/ Register Top 10 poll for Week 7: Ansonia still No. 1, massive turnover at the bottom

West Haven's Ervin Philips runs from Xavier defenders in the Westies 35-34 OT win on Friday. The Westies returned to the state poll with three others this week. (Peter Hvizdak -- Register)

West Haven’s Ervin Philips runs from Xavier defenders in the Westies 35-34 OT win on Friday. The Westies returned to the state poll with three others this week. (Peter Hvizdak — Register)

Ansonia was voted the No. 1 team in the state for the sixth-consecutive week, picking up a first-place vote in the process in the latest Haven Register Top 10 poll.

There was, however, massive turnover at the bottom as Southington (4-1), Windsor (5-1), Fairfield Prep (4-2) and Xavier (4-2) all lost and were voted off the island for the time being.

In their place, West Haven (5-1), Hand (5-1), North Haven (5-1) and Norwich Free Academy (4-1) return to the poll after several weeks’ absence.

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Dropped out: Southington (5), Windsor (7), Fairfield Prep (8), Xavier (10).

The following voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, New Haven Register;  Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Francesco Graziano, CPTV Sports; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Meriden-Record Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Torrington Register Citizen; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Kevin Roberts, Bristol Press; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.

A Closer Look…

  • 1. Ansonia (6-0) (24) —  Last week: Def. Masuk 56-21; This week: at Wolcott, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Chargers have won 34 straight games. Wolcott seeks its first ever win over Ansonia.
  • 2. New Canaan (6-0) (5) — Last week: Def. Chicopee (Mass.) 48-20; This week: at Staples, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Rams have dominated opponents both in and out of state. Now, New Canaan faces arguably its toughest opponent so far this season in Staples.
  • 3. St. Joseph (6-0) — Last week: Def. Bassick 49-6; This week: at Trinity Catholic, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Hogs have compiled an impressive resume with wins over Fairfield Prep (4-2), Ridgefield (5-1) and Darien (5-1). Unbeaten New Canaan and McMahon, in addition to Trumbull (5-1), are still left on St. Joe’s schedule.
  • 4. Middletown (6-0) — Last week: Def. Bristol Central; This week: at Maloney, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
    Bottom line: The schedule will get tougher for the Blue Dragons after this week with games remaining against unbeaten Farmington, New London (3-2) and Windsor (5-1).
  • 5. Newtown (6-0) — Last week: Def. Wolcott 56-14; This week: Weston, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Nighthawks are close to peak form, having scored 49 or more points in their last three contests.
  • 6. Glastonbury (5-1) — Last week: Def. East Hartford 56-26; This week: Manchester, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
    Bottom line: Aside from a visit to Windsor on Nov. 15, the Tomahawks have a fairly favorable schedule to conclude the regular season.
  • 7. West Haven (5-1)  — Last week: Def. Xavier 35-34 (OT); This week: at Hamden, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: Westies coach Ed McCarthy will attempt to break the state record for career victories this week against Hamden.
  • 8. Hand (5-1)  — Last week: Def. Fairfield Prep 35-27; This week: at Shelton, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Tigers’ five-game winning streak has Hand back in the Top 10 for the first time since the preseason poll.
  • 9. NFA (4-1)  — Last week: Def. Windham 40-14; This week: at Cranston West (RI), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Wildcats scored 40 unanswered points to defeat Windham and return to the Top 10 after a two-week absence.
  • 10. North Haven (5-1) — Last week: Def. Branford 46-12; This week: Guilford, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Bottom line: The schedule gets significantly tougher for the Indians. Guilford has the talent to make this week’s game interesting. Then North Haven closes the season with games against  Hillhouse, Foran, Darien and Amity.


  1. CT_Yankee_in_NC says

    The SCC is a very good league but it is ridiculous to make the statement that they are “by far the strongest conference” this year. The three SCC teams in the current Top 10 were 1-2 against FCIAC teams in this year’s FCIAC-SCC Challenge. The two FCIAC teams in the Top 10 are 3-0 against the SCC this year. The top 7 teams in the current FCIAC standings had a combined record of 6-2 against the SCC this year. Seems to me the FCIAC results speak for themselves.

  2. RAY BROWN says


  3. Kubiac says

    FCIAC let the pads do the talking and have proved to be the tougher conference so far. Can’t wait to see how the states turn out. Hopefully we will see some great matchups!

    • indians says

      Which victory earned Ansonia 1st place? New Canaan will have played how many top 15 teams compared to Ansonia’s ZERO, having the states #1 RB does not should not qualify for top dog, quality wins prove who is #1 and I’m an SCC person. Winner of St Joes/NC is #1….

  4. John D'Agostino says

    New Canaan beating Staples this week does nothing for the standings…Danbury gave staples a game…therefore NC will have no problem with Staples..Let’s all remember this is NOT the staples team of all the past years.-Not even close..Staples lost too many players to graduation.

