Very few changes occurred in the final full week of the regular season before Thanksgiving Week.
New Canaan (10-0) remained No. 1, Ansonia remained No. 2 and the rest of the p0ll fell into place except after No. 8 where North Haven dropped out after its 36-27 loss to Darien.
Filling the void is Middletown which returned to the poll after a week’s absence following its upset loss to New London.
Dropped out: North Haven (8).
The following voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, New Haven Register; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Francesco Graziano, CPTV Sports; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Meriden-Record Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Torrington Register Citizen; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Kevin Roberts, Bristol Press; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
A Closer Look
- 1. New Canaan (10-0) (25) — Last week: Def. Trinity Catholic 52-3. This week: FCIAC championship, vs. St. Joseph, Friday, 7 p.m. at McDougall Stadium, Trumbull.
Bottom line: The Rams in search of their eighth FCIAC championship.
- 2. Ansonia (10-0) (4) — Last week: Def. Crosby 50-8; This week: NVL championship, vs. Woodland, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury.
Bottom line: The Chargers previously defeated Woodland for the NVL championship last season and in 2007.
- 3. Newtown (10-0) — Last week: Won by forfeit over Immaculate. This week: SWC championship, vs. Brookfield, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Brookfield.
Bottom line: The Nighthawks are the defending SWC champions. Newtown also won the league crown in 1996 and 1997.
- 4. West Haven (9-1) — Last week: Def. Shelton 35-26. Next game: at Fairfield Prep, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
Bottom line: The Westies will earn a home game for the Class LL quarterfinals with a victory over the Jesuits.
- 5. Glastonbury (9-1) — Last week: Def. Windsor 49-21. This week: vs. Simsbury, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tomahawks will qualify for the Class LL playoffs and earn a home quarterfinal with a win over the Trojans.
- 6. St. Joseph (9-1) — Last week: Def. McMahon 42-3. This week: FCIAC championship, vs. New Canaan, Friday, 7 p.m. at McDougall Stadium, Trumbull.
Bottom line: The Hogs, who have never played for the FCIAC title before, earn a rematch with New Canaan, a team they lost to 62-21 on Nov. 1.
- 7. NFA (8-1) — Last week: Def. Stonington 62-35. Next game: vs. New London, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
Bottom line: The Wildcats and New London have played 151 games since 1875. It’s a national record for oldest rivalry and most games.
- 8. Southington (8-1) — Last week: Def. South Windsor 45-0. Next game: at Cheshire, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights need a victory over the Rams to qualify in Class LL. A loss and Southington is in trouble.
- 9. Platt (10-0) — Last week: Def. Northwest Catholic 48-8. Next game: vs. Maloney, Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Bottom line: The Panthers will host a quarterfinal contest if it defeats the Spartans.
- 10. Middletown (9-1) — Last week: Def. Simsbury 31-13. Next game: at Windsor, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Dragons will clinch a Class L berth with a win over Windsor. Middletown can still clinch if it loses.