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It's a rather ho-hum week for The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches' poll. All of the top-ranked teams won. All of them stayed right where they were.
The only noticeable element to the Top 10 is that third-ranked Staples of Westport (6-0) picked up an extra first-place vote that was previously going to No. 1 Hand of Madison (7-0).
The switch may have to do with the way Staples and Hand have played. Staples has brutalized opponents and leads the state in scoring average (54 points).
Hand overcame five turnovers in Friday's 24-7 win over North Haven. The previous week it narrowly beat No. 8 West Haven in a 21-20 win. The Westies opted to try a two-point conversion after scoring their third touchdown with more than three minutes left. The attempt failed when the pass went off the receiver's fingertips.
Norwich Free Academy (7-0) remains the only area team receiving votes.
- Ned Griffen
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.