The New London High School and Norwich Free Academy football teams continue to climb in The Day of New London's Top 10 state coaches' poll.
New London (3-0) is ranked 11th, 56 points behind fellow CIAC Class M contender Berlin. The Whalers are off to one of the state's hottest starts and haven't allowed more than seven points a game.
NFA moved up after handing Fitch of Groton its first loss of the season Saturday, 34-27. The Wildcats (3-0) could rise higher if they win Friday at Ledyard (2-1).
Ledyard is the only other area team to receive votes.
Xavier remains the top-ranked team and received 12 of 13 first-place votes. Ansonia received the other first-place vote and is second.
Hand of Madison, Staples of Westport and Windsor round out the top five.
- Ned Griffen
The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches football poll
First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, points tabulated on a 30-28- 26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week’s ranking:
1. Xavier (12) 3-0 388 1
KNOW THIS: D’Angelo Berry returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. He scored on a 54-yard run on Xavier’s first offensive play, giving it a two touchdown lead one minute, 53 seconds into the game. The Falcons went on to win, 35-14. NEXT: at Hamden, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Ansonia (1) 3-0 346 2
KNOW THIS: Arkeel Newsome injured his ankle last week against Derby and only had six carries. It didn’t matter — receiver Andrew Matos filled in and ran seven times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. NEXT: at Holy Cross, Friday, 7 p.m
3. Hand 3-0 340 T3
KNOW THIS: We’re less than two weeks away from Hand at Xavier. Joy. NEXT: at Wilbur Cross, Friday, 4 p.m.
4. Staples 3-0 324 T3
KNOW THIS: The Wreckers scored 35 of their points in the first quarter of last Friday’s 55-14 win over McMahon of Norwalk. NEXT: at Danbury, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
5. Windsor 3-0 278 5
KNOW THIS: It was the same old, same old for the Warriors last Friday — Robert Quinn Fleeting completed 23 of 31 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns and ran six times for 60 yards as Windsor crushed Bristol Eastern, 41-0. NEXT: at Simsbury, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
6. Masuk 3-0 221 T6
KNOW THIS: Frank Bacarella and Thomas Milone both had three touchdowns in last Saturday’s 53-8 thumping of Immaculate. NEXT: at Bunnell, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. West Haven 3-0 218 T6
KNOW THIS: Ervin Philips ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Duane Gary added 124 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Westies beat Notre Dame of West Haven last Friday, 34-13. NEXT: at Sheehan, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. Greenwich 2-0 200 8
KNOW THIS: The Cardinals enjoyed a bye week. NEXT: vs. Trumbull, Friday, 7 p.m.
9. Glastonbury 3-0 193 9
KNOW THIS: The Tomahawks travel to fellow unbeaten Manchester Friday in one of the week’s more intriguging games. NEXT: at Manchester, Friday, 6 p.m.
10. Berlin 3-0 156 10
KNOW THIS: Justin Gombotz had 10 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Redcoats routed Tolland Saturday, 55-13. NEXT: at Weaver, Friday, 3 p.m.
Also receiving votes: New London (3-0), 100 points; Tie, Middletown (3-0) and Southington (3-0), 91; Norwich Free Academy (3-0), 71; Hillhouse-New Haven (2-1), 63; St. Joseph-Trumbull (2-1), 46; Tie, Cromwell (3-0) and Newtown (3-0), 24; New Canaan (2-1), 20; Trinity Catholic-Stamford (3-0), 16; Tie, Brookfield (3-0) and Holy Cross-Waterbury (2-1), 14; North Branford (3-0), 12; Manchester (3-0), 10; Derby (2-1), 9; Barlow-Redding (3-0), Darien (2-1), Ledyard (2-1) and Torrington (1-2), 8; Tie, Avon (2-0) and Hartford Capital/Classical/Achievement (3-0), 7.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell-Stratford; Steve Filippone, Hand-Madison; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paul-Bristol; Tim King, Valley Regional-Deep River; Sean Marinan, Xavier-Middletown; John Murphy, Masuk-Monroe; Marce Petroccio, Staples-Westport; Bob Zito, Maloney-Meriden.
Note: Go to www.theday.com to read Ned Griffen’s state high school football notebook.