New Canaan (5-0) also remained steady at No. 2, while FCIAC rival St. Joseph (5-0) leapfrogged Middletown to take the No. 3 spot.
Fairfield Prep (4-1), a 38-28 winner over Shelton, debuted in the poll at No. 7, taking Shelton’s spot. Xavier (4-1) also returned for the first time since it lost to North Haven in Week 2.
Dropped out: Shelton (7), Masuk (8).
The Following Voted: 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 (5-0) (23) — Last week: Def. Derby 62-28; This week: Masuk, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Senior running back Arkeel Newsome needs just 291 yards to break the state record for career rushing yards, currently held by former Ansonia standout Alex Thomas.
- 2. New Canaan (5-0) (6) — Last week: Def. Danbury 49-7; This week: Chicopee (MA), Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Rams host the Pacers, who are 2-3, in an out-of-state contest at Dunning Field, where New Canaan has won 30 straight games.
- 3. St. Joseph (5-0) — Last week: Def. Wilton 44-20; This week: at Bassick, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Jordan Vazzano completed 16 of 28 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Wilton as the Hogs remained unbeaten.
- 4. Middletown (5-0) — Last week: Def. Hartford Public 41-7; This week: at Bristol Central, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Junior Dario Highsmith, who rushed for three scores and threw two touchdowns in the win over Hartford Public, is making his case as the state’s best player.
- 5. Southington (4-0) — Last week: Def. New Britain 38-7; This week: at Hall, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Alex Jamele had 139 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the victory over New Britain. .
- 6. Newtown (5-0) — Last week: Def. New Milford 56-13; This week: at Wolcott, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Nighthawks have scored 40 or more points in their last two games.
- 7. Windsor (5-0) — Last week: Def. RHAM 49-0; This week: at Farmington, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: One of this weekend’s best games will be in Farmington as the Warriors visit the unbeaten Indians.
- 8. Fairfield Prep (4-1) — Last week: Def. Shelton 38-28; This week: at Hand, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: After winning on the road in Shelton, the Jesuits travel this week to the Surf Club to take on a Hand team that has won four in a row.
- 9. Glastonbury (4-1) — Last week: Def. Newington 33-0; This week: at East Hartford, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tomahawks have shutout their last two opponents.
- 10. Xavier (4-1) — Last week: Def. Amity 42-28; This week: at West Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Falcons will try and put history on hold. West Haven coach Ed McCarthy can tie the state record for wins with a victory over Xavier.