Not much changed in the GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 football poll after Week 5.
The top six remained unchanged, plus or minus a few votes. No. 2 Darien actually lost a first-place vote, which went to Southington. No. 3 New Canaan kept its two first-place votes, No. 4 Ansonia kepts its one and No. 5 Newtown kept its one.
By virtue of its 38-35 victory over Fairfield Prep, Shelton made the biggest move of the week. The 5-0 Gales leaped over 5-0 Windsor to claim the No. 7 spot behind Cheshire.
So, with Newtown unbeaten and ranked No. 5, Friday’s anticipated match at Blue and Gold Stadium marks the first time Ansonia will face a GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 football team since the Chargers began their 48-game win streak back in 2011.
While this will be the Chargers’ first ranked opponent at kickoff, Ansonia has faced teams that wound up ranked in the final polls. Holy Cross finished ranked No. 8 in 2011 after winning the Class S championship. The Crusaders, however, were not ranked when they lost to Ansonia 45-13 and 33-0 in the NVL final earlier that year.
In 2012, Ansonia beat then-unranked North Branford in the Class S championship. But the T-Birds wound up ranked No. 9 in the final 2012 Top 10 after Ansonia’s 59-26 state championship victory.
Ansonia can tie Cheshire’s all-time win streak record of 49 with a victory over Newtown.
Here’s the Top 10 Poll.
GameTimeCT / Register Top 10: WEEK 6
- Last week: Def. New Britain 54-20.
- This week: vs. Hall, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Knights and Hall have played two common opponents: Glastonbury and Simsbury. Southington beat Glastonbury 41-38; Hall won 20-14 in overtime. Southington defeated Simsbury 47-7; Hall won 49-14.
- Last week: Def. Fairfield Warde 42-14.
- This week: at Trinity Catholic, Saturday, 2 p.m.
- Bottom line: Griffin Ross and Will Hamernick combined for 12 catches and two touchdowns in the win over Warde.
|3. NEW CANAAN||5-0||2||696||2||L|
- Last week: Def. Danbury 42-14.
- Next game: vs. Staples, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Rams were scheduled to play Dracut, Mass. this week at home before the game was cancelled. Now, New Canaan has two weeks to prepare for rival Staples.
- Last week: Def. St. Paul 61-35.
- This week: at Newtown, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: One of this season’s most anticipated games will take place the Chargers travel to No. 5 Newtown. Oh, yeah. Ansonia will attempt to tie Cheshire’s state record of 49 consecutive wins. It’s the first time during the streak Ansonia has faced a ranked team.
- Last week: Def. Bethel 27-7.
- This week: vs. Ansonia, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: Blue and Gold Stadium should be rocking when Ansonia, and its 48-game winning streak, visits this week. Newtown players have already said they want to be the team to end it. Actions speak louder than words.
- Last week: Def. Hand 17-13.
- This week: at Hamden, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Rams defeated Hand for the first time since 2009 to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1998.
- Last week: Def. Fairfield Prep 38-35.
- This week: vs. Wilbur Cross, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Gaels passed their first test of the season. Now, a strong and athletic Wilbur Cross team awaits.
- Last week: Def. RHAM 48-0.
- This week: vs. Farmington, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: John Nolan passed for 210 yards and five touchdowns as the Warriors remained unbeaten.
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- Last week: Def. Wilton 49-20.
- This week: vs. Bassick, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: A five-game home stand begins this week for the Hogs.
- Last week: Def. Amity 28-10.
- This week: vs. West Haven, Saturday, 1 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Falcons play the first game at Xavier High’s new turf field on Saturday.
Dropped out: None
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: Ledyard (5-0) and Brookfield (5-0), 283; Wethersfield (5-0), 263; North Haven (4-1), 92; Middletown (4-1), 84; Hall (4-0), 81; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (5-0), 76; Fairfield Prep (3-2), 60; Wolcott (4-0), 46; Berlin (5-0), 43; Stamford (4-1), 41; Windham (5-0), 22; Naugatuck (3-1), Northwest Catholic (5-0) and Wilbur Cross (4-1), 7.
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; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; 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; John Nash, Norwalk Hour; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Elm City Newspapers; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
Poll compiled by: Mike Pucci.