Football: Ober, Coginchaug roll past Cromwell to finish season 9-2

Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press 
Coginchaug junior Parker Tregoning races towards the end zone in the Blue Devils' 50-0 win over Coginchaug on Thursday.

DURHAM >> After a group of volunteers spent the morning shoveling tons of snow off the Coginchaug Stadium turf field, the Blue Devils flexed their own muscles with a dominating 50-0 victory over Cromwell in the Home of the Brave Bowl on Thursday. Coginchaug, which finished 9-2 for the second consecutive season, just missed qualifying […]

Football: Nonnewaug’s defense leads them past Lewis Mills

Nonnewaug’s R.J. Burke jumps over Lewis Mills punter Tyler Trask after Burke blocked Trask’s punt in the Chiefs’ 38-7 win over the Spartans. Pete Paguaga — Register

WATERTOWN >> Nonnewaug’s football team celebrated Thanksgiving early, in a 38-7 feast at Lewis Mills’ table, Tuesday night at Watertown High School. “We scouted them,” Nonnewaug coach John Oko said. “They didn’t surprise us. Our kids knew exactly what they were going to do.” That added up to huge stops on defense and a great […]

Football: Valley Regional/Old Lyme caps perfect regular season

DEEP RIVER >> After rolling over Thanksgiving Day rival Haddam-Killingworth to secure the Principal’s Cup for another year, the Valley Regional/Old Lyme football team has its sights now on an even bigger trophy. “We came into the season with goals and one of them was to get to the state championship,” Valley Regional coach Tim […]

Football: Calamita leads North Branford over Hyde, into Class S playoffs

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)

NORTH BRANFORD >> North Branford coach Mark Basil always expects a tough game when his team faces Hyde, especially in the first quarter. The Howling Wolves historically start strong against the Thunderbirds. On Tuesday, in a game moved up 24 hours to avoid today’s predicted wintry conditions, the Howling Wolves again got on the scoreboard […]

Tuesday’s Early Football Roundup: NWC, Canton, Windham win and clinch Class S playoff berths

WEST HARTFORD >> Delano Robinson scored three long touchdowns and Northwest Catholic exploded with a 26-point second quarter to defeat Rocky Hill 34-13 and clinch a Class S playoff spot Tuesday afternoon. CIAC PLAYOFF QUALIFYING PAGE | PLAYOFF SCENARIOS After a scoreless first quarter, Northwest Catholic (10-1) bolted to a 19-0 lead behind Owen Tyler’s 3-yard […]

Litchfield County Thanksgiving Day football previews (and pick the winners)

Torrington's Nick Paniati breaks a tackle on his way to a 73-yard reception. Pete Paguaga - New Haven Register

Here’s the complete run-down on all of the Greater New Haven area Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Morning high school football games. Same as before. Just scroll through, read through the previews and pick the winners. (Most of the statistics provided are via teams on, many teams do not provide statistics.) And for a complete schedule […]

Football: Middletown area Thanksgiving preview and picks

Catherine Avalone — New Haven Register
Valley Regional/Old Lyme senior quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre will look to keep the Warriors atop the Class S playoff standings when they host Haddam-Killingworth tonight in the Principal’s Cup game.

MIDDLETOWN >> The snowcast for Wednesday has caused shuffling in the state’s holiday football games and the biggest local change is the Windsor at Middletown game, which will be tonight at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at 7 p.m. Also, the Haddam-Killingworth at Valley Regional/Old Lyme and the Wilcox Tech at Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin games have been moved up […]

Pooch’s Week 11 Greater New Haven Football Predictions

Seymour's Joe Salemme looks for room around the corner as  Ansonia's Witold Gul attempts to tackle during last year's nailbiter, a 21-20 Ansonia victory at Ansonia. The Valley rivals tangle again Thursday night. (File photo)

THURSDAY’S GAMES Platt Tech (2-6) at Prince Tech (7-2), 2 p.m.: Prince Tech is still in the hunt for a Class S playoff berth. Pooch’s pick: Prince Tech. Seymour (6-3) at Watertown (1-8), 6 p.m.: Seymour has been mathematically eliminated from the postseason, so the Wildcats are just playing for pride now. Pooch’s pick: Seymour. […]

Pooch’s Top 10 Football Ballot (Week 11)

Here is the ballot I submitted for the GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Football Poll after Week 10. The Poll will be posted on-line later tonight on GameTimeCT and appear in Tuesday’s print editions of the New Haven Register. 1. New Canaan 2. Southington 3. Shelton 4. Darien 5. Newtown 6. St. Joseph 7. Ledyard 8. Windsor […]

Pequot Football: Canton tops Avon in OT, wins first league title since 1958

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Canton's Dan Delos (34) celebrates with teammates after the Warriors beat Avon in overtime for their ninth win of the season.

