The 2017 All-Pequot League Football Teams Honors Sassacus Division MVP: Vincent Dyer, Old Saybrook / Westbrook Uncas Division MVP: Colton Engel – Stafford / East Windsor / Somers Pequot Conference Coach of the Year: Tony Bonito, Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Teddy Netcoh Award: Jacob Kruszewski, Valley Regional/Old Lyme Sassacus Offense QB–Michael Cullina, Valley Regional / Old Lyme RB–Vincent Dyer, Old Saybrook […]
ANSONIA — It took almost a quarter for the Ansonia football team to make the necessary adjustments, but once the Chargers did, the end result looked similar to the first 11 games they played this season. The top-seeded Chargers scored 44 unanswered points in the first half and blitzed No. 5 Stafford/East Windsor/Somers 52-19 at […]
REDDING—As clinical as it was comprehensive, there was no doubt left by Barlow in its Class M semifinal against SMSA/University/Classical co-op Sunday afternoon.Scoring points on each of its first seven drives, the Falcons routed the visitin…
The CIAC Football Playoff Scoreboard More Semifinal Previews: Class LL | Class L | Class M The 2017 CIAC Football Class L semifinal previews. Compiled and written by Sean Patrick Bowley and John Nash. CLASS S No. 5 Stafford at No. 1 Ansonia WHERE / WHEN — Jarvis Stadium, Ansonia, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. TEAM RECORDS — Stafford/Somers/East Windsor […]
Coginchaug / Hale Ray’s PATRICK LADAS has been voted the star of Thanksgiving Week, after a 251-yard, three touchdown performance to help the Blue Devils rally and defeat North Branford 28-27 on Thanksgiving eve. Ladas, a senior back whom first-year coach Erik Becker called “the best football player I’ve ever coached in my life,” following […]
We’ve made it. The long, grueling grind that is the regular season is finally over. All 12 weeks are in the books — so is Thanksgiving. The playoffs are here. The quarterfinals begin Tuesday at the sites of the higher seeds at 6:30 p.m. The 2017 CIAC Football Playoff Schedule The semifinals, however, have been […]
ROCKY HILL — Cromwell/Portland’s football team knew what was at stake when they faced Rocky Hill in the Shunpike Showdown Wednesday night. The Panthers knew how tough it would be to take down unbeaten Terriers and qualify for the Class S playoffs. What the Panthers least expected, however, was Rocky Hill turning from its notorious, […]
NORTH BRANFORD — Erik Becker called Pat Ladas “the best football player I’ve ever coached in my life.” Granted, this is Becker’s first year as the head coach at Coginchaug/Hale-Ray, but he did spend 15 years in the program at Hand, where playing for a state championship happened more often than not. Still, after the […]
WATERBURY — After a miserable first half, Gilbert/Northwestern climbed out of a 14-point hole to beat Waterbury Career Academy 29-22 in what Yellowjackets coach Scott Salius called “a great, great high school game” Tuesday night at Water…
Preview Capsules for Greater New Haven Thanksgiving week games. Capsules by Sean Patrick Bowley except where noted. (Updated with Calpreps projections) Fairfield County Previews | Thanksgiving Week Schedule | Playoff Point Scenarios ♦♦♦ Thanksgiving Eve Oxford at St. Paul Where/When: St. Paul High School Field, Bristol, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Team records: Oxford 3-6; St. Paul 6-3 Thanksgiving Series Record: […]
HADDAM — Valley Regional/Old Lyme is in the playoffs. The Warriors cinched a CIAC Class S playoff berth with a 22-7 win over stubborn Haddam-Killingworth, 22-7, Friday night at H-K High School. Valley/Old Lyme spotted H-K an early 7-0 lead, but shut the Cougars out the rest of the way to win for the ninth […]
Five more football teams qualified for the state playoffs Saturday, rapidly bringing the postseason picture into more focus as Week 10 came to a close. Of the 32 spots available, 17 teams have now punched their tickets, including the 10 teams that qualified Friday night. Several more should be determined before Thanksgiving Week. You can […]
HADDAM — Haddam-Killingworth pulled a huge Pequot League upset by beating Old Saybrook/Westbrook 14-7 at H-K High Friday night. The Cougars (6-3) got first half touchdowns from Cody Ellix and Jake Frith — both one-yard runs — to lead 14-0 at the break. They then held off OSW (7-2) in the second half limiting the […]
1. Darien (8-0)
Today at Bpdt. Central, 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 23 vs. New Canaan, 10:30 a.m.
