With Southington off and most of the favorites winning in Week 4, the Week 5 edition of the GameTimeCT.com / New Haven Register Top 10 football poll saw little movement.
Hand (2-2), which was tied with Xavier at No. 10 last week, dropped out of the Top 10 after its 28-19 loss to North Haven.
St. Joseph dropped from No. 5 to No. 9 after it let slip a 17-point lead in its 21-17 loss to Darien.
Darien’s comeback victory over the previously unbeaten Hogs, the latest in a season’s worth of uncanny victories over Top 10 foes, convinced voters to lift the Blue Wave back into the No. 2 spot, where they’d been in Week 3. Darien also picked up a first-place vote (presumably from idle Southington) in the process.
New Canaan (4-0), which defeated Fairfield Ward 35-14 for the 500th victory in program history, dropped to No. 3.
Week 5 will see many of the ranked SCC Division I teams dive into division play. No. 8 Shelton (4-0) travels to face former a No. 2 in Fairfield Prep (3-1). No. 6 Cheshire will face another former No. 2 in Hand.
Ansonia, which didn’t budge from its No. 4 spot after a 48-8 victory over Seymour, will go for consecutive victory No. 48 when it faces St. Paul.
A victory there and the Chargers will be poised to tie Cheshire’s all-time record streak of 49 consecutive victories. Ansonia’s Week 6 opponent, No. 5 Newtown faces Bethel (3-1).
GameTimeCT / Register Top 10: WEEK 5
- Last week: Did not play.
- This week: at New Britain, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Knights come off a bye and travel to upstart New Britain (3-1), which is off to its best start since winning its first three games in 2008.
- Last week: Def. St. Joseph 21-17.
- This week: vs. Fairfield Warde, Saturday, 2 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Blue Wave’s dramatic comeback over St. Joseph lifts Darien back into the No. 2 spot.
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- Last week: Def. Fairfield Warde 35-14.
- This week: at Danbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Rams take a trip Danbury, where first-year head coach Mark Ecke has the Hatters off to a 3-1 start.
- Last week: Def. Seymour 43-8
- This week: at St. Paul, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Chargers will attempt to win their 48th straight game, which would come within one of tying Cheshire’s state record for consecutive victories.
- Last week: Def. Barlow 34-14.
- This week: at Bethel, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Nighthawks led Barlow just 20-14 at the end of three quarters before pulling away in the fourth quarter on two Jaret Devellis rushing touchdowns.
- Last week: Def. Sheehan 39-0.
- This week: at Hand, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: Rams will attempt to defeat Hand for the first time since 2009.
- Last week: Def. Hartford Public 12-0.
- This week: at RHAM, Saturday, 1 p.m.
- Bottom line: Tyler Coyle made three interceptions and Malik Ellis had 11 tackles in last week’s shutout of Hartford Public.
- Last week: Def. Foran 42-15.
- This week: at Fairfield Prep, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Gaels’ season begins in earnest this week with a road test at Fairfield Prep (3-1).
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- Last week: Lost to Darien 21-17.
- This week: at Wilton, Friday, 6 p.m.
- Bottom line: Hogs squandered a 17-0 lead in their loss to Darien.
- Last week: Def. Hillhouse 38-6.
- This week: at Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Bottom line: The Falcons’ defense has been solid all season, but now the offense is starting to click as well. Xavier averaging 34 points in its last two games.
Dropped out: Hand (T10).
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: Brookfield (4-0), 260; Ledyard (4-0), 242; Fairfield Prep (3-1), 229; Wethersfield (4-0), 207; Naugatuck (3-0), 144; West Haven (3-1), 103; North Haven (3-1), 64; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (4-0), 52; Hall (3-0) and Middletown (3-1), 38; Stamford (3-1), 30; Hand (2-2), 24; Berlin (4-0), 17; Morgan (4-0), 15; North Branford (3-1), 9; Wilbur Cross (3-1) and Windham (4-0), 7.
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; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; 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; John Nash, Norwalk Hour; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Elm City Newspapers; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
Poll compiled by: Mike Pucci.