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The Day's Top 10 high school state coaches' poll is uneventful this week, featuring the same 10 teams for the second straight week.
The Top 10, however, will be greatly altered after Week 8 because half the teams play opponents either in the Top 10 or receiving votes, most notably third-ranked St. Joseph at No. 2 New Canaan in one of the biggest games of the season.
New Canaan (7-0) received five of 13 first-place votes. The Cadets (7-0) received one. It's possible that Friday's winner could hurdle top-ranked Ansonia (7-0), which received seven first-place votes.
But wait. No. 4 Middletown plays host to No. 9 Farmington with the winner clinching the Central Connecticut Conference Division II West title and getting a boost in the CIAC Class L rankings. Middletown is ranked second in the rankings, Farmington third. Both are 7-0.
Hand (6-1) moved up to No. 8 as it flip-flopped with Farmington. The Tigers play host to Xavier (5-2) as they continues a hellish four-game schedule. Hand has beaten Fairfield Prep (35-27) and Shelton (44-41) the previous two weeks, and plays at No. 6 West Haven next Friday.
The last big game on Friday involves Staples (5-2) at Trumbull (6-1). Neither is in the Top 10, but both are receiving votes. Both need the win to stay relevant in the Class LL rankings. Trumbull is ranked seventh; Staples 11th.
- Ned Griffen