Week 2 brought more upsets across the GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 football poll.
And there were a few other eye-opening results from across the state, like Darien committing five turnovers and squeaking out a 33-26 victory over Greenwich, Hall besting Glastonbury in OT and Hand needing a strong defensive effort to put Hillhouse away. Figuring out the state’s top teams has been an exercise in frustration.
So will the Top 10 teams please stand up? Seriously, you guys.
Yet, the voters collectively dropped the losing teams — Fairfield Prep and Middletown — out and slid the winning teams up a peg or two.
Though Southington remains No. 1 with 22 first-place votes, the remaining five votes remain elsewhere. Darien (1), New Canaan (2), Ansonia (1) and Newtown all have some No. 1 support.
Darien slides up one spot to dreaded No. 2 ranking, where the previous two holders lost the following week (though Darien plays Bassick next).
New Canaan moved up from No. 4 to 3. Ansonia went from No. 5 to 4. St. Joseph leaped from No. 8 to No. 5. Newtown stayed at No. 6. Windsor jumped from No. 10 to No. 7. Hand stayed at No. 9.
West Haven (2-0) and Shelton (2-0) made their poll debuts at Nos. 8 and 10, respectively.
- Last week: Def. Manchester 56-15.
- This week: at Simsbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: Jasen Rose completed 21 of 32 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns against Manchester.
- Last week: Def. Greenwich 33-26.
- This week: vs. Bassick, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Wave committed five turnovers but still managed to defeat Greenwich.
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- Last week: Def. Bassick 43-6.
- This week: vs. Greenwich, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: Sterling O’Hara intercepted two passes that led to scores for the Rams against the Lions.
- Last week: Def. Derby 36-6.
- This week: at Wilby, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Chargers play a rare afternoon game against Wilby in Waterbury this week before hosting Seymour (2-0) next Thursday. Ansonia has won 45 straight games.
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- Last week: Def. Fairfield Prep 48-33.
- This week: at Ridgefield, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Hogs finally begin FCIAC play after knocking off two highly touted SCC teams (Notre Dame-West Haven and Fairfield Prep) in consecutive weeks to open the season.
- Last week: Def. Bunnell 47-0.
- This week: vs. Pomperaug, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Nighthawks recovered three fumbles and blocked two punts in last week’s victory.
- Last week: Def. Bulkeley/HMTCA 60-12.
- This week: vs. Bristol Central, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Warriors tallied 642 total yards last week, including 130 rushing yards and three touchdowns from running back Bennie Fulse.
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- Last week: Def. Foran 38-28.
- This week: vs. Cheshire, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: Westies coach Ed McCarthy, the state leader in wins, missed last week’s game due to the flu. McCarthy’s son, Tim, a sophomore quarterback, threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns in the victory over Foran. The elder McCarthy is expected back on the sideline this week.
- Last week: Def. Hillhouse 17-0.
- This week: at Wilbur Cross, Friday, 4 p.m.
- Bottom line: Beware, Tigers, of afternoon games in New Haven. Cross (2-0) will be roaring to go against a Hand team that has struggled offensively so far this season.
- Last week: Def. Guilford 41-7.
- This week: vs. Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: Troy Vasilescu had eight tackles and two sacks against Guilford.
Dropped out: Fairfield Prep (2), Middletown (7).
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: Brookfield (2-0), 274; Fairfield Prep (1-1), 249; Xavier (2-0), 243; Ledyard (2-0), 216; Wethersfield (2-0), 158; Cheshire (2-0), 99; Middletown (1-1), 95; Naugatuck (1-0), 78; New London (2-0), 47; Hall (1-0), 26; North Branford (2-0) and Seymour (2-0), 23; Morgan (2-0), 21; Holy Cross (2-0), 19; Greenwich (0-2), 10; Berlin (2-0), 9; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (2-0), 8; Staples (1-1), 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.