With a 62-13 victory over Holy Cross Friday night, Ansonia remained atop the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 football poll heading into Week 3.
The next six teams fell into line from last week. New Canaan, which crushed Greenwich 66-20, stayed at No. 2. Norwich Free Academy needed a strong second half to brush back Fitch, and stayed at No. 3.
The biggest change was North Haven, which debuted at No. 8 after being snubbed for a poll spot a week ago despite toppling then-No. 2 Xavier.
Shelton usurped Windsor for the No. 10 spot.
–SEAN PATRICK BOWLEY
Dropped out: Xavier (9), Windsor (10).
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; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; 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
Mike Pucci’s Bottom Line
- 1. Ansonia (3-0) — Last week: Def. Holy Cross 62-13; This week: Wilby, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Holy Cross actually led 13-7 before the Chargers scored 55 unanswered points.
- 2. New Canaan (3-0) — Last week: Def. Greenwich 66-20; This week: Fairfield Warde, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Linebacker Cole Harris returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked a punt for the Rams in their rout over the Cardinals.
- 3. Norwich Free Acad. (2-0) – Last week: Def. Fitch 40-14; This week: at Glastonbury, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Wildcats should be tested against Glastonbury, it what could be one of this weekend’s best games. Or so we hope.
- 4. Middletown (3-0) – Last week: Def. Bristol Eastern 40-0;This week: at Fermi, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Dario Highsmith rushed 12 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns and the Blue Dragons defense pitched their second consecutive shutout in the win over previously unbeaten Bristol Eastern.
- 5. Southington (3-0) – Last week: Def. Simsbury 38-0; Next game: New Britain, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Stephen Barmore completed 24 of 37 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns against Simsbury.
- 6. St. Joseph (3-0) – Last week: Def. Ridgefield 41-12; This week: Darien, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Hogs have already passed tests against Notre Dame-West Haven, Fairfield Prep and Ridgefield. Can they do the same against unbeaten Darien?
- 7. Newtown (3-0) — Last week: Def. Brookfield 35-7; This week: at Barlow, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Nighthawks played their most complete game of the season last week. Now, Newtown prepares for unbeaten Barlow.
- 8. North Haven (3-0) — Last week: Def. East Haven 54-28; This week: at Hand, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Indians reach the Top 10, albeit a week late. Their reward is a trip to the Surf Club to play a Hand squad that is improving each week.
- 9. Masuk (3-0) — Last week: Def. Bunnell 44-20; This week: at Oxford, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Panthers rolled past an athletic Bunnell team. Masuk has scored 170 points, tops in the state through three weeks.
- 10. Shelton (3-0) — Last week: Def. Amity 49-30; This week: at Foran, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Gaels leap into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Shelton better not look past a pesky Foran squad, or it will be a short stay in the poll.