  5. jeb says

    Staples vs. New Canaan is always a good game. Records mean nothing…..If NC wins this game then next weeks game against undefeated ST. Joes will be the game of the year up to this point.
    Staples has lost only two home games in the past seven years…both to New Canaan. These teams should be playing each other every year but with the FCIACS rotating schedule it will never happen. The FCIAC should take a page from the SCC and have the top teams play each other and the lesser programs play each other.

  6. Dr. Von Nostran says

    Why no love for Darien? Their loss was a competetive game to SJ, who currently is #3. West Haven is #7, and they lost to 3-3 Greenwich….Who Darien beat up.

  7. Admiration for Ansonia says

    I don’t understand why everyone bashes Ansonia for winning. Ansonia is successful because they have coaches and players that are committed, care, work hard, and are passionate about their program. This is a recipe for success. I think that the other schools in Ansonia’s league should take a page out of the Charger coaching handbook and learn a few things. It is not Ansonia’s fault that the rest of the NVL has a hard time building a program or fielding a quality football team. Work harder, get better, stop whining and do something about it.

  8. Big Dog says

    Ray ray,lets have some fun here today…By everyone’s account the big bad SCC is down this year….That said,lets compare to the NVL…I will use Ray Currans current SCC ranking’s this week and I will rank the Top 10 NVL’s teams..Just for fun a SCC-NVL matchup…

    #1 Hand vs Ansonia[This year without question I would take the Chargers 1-0 NVL
    #2 WH vs Woody[Mr Phillips meet an NVL defense]1-1
    #3 Prep vs Naugy[Too big too deep for Naugy even with Bruno ball] 2-1 SCC
    #4 Xavier vs Wolcott[On a down X year they win this game by 35+ points]3-1 SCC
    #5 Shelton vs Derby[Derby had a chance the last two years on an average Shelton team and could not get it done forget this year,Gaels win 11th in row]4-1 SCC
    #6 North Haven vs Holy Cross[see Prep above] 5-1 SCC
    #7 House vs St.Paul[Mr Cooper might approach Arkell numbers in this game]6-1
    #8 ND vs Seymour[Seymour lost to Amity should I say more?] 7-1 SCC
    #9 Wilbur Cross vs Wilby[two 3-3 teams give edge to Cross on tougher schedule]8-1 SCC
    #10 Amity vs Watertown[See above Amity/Seymour] 9-1 SCC

    We can go a little farther,I saw Foran and Guilford live this year …I would rank Foran about 4th in NVL they are very comparable to Derby…Guilford about mid pack…Ray,look at the positive side the Hearts might be able to beat Lyman Hall this year….Again folks,a so called down year in the SCC…..LOL!!!

    • Football fan says

      I don’t think kids are recuited in towns, they may happen to move to a town where they can take advantage of good coaching. This happens everywhere, not only in one town. Also, every league has good teams, why does it matter what league you play in to judge how good you may be. Look at the past few years, Winsor, NFA, and Southington is always good. They all play in so called weak leagues. A good team will compete with anyone in the state.

      • bgarf says

        Ansonia brought 20 kids so many JVs played and Newsome didn’t even attend the camp…might want to mention that kind of salient information in your thoughtful, analytical posts.

        • BC says

          I think that sort of salient information — that certain players would be missing and rosters would not be at full strength — is generally assumed when discussing a scrimmage at summer camp. Regardless of depth charts and who did or did not attend, these teams met this summer. Hand won. Decisively, from what I’ve heard. No analysis was intended.

    • D Money says

      Middletown can beat anyone in the state. I have not seen New Cannan, but I am sure they are well coached. I know Ansonia is well coached. However, I saw them play in the State Championship last game last year. Middletown is bigger on both sides of the ball, has better team speed and they have a D-1 back in Dario Highsmith as well.

  9. Frank says

    Hand is not #1 in the SCC, but they would beat Ansonia pretty good. They are used to defending top backs, Phillips, Cooper, Tucker, etc.

    • ciacfollower says

      if Hand’s not #1 in SCC, then who do you suppose is ???
      Curran has’em tops in the power rankings, whatever they’re worth.

      • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

        @Frank @CIACFollower – Ned’s got them ranked highest of SCC teams in his poll. I have them ranked highest in mine. Both of us, because Hand’s unbeaten in the league having beaten the two of the league’s better teams: North Haven and Prep. The rest of their schedule is ridonkulous.

  10. boomboom says

    All I know is this – Right now in the BCS Oregon sits at 3 behind Florida State and Alabama. If Oregon wins out their remaining schedule and Florida State do as well, Oregon will get a bump and be the #2 because of their schedule.

    If NC beats both joes and staples, quality opponents, they have earned the right to be #1. Nothing against Ansonia, they can only control their schedule, but NC’s schedule is by far and away much more competitive, they would, and should jump Ansonia.

  11. Tom says

    @Kevin – Hand won L last year and beat both Xavier (LL Champ) and Hillhouse (M Champ) during the regular season. No doubt about it.

