The Day's Top 10 H.S. 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) 4-0 388 1

KNOW THIS: It plays host to No. 3 Hand Friday. NEXT: vs. Hand, Friday, 7 p.m.

2. Ansonia (1) 4-0 348 2

KNOW THIS: Standards have been set so ridiculously high for the Chargers that, when they led defending CIAC Class S champion Holy Cross by 14 points after three quarters last Friday, one's first reaction was, "that's it?" They won, 35-7. NEXT: vs. Seymour, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

3. Hand 4-0 336 3

KNOW THIS: It plays at top-ranked Xavier Friday. NEXT: at Xavier, Friday, 7 p.m.

4. Staples 3-0 320 4

KNOW THIS: The Wreckers had a bye week. .... NEXT: at Danbury, Friday, 7 p.m.

5. Windsor 3-0 272 5

KNOW THIS: .too bad the Warriors and Wreckers didn't hook up to fill their open date. NEXT: vs. Simsbury, Friday, 7 p.m.

6. Masuk 4-0 224 6

KNOW THIS: Andy Fredeen returned the opening kickoff for a 65-yard touchdown last Friday as the Panthers rolled Bunnell, 63-14. NEXT: vs. New Fairfield, Friday, 7 p.m.

7. West Haven 4-0 221 7

KNOW THIS: Plays at No. 3 Hand next Friday. NEXT: vs. Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.

8. Greenwich 3-0 205 8

KNOW THIS: Had a 35-point halftime lead last Friday and trounced Trumbull, 62-31. NEXT: at Fairfield Ludlowe, Friday, 7 p.m.

9. Glastonbury 4-0 193 9

KNOW THIS: Held unbeaten Manchester to 46 rushing yards in last Friday's 20-8 win. NEXT: vs. Maloney, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

10. Berlin 4-0 153 10

KNOW THIS: Mitch WIlliams completed 8 of 11 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-0 rout of Weaver last Saturday. NEXT: at Northwest Catholic, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Also receiving votes: Southington (4-0), 113 points; Middletown (4-0), 96; Norwich Free Academy (4-0), 76; Hillhouse (3-1), 74; Newtown (4-0), 66; St. Joseph (3-1), 53; New Canaan (3-1), 26; Trinity Catholic (4-0), 25; Darien (3-1), 23; North Haven (3-1), 22; North Branford (3-0), 19; Tie, Avon (4-0) and Barlow (4-0), 15; Derby (3-1), 9; Farmington (4-0), 8; Tie, Hartford Capital/Classical/Achievement (4-0) and Wolcott (4-0), 7.

The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell; Steve Filippone, Hand; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paull; Tim King, Valley Regional; Sean Marinan, Xavier; John Murphy, Masuk; Marce Petroccio, Staples; Bob Zito, Maloney.

Note: Go to www.theday.com to read Ned Griffen's state high school football notebook.

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