Tuesday morning quarterback: Top players, teams of the week; Week 8 look ahead

Last Week


  • Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome: Rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-27 win over Wolcott on Friday. Newsome also scored on a 78-yard punt return. Newsome tied a state record he already shared with two other players by running for more than 300 yards in three straight games.
  • Bunnell’s Devante Teel: Caught 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-35 win over New Milford on Friday. Teel also scored on an 85-yard kickoff return.
  • North Haven’s Ethan Suraci: Rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-20 win over Guilford on Friday.
  • Platt Tech’s Opnyckie May: Rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-13 win over Wilcox Tech on Saturday.
  • Barlow’s Jack Shaban: Rushed for 207 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-19 win over Pomperaug on Friday.
  • Greenwich’s Austin Longi: Accounted for five of Greenwich’s six touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Warde. Longi scored two rushing TDs, a 45-yard TD reception, an 85-yard touchdown pass and a 20-yard interception return.


  • Amity’s David Buono: Recovered two fumbles in a 41-14 win over Wilbur Cross on Friday. Buono also ran for 102 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ellington/Somers’ Christian Schneider: Scored on a 50-yard fumble recovery in a 41-26 win over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby on Saturday.
  • Farmington’s Ivan Guadalupe: Made three interceptions in a 35-0 win over Bristol Central on Friday.
  • Sheehan’s Jordan Lytle: Made 14 tackles in a 47-13 win over Law on Friday. Lytle also scored on a 1-yard run.
  • Valley Regional/Old Lyme’s Chris Jean-Pierre: Made two interceptions in a 51-6 win over Morgan on Friday. Jean-Pierre also scored on an 8-yard run.


  • Bristol Eastern’s Jeremy Meccariello: Made a 25-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Lancers to a 30-28 win over Windsor on Friday.
  • Hall’s Jordon Bell: Scored on a 95-yard kickoff return in a 21-6 win over New Britain on Friday.
  • Hand’s Tyler Phan: Kicked a 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining to lift the Tigers to a 44-41 victory over Shelton on Friday.
  • St. Paul’s Reid Moran: Returned the game’s opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in a 59-31 loss to Naugatuck on Saturday.
  • Valley Regional/Old Lyme’s Matt Przybysz: Scored on a 95-yard kickoff return in a 51-6 win over Morgan on Friday.


  • Kennedy: Elijah Benjamin and Jacob Gonzalez each ran for two touchdowns as the Eagles won their first game of the season with a 33-15 victory over Watertown on Friday.
  • Lyman Hall: Kyle Smith threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Trojans snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 22-14 win over East Haven on Friday.
  • Stamford: Chris Durant threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Antonie with 1:09 left to lift the Black Knights to a 19-14 win over Bassick on Friday. The win snapped Stamford’s 15-game losing streak and gave first-year coach Jamar Greene his first victory at the school.
  • West Haven: Westies defeated Hamden 49-7 on Friday, which allowed head coach Ed McCarthy to break the state record for career victories (322).


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This Week




  • Farmington (7-0) at Middletown (7-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: Two of the state’s most electric players, Farmington’s Ivan Guadalupe and Middletown’s Dario Highsmith, face off in this CCC Division II West tilt between unbeaten teams.
  • St. Joseph (7-0) at New Canaan (7-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: The winner here has a legitimate claim to being the state’s best team.
  • Morgan (5-1) at North Branford (4-2), Friday, 6:30 p.m: North Branford in danger of losing its third straight game. Morgan lost its first last week to unbeaten Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
  • Xavier (5-2) at Hand (6-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: Hand stopped the Falcons 30-game winning streak last season. Xavier, the three-time defending Class LL champion, needs a victory to stay in the playoff hunt.
  • Woodland (7-0) at Holy Cross (5-2), Friday, 7 p.m.: This is the last chance anyone has to keep Woodland from winning the NVL’s Copper Division.


  1. ACL says

    Hey Mike,
    I liked the feature on Foran’s win on Friday night but no love here? They held Harold Cooper to 14 yards on 17 carries and don’t get a mention? Still love ya, but c’mon.

  2. Greenwichfootball says

    Guess you didn’t see Austin Longi’s performance on Saturday. 5 td’s in 4 different ways isn’t enough to be on your list?

    • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

      @Greenwichfootball – Absolutely it does. I’ll add it.

      By the way, I’d love if someone sent us the 85-yard TD pass for Plays of the Week.

  3. X Fan I am says

    Frank, Bubba, HandFan, and all your cronies, all the sudden your Tigers pull a few rabbits out of their hats and you have them squaring off with New Canaan for the L title. Get real. Xavier will crush them. Xavier is going to pound the Tigers into the turf Friday night. Last year was a fluke. Hand got lucky on a trick play and a few calls from the refs. They play that game 10 times and X wins 8 of them.

    And you Middletown fans, hah! The Blue Dragons are all hopped up on beating Fermi and Wethersfield – puh-lease. Who’s next, Mercy School for Girls. Win a few tough games before you start spouting off.

    The Falcon will fly Friday night 34-24.

    • KPS says

      Hand out-gained Xavier in that game 305-39 in the second half. The bludgeoned them on both offense and defense. They play that game 10 times, Xavier quits 10 times.

      Hands all-time record against Xavier is 15-6. They own Xavier. Always have.

    • Bubba says

      X fan that you are: Last year game was a complete destruction of the line of scrimmage. Hand dominated. The only reason why X was in the game was because of the officials. At one point during the game it was 13 calls against Hand, 1 call against X. Hand took a knee inside the 15 or it would have been 47-20, 47-20. That’s a blowout. As for your comment about if they played 10 times, X would beat them. Well they actually have played 21 times in history, and the record is 15 win for Hand, and 6 for X. I hate to tell you this, but before your 3 in a row, you didn’t win a State Title in 25 years. Hand has won a title in every decade this the State Tourney started. Put that is your blackhole and smoke it! Oh yeah! Love bubba

      • Not Ray Brown says

        1) Hands win over Xavier last year was no fluke, X did play by far their worst game of the year but that’s never an excuse. 2) This is probably the worst X team in the last 5 years, I’d be pleasantly surprised if they got by Hand Friday. 3) Yes, Hand has had a lot of success against X, but last year was the first time they played since like ’07 or something. From ’07-’11 X would have owned Hand, the ’11 Xavier team may be the best CT HS football team I have ever seen, they would have beaten any of the teams in the state this year by 3 td’s easily.

  4. Take of the Tape says

    Correct me if I’m wrong but Hand has won 16 out of 23 match ups between them. So were those all flukes?

    • Frank says

      15 hand wins to 6 Xavier win. But Your Point is well taken. X first State title was 2005, they have a total of 4. Hand has 11. Hand is probably the best overall program in CT, because of the schedule they play. Please don’t tell me about the school in the Valley, they would get their lunch handed to them by the Tigers.

  5. says

    Xavier was a doormat for years!!! The last 10 years they have been a decent program but lets not forget the other 60. I find it funny that Xavier is even good but I guess billboards all over the state will get you that………For the person that said Hand’s victory was a fluke last year ahh no refs can cause a one score game to be a loss when you lose by 20/30 whatever it was then no chance you got pounded except it and move on. Refs blew the game LOL at what point in the 1st quarter was that because it was never close after that

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