1 DARIEN (23) 1-0
Points: 768 Last Week (2): def. No. 5 Ridgefield 31-12
Up Next: home vs. McMahon Friday, 6 p.m.
Bottom Line: Brian Minicus had three of Darien’s five interceptions, including a pick-six to start the game, as the defending Class LL champs showed they’re not going anywhere … except back in voters’ good graces as the state’s No. 1 team.
2 SOUTHINGTON 1-0
Points: 658 Last Week (3): def. Glastonbury 34-7
Up Next: home vs. Simsbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: Sammy Thomson had two interceptions and Will Barmore threw for 211 yards and two TDs before leaving the game for precautionary reasons as the Blue Knights won their 36th consecutive regular season game dating back to October, 2013.
3 ST. JOSEPH (2) 1-0
Last Week (NR):
def. No. 1 New Canaan 38-35
Up Next: home vs. Fairfield Warde, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Bottom Line: David Summers had an incredible debut at QB (29-for-56, 315, 4 TDs) as the Hogs jumped all over defending Class L champion New Canaan early and weathered a late charge to become the first non-Darien team to win at Dunning Field since November 2007.
4 CHESHIRE 1-0
Last Week (6):
def. No. 10 Shelton 28-10
Up Next: at Norwich Free Academy, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: Jack Raba threw for 209 yards and a pair of strikes to Michael Jeffery in their SCC Tier 1 victory over Shelton. Connor Whalen had 2 1/2 sacks as the Rams defense held the Gaels scoreless in the second half.
5 ANSONIA (1) 1-0
Points: 578 Last Week (4): def. Wolcott 61-6
Up Next: at Waterbury Career, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: Markell Dobbs ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the defending Class S champs rolled past the Eagles in their opener.
6 WINDSOR 1-0
Points: 495 Last Week (7): def. Maloney 28-0.
Up Next: at Bristol Central, Friday, 6 p.m.
Bottom Line: Windsor’s defense lived up to its advanced billing by forcing four turnovers while Julian Jackson threw for two touchdowns in his first start at QB.
7 NEW CANAAN 0-1
Points: 480 Last Week (1): lost to St. Joseph 38-35
Up Next: at Danbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: The Rams were shell-shocked early and roared back late, but couldn’t prevent their first loss at Dunning Field to someone other than Darien since 2007.
8 WEST HAVEN 1-0
Points: 392 Last Week (8): def. North Haven 33-27
Up Next: at Wilbur Cross, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Westies’ defense forced five turnovers, including three fumbles and two interceptions. Joe Steinman had a pick-six and Doug Johnson returned a fumble for another TD.
9 MASUK 1-0
Points: 367 Last Week (9): def. Bunnell 42-13
Up Next: at home vs. New London, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: Matt Hersch threw for 287 yards and four TDs as the Panthers answered an opening kickoff return TD with 35 unanswered points in their wipeout of Bunnell.
10 MIDDLETOWN 1-0
Last Week (NR):
def. Wethersfield 29-12
Up Next: at home vs. Bristol Eastern, Friday, 7 p.m.
Bottom Line: Stone Belzo, in his first game as starting QB, threw for a touchdown and ran for two more as the Blue Dragons pulled away for their first win.
Dropped out: Ridgefield (5), Shelton (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes: Greenwich (1-0), 241; Ridgefield (0-1), 223; Norwich Free Academy (1-0), 218; Newtown (1-0), 127; Shelton (0-1), 109; Killingly (1-0), 96; Hand (1-0), 56; Fairfield Prep (1-0), 43; Rocky Hill (1-0), 42; Bloomfield (1-0) and Seymour (1-0), 33; Staples (1-0), 31; Simsbury (1-0), 18; Xavier (0-1), 17; Platt (1-0), 15; Berlin (1-0), 8; South Windsor (1-0), 7; Westhill (1-0), 7.
The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, HAN Network; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT.com; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Matt Conyers, Hartford Courant; Gerry DeSimas Jr., Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH/Sportzedge.com; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Noah Finz, Frontier Cable/Vantage Sports Network; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Don Laviano, NBC Connecticut; Ken Lipshez, Record-Journal of Meriden; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Foundation/New Haven Register; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Pete Paguaga, Record-Journal of Meriden; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Marc Robbins, Frontier Cable/Vantage Sports Network; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Bob Rumbold, Fox61; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3.