Jimmy Zanor: A memorable season and game for Valley Regional / Old Lyme

Valley Regional / Old Lyme's players celebrate with fans after their 21-20 victory over Ansonia in the Class S-Large championship (Photo John Vanacore)

Someday, when I’m old and grey, I’ll be sitting in my rocking chair on Christmas morning, watching my grandchildren toss their new football’s around the house. They’ll stop for a moment, walk over and sit on my lap and ask, “Grampa, what’s the greatest football game you ever saw?” And I’ll sit back, smile and […]

Pooch’s Final Top 10 Football Ballot

Here is the ballot I submitted for the FINAL GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Football Poll of the 2014 season. The Poll will be posted on-line later tonight on GameTimeCT and appear in Tuesday’s print editions of the New Haven Register. 1. Southington 2. New Canaan 3. Darien 4. Windsor 5. St. Joseph 6. Xavier 7. Shelton […]

Valley Regional/Old Lyme stuns Ansonia, wins 1st title with epic rally

Valley Regional / Old Lyme coach Tim King raises his arms in joy as his team celebrates their 21-20 comeback victory over Ansonia (Photo John Vanacore)

NEW BRITAIN >> Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre rolled into the end zone from four yards out on a heroic fourth down play and junior kicker Jared Roche made the extra point with just 22 seconds remaining as the Warriors stunned Ansonia, 21-20, to win the CIAC Class-S Large state championship on Saturday […]

Capital Prep / Achievement beats North Branford to win first state title for CSC

Charles Kinard of Capital Prep celebrates with the Class S-Small Division championship trophy. Capital Prep defeated North Branford 20-13. Photo by Joe Morelli

NEW BRITAIN >> Capital Prep/Achievement kept bringing the defensive pressure and North Branford continued to have trouble stopping it in Saturday’s Class S-Small Division championship football game. The Trailblazers forced seven turnovers. They came up with six sacks. They scored off a blocked punt. Yet North Branford still had one last chance to tie the […]

Class S-Small Football: North Branford seeks first state title since 1979

North Branford H.S. vs. Hyde Leadership Academy football at North Branford H.S. Tuesday, November 25, 2014. North Branford defeats Hyde 43-12. (Photo by Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

For the second time in three seasons, North Branford is playing for a state championship. But this year’s Thunderbirds are slightly different in terms of style. “That team was an offensive-strong team,” North Branford coach Mark Basil said. “This team’s very strong defensively. We don’t have the same type of players, big impact players, offensively, […]

Class S-Large Championship Preview: Valley Regional / Old Lyme vs. Ansonia

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Where/When – Veterans Stadium, New Britain, 10 a.m. Seeds/Records – No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (12-0); No. 2 Ansonia (11-1) On the Air – NFHS Network | CPTV Sports Live Stats – GameTracker Tickets — $10 Championship history — Valley Regional/Old Lyme (0-0): 1st appearance. Ansonia (19-8): Titles: 2013 (def. Woodland 51-12); 2012 (def. North Branford 59-26); 2011 (def. Ledyard 38-0); 2007 […]

Class S-Small Championship Preview: North Branford vs. Capital Prep/AF

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Where/when: – Central Connecticut State, New Britain, 10:30 a.m. Seeds/records – No. 4 North Branford (10-1); No. 2 Capital Prep/Achieve First (10-1) On the Air – NFHS Network | CPTV Sports Live Stats – GameTracker Players to watch — North Branford: Paul Pastet, Jr., QB; Austin Calamita, Sr., RB; Nick Sagnella, Sr., DL; Mike Kaiser, Sr., DL; Shelby Franklin, […]

Class S-Large championship: It’s been ‘full circle’ for Valley Regional/Old Lyme coaches

Valley Regional/Old Lyme assistant coach Kevin Woods gives senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre some instructions during the Warriors win over Morgan. Photo by Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register

DEEP RIVER >> The setting is the Woods’ family kitchen, sometime in the early 1980s, and Valley Regional head football coach Steve Woods has set up a Super 8 film projector so that he and his young assistant coach, Bob Narducci, can study game film, which they are watching off the refrigerator door. And every […]

Behold: All 16 teams featured in CPTV Sports’ CIAC Football Championship Preview Special

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Sixteen teams playing in this weekend’s eight state championship football games braved the cold, howling winds and Biblical rain to reach the Aqua Turf in Southington for the annual CIAC Championship luncheon Tuesday. It was a time to shake hands, tell stories, tell jokes, scarf down copious amounts of catered foodstuffs and have an all-around […]

