Week 4 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Football Poll: Ansonia still No. 1; North Haven, Shelton debut

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.

Middletown, an overwhelming winner over Bristol Eastern, cemented its spot at No. 4. Southington, St. Joseph and Newtown also stayed put.

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.


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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.

Don’t forget to submit your PLAYS OF THE WEEK. Deadline is Tuesday evening.


  1. CT HS Fan says

    Capital Prep should be in the Top 10. They will challenge Ansonia and may beat them. By the way, not sure why they are in the “tech” league – they are a magnet school.

  2. Matt Glaszmattglasz says

    Happy to see voters came to their senses regarding my Indians. I’ll be even happier if they can win Friday against Hand. The Tigers will be neither impressed nor intimidated by a ranked North Haven team and one does not simply walk into the Surf Club and win because a newspaper poll says they belong. Best of luck to the Fighting Sagnellas on Friday!

    • NED says

      Matthew Glasz: “Best of luck to the Fighting Sagnellas on Friday!”

      “Fighting Sagnellas” – a registered trademark of MetalNED Glaxial Enterprises….

      • Just Sayin says

        Matthew Glasz – One of the best Fighting Sagnellas ever.
        Pretty sure he might be the definition of a Fighting Sagnella, I’d let him use it!

        • Matt Glaszmattglasz says

          My apologies; I certainly don’t want to infringe upon the intellectual properties of MetalNED Galaxial Enterprises. Henceforth all future references shall be cited as The Fighting Sagnellas™.

          • NED says

            Dang straight. I got to make my $$$$ some how

            Newspapers cost $1 nowadays, thus making it harder to afford one to use as a blanket as I sleep underneath the Pawcatuck/Westerly trestle

            Shine on, you crazy diamond….

  3. dave k says

    The top three offenses in the state in points scored are 1 masuk 170, 2 Ansonia 168, 3 Shelton 149. Shelton did it against teams with winning records.

  4. RAY BROWN says

    capital/prep/classical/magnet/achievement first/get up for class/go to library/ should be in top ten—————–in hartford

  5. ter says

    this is a perfect example why most of the voters have zero credibility. xavier loses last week to north haven stays in the top 10 over north haven then wins this week and drops out in favor of north haven. should have happened last week, to many homers casting votes out there. not talking about Pucci or SBP who actually do their job without bias

      • NED says

        ter: “to many homers casting votes out there”

        Pray tell, ter, who are these “homers” when only two voters, you know, actually WORK in Middletown, home of said Xavierians

        Reckon that seventeen of 29 voters won’t cover a Xavier game because it’s out of their territory, sixteen when/if I get to one and blog about the Falcons

        Now, had you written that, “too many voters ignored logic last week by voting North Haven over Xavier”, THEN you’d be on to something

        Thankfully last week’s public shaming worked and North Haven leapfrogged the Falcons….

  6. High School Football Fan says

    Capital Prep will leave the “Tech” league after the 2013 season.They MAY wind up in the Pequot League.With all do respect Capital Prep I do not believe has a realistic shot at Ansonia

    • Rob (on Connecticut's East Coast) says

      Cap Prep leaving the “Tech” league for the Pequot League would be like College Football’s Boise State leaving the WAC and going to the Mountain West.

      Go where there’s at least some parity. The CCC has a lot of teams, but at least there’s a spread of competition from small to large divisions. Not too far out of reality to head to Connecticut’s East Coast and get in touch with “Farmville” in the ECC. That conference would provide ample challenges (NFA, Fitch, Ledyard, New London, East Lyme or Windham who they might see in the playoffs this year anyway) so long as they don’t get roped into playing all the smallest schools currently in the conference. Maybe adding Cap Prep to the Pequot will boost that conferences post season performance, I just see it as a lateral move rather than a move to stronger/deeper competition.

    • bgarf says

      Cannot comprehend how so many posters form opinions without even seeing these teams play.

      Capital Prep stomped New London so withhold judgment till you at least see them play. From what I’ve heard they have size and speed all over the field and it’s high school football so anything can happen (I’ve seen refs’ phantom calls factor into MANY a CIAC game, they have biases and unchecked egos too, just like most blog posters).

      No team this year is going to go unchallenged.

      • CT HS Fan says

        Keep chirping ray and cronies. You’ve not seen a team like this in years. bgarf is well informed. This is not a tech team. This school is a lot closer to Xavier, than it is to your garden variety tech school.

        • The Dude says

          Can Cap Prep at least win a playoff game first before we annoint them as the team to beat Ansonia? They couldn’t even beat Woodland last year.

