GRAVEYARD SHIFT — Eddie Mac gets No. 322, Friday night's fun, and 870 other words
Someday, Ed McCarthy will take a moment during his retirement to think about Friday's historic win.
Well, at least we think McCarthy will retire some day. The venerable West Haven head coach is still storming the sidelines for the 43rd year, guiding and cajoling another group of Blue Devils.
McCarthy earned his 322nd win last night, smashing Hamden, 49-7.
"I will reflect back when it is all over and really be proud of what was accomplished," McCarthy told Mike Madera of the New Haven Register after the game. "I look back to all the coaches that were before us and what they did. It is really something I will be proud of.
"I have had great players and tremendous assistant coaches. And I have been able to have good health. Some others were in the prime of coaching and had to give it up. I have been fortunate."
McCarthy has a record of 322-112-9. He coached St. Joseph to three state titles and West Haven to four.
McCarthy passed former Ledyard coach Bill Mignault for the record.
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How the Top 10 in The Day's coaches' poll fared:
No. 1 Ansonia 62, Wolcott 27
Arkeel Newsome ran 34 times for 321 yards and scored five times. It was his third straight 300-yard game, tying a state record. Kountry Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American reporting.
No. 2 New Canaan 43, Staples 7
Nick Cascione ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another as the Rams continued its path of rage. Mary Albl of JRC Amalgamated, Jon Chik of Hearst Inc., Tom Evans of the Norwalk Hour, and Dave Ruden of his eponymous website reporting.
No. 3 St. Joseph plays at winless Trinity Catholic today, 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Middletown 47, Maloney 16
Dario Highsmith ran six times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and completed 8 of 10 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown. Toby Carmody of the Meriden Record-Journal, and Derek Turner of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 5 Newtown 47, Weston 13
Drew Tarantino threw for five touchdowns. Andy Hutchinson of the Newtown Bee reporting.
No. 6 West Haven 49, Hamden 7
Ervin Philips ran 11 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half. Mike Madera of JRC Amalgamated reporting.
No. 7 Glastonbury 41, Manchester 0
Jalen Ollie was 16 of 25 for 327 yards and five touchdowns as the Tomahawks clinched their sixth consecutive CCC D-I East title. Yes, they won a division title on Oct. 25. That's what happens when you have a league with 32 teams and six divisions. CONDENSE TO THREE. You can find a blurb at the Hartford Courant HERE.
No. 8 Farmington 35, Bristol Central 0
Ivan Guadalupe ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdowns. The Hartford Courant has a blurb HERE.
No. 9 Hand 44, Shelton 41
Tyler Phan kicked a game-winning 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds left. The game featured 12 touchdowns, seven lead changes, and some of the lights going out. David Borges of JRC Amalgamated, and Doug Bonjour of Hearst Inc. reporting.
No. 10 Platt plays at Weaver today, 1 p.m.
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Some other noteworthy games:
Valley/Old Lyme 51, Morgan 6
The WARRIORCATS' defense held Jake Ward to 90 yards on 28 carries. Ward averaged 242 yards with 20 touchdowns in the Huskies' first five games. Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant, Pooch Diggity Dogg of JRC Amalgamated, and some dude from TEAM DAY reporting.
Bristol Eastern 30, Windsor 28
Jeremy Meccariello kicked a game-winning field goal with three seconds left for the Lancers (6-1). Kevin D. Roberts of the Bristol Press reporting.
Norwalk 44, Bridgeport Central 42
Ricky Mejia ran for a game-winning 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left for the Bears. BC's Mykel Morris threw for five touchdowns and scored on a 55-yard punt return and 60-yard run. Bob Birge of the Norwalk Hour reporting.
Trumbull 32, Wilton 28
Thomas Hayduk caught a deflection for a game-winning 7-yard touchdown with 30.5 seconds remaining. The Eagles (6-1) rallied from a nine-point deficit with 2:31 left in the game. Nick Roberts completed 30 of 45 passes for 516 yards and four touchdowns for Trumbull. Roberts' passing yardage would rank eighth all-time in a game according to the Connecticut High School State Record Book. Wilton's Brett Phillips ran for 312 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more. Ryan Lacey of Hearst Inc., and John Nash of the Norwalk Hour reporting.
Bunnell 40, New Milford 35
Devante Teel caught a game-ending 5-yard touchdown from Nolan Aurelia to give the Bulldogs the win. Hearst Inc. had a blurb HERE.
Lyman Hall 22, East Haven 14
Kyle Smith threw two touchdowns as Lyman snapped its 16-game losing streak. Bryant Carpenter of the Meriden Record-Journal reporting.
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Immaculate sent a press release to the Danbury News-Times on Friday stating that the program will play two sub-varsity games the rest of the season.
The Mustangs had announced earlier in the week that it was forfeiting its game to Stratford due to low numbers and injuries.
"Our limited roster has been hampered by injuries," the press release stated. "Currently, we do not project that this situation would change significantly in the future weeks."
Vaya con dios….
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