State divisional alignments and enrollments! STORYTIME! That's it

Howdy,

This year’s playoff format, as you know, is going to be a bit funky.

Should you not be in the know, here goes:

The top eight teams in four divisions will qualify for states, as has been the case since 2010.

The eight teams in each division will be split in half using last year’s enrollment figures. The four biggest teams will be in one subdivision, the smaller four in the other.

Each subdivision will have a semifinal round and a final.

Eight state champions will be crowned.

It’s not as complex as it sounds. Really.

As a public service, here are the enrollments for every team in each of the four divisions.

The four biggest and smallest teams in each division are separated from the rest. This gives you a small idea as to which teams will be in the larger or small subdivisions.

And it goes a little something like this:

CLASS LL

Danbury 1485; Greenwich 1328; New Britain 1299; Norwich Free Academy 1082.

Westhill 1044; Glastonbury 1035; Trumbull 1012; Southington 1001; Stamford 977; Hamden 954; Staples 930; Ridgefield 919; Fairfield Prep 901; Bridgeport Central 895; Newtown 882; Xavier 863; Amity 825; Cheshire 824; East Hartford 823; Simsbury 820; McMahon 818; Manchester 794; Norwalk 792; West Haven 773; Shelton 768; Conard 762; Hall 750; Fairfield Warde 733; Crosby 730; Fairfield Ludlowe 710; New Milford 708.

Hartford Public 707; Wilby 695; Bristol Central 688; Farmington 687.

CLASS L

Darien 686; Kennedy 686; Wilbur Cross 672; Vinal Tech/East Hampton/Goodwin 671.

Naugatuck 670; Newington 667; South Windsor 667; Wilton 665; Pomperaug 648; New Canaan 640; Bristol Eastern 639; Wethersfield 625; Bassick 624; Hand 623; Middletown 622; Notre Dame-W.H. 622; Maloney 615; Masuk 615; Windsor 612; Platt 606; North Haven 599; E.O. Smith 594; RHAM 593; Fitch 585; Bulkeley/HMTCA 574; Torrington 573; Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby 552; Harding 551; Bunnell 549; Guilford 549; Stratford 547.

Branford 537; New Fairfield 530; Barlow 529; Platt Tech 523.

CLASS M

Hillhouse 514; Woodstock Academy 514; East Lyme 513; Putnam/Tourtellotte/Ellis Tech 513.

Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton 511; New London 506; Avon 505; Cheney Tech 500; Immaculate/Abbott Tech 495; Berlin 488; Foran 483; Lyman Hall 482; Bethel 481; Fermi 476; East Haven 465; St. Bernard/Norwich Tech 464; Law 461; Rockville 458; Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech 455; Wilcox Tech 451; Watertown 446; Brookfield 441; Sheehan 438; Ledyard 434; SMSA/University 432; Wolcott 428; Bacon Academy 426; St. Joseph 425; Gilbert/Northwestern Regional 422; Ellington/Somers 420; Killingly 420.

Waterford 416; Wolcott Tech 419; Lewis Mills 413; Weston 409.

CLASS S

Tolland 408; Stonington 382; Bullard-Havens 377; Granby 375.

East Catholic 373; Prince Tech 373; O’Brien Tech 366; Plainville 366; Rocky Hill 366; Enfield 363; Plainfield 360; Valley Regional/Old Lyme 357; Montville 352; Woodland 342; Nonnewaug 340; Windham 340; Ansonia 334; Seymour 320; Old Saybrook/Westbrook 316; Oxford 312; Griswold 308; North Branford 301; Haddam-Killingworth 299; Holy Cross 291; Coginchaug 290; Northwest Catholic 289; Canton 287; Morgan 283; Bloomfield 279; Cromwell 279; Trinity Catholic 262; Stafford/East Windsor 243; Notre Dame-Ffld. 218; St. Paul 217.

Derby 198; Hyde 166; Weaver 154; Capital Prep/Achievement 131.

Note: 1996 Class L champion Weaver is now has the state’s second-smallest football program. Good grief, the charter and magnet schools continue to clubber Hartford’s public schools with an oar.

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Speaking of playoffs, Kountry Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American created his own formula to rank teams for the state playoffs. It’s worth your time. He also chatted with Ned Freeman, he of the stupendous CalPrep computer ratings.

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Some more things for YOU to read:

Doug Bonjour, Hearst Inc.: 10 high school quarterbacks to watch.

Brennan: Big Man on Campus, New Watertown coach shows his lighter side. Said coach is Luigi Velardi.

Bryant Carpenter, Meriden Record Journal: Pound for pound, measure for measure (Prince Tech), and, Johnny Football and the T-Men, Vol. 2 (Sheehan).

Mark Jaffee, Rep-Am: Nonnewaug seeking its first winning season, and, Kaynor Tech’s addition pumps up co-op with Hearts.

Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report: Five Questions As FCIAC Football Camps Open.

Sean Rupert Murdoch, GameTimeCT: All you need to know about 2014 football season.

Also worth noting that the GameTimeCT coalition has been raining down capsules on teams from across the state.

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That’s all for now. Appreciate your patronage.

Vaya con dios.

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