  12. RAY BROWN says

    dog——your pitting scc d-1 schools—all LL and L schools against a small school league—-great comparison,however i see you left out possible nvl—d-2 matchups——–is d-2 part of scc? just wondering

  13. RAY BROWN says

    lets have a little fun dog——ansonia beats anyone in scc-d-1—–woody and naugy next best teams in nvl vs. branford
    lyman hall
    east haven
    woody and naugy go 7-0 hand a team depleted by graduation is controlling
    scc d-1—–they lost by 40 to new caanan——having fun yet?

  14. So here we are. says

    OK, Ansonia is a good team and YES Newsome lives with his cousin and YES Newsome is from another town. This was pointed out way back when the CT Post was the place to Blog. I am surprised that the CIAC allows this – in CT you cannot transfer guardianship for educational purposes. If it is true – Ansoina should have to forfeit their wins.

  15. NED says

    “Why no love for Darien?”

    Short memories

    Along those lines, surprised that Hall didn’t get more votes in either The Day coaches’ or Register media polls coming off a 12-point win over Southington. Would argue that its best win was better than Farmington’s (Windsor). Played a better schedule, too

  16. Football fan says

    Regardless how tough your schedule is, it still doesn’t mean you are the better team. No one will ever know who is the best team in the state. The register poll has been going on for over forty years and I can’t recall a time when a team that sat in 1st place all year lost their ranking at the end. It is what it is, and right now Ansonia is #1. I’m sure they would love to prove to all thier critics, on any given day they could win against any team.

    Do all remember Bloomfield, they played in “S”, and were in a so called weak league too. I don’t think any team ever could have beaten them for those couple of years back in the 90’s.

    • Just Sayin says

      Nice job of lobbying for Ansonia but if New Canaan wins their tough games they will be leapfrogging the Chargers.

  17. jeb says

    Dear Football fan… Only one time in my memory was a team #2 and jumped to Number one in the final polling. In the 1968 or 69 season New Canaan was number one and beat a strong Danbury team in the FCIAC title game only to have Derby jump to number one with a win over Shelton. New Canaan did go on to win the Waskovitz award was the number one team in the state while Derby won the New Haven Register poll.

  18. valley boy says

    As to SCC vs FCIAC

    Greenwich over west haven and st joes over prep were both borderline flukes and could have gone either way. Shelton would have beat trumbull 100-0 week 1 if it wasnt for the stupid 50 pt rule, and the eagles still might win the FCIAC. The top of the SCC is just as strong as the FCIAC and the bottom is most certainly stronger. Hand, West haven, North haven, Shelton, Xavier, and Prep all play eachother. I dare anyone to find a team with a tougher schedule than Hand, Shelton, or Prep. Theres a reason the SCC wins a title or 2 every year.

  19. CT_Yankee_in_NC says

    The fact remains both West Haven and Prep lost. See my earlier post; the current top seven teams in the FCIAC are 6-2 (.750 winning percentage)against the SCC. The FCIAC’s top 11 teams in the standings went 8-4 (.667 winning percentage). So based on actual results there is no doubt that the FCIAC is stronger this year. The top SCC teams had an opprotunity to prove their dominance in head to head match ups. Unfortunately for them thay came up woefully short. Next years results may be different but for now all you can do is tip your hat to the FCIAC on a job well done.

  20. Big Dog says

    Ray Ray,yes alot of fun….Just trying to make a point the SCC in a down year is still top 1 or 2 in state…If not for a hail mary and Mac being Mac in a close game the SCC wins the FCIAC challenge.Then,end of conversation.Also,about the NVL please keep in mind the Naugy Doggie is a L school….They would be an SCC D1 school if they decided to come over…They might win a couple crossovers if that was the case…So bottom line I ranked the top 10 teams this year in both leagues…SCC wins 9-1….For the sake of arguing I did not mention the bottom part of the league b/c I did not want to offend any program…If there was a challenge the 10 teams listed would be pitted vs each other maybe with a couple tweaks.If you wanted to go further my money would be on the teams listed above vs the Waterbury schools so it would be even uglier…I have said it a hundred times…The Chargers could beat any one team on a given night but could they run through a D1 gauntlet to stay unbeaten every year?My answer would be a resounding NO……

  21. Dr. Von Nostran says

    WH Lost to 3-3 Greenwich. It should not have been close. Darien beat them by 21, NC beat them by 46, and Trumbull just hung 50 on them. Was it an odd game? Sure, but it’s still a loss.
    As for SJ/Prep, Prep played a phenomenal 4th quarter, but was beaten up for the first three. If SJ had only made their extra points, no heroics would have been necessary.
    I’m looking forward to the NH/Darien game. Should be fun.

  22. Dr. Von Nostran says

    What is there to explain? Apparently Trumbull has made some adjustments, but in my opinion Shelton beats them 10 out of 10 times.

  23. RAY BROWN says

    big dog—–heres a fun fact for you—-last time scc big dog played a waterbury school ——-wilby over west haven—look it up lol

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