2. Greenwich (8-0)
Def. Danbury 57-7
Thursday vs. Xavier (at West Haven), 6:30 p.m.
3. Ansonia (8-0)
Today at Holy Cr…
Berlin pulled away from rival Bloomfield in the fourth quarter and stayed unbeaten with a 23-14 victory at Sage Park Friday night. James Mazzarella, who had fumbled at the goal line just moments earlier, scored the go-ahead safety when he sacked Daron Bryden in the end zone with 2:41 remaining. Berlin then tacked on a […]
HADDAM — Haddam-Killingworth’s football team climbed over the .500 mark with a 35-12 win over North Branford Saturday night at H-K High School. Leading just 14-12 at the half, H-K ran away with a 21-point second half to improve to 4-3. “This was a game where we were able to finish the job,” said H-K […]
WFSB 3 Connecticut COVENTRY — Nick Pronovost returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the second-consecutive week and Jacob Carlson ran for a 70-yard score as Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial defeated Stafford/Somers/East Windsor 24-7 in a Pequot Uncas battle of unbeatens Friday night. Pronovost, who returned the opening kickoff for a score vs. Gilbert/Northwestern last week, […]
CROMWELL — Quarterback Mike Cullina hit Jason O’Brien on a nine-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give Valley Regional/Old Lyme a 34-28 upset over previously unbeaten Cromwell/Portland in a wild Pequot League game played in front of 600 at …
WINSTED — Coventry’s Nick Pronovost ran back the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for a first-quarter hole Gilbert/Northwestern could never climb out of in a 42-20 Patriot win at Gilbert’s Van Why Field Saturday…
Bryce Karstetter doing his best Randall Cunningham impersonation, scrambling & delivering 40 yard TD to Dianta Highsmith. 6-0 C/P #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/QMl2fq2NxC — Josh Howard (@RareReminderJH) October 20, 2017 CROMWELL — Dianta Highsmith and Bryce Karstetter hooked up for a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter and Cromwell/Portland turned to its defense in the second […]
1. Darien (5-0)
Def. Staples 32-6
Oct. 21 vs. Ffld. Warde, 1:30 p.m.
2. Southington (5-0)
Friday vs. New Britain, 7 p.m.
3. West Haven (5-0)
Today vs. NFA, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Shelton, 7 p.m.
1. Darien (4-0)
Friday at Staples, 7 p.m.
2. Southington (5-0)
Def. Hall 45-0
Oct. 20 vs. New Britain, 7 p.m.
3. Ansonia (5-0)
Def. Kennedy 48-6
Oct. 20 vs. St. Paul, 7 p.m.
4. West Haven (5…
COVENTRY — Coventry/Bolton/Windham Tech defeated Haddam-Killingworth 46-21 Friday night to remain undefeated. The Patriots raced to a 30-7 half time lead on two first-quarter touchdowns by Shaun O’Connell who had two, one-yard runs, a 49-yard run by Nick Pronovost and a 32-yard run by Jordan Smith. H-K (2-3) got on the board on a second […]
1. Darien (3-0)
Today at Stamford, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Staples, 7 p.m.
2. Southington (4-0)
Def. Conard 49-13
Friday at Hall, 7 p.m.
3. Ansonia (4-0)
Def. Torrington 62-6
Thursday at Kennedy, 6 p.m.
