Ansonia is still No. 1, but lost a first place vote to New Canaan in the latest GameTimeCT.com/New Haven Register high school football poll.
Glastonbury, at No. 10, and Windsor, at No. 9 both joined the fray. This is Glastonbury’s debut in the poll. Windsor returns after a one-week respite.
Norwich Free Academy dropped from No. 3 to No. 12. North Haven dropped from No. 8 to No. 14.
Middletown (4-0) moved into the No. 3 spot, followed by St. Joseph which jumped idle Southington (3-0), Newtown, Shelton and Masuk.
Dropped out: NFA (3), North Haven (8)
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.
A closer look
1. Ansonia (4-0) (23) – Last week: Def. Wilby 47-14; This week: at Derby, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Chargers face their first real test of the season when it visits the rival Red Raiders and their high-octane offense. Ansonia leads the overall series with Derby 54-28-2 and has won the past six meetings.
2. New Canaan (4-0) (6) – Last week: Def. Fairfield Warde 45-21; This week: Danbury, Saturday, 2 p.m.
Bottom line: Cole Turpin caught two touchdown passes in last week’s win as the Rams continue to roll.
3. Middletown (4-0) – Last week: Def. Fermi 43-8; This week: Hartford Public, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Junior Dario Highsmith continues to impress. He rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns against Fermi.
4. St. Joseph (4-0) – Last week: Def. Darien 28-14; This week: at Wilton, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: We knew the Hogs could pass behind senior Jordan Vazzano. They can run, too, with junior Mufasa Abdul-Basir running for 200 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns against previously unbeaten Darien.
5. Southington (3-0) – Last week: Did not play.; This week: New Britain, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights are back in action after a bye last week.
6. Newtown (4-0) – Last week: Def. Barlow 49-36.; This week: New Milford, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Senior quarterback Drew Tarantino tossed six touchdown passes against previously unbeaten Barlow.
7. Shelton (4-0) – Last week: Def. Foran 35-13; This week: Fairfield Prep, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Perhaps the state’s biggest game this weekend is at Finn Stadium, where the Gaels will host Fairfield Prep (3-1).
8. Masuk (4-0) – Last week: Def. Oxford 28-21; This week: at Pomperaug, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Malik Cummings tossed a 62-yard touchdown pass to PJ Kokkoros in the fourth quarter to lift the Panthers past Oxford.
9. Windsor (4-0) – Last week: Def. Hartford Public 21-14; This week: RHAM, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Jedidiah Haynes’ 25-yard touchdown pass to Westley Jackson in the fourth quarter against Hartford Public kept the Warriors unbeaten.
10. Glastonbury (3-1) – Last week: Def. NFA 6-0; This week: Newington, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tomahawks used an impressive defensive effort to knock off previously unbeaten NFA. Glastonbury’s only loss is to Southington.