First-place votes in parentheses, final record, points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and previous ranking:
1. Ansonia (9) 15-0 378 1
KNOW THIS: The Chargers will take a 43rd-game winning streak into next season. Anyone want to bet against them? No? Wise move.
2. New Canaan (4) 14-1 370 3
KNOW THIS: The Rams' last-minute loss to Darien on Thanksgiving Day sure got them refocused. They outscored their three Class L playoff opponents by a combined score of 107-12 as they won the program's ninth CIAC state title.
T3. St. Joseph 13-2 328 6
KNOW THIS: The Cadets showed just how wide the chasm was between them and the rest of the Class M field as it won by scores of 84-49, 62-34, and 54-16.
T3. Southington 12-1 328 9
KNOW THIS: It bears repeating - the Blue Knights rallied to beat Fairfield Prep, 52-34, to win the CIAC Class LL title. They outscored the Jesuits in the second half, 38-6.
5. Darien 12-2 272 4
KNOW THIS: The Blue Wave racked up some impressive wins this season, in particular New Canaan, Middletown (13-7), North Haven (36-27), and Greenwich (42-21).
6. Fairfield Prep 11-3 268 7
KNOW THIS: The Jesuits can lay claim to being the best team in the Southern Connecticut Conference this season.
7. Glastonbury 10-2 192 5
KNOW THIS: The Tomahawks qualified for the Class LL playoffs for the sixth straight season and lost twice by a combined total of 17 points to Southington (16-9) and Prep (33-23).
8. West Haven 10-3 169 10
KNOW THIS: The Westies may still be grinding their collective teeth as they wasted double digit leads in losses to Fairfield Prep on both Thanksgiving Day (29-20) and the LL semis (29-28).
9. Middletown 11-2 161 NR
KNOW THIS: Gatorade Player of the Year Dario Highsmith finished the season with over 3,650 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns. And he's only a junior!
10. Hall 9-2 125 NR
KNOW THIS: Southington's state championship earned Hall the recognition it should've gotten earlier in the season. Hall rallied to beat the Blue Knights on Oct. 19 (49-37). Better yet, it rallied down 21-0 after one quarter, and 37-21 to start the fourth quarter.
Dropped out: Newtown (2), Platt (8).
Also receiving votes: North Haven (10-3), 123 points; Newtown (12-1), 118; Hand (8-4), 85; Ridgefield (10-3), 81; Woodland (12-3), 72; Brookfield (11-4), 69; Xavier (7-3), 40; Ledyard (9-3), 28; Barlow (10-3), 23; Norwich Free Academy (8-3), 22; Platt (11-1), 21; New London (9-3), 18; Naugatuck (9-2), 10; Tie, Greenwich (8-3) and Valley Regional/Old Lyme (12-1), 7.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Naugatuck; Scott Daniels, Glastonbury; Joe DellaVecchia, St. Joseph; Steve Filippone, Hand; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Steve George, Newtown; Tanner Grove, Montville; Tim King, Valley Regional/Old Lyme; Sean Marinan, Xavier; John Murphy, New Milford; Marce Petroccio, Staples.
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