  7. jeb says

    Great poll…Though I truly feel that St. Joes is better than Southington and Middletown. To my friends at Capital/prep, if and when they play Ansonia , Newsome will break the single game rushing record against your team if the coach wants too.

    • bgarf says

      Jeb, I root for Ansonia but I can’t understand how you can make a post like that. You do know you’re just judging based on the name of the high school, a name. Wait till you SEE them is my only point (you think New London thought they’d lose 53-14?). Any high school (especially a magnet school) in a big city can attract players who could’ve instead been spread out. If they’re anything like the Weaver teams I saw compete annually with Cochran in Bloomfield, it will be a challenge.

  8. zakjak says

    Wilby, Holy Cross, it is not ever going to be fair, Ansonia is one of the best teams, but really don’t embarass CT. Level of competition has to be a factor. Reporters opinions can’t be the deciding factor. New Canaan has played at a higher level deserving #1, but an off season scrimmage against the Westies who lost to a falling rock Greenwich is Ansonia’s greatest claim. Ansonia will very rested heading into Masuk game. Give the title to Ansonia now, why have these kids bust their A$s to have the title “given away” imagine Uconn playing D2 schedule and writers vote them #1 . Moving NH after they beat EH but not after beating Xavier shows how perception and not reality move the polls

    • bgarf says

      Based on your comments an S school even if they were loaded with D-1 talent should never be #1 (not saying Ansonia is, just making a point).

  9. Indian Fever! says

    Finally some status for Sags’ Steamroller. The Indians have been squashing the SCC one team at a time. We are happy to be the new King of the SCC. No longer are we the ugly stepchild of the SCC’s big dogs. Finally some respect.

    Next up are the cute, little, fuzzy felines from Madison Friday at the Surf & Turf.

    North Haven 44
    Surf & Turf Tigers 14

  10. RAY BROWN says

    zak how bout coaches?whose supposed to vote some barroom drunks?why have teams play rest of year? love to have you as a coach

    • NED says


      Come on, Raymond – as if you haven’t already

      FYI – you have three SCC teams in your Top 10. Congratulations – you’re now an “SCC homer”!

      Al Carbone will be sending you an SCC pin for your lapel and a tote bag….

        • NED says

          Come on, Ray, admit it – you wear an Ian McIntosh replica Cheshire jersey on Fridays, and have a football autographed by Joe Benanto prominently displayed on the mantel over your fireplace….

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  13. jeb says

    Ray Ray…love your poll and I agree with you.

    bgarf…your point is well-taken. i’m going by name only and I might have underrated Capital/Prep.

    Going to the North Haven vs Hand game on Friday..should be a good one

    • NED says

      Glastonbury lost Week 1 at home to Southington

      Can’t complain about lack of respect when you’re 2-1 three weeks into the season….

  14. GHS fan says

    True its still early. However, Southington barely escaped. By the end of the year GHS would have playd three top ten schools in most all polls. (NFA, Windsor, Southington) They have played Xavier the last five years in the playoffs. Last I checked they played them better than any team that faced them in the playoffs.

  15. football lover says

    Ansonia always looks great in the reg season. Then they go to the playoffs and get spanked by a Big Dog. That’s why they don’t play wit the big boys anymore. Just sayin..

  16. ter says

    goes to the playoffs and gets spanked by a big dog?? 18 state titles (most in state history) speaks for itself. by far the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. got spanked by 2 very good bloomfield teams in the late 90’s. and by very good i mean arguably the best teams this state has ever seen. why dont u tell me another year where they got “spanked”???

  17. whatever says

    football lover…

    of all the post on here that is the most amazing of the all. By “big dogs” I think you mean bigger schools but here in CT they play states by class, which is the size of the school. Ansonia is S so they play the small dogs…

  18. Big Dog says

    Take it from the real “Big Dog” Ansonia can play with anyone….They are big fast and physical….I have said in the past though not sure they can take the pounding of a Division 1 schedule week in and week out…just don’t have the depth these LL teams have….Take an injury to Arkell or McNight and they would struggle playing the big dogs….With that said, I will wait till after the NC/Joes game on judgement for #1 this year….If NC wins and runs thru L I think their schedule gives them the upper hand over the Chargers.BTW-Has anyone seen Joes schedule so far this year?For all the knocks they have taken the past few yrs the schedule maker got even with them this year….Lookin ahead to next week we got Prep/Shelton and Ansonia/Derby…Should be a great week…

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