MaxPreps published a look at state-by-state scoring averages across the country and, since we know you’re dying to know: Connecticut comes in at No. 13 on the list.
Texas (of course) topped the list at 55.48 points per game, followed by Arizona (53.93), Oregon (53.85), Nevada (53.74) and West Virginia (53.48). MaxPreps notes all are states “that feature progressive, innovative offenses at their respective in-state universities.”
Arkansas, where Gus Malzahn perfected his spread offense in the high school coaching ranks, is just outside the top 10 at 52.46 points per game.
Most states in Big 12 or Pac-12 territory, including Oklahoma (seventh at 52.46) and Kansas (21st at 51.21) finished in the top half of states, suggesting some correlation between the offensive approaches at the high school level and the college game.
That brings us back to Connecticut, which is described by writer Stephen Spiewak as an ‘outlier’ among lower-scoring Northeastern states. Vermont checks in at 51.36, but the rest of New England and the northeast (including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) check-in relatively far below Connecticut’s average.
First, a few caveats: The MaxPreps data is based on user input, from coaches, MaxPreps administrators and fans. All of Connecticut’s scores seem to be accounted for, but there’s no way to be really sure just how good all of the information is. Also, we’re not positive that Prep schools were accounted for or were counted at all (we’re checking on that). So think of this as a broad picture that may not be entirely accurate.
Anyway… At first thought, you’d think Connecticut’s scoring averages might be low, what with ‘score management’ the law of the land.
Then again, maybe ‘score management’ actually helps Connecticut’s scoring average as teams close to the barrier pull starters and resort to weird strategies (i.e. allowing kickoff return TDs or fumbling and what-not, to stay under the 51-point threshold.
Also, I think we can all agree that Connecticut is pretty progressive itself with offenses. Ansonia aside, a majority of the state’s programs have gone to some form of spread formation over the last 10-15 years. As a result, the state’s offense and scoring records have been obliterated over the last 10 years.
Plus, consider that Connecticut is one of the few states that regularly pits schools of all sizes against each other in the regular season, and you have a recipe for one of the nation’s highest-scoring states.
Overall, in Connecticut the four state champions ranked highest among scoring teams in 2013: Ansonia, was the highest with 51.3 points per game. They were followed by St. Joseph (49.9), Southington (43.8), New Canaan (43.6) and St. Paul (43.1).
The bottom 5 of the Top 10 were Barlow (42.0), Valley Regional/Old Lyme (41.4), Wolcott (41.0), West Haven (39.7) and Capital Prep/Classical (39.4).