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-Madison (9) 7-0 380 1
KNOW THIS: The Tigers offense had five turnovers against North
Haven Friday, but the defense held fast in a 24-7 win. NEXT: at
Notre Dame-West Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Ansonia (2) 7-0 356 2
KNOW THIS: We know that the Chargers are quite good. Now we
get to find out about fellow unbeaten Wolcott with the NVL Brass
title on the line. NEXT: vs. Wolcott, Friday, 7 p.m.
3. Staples-Westport (2) 6-0 348 3
KNOW THIS: The Wreckers picked up some momentum in the poll
this week. These things happen when you gain 723 yards, as they
did in Saturday's 63-28 win at Darien. NEXT: at Fairfield Warde,
Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Windsor 6-0 292 4
KNOW THIS: The Warriors beat their top two challengers —
Middletown and Farmington — in successive weeks. NEXT: at
Maloney, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
5. Masuk-Monroe 7-0 243 5
KNOW THIS: Thomas Milone accounted for four of the Panthers'
first five touchdowns Saturday. He threw a 70-yard touchdown,
caught two touchdowns and ran for another in a 53-8 win over
Notre Dame of Fairfield. NEXT: at Weston, Saturday, 1 p.m.
6. Xavier-Middletown 6-1 232 6
KNOW THIS: The Falcons had a remarkable comeback Friday,
rallying from a 28-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Hillhouse,
50-49. They tied the state-record for the largest comeback,
sharing it with Bacon Academy and St. Joseph of Trumbull. NEXT:
at Shelton, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Greenwich 6-0 224 7
KNOW THIS: Staples wasn't the only FCIAC team to drop 63
points on an opponent Saturday — Liam O'Neil completed 12
of 19 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns as the Cardinals
crunched Westhill, 63-22. NEXT: at McMahon, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. West Haven 6-1 215 8
KNOW THIS: Ervin Philips ran 13 times for 130 yards and two
touchdowns, threw a 45-yard touchdown to Andre Gee, and
scored on a 75-yard punt return in Friday's 49-20 win over
Cheshire. NEXT: vs. Wilbur Cross, Friday, 7 p.m.
9. Southington 7-0 189 9
KNOW THIS: The Blue Knights went vertical in Saturday's 42-10
rout of Hall. Stephen Barmore completed 16 of 25 passes for
342 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. NEXT: at
Simsbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
10. Berlin 7-0 147 10
KNOW THIS: Justin Gombotz ran for 188 yards and two
touchdowns in Friday's 34-14 win over Plainville. NEXT: vs. Platt,
Friday, 7 p.m.
Also receiving votes: Newtown (7-0), 102 points; Glastonbury
(6-1), 94; Norwich Free Academy (7-0), 88; Trinity Catholic-
Stamford (7-0), 79; Tie, Hillhouse-New Haven (5-2) and
Middletown (6-1), 76; New Canaan (6-1), 41; North Branford (6-0),
36; Avon (7-0), 31; Wolcott (7-0), 28; Barlow-Redding (7-0), 22;
Tie, Farmington (6-1) and Woodland-Beacon Falls (5-1), 8.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim
Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell; Dave Cadelina,
Bridgeport Central; Steve Filippone, Hand; Rob Fleeting, Windsor;
Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paul; Tim King, Valley
Regional; Sean Marinan, Xavier; John Murphy, Masuk; Marce
Petroccio, Staples; Bob Zito, Maloney.
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