The Week 2 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Football Poll: ST. JOSEPH is No. 1

St. Joseph’s Jaden Shirden rips through New Canaan’s defense in his team’s 28-0 victory on Saturday. St. Joseph earned the No. 1 spot in the Week 2 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 (Photo Krista Benson / For Hearst Connecticut Media.)

St. Joseph’s student body celebrates a touchdown during the Hogs’ 28-0 victory over No. 1 New Canaan (Photo Krista Benson / For Hearst Connecticut Media)

It was deja vu all over again as St. Joseph topped preseason No. 1 New Canaan on the opening week of the Connecticut high school football season.

But, this time, the Hogs put forth an even more convincing 28-0 victory in front of a packed house at Dalling Field Saturday afternoon.

The performance convinced enough voters to cast their lots with St. Joseph as the No. 1 team in the state heading into Week 2.

The Hogs, who’d received three first-place votes in the preseason, came in with 12 this week after their smackdown of the Rams — the first New Canaan shutout since 2006. It helped St. Joseph edged No. 2 Greenwich by 18 points (880-862) for the top spot.

As far as our records can tell, this is St. Joseph’s first No 1 ranking since the opening week of the 1991 season. Coincidentally, St. Joseph started that season No. 1, but coach Christy Hayes’ squad lost to Darien 27-13 on opening week.

It was far from unanimous, however. Greenwich earned 10 first-place votes and Darien, which quietly dispatched of Ridgefield claimed five first-place votes and came in at No. 3. 

No. 4 Hand earned three first-place votes and Killingly, at No. 8, once again earned one.

Meanwhile, New Canaan was still given the benefit of the doubt by voters and remained in the Top 10 at No. 7.

Windsor, which lost to Maloney 26-20, dropped out of the Top 10 after debuting at No. 7. Filling the vacancy is Bloomfield, which comes in at No. 10 behind No. 9 Naugatuck.

The Week 2 GameTimeCT / Register Top 10 Football Poll

TEAM (1st place votes)

REC

PTS

LAST

CLASS

1. ST. JOSEPH (12)

1-0

880

3

M

Last Week: Def. No. 1 New Canaan 28-0.
This Week: Friday, at Fairfield Warde (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Jaden Shirden ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns and the Hogs' defense flexed their collective muscles to earn the first shutout of New Canaan since the 2006 FCIAC Championship game vs. Greenwich (28-0).
2. GREENWICH (10)

1-0

862

2

LL

Last Week: Def. Trumbull 42-7.
This Week: Saturday vs. Trinity Catholic (0-1), 4 p.m.
The Bottom Line: A.J. Barber -- whose father, Tiki, was a pretty good back in his day -- had a fine varsity debut with three TD catches in the first half as John Marinelli's Cardinals ruined Marce Petroccio's coaching debut at Trumbull.
3. DARIEN (5)

1-0

806

4

LL

Last Week: Def. Ridgefield 30-6.
This Week: Friday, at McMahon (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: New QB Cooper Hancock had an exceptional debut with two touchdown passes and setting up two more TDs with strikes as the Blue Wave dispatched of Jackson Mitchell and Ridgefield on the road.
4. HAND (3)

1-0

766

5

L

Last Week: Def. Hillhouse 43-6.
This Week: Friday, at New Fairfield (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: New RB Colin McCabe ran for three touchdowns and Phoenix Billings tossed a pair as the defending Class L champs kicked off the season in style by slaying Hillhouse at Bowen Field. Might want to leave now for New Fairfield.
5. SHELTON

1-0

621

6

LL

Last Week: Def. Cheshire 17-10.
This Week: Thursday vs. Xavier (0-1) at West Haven, 6 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Gaels survived a sketchy opening vs. determined Cheshire thanks to Jake Falanga's late-game heroics: a fumble recovery to set up a Jake Roberts TD with a minute to go and, seconds later, the clinching interception.
6. EAST HARTFORD

1-0

573

8

LL

Last Week: Def. South Windsor 41-7.
This Week: Friday vs. Conard (0-1), 6:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Highly-touted QB Raquan Tompkins didn't disappoint by running for 167 yards and five touchdowns as the Hornets swept past South Windsor in a match between last year's CCC Class LL playoff participants.
7. NEW CANAAN

0-1

453

1

LL

Last Week: lost to St. Joseph, 28-0.
This Week: Friday vs. Danbury (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: There's some soul-searching to be done after the Rams suffered their worst loss since a 42-7 rout at the hands of Bridgeport Central in 2009 and their first shut out since the 2006 FCIAC Championship game. They won't have much room for error the rest of the way.
8. KILLINGLY (1)

1-0

426

9

M

Last Week: Def. Plainfield, 49-6.
This Week: Friday at Griswold (1-0), 6:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Nsaiah "Thunder" Harriet, all 6-foot-3, 240 pounds of him, did his best Spencer Lockwood impression by running for two long touchdowns on his first two touches of his life, 41 yards and 80 yards. He finished with 121 yards on three carries. Oof. Look out, Griswold.
9. NAUGATUCK

1-0

361

10

L

Last Week: Def. Wolcott 14-0.
This Week: Friday, vs. Crosby (0-1), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Greyhounds' offense had its issues but did just enough. Fortunately for coach Dave Sollazzo's squad, the Hounds' defensive line dominated as Naugy allowed just 123 yards of total offense.
10. BLOOMFIELD

1-0

330

NR

S

Last Week: def. Plainville, 53-0.
This Week: Friday at Rocky Hill (1-0), 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: With its pass game thrown off-sync, the Warhawks turned to bruising back Ky'Juon Butler who promptly ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run, then added TDs of 21 and 20 yards in an outstanding senior season debut.
Dropped out: Windsor (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: Southington (1-0), 328; Maloney (1-0), 314; Ansonia (1-0), 230; Newtown (1-0), 228; Berlin (1-0), 210; North Haven (1-0), 133; Fairfield Prep (1-0), 104; Middletown (1-0), 63; Windsor (0-1), 58; Norwich Free Academy (1-0), 44; Sheehan (1-0), 25; Brookfield (1-0), 23 ; RHAM (1-0), 21; Cromwell/Portland (1-0), 9; Hamden (1-0) and E.O. Smith (1-0), 8; New London (1-0), Seymour (1-0) and Valley Regional/Old Lyme (1-0), 7.
The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Nate Brown, Fox61; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam Acorn Newspapers; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT; Kyle Brennan, Freelance; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Gerry deSimas Jr., Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH-8; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; Shelby Iava, New Britain Herald; Mark Jaffee, Republican-American of Waterbury; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Shawn McFarland, Hartford Courant; Pete Paguaga, GameTimeCT; John Pierson, WTNH-8; Noah Finz, CT Sports Now; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Football Foundation; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; Dan Orecole, Bristol Press; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Marc Robbins, CT Sports Now; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Mike Suppe, Hersam-Acorn Newspapers; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle of Willimantic; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3
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