Thanksgiving Week GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 poll: Little change before season finale

Nick Cascione runs the ball in the first half of the FCIAC championship game. He finished with 117 yard rushing and two touchdowns to go with his 141 yards passing and a touchdown. (Photo Mary Albl)

Nick Cascione runs the ball in the first half of the FCIAC championship game. He finished with 117 yard rushing and two touchdowns to go with his 141 yards passing and a touchdown. (Photo Mary Albl)

The final week of the high school football regular season has arrived and little changed in the latest GameTimeCT / New Haven Register  Top 10.

New Canaan remained No. 1, Ansonia No. 2, Newtown No. 3, West Haven No. 4 and Glastonbury No. 5.

Following its 31-20 loss to New Canaan in the FCIAC Championship. St. Joseph dropped just one spot to No. 7. Norwich Free Academy moved up one.

Also, Middletown and Platt switched places.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: CLASS LL | CLASS L | CLASS M | CLASS S

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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. New Canaan (11-0) (24)  – Last week: Def. St. Joseph 31-20 in FCIAC final. This week: vs. Darien, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
  • Bottom line: The Rams won their eighth FCIAC championship, defeating St. Joseph for the second time this season in the process.
  • 2. Ansonia (11-0) (4) – Last week: Def. Woodland 48-7 in NVL Final; This week: at Naugatuck, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
    Bottom line: The Chargers will attempt to win their 40th straight game when it visits rival Naugatuck.
  • 3. Newtown (11-0)  –  Last week: Defeat Brookfield 28-7. This week: at Masuk, today, 5 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Nighthawks won their second straight SWC championship.
  • 4. West Haven (9-1)  – Last week: Did not play This week: at Fairfield Prep, Thursday, 10 a.m.
    Bottom line: The Westies will get a home quarterfinal and will likely be the No. 2 seed in Class LL with a victory over the Jesuits.
  • 5. Glastonbury (10-1)  – Last week: Def. Simsbury 41-7. Next game: Class LL quarterfinals, Dec. 3.
    Bottom line: The Tomahawks will host a quarterfinal contest against an opponent to be determined.
  • 6. NFA (8-1) – Last week: Def. Did not play. This week: vs. New London, Thursday, 10 a.m.
    Bottom line: A win over New London would allow the Wildcats to host a quarterfinal contest.
  • 7. St. Joseph (9-2)   – Last week: Lost to New Canaan 31-20. This week: vs. Trumbull, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
    Bottom line: The bad news: The Hogs fell short in their bid to win their first FCIAC title. The good news: St. Joseph will not have to face New Canaan again this season.
  • 8. Southington (8-1)   – Last week: Did not play. This week: at Cheshire, Thursday, 10 a.m.
    Bottom line: The Blue Knights and Cheshire have played 25 previous times during Thanksgiving week. Southington holds a 13-12 series lead.
  • 9. Middletown (9-1)    – Last week: Did not play. Next game: at Windsor, today, 6:30 p.m.
    Bottom line: The Blue Dragons are on the cusp of qualifying in Class L for the second straight season.
  • 10. Platt (10-0)   – Last week: Did not play. This week: vs. Maloney, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
    Bottom line: Panthers will clinch the No. 2 seed in Class L with a victory over their crosstown rival.

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