The Day's Top 10 H.S. 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. Hand (11) 5-0 386 3
KNOW THIS: The Tigers are the new El Supremo. Now that they have that target on their back, they play host to No. 7 West Haven. Life in the Southern Connecticut Conference is fun. NEXT: vs. West Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Ansonia (2) 5-0 356 2
KNOW THIS: Arkeel Newsome was given Thursday's game off to rest a sore ankle. It didn't matter. Saiheed Sanders ran nine times for 109 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers blasted Seymour, 47-0. NEXT: at Watertown, Friday, 7 p.m.
3. Staples 4-0 326 4
KNOW THIS: The Wreckers scored on their first two offensive plays in Friday's 51-6 rout of Danbury. NEXT: vs. Trumbull, Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Windsor 4-0 286 5
KNOW THIS: The Warriors haven't been challenged much this season. They'll get one Friday when they play at unbeaten Middletown in one of the Central Connecticut Conference's two ginormous games this weekend. NEXT: at Middletown, Friday, 7 p.m.
5. Xavier 4-1 266 1
KNOW THIS: There hasn't been a good time to play the Falcons the last two-plus years. Amity, however, is playing them at the worst possible time. NEXT: at Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.
6. Masuk 5-0 239 6
KNOW THIS: Thomas Milone ran seven times for 180 yards and five touchdowns in Friday's 54-19 romp over New Fairfield. He also scored on a 75-yard catch. Same old, same old. NEXT: at Brookfield, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. West Haven 5-0 232 7
KNOW THIS: The trio of backs Ervin Philips, Duane Gary and Eddy Williams will have to work extra hard to run against Hand. NEXT: at Hand, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. Glastonbury 5-0 216 9
KNOW THIS: The Tomahawks are featured in the CCC, and the state's, other biggest game this weekend. NEXT: vs. Southington at Falcon Field, Meriden, Saturday, 7 p.m.
9. Greenwich 4-0 206 8
KNOW THIS: Liam O'Neill returned from a broken finger suffered during the preseason and threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 40-14 win over Fairfield Ludlowe. NEXT: vs. Bridgeport Central, Saturday, 2 p.m.
10. Berlin 5-0 145 10
KNOW THIS: Justin Gombotz ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, threw a 65-yard touchdown, and intercepted two passes in Saturday's 27-12 win over Northwest Catholic. NEXT: vs. Rockville, Friday, 7 p.m.
Also receiving votes: Southington (5-0), 112 points; Middletown (5-0), 100; Hillhouse-New Haven (4-1), 83; Newtown (5-0), 79; St. Joseph-Trumbull (4-1), 68; Trinity Catholic-Stamford (5-0), 44; Norwich Free Academy (5-0), 43; Tie, Fairfield Prep (4-1) and New Canaan (4-1), 32; North Branford (4-0), 19; Avon (5-0), 14; Derby (4-1), 9; Barlow-Redding (5-0), 8; Tie, Hartford Capital/Classical/Achievement (5-0) and Wolcott (5-0), 7.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell-Stratford; Dave Cadelina, Bridgeport Central; 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.
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