CANTON – When their back was to the wall, the Canton High football team stood firm. Twice, Avon took a seven-point lead only to see the Warriors respond with game-tying drives. Canton missed a potential game-winning field goal with 21 seconds left in regulation. But the Warriors didn’t waver. They made two big stops in […]

Friday’s NH County football roundup: Branford scores late to edge Hillhouse

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Luke DiStasio caught a game-winning 25-yard pass from Griffin Lynch late in the fourth quarter to lead Branford to a 20-18 Southern Connecticut Conference Division II West win over Hillhouse in Branford on Friday. Lynch threw three touchdown passes for the Hornets (3-7, 3-1). Corey Maddox had a 3-yard touchdown run and threw a 19-yard […]

Football: How the state’s top 10 teams fared Friday night

Team                                        This Week                                                       Next Game 1. Southington (8-0)          Saturday at South Windsor, 11 a.m.    Nov. 27 vs. Cheshire, 10 a.m. 2. New Canaan (8-0)          Saturday at Trinity Catholic, 1 p.m.    Nov. 27 […]

Football: North Branford rallies past Morgan in overtime

Morgan's Greg Lee (57) and Joe Lee (1) tackles North Branford's Austin Calamita Friday night, November 14, 2014 at the Ethel C. Peters Recreational Complex in Clinton. North Branford won, 41-40 in overtime. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

CLINTON >> A backup quarterback and a former soccer player have kept North Branford in the Class S state playoff hunt. Junior quarterback Paul Pastet scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime and senior kicker Andrew Sarmento’s point after kick lifted the visiting Thunderbirds to a thrilling 41-40 Pequot Conference Sassacus Division victory over […]

Pooch’s Week 10 Greater New Haven Football Predictions

Darien's Peter Archey breaks a tackle on way to his 5-yard touchdown run. Pete Paguaga - New Haven Register

THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT NORTH HAVEN at No. 3 DARIEN • When: Saturday, 1 p.m. • Where: Stadium Field, Darien • Records: North Haven 8-1; Darien 9-0 • Players to watch: North Haven — Cole Pecora, Sr., QB/DB; Mike Montano, Jr., RB; David Mikos, Jr., LB; Darien — Tim Graham, Jr., QB; George Reed, Sr., DE; […]

Saturday’s Greater New Haven Football Roundup: Salemme leads Seymour

Joey Salemme rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead Seymour football team to a 41-7 NVL win over Torrington in Seymour . Jaylen Kelley threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown and Jake Bleau caught five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats. Seymour 41, […]

Football: Valley Regional / Old Lyme holds off Avon to remain unbeaten

Chris Jean-Pierre runs for the go-ahead 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter of Valley's 17-9 win over Avon

Above: Andrew Tuscano’s game-clinching interception in Valley Regional/Old Lyme’s 17-6 victory over Avon. AVON >> Valley Regional / Old Lyme coach Tim King was running excited down the sideline, cheering for quarterback Chris Jean-Pierre to score on a 74 yard run. Then King’s eyes fell on the scoreboard. Then he was horrified. His screams of […]

Friday’s NH County football roundup: No. 8 Ansonia rallies past Woodland

Tajik Bagley scores for Ansonia during its 30-28 comeback victory over Woodland (Screencap via

JaiQuan McKnight connected with Tyler Bailey for two late touchdowns, the second coming after an onside kick recovery with less than 2 minutes left, to erase a 12-point fourth quarter deficit and lift the eighth-ranked Ansonia football team over Woodland 30-28 in a Naugatuck Valley League game at Beacon Falls Friday night. The Chargers trailed […]

Football: How the top 10 teams fared

Team                                                                   This Week                                     Next Week 1. Southington (8-0)                                     Def. East Hartford 49-8          Nov. 15 at South Windsor, 11 a.m. 2. New Canaan (8-0)                                     Def. Wilton 47-7                       Nov. 15 at Trinity Catholic, 1 p.m. 3. Darien (8-0)                         […]

Pooch’s Week 9 Greater New Haven Football Predictions

Xavier's Robert Baldo runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as West Haven's Drew Highsmith defend Saturday afternoon, October 18, 2014 at the newly dedicated Larry McHugh Field at Xavier High School in Middletown. The Xavier Falcons defeated the West Haven Blue Devils 27 -7. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT XAVIER AT NO. 5 SHELTON • When: Friday, 7 p.m. • Where: Finn Stadium, Shelton • Records: Xavier 6-2; Shelton 8-0 • Players to watch: Xavier — Michael Scherer, Sr., QB; Teddy Duarte, Sr., RB/LB; Kaleb Lutton, Sr., TE/DE; Shelton — Mark Piccirillo, Sr., QB; Kevin Robinson, Jr., WR/CB; Wes Sekelsky, Sr., […]