Tuesday was the first day of the Connecticut high school football postseason. Tonight, thirty-two teams in four classes will gather to fight for the prize.
There can be only one (of four).
But how did we get here? How did we whittle our fair contestants down to 32 out of 140-something.
What of all this crrrrr-ay-zay football stuff you kept hearing about while you were stuck at home helping mom put the food out on Thanksgiving.
Well, about that…
This is the video story of how we got here.
Welcome to a very special Thanksgiving Football edition of the GameTimeCT Plays of the Week.
We have amassed perhaps the MOST comprehensive playlist of football happenings on a Thanksgiving Day football in Connecticut ever compiled by a (ahem) state newspaper: It contains highlights from 22 Thanksgiving week games. From Hall-Conard (yea, we counted that), to Masuk-Newtown to Ansonia-Naugatuck to Darien-New Canaan and as far away as Granby-Canton.
We have the Battle for the Bell, the Apple Valley Classic, the Carini Bowl, the Stoddard Bowl, the Green Bowl, the Elm City Bowl. We have just about every game of consequence (minus a few we couldn’t get).
Special thanks to all of the coaches who (some literally) jumped through hoops to get us these, and to the others who posted their stuff online.
A very special thanks to Remmy of NVLFootballblog.com for being kind enough to jump through hoops to give us his Ansonia-Naugatuck footage.
And a tip of the cap to whomever shot this GREAT Holy Cross-Woodland Hail Mary finale. (Perhaps THE 2013 Thanksgiving Play of the Week, if not the year).
Thanks to everyone, this was Thanksgiving 2013 in Connecticut in a nutshell.
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THE INFINITE THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST
(It’s a 13-minute video, so fast forward to your favorite part by clicking the links below):
- Hall-Conard: 0:19
- Middletown-Windsor: 0:37
- Newtown-Masuk: 0:51
- Ridgefield-Danbury: 1:04
- Granby-Canton: 1:29
- Hand-Guilford: 2:02
- Warde-Ludlowe: 3:06
- Barlow-Weston: 3:41
- Foran-Law: 4:03
- Bristol Eastern-Bristol Central: 4:45
- Hillhouse-Cross: 5:04
- Southington-Cheshire: 5:35
- Platt-Maloney: 5:52
- Sheehan-Lyman Hall: 6:03
- Shelton-Derby: 6:26
- Notre Dame-Hamden: 6:58
- Greenwich-Staples: 7:57
- Ansonia-Naugatuck: 8:18
- New London-NFA: 8:51
- Wolcott-Holy Cross: 9:22
- Darien-New Canaan: 10:24
- Fairfield Prep-West Haven: 11:24
PREVIOUS PLAYS OF THE WEEK
Relive every great moment from the 2013 high school football season in our previous plays of the Week.
Week 1 isn’t a video. It was actually a YouTube playlist of all the games we saw Week 1, giving us the idea to do Plays of the Week.