Football: All-state receiver Alex Jamele makes Southington’s job easier

Southington wide receiver Alex Jamele pulls in a pass during a scrimmage vs. Masuk last week. Jamele set the state receiving TD record last year and will be a force for the Blue Knights once again in 2014. Pete Paguaga - New Haven Register

SOUTHINGTON>> As practice was winding down on the last Saturday before the season began, a few younger Southington football players were sitting on the bench, trying to keep cool while talking about the team. “He’s just a freak athlete,” one of them said. They were talking about senior wide receiver Alex Jamele. A year ago, […]

A simple declaration brings football glory to Pedersen, St. Joseph

St. Joseph senior receiver Lars Pedersen before practice earlier this week. The all-state receiver will attend Cornell next year. (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

TRUMBULL L ars Pedersen was just a seventh grader living the good life, a quick walk from the laid-back surf and turf of the Cape Cod National Seashore, when he decided to give it all up for football. It was just a sentence, really — a precocious one at that — which sent him on […]

Football: Torrington tops Woodland in OT

Torrington’s defensive line stopped Woodland on the one-yard line for a 28-27 win in overtime at Woodland. Peter Wallace — Register Citizen

BEACON FALLS >> In a week of turmoil on where and when the Torrington/Woodland football game would be played, it all came down to one yard at Woodland High School Thursday afternoon. Torrington’s line held on a Woodland two-point try in overtime. The Red Raiders walked away with a 28-27 win. “It came down to […]

Football: Michael Kreiger takes aim at Derby record book

Derby High School quarterback Michael Kreiger. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

DERBY >> There’s a good chance senior quarterback Michael Kreiger will have rewritten the Derby record book when this season is complete. Most of the school’s passing records are currently held by another Kreiger — Michael’s brother, Raymond, who played for the Red Raiders from 2008-2011. Among the records Raymond holds are career passing yards […]

Bransfield’s Middletown area football picks

By Jim Bransfield MIDDLETOWN >> Two of the state’s biggest high school games involve local teams. The North Haven versus Xavier game at Palmer Field and the Middletown at Wethersfield game both carry season-long implications. North Haven whacked Xavier last season 42-28, one of the three losses that kept the Falcons out of the playoffs. […]

Pooch’s Picks: Week 2 Greater New Haven Football Predictions

Ansonia quarterback Jai'Quan McKnight runs for a touchdown during last year's Ansonia-Derby game at Derby.

Mike Pucci’s WEEK 2 SPOTLIGHT Derby at No. 5 Ansonia When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Jarvis Stadium, Ansonia Records: Derby 1-0; Ansonia 1-0 Players to watch: Derby — Michael Kreiger, Sr., QB; Ricky Bartone, Jr., RB; Ben Slowik, Sr., WR/DB; Ansonia — Jai’Quan McKnight, Sr., QB/DB; Tajik Bagley, Jr., RB/DB; Tyler Bailey, Jr., WR/DB. You […]

Sean Patrick Bowley’s Audibles: Your Statewide Guide to Week 2

Dontrese Cogswell catches an 80-yard TD pass from Corey Maddoxx in the Academic's 47-25 loss to Darien last week (Photo Catherine Avalone)

Preview season’s a drag. It’s even worse when ambition makes it impossible to get some of your standard tasks completed in time for the first week season. So, instead of a preview guide for Week 1, we were mired in preview capsules, maps and other bells and whistles. So sorry. Promise to make it right, […]

MSG Varsity’s Quick Hits: Connecticut (Week 1)

Jimmy Cavallo (left) and Mike Quick run down the MSG Varsity coverage teams in Week 1 of 'Quick Hits: Connecticut"

Set to a nice, new-wave-y track, Mike Quick and Jimmy Cavallo return for another year of MSGVarsity’s ‘Quick Hits: Connecticut.’ This week, the guys reviewed and commented on some of the bigger games in the SCC/FCIAC Challenge including Staples/Xavier, New Canaan/Hand, Darien/Hillhouse, West Haven/Greenwich, Harding/Law, Fairfield Prep/Stamford, St. Joseph/Notre Dame, Fairfield Warde/Foran and Trinity Catholic/Sheehan […]

Football: Logistical problems force Torrington, Woodland to play Thursday

Peter Wallace - Register Citizen
Torrington High School's new turf field is expected to be finished by October 6, in time for an October 11 home date with Derby.

