Southington and its win streak was a in deep trouble when it found itself trailing Cheshire 29-28 with a minute and change remaining in the Apple Valley Classic. But UConn-bound quarterback Jasen Rose rallied the Blue Knights to their 30-consecutive victory, 36-29.
That convinced an aggregate nine voters to jump the Southington ship before the playoffs and send their No. 1 love elsewhere. But it wasn’t enough to knock them from the No. 1 ranking. Southington is still No. 1 — by 20 points and 4 first-place votes over No. 2-ranked FCIAC Champion Darien.
Southington, the No. 3 seed in the Class LL playoffs play host to CCC rival and No. 6-seeded Conard in the first round Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, New Canaan’s narrow loss to Darien convinced voters to drop the Rams all the way down to No. 5. Windsor is your new No. 3. These two heavyweights will get together and figure it out for real in the Class L quarterfinals at Windsor.
Shelton moved up to No. 4 heading into its rematch with West Haven.
The rest of the poll remained unchanged beginning with North Haven at No. 6
The next poll will be the final poll.
The POSTSEASON GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Poll
Compiled by Mike Pucci
- Last week: Def. Cheshire 36-29
- This week: vs. Conard in the Class LL quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Knights may be vulnerable after all entering the Class LL playoffs. Southington had to rally past SCC member Cheshire in a game closer than many pundits predicted. Still, the Blue Knights won for the 30th straight time dating back to 2013.
- Last week: Def. New Canaan 28-21
- This week: vs. Staples in the Class LL quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Wave captured the FCIAC championship with a victory over New Canaan for the second straight season, and fourth-consecutive year over their rivals.
- Last week: Def. Middletown 48-7
- This week: vs. New Canaan in the Class L quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Warriors, who won the title in Class L-Small last season, face the Rams, who claimed the championship in Class L-Large a year ago. This contest is worthy of a final.
- Last week: Def. Derby 49-0
- This week: vs. West Haven in the Class LL quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Gaels capped an unbeaten regular season for the second straight year with a victory over rival Derby. Now Shelton faces SCC foe West Haven, a team the Gaels defeated 48-27 on Oct. 12.
|5. NEW CANAAN||8-1||0||623||3||L|
- Last week: Lost to Darien 28-21
- This week: at Windsor in the Class L quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Rams lost in the FCIAC championship game to Darien for the second straight year. But in those two previous seasons, New Canaan recovered to win the state title. Can it happen again?
|6. NORTH HAVEN||10-0||0||612||6||L|
- Last week: Def. Amity 62-30
- This week: vs. Middletown in the Class L quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Indians host a playoff game at Vanacore Field for the first time in program history.
- Last week: Did not play
- This week: at Newtown in the Class LL quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Tomahawks are in the playoffs for the eighth straight season.
- Last week: Def. Naugatuck 41-8.
- This week: vs. Capital Prep/Achievement First in the Class S quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Chargers open the postseason by hosting the Trailblazers, who won the Class S-Small title last season.
- Last week: Def. Newington 44-12
- This week: at Torrington in the Class L quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Eagles travel to Torrington, who lost only to Ansonia and is making its first trip to the playoffs since 1983.
|10. NOTRE DAME-WH||8-2||0||351||10||L|
- Last week: Def. Hamden 28-6
- This week: at Harding, Class L quarterfinals, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Green Knights advance to the playoffs for the second straight year. Notre Dame lost to Windsor in the Class L-Small title game last season.
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
New Fairfield (9-1), 298; Newtown (9-1), 221; Ledyard (9-1), 164; Granby (10-0), 114; Trinity Catholic (8-1), 95; Harding (10-0), 56; Killingly (9-1) and Staples (7-2), 47; Bloomfield (10-0) and Torrington (9-0), 44; West Haven (7-3), 34; Conard (8-2), 33; Middletown (8-2), 31; Seymour (9-1), 28; Hand (7-3), 26; Brookfield (8-2), 19; St. Joseph (7-2), 18; Ridgefield (7-2), 9; Bacon Academy (8-2), 8.
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT.com; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH-8; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Don Laviano, WVIT-30; Ken Lipshez, Meriden Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; John Nash, Norwalk Hour; Pete Paguaga, Norwalk Hour; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Mike Suppe, Hersam Acorn; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT.com; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press; Joe Zone, WFSB-3.
The following did not vote: Francesco Graziano, CPTV Sports.