Ready for a post-Thanksgiving poll shake up?
Arkeel Newsome ran for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns as the Chargers captured the No. 2 seed in the Class S state playoffs. Ansonia faces No. 7 seeded Coginchaug in the quarterfinal round Tuesday night at Jarvis Field.
Newtown (12-0) moved to No. 2 and earned two first-place votes in the process. The Nighthawks are the top seed in Class LL. Glastonbury (10-1) jumped from No. 5 to No. 3.
Darien, the top seed in the Class L tournament, jumped from not ranked to No. 4.
New Canaan, the 11-1 FCIAC champions, fell from No. 1 to No. 5.
St. Joseph (10-2), Southington (9-1), Middletown (10-1), Platt (11-0) and Fairfield Prep round out the Top 10.
Dropped out: West Haven (4), NFA (6).
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; 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 (12-0) (26) – Last week: Def. Naugatuck 66-28 . This week: Class S quarterfinals vs. Coginchaug, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Chargers, who have won 40 straight games, being their quest to win their 19th CIAC state title. First up, Coginchaug, which has won eight games in a row. Ansonia moves back to the No. 1 spot after last week’s No. 1, New Canaan, lost to Darien.
- 2. Newtown (12-0) (2) – Last week: Def. Masuk 42-7. This week: Class LL quarterfinals vs. Ridgefield, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Nighthawks are in a familiar position. Newtown finished up an unbeaten regular season and won the SWC championship, like they did last season. The Nighthawks, though, hope to avoid losing in the quarterfinals as they did last year.
- 3. Glastonbury (10-1) – Last week: Did not play. This week: Class LL quarterfinals,vs. Fairfield Prep, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tomahawks have advanced to the postseason for the sixth straight season.
- 4. Darien (10-1) – Last week: Def. New Canaan 28-24. This week: Class L quarterfinals vs. Hand, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at McMahon High, Norwalk.
Bottom line: The Blue Wave’s victory over New Canaan shook up this poll and the pairings in Class L. Darien’s big victory over the Rams vaulted them to the No. 1 seed in Class L and into the Top 10 Poll for the first time this season.
- 5. New Canaan (11-1) – Last week: Lost to Darien 28-24. This week: Class L quarterfinals vs. Farmington, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Would not want to be Farmington. After losing to Darien, expect the Rams to play with heart and intensity in today’s quarterfinals.
- 6. St. Joseph (10-2) – Last week: Def. Trumbull 61-26. This week: Class M quarterfinals vs. Ledyard, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Trumbull High.
Bottom line: The Hogs are the prohibitive favorite to win the Class M title.
- 7. Southington (9-1) – Last week: Def. Cheshire 38-6. This week: Class LL quarterfinals vs. NFA, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights have not won a playoff game since 2006.
- 8. Middletown (10-1) – Last week: Def. Windsor 13-6. This week: Class L quarterfinals vs. New London, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Dragons hope to exact a bit of revenge against the Whalers, who handed Middletown its only loss on Nov. 8.
- 9. Platt (11-0) – Last week: Def. Maloney 28-8. This week: Class L quarterfinals vs. North Haven, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Panthers in search of their first playoff win since 1997.
- 10. Fairfield Prep (9-2) – Last week: Def. West Haven 29-20. This week: Class LL quarterfinals at Glastonbury, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: With a tenacious defense and an offense led by juniors Colton Smith and John DelliSanti, the Jesuits have all the ingredients to win the Class LL title.