Friday night was one for the books in Connecticut High School football history.
A whopping SIX (6) games went to overtime, which felt unprecedented as the results came in Friday night. But after digging into it further, we’re pretty sure it was the most in one weekend in state history.
The OTs were also spread out evenly across the state. Two were in the CCC, while the ECC, FCIAC, SCC and NVL had one apiece.
Law defeated Cheshire 33-30; Manchester won its first game of the year by beating Conard 27-26; Ledyard stopped Montville 21-20; Oxford outlasted Derby 41-40; Windsor defeated Platt 21-14 in double overtime and Ludlowe defeated McMahon 28-27 in double overtime.
You can watch footage of all the key moments — minus the missed extra points, of which there were many, and even all of the winning extra points (nobody posts kicking clips, sadly) — in our little vignette, above.
Based on the CIAC’s composite results, which is posted on its website and go back to 2003, we determined that six overtimes is most likely the most in one weekend in state history.
The previous high for overtime games in a weekend was four, which has happened three times: Twice in 2008 and on Thanksgiving Day 2016.
Overtime didn’t become commonplace in Connecticut High School football until the 2000s, when some of the smaller leagues began using Kansas tiebreak rules, named for Kansas’ high school association’s now-famous format in which teams are each given four downs to score at the 10-yard line and repeat until a winner is determined.
Most of the bigger leagues continued to play for ties until 2007, when the CIAC football committee devalued ties in the playoff point system. That small change indirectly forced the bigger leagues, like the FCIAC, CCC and, to adopt overtime rules. By 2008, Connecticut’s leagues were all playing overtime.
In 2008, the first of universal overtime in Connecticut, 16 overtime games were played, which is still the most all-time.
The second-most was 13 overtimes played in 2013, followed by 11 in 2016 and 10 in 2013.
The 2018 season is already on pace to shatter that mark with eight overtime games played through four weeks.
CT HSFB Overtime Games (2003-2018)
- 2003 — 5 overtimes
- 2004 — 5 overtimes
- 2005 — 3 overtimes
- 2006 — 5 overtimes
- 2007 — 9 overtimes
(Universal OT adopted in CT)
- 2008 — 16 overtimes (Week 3 and Week 10 four OTs apiece)
- 2009 — 10 overtimes (Week 3 and Week 6 two OTs apiece)
- 2010 — 6 overtimes
- 2011 — 7 overtimes
- 2012 — 10 overtimes (three OTs in Week 2)
- 2013 — 13 overtimes (three OTs in Week 4, two apiece in Weeks 2, 5 and 6)
- 2014 — 9 overtimes (three OTs in Week 10)
- 2015 — 9 overtimes (two OTs in four different weeks)
- 2016 — 11 overtimes (four OTs on Thanksgiving Day)
- 2017 — 8 overtimes
- 2018 — 8 overtimes through Week 4 (six OTs in Week 4)