If you’re involved in local sports in southern Connecticut, specifically the greater New Haven and Shoreline region, you know Branford’s Bill O’Brien. He’s done just about everything around here. The Casey/O’Brien New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame bears his name. He’s worked as a benefactor, fundraiser and champion […]
Nick Mancini had a short TD run wiped out for holding. He gets it back on this 20yd TD pass from Jeff Jablonski #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/XdGNiC62zU — Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) September 28, 2017 NORTH BRANFORD — Morgan and North Branford have played in quite a few nail-biters over the last few years. But for the […]
HADDAM >> Bryce Karstetter threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns in leading undefeated Cromwell/Portland to a 43-7 Pequot League win over Haddam-Killingworth in front of 400 at H-K High School Thursday evening. Karstetter (12-for-22, one interception) had TD passes to Dianta Highsmith of 74 yards in the first quarter, a 31-yarder to Liam Coleman […]
1. Darien (3-0)
Saturday at Stamford, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Staples, 7 p.m.
2. Southington (4-0)
Def. Conard 49-13
Friday at Hall, 7 p.m.
3. Ansonia (3-0)
Friday vs. Torrington, 7 p.m.
Thursday at Kennedy,…
CROMWELL >> Undefeated Cromwell/Portland won its third game in a row, pulling away from Lewis Mills in the fourth quarter to win 44-20 at Pierson Park Friday evening. After Mills pulled to within 10 points in the third quarter, the Panthers answered with two fourth quarter touchdowns, one on a 20-yard run by Bryan […]
CLINTON — Haddam-Killingworth led all the way in defeating The Morgan School, 21-7, in a Pequot League game played at the Peters Complex Friday night. The Cougars (2-1) scored twice in the first quarter on a 14-yard run by Dalton Modehn and a 67-yard run by Kevin Dougherty (13 carries, 202 yards). Jordan Callahan kicked both extra […]
1. Darien (2-0)
Today vs. St. Joseph, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Stamford, 7 p.m.
2. Southington (3-0)
Def. Manchester 37-0
Thursday at Conard, 7 p.m.
3. St. Joseph (2-0)
Today at Darien, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 a…
MIDDLETOWN — No. 10 ranked and unbeaten Middletown is home tonight, Xavier looks to win its second in a row this afternoon, Wesleyan has its home opener Saturday and Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech looks to get its first win tonight in weekend city football action. In the area, three unbeaten teams — Cromwell/Portland, Coginchaug/Hale-Ray and Valley/Old […]
DURHAM >> Quarterback Eli Rivera scored on a 3-yard run late in the game to break a tie and that plus Pat Ladas’ conversion run gave Coginchaug/Hale-Ray a 34-26 win over Haddam-Killingworth Saturday afternoon at the Wally Camp Athletic Conference. Rivera had a big day, throwing three touchdown passes in addition to his game-winning run. […]
HADDAM >> Woody Hayes would have been proud. The late Ohio State coach, a believer in the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, would have enjoyed Haddam-Killingworth’s 49-32 win over the SMSA/University/Classical cooperative of Hartford Saturday night at H-K High. That’s because H-K ran 69 plays from scrimmage, every one of them on the ground, to the tune of […]
Team Fared Up next 1. New Canaan (0-1) Lost to St. Joseph 38-35 Friday at Danbury, 7 p.m. 2. Darien (1-0) Def. Ridgefield 38-12 Friday vs. McMahon, 6 p.m. 3. Southington (1-0) Def. Glastonbury 34-7 Friday vs. […]
MIDDLETOWN >> Everybody’s even, everybody’s 0-0. The scrimmages are over, let the games begin. Norwich Free Academy at Xavier At Larry McHugh Field at Xavier High Tonight at 7 It’s the beginning of the Andy Guyon Era at Xavier and he gets to open against what may be the best team in eastern Connecticut in […]
It is 60 years, give or take a few weeks, since I first covered scholastic football for the Register. So thank you, Clem Fucci, wherever you are, and thank you, Pete Dzwonkoski. Thank you, Tom Iezzi and Rich Abbatiello and Gennaro Germe, and thank you, Ray Ciarleglio, even if I had a better opening night […]