Football Championship Notebook: Ansonia’s 4th-consecutive title and other milestones at stake

(Standing, left to right) Shelton High School football coach Jeff Roy (left), assistant coach Mark Piccirillo Sr. (sitting) and the team's captains Craig Melvin, Nick Van Slyke, Mark Piccirillo Jr. and Troy Vasilescu are recognized at the CIAC Football Finals Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club n Southington on 12/9/2014. (Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

——————– SOUTHINGTON >> Ansonia had one historic streak snapped this season. The Chargers hope to continue another. Ansonia will attempt to become the first team to win four straight state championships since New Canaan (2006-09). The second-seeded Chargers (11-1) face No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (12-0) in the Class S-Large title game on Saturday at […]

Class S-Large: Valley Regional / Old Lyme blanks Bullard Havens Tech to reach first state final

DEEP RIVER >> Finally. After falling short in three previous trips to the state semifinals, the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team will be playing for the school’s first state football championship next weekend. Seniors Andrew Tuscano and Chris Jean-Pierre each had two rushing touchdowns and the Warriors vaunted defense allowed just four first downs as […]

Class S-Small football: Capital Prep rallies to beat Canton for first playoff victory, first state final

Capital Prep/AF QB Rayshawn Phillips holds up the ball in celebration at the conclusion of Saturday's game in Torrington. Gerry deSimas, Jr./ Collinsville Press.com

TORRINGTON – The game was on the verge of getting away from the Capital Prep/Achievement First co-op football team early in the third quarter of Saturday’s Class S Small semifinal against Canton. The Trailblazers trailed by 13 points and after two mistakes on their first series of the third quarter, Canton had the ball, first […]

Class M Small Football: St. Joseph runs over Ellington/Somers and into state final


TRUMBULL>> St. Joseph head football coach Joe Della Vecchia put Saturday’s offensive performance into the simplest of terms. “Yeah, we’re pretty good running the ball,” he said with a smile. That may be putting it lightly, as the Cadets put up 437 yards of offense in the first half alone against Ellington/Somers and rolled to […]

Class S Small football: Defense leads North Branford over Northwest Catholic, back to state final

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Quarterback Paul Pastet and the North Branford football team advanced to the Class S Small final by beating Northwest Catholic.

SIMSBURY >> The North Branford offense wasn’t its usual high-powered self on Saturday, but its defense made up for it. The Thunderbirds are now getting another chance to play for a state title. Paul Pastet threw a touchdown pass to Shelby Franklin in the first quarter and Andrew Sarmento added a field goal late in […]

SEMIFINAL SATURDAY: High School Football Playoff Primer and Live Updates


CIAC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE Semifinal Preview Capsules / Broadcast Links Follow the live blog below for updates from all the CIAC football semifinals. You can also listen to select radio broadcasts or watch live streams on the NFHS Network (subscription required). Wethersfield-New Canaan is live on TV at CPTV Sports (check local listings). All games begin at […]

Class M-Small Semifinal Preview Capsules

St. Joseph's Mufasha Abdul Basir (center) celebrates a touchdown run with teammate Kevin Trefz earlier this season (Photo Peter Paguaga)

CIAC FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE No. 4 Wolcott at No. 1 Ledyard WHERE/WHEN — Mignault Field, Ledyard HS, 2 p.m. RECORDS — Wolcott 9-2, Ledyard 11-0 PLAYERS TO WATCH — Wolcott: Sr. QB Vincent Gambino (2,183 yards, 28 TDs, 8 INT); Sr. WR Phil Lebel (50 catches, 692 yards, 13 TD receiving); Sr. WR Jason Pelletier […]

Class S-Large football semifinal preview capsules

Valley Regional/Old Lyme's Chris Jean-Pierre (Photo Catherine Avalone)

No. 4 Bullard-Havens at No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme WHERE/WHEN – Blythe Field, Deep River, 2 p.m. PLAYERS TO WATCH — Bullard Havens Tech: Chris McNamara, Sr., QB; Jose Cotto, Sr., RB; Hakeem Fletcher, Sr., LB; Valley Regional/Old Lyme: Chris Jean-Pierre, Sr., QB; Justin Cheverier, Sr., LB/RB; Evan Smith, Sr., WR/DB. YOU SHOULD KNOW – This is Valley Regional/Old […]