Aside from a few votes changing hands, there were absolutely no cosmetic changes in the latest GameTimeCT.com / New Haven Register Top 10 high school football poll for Week 8.
Ansonia (7-0) remained the No, 1 team for the seventh consecutive week. The Chargers were followed by New Canaan (7-0), a big winner over Staples, and St. Joseph (7-0) which lost some votes but stayed at No. 3 after its rout of Trinity Catholic.
The rest of the poll remained, in order, Middletown, Newtown, Glastonbury, West Haven, Hand, NFA and North Haven all remained.
The hierarchy figures to change this week, however. New Canaan and St. Joseph will play Friday night in the biggest statewide game to date. Middletown faces unbeaten Farmington, which checked in just a hair beneath North Haven at No. 11.
Other big games with Top 10 implications: No. 8 Hand plays host to Xavier, No. 10 North Haven travels to East Haven to play Hillhouse. –SPB
Dropped out: None
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 (7-0) (24) – Last week: Def. Wolcott 62-27; This week: vs. Watertown, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Chargers have won 35 straight games, just one victory shy of tying a school-record set from 1976-1978 that ranks second all-time in the state for consecutive victories.
- 2. New Canaan (7-0) (5) – Last week: Def. Staples 43-7; This week: vs. St. Joseph, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Rams handed Staples their first FCIAC loss since 2010. Now, New Canaan hosts unbeaten St. Joseph in a game that will determine that league’s best team.
- 3. St. Joseph (7-0) – Last week: Def. Trinity Catholic 53-7; This week: at New Canaan, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Hogs probably haven’t forgotten that they led New Canaan at halftime last season before falling short.
- 4. Middletown (7-0) – Last week: Def. Maloney 47-16; This week: vs. Farmington, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: St. Joseph at New Canaan is the game of the week down in Fairfield County but Farmington at Middletown is a must-see up north.
- 5. Newtown (7-0) – Last week: Def. Weston 47-13; This week: at New Fairfield, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: The Nighthawks won’t be challenged the remainder of the regular season.
- 6. Glastonbury (6-1) –Last week: Def. Manchester 41-0; This week: vs. Conard, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tomahawks have shutout three opponents this season.
- 7. West Haven (6-1) – Last week: Def. Hamden 49-7; This week: at Wilbur Cross, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Congrats to Westies coach Ed McCarthy for setting the state record for career victories.
- 8. Hand (6-1) – Last week: Def. Shelton 44-41. This week: vs. Xavier, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Tyler Phan has kicked two game-winning field goals this season for the Tigers, including last week over Shelton.
- 9. NFA (5-1) – Last week: Def. Cranston West (RI) 28-7; This week: at East Lyme, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Now that senior running back Marcus Outlow appears recovered from an ankle injury, the Wildcats are becoming more and more dangerous.
- 10. North Haven (6-1) – Last week: Def. Guilford 47-20; This week: at Hillhouse, Friday, 8 p.m.
Bottom line: The Indians can’t look past Hillhouse. Despite its 3-4 record, the Academics have several talented skill players capable of pulling the upset.