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 GameTimeCT.com/New 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.
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.