TORRINGTON >> Call it a logistical rainout. Torrington’s glittering new turf field is expected to be completed by October 6, which means the Raiders have had to reschedule their home games. Torrington Athletic Director Mike McKenna tried to preserve football home schedule dates with Woodland and Oxford, working with Torrington Midget Football officials for use […]

WFSB: Kennedy freshman football coaches rescue player from robbery

Kennedy assistant freshman coach Gilberto Velasquez

Two Kennedy-Waterbury freshmen football coaches were injured while rescuing one of their players from a robbery attempt before practice last Friday at Chase Park in Waterbury. According to a report by WFSB-3, coaches Roy Thompson and Gilberto Velasquez heard cries for help. Velasquez told WFSB he saw two men, 20-year olds Bradley Demoliere and Tykaun […]

Xavier’s Andrew Verre voted GameTimeCT Football Star of Week 1

Andrew Verre, Xavier senior kicker

Xavier senior Andrew Verre has been voted the inaugural GameTimeCT Football Star of Week 1. Verre kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 3-0 victory over Staples in their SCC/FCIAC Challenge game in Westport. Verre won with 41 percent of the vote. Seymour’s Joey Salemme, who ran for a career-high 361 yards […]

GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 football poll (Week 1): Southington No. 1, but movement aplenty

With its 21-14 victory over Hand, New Canaan leaped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the GameTimeCT media poll (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

We spent a month compiling, analyzing, prognosticating. But the first week of the 2014 football season showed that nobody knows anything, really. No. 1 Southington needed to rally to defeat rival Manchester. No. 9 New Canaan toppled No. 2 Hand. Unranked West Haven handled No. 6 Greenwich. There were plenty of other close calls, too. […]

Ray Curren’s Inside the SCC: An auspicious debut for West Haven and its coach’s son

Tim McCarthy looked like a coaches son in his first start last week. (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

Tim McCarthy remembers that not-so-chilly November evening in 2005 when West Haven, big underdogs against undefeated Southington, battled the high-powered Blue Knights score for score before finally falling 30-24 in the Class LL semifinals. “They hit every extra point and we didn’t,” McCarthy said. “That was a tough night, a tough loss.” Of course, 2005 […]

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Plays of the Week

Calling all high school coaches, players or parents: Did someone on your team make a spectacular or clutch play? Make sure the rest of the state gets to see your feats of daring do by submitting a video for our weekly ‘Plays of the Week’ highlight reel. The best plays will be compiled and shown […]

Football Week 1 notebook: Wilbur Cross feeling good after opening-day victory

Wilbur Cross celebrates with Kolbe Hartman (right) after Hartman's go-ahead 65-yard interception return touchdown vs Wilbur Cross (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

The Wilbur Cross football team hasn’t had much luck on opening day, but the Governors were finally able to celebrate in Week 1 after earning a 29-14 victory over McMahon on Thursday. The Governors last won their season opener in 2010, a 33-21 decision over Shelton. “For any team, it’s a great confidence boost,” Wilbur Cross […]

The Day Week 1 Top 10 Coaches Poll: New Canaan is No. 1

New Canaan quarterback Mike Collins had a nice debut in the Rams' 21-14 victory over Hand (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

New Canaan received six first-place votes and debuts at No. 1 in the first The Day of New London’s Top 10 football coaches poll. Southington, the No. 1 team in the Top 10 GameTimeCT / Register poll, took four first-place votes and was ranked No. 2. Ansonia earned two first-place votes and came in at […]

Pooch’s Top 10 Football Ballot (Week 1)

Here is the ballot I submitted for the GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Football Poll after Week 1. The Poll will be posted on-line later tonight on GameTimeCT and appear in Tuesday’s print editions of the New Haven Register. 1. New Canaan 2. Southington 3. Fairfield Prep 4. West Haven 5. Shelton 6. St. Joseph 7. Ansonia […]