TORRINGTON >> Summer’s over? Not to worry; football’s here. A pretty good crowd testified to that feeling Friday night at Torrington’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex as neighbors Gilbert/Northwestern and Torrington banged out the final pre-season scrimmage for both teams. “I’m looking for us to improve as a unit,” said Torrington Coach Gaitan Rodriguez, whose […]
Erik Becker, the former offensive coordinator at Hand who spent last year at Choate, has accepted the head coaching job at Coginchaug he confirmed Tuesday. “Honestly, this is a place I’ve always wanted to be,” Becker said Tuesday after finalizing the hire with the Coginchaug administration. “I probably had my eye on this job for […]
Steve Croce has resigned as Coginchaug’s football coach after one season to take a college football job, he confirmed Friday. Croce was hired as the offensive coordinator for Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., where he will coach under former Holy Cross All-State back Dan Mulrooney, whom Croce coached and won a state title with in […]
Gregg Simon has been selected to join the CAS-CIAC staff as the Associate Executive Director of CIAC effective July 1. Simon joins the CIAC after a 17-year tenure as the athletic director at Newtown from 1999-2016. He oversaw an athletic department that sponsored every CIAC sponsored sport and included more than 80 coaches and volunteers. […]
The 2016-17 New Haven Register All-State Girls Basketball Lineups. Compiled by Joe Morelli. Honorable Mention Nikki Bitinaitis, Cromwell, 5-6, Sr., G Monica Bojka, Woodland, 5-10, Sr., F Trinity Bravo, Kolbe Cathedral, 5-8, Jr., G Mia Brennan, Waterford, 5-4, Sr., G MacKenzie Burke, Norwich Free Academy, 5-8, Sr., G Claudia Capozzo, Sacred Heart Academy, 5-10, Sr., […]
The 2016-17 New Haven Register All-State Boys Basketball Lineups. Compiled by Joe Morelli. Video package produced by Frontier Cable’s Vantage Sports Network. Player of the Year: Tremont Waters, Notre Dame-West Haven Coach of the Year: Jon Carroll, Sacred Heart Honorable Mention Will Antrum, Wilbur Cross, 6-0, G, Jr.; Jadon Archer, Enfield, 6-1, G, So.; Jackson Benigni, Xavier, […]
The complete 2016 New Haven Register All-Area Football Teams, including first, second and third team selections. Compiled by Mike Pucci. The team was published in the New Haven Register on Friday, January 13, 2017. ••• First Team OFFENSE DEFENSE COACH of the YEAR: REGGIE LYTLE, Hillhouse MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: NICO RAGAINI, Notre Dame-West Haven ••• Second Team […]
Chris Eckert, the 2016 Pequot Sassacus Coach of the Year who guided Cromwell/Portland to the Class S semifinals this season, announced his resignation as the team’s head coach Wednesday, according to a note posted on the team’s Twitter account, which is run by Eckert. In a note, Eckert cited his desire to pursue an administrative role within […]
DEEP RIVER >> When Valley Regional/Old Lyme opened the second half with a gorgeous 64-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Matt Sapere to sophomore Jason O’Brien, a roar reverberated from the famous hill at Blythe Field all the way through the Connecticut River Valley and all the small Pequot Conference towns in between. The Warriors, […]
ANSONIA >> Heading into Monday evening’s Class S semifinal against Ansonia, Cromwell/Portland was well aware it had to stop Chargers star running back Markell Dobbs. Knowing and doing are two completely different things. Behind 312 yards rushing and 411 combined yards by the junior back, second-seeded Ansonia easily defeated the sixth-seeded Panthers 49-28 at Jarvis […]
WINDSOR >> Windsor coach Rob Fleeting nailed it. “This was our best game of the season,” Fleeting said following his No. 1 ranked club’s 40-14 win over No. 4 Middletown in the semifinal round of the Class L state championship playoffs at Jack O’Brien Stadium Monday night. “I thought we executed very well and we […]
It’s the Semifinals… #cthsfb pic.twitter.com/juhv98z6wZ — Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) December 5, 2016 SIXTEEN DOWN. Sixteen remaining. All with a shot to reach the glorious state championship games this Saturday. Welcome to the War room. Our own personal NORAD for the Connecticut high school football state playoffs, the place where you can track everything happening in today’s […]