey Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Master Varsity Schedule Football Boys Soccer Regular […]

Football: North Haven’s Spring Brawl game has evolved into community-wide event

North Haven's annual Spring Brawl football game will benefit Hunter Pageau, center, a 9-year old who is battling SMARD, Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress, a rare and aggressive respiratory/neuromuscular disease.
Photo courtesy of North Haven Football via Twitter

NORTH HAVEN >> The annual Spring Brawl football game at North Haven has grown and evolved into a community-wide event. For the fifth straight year the game will serve as a charity drive. When North Haven coach Anthony Sagnella and his staff first proposed the idea, the concept was simple: to have players give back […]

Amity to induct six into its Hall of Fame Sunday

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The Amity Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame will induct six new members during the annual Amity Block ‘A’ dinner Sunday at Grassy Hill Country Club at 5 p.m. Robert Coppola, Michael Gambardella, Brian Wright, Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher, Lauren (Erwin) Coxon and Harold Freedman will be inducted. Coppola (1973) averaged 20.2 points as a senior and […]

Football: Rich Boshea to be named next West Haven football coach

West Haven's Rich Boshea will be named the school's next head coach (File Photo Russ McCreven)

Longtime assistant Rich Boshea is expected to become the next football coach at West Haven High School, replacing Connecticut’s all-time wins leader Ed McCarthy, who retired last month, West Haven Public Schools announced today. Following Boshea’s selection by a search committee, Superintendent of schools Neil Cavallaro has recommended Boshea to assume the post. It should be made official by the […]

Football: 2015 Coaching Vacancy List

Updated July 18 Amity — Bert Mozelous resigned | Ted Czepiga hired Bridgeport Central – Mike Farrell hired to replace Brian Gordon Bristol Eastern – Mike Achrangelo resigned after season | Paul Phillippon hired Bunnell – Doug Cotto fired at midseason | Interim coach Sean Mignone hired Canton – Paul Phillippon resigned after three seasons, citing low numbers | Chris Currier hired Capital Prep / Achievement First […]

Football: Chris Anderson returns to coach Woodland

Ye ol’ Naugatuck Valley Football League got mighty more intriguing Thursday with a blockbuster coaching move. Chris Anderson, the former Derby all-stater who built Woodland’s football team from scratch into a two-time state champion in 2004 and 2005, is returning to coach the program. Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American reported the news Thursday. Anderson, […]

Football: E.O. Smith promotes Kelly to head coach

As reported by the Hartford Courant on Twitter, E.O. Smith has named James Kelly head football coach. E.O. Smith has named assistant coach James Kelly its head coach. He replaced Jody Minotti, who had resigned. #cthsfb — Courant HS Football (@CTHSFB) June 2, 2015 Previous head coach Jody Minotti resigned on April 21 to seek […]