Wrapping Friday


The plan was to give you a quick wrap-up of Friday's action.

We'll get to that in a moment as there is Life stuff to take care of first.

Friday's game at Northwestern Regional of Winsted ended early when a male student tried to hang himself on school grounds, according to Bruno Matarazzo Jr. of the Waterbury Republican American.

John Nestor of the Torrington Register Citizen reported that the game was called with 10:07 remaining.

Pardon us as we briefly go into public service announcement mode — suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It ain't worth it. Believe us. Worse, the pain it causes family and friends is something way past devastating.

Life sucks sometimes. You may feel that there's no way out. And depression is a real, debilitating disease.

There are many good people out there willing to help you when you feel that suicide is the only way out.

Need someone to talk to in a pinch? Then call 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.

You're not alone.

If you have a loved one or friend that's been depressed for a period of time, (gently) encourage them to get help.

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Glastonbury and Newtown were among Friday's big winners.

Glastonbury, ranked ninth in The Day of New London's Top 10 state coaches' poll, used a strong defensive effort to beat Manchester, 20-8, in a battle of unbeatens.

We hate to look ahead, but. …. keep Saturday, Oct. 20 free. Glastonbury (4-0) plays currently unbeaten Southington at Meriden's Falcon Field that evening. It looks to be THE game in the Central Connecticut Conference Division I.

(More advance planning for YOU — No. 5 Windsor plays at Middletown the night before that game)

Newtown ransacked Brookfield, 35-7, in a game between unbeaten South-West Conference schools. And it sure looks like the league title will be decided on Thanksgrabbing Eve (again) when the Nighthawks play host to No. 6 Masuk of Monroe.

Yeah, Barlow of Redding and Weston are also unbeaten in the SWC. They've been two of the state's better success stories four weeks into the season.

Here's the thing — four of Newtown's next six opponents have a combined record of 1-12.

Here's the other thing — Masuk plays Weston and Barlow in back-to-back weeks in November. And it hasn't lost a league game, since Nov. 25, 2009 (to Newtown, 36-25).

Friday's other notable result was North Haven's 34-20 win over unbeaten New London.

Jalon White rushed for 325 yards and five touchdowns as he and North Haven's single wing offense literally ran wild at Cannamella Field.

The Indians (3-1) have another major game next Friday as they'll play host to Hillhouse of New Haven (3-1).

The Whalers turned it over three times, twice near North Haven's goal line.

New London's loss leaves just one unbeaten team in the Eastern Connecticut Conference — Norwich Free Academy.

One last game of note — Amity of Woodbridge 61, Guilford 43.

Good grief.

As tripped out as the score was, the game only ranks 15th on the list of most points in a modern-era game by both teams.

You can find the scores of all those games in the Connecticut High School Football Record Book.

Oddly enough, Guilford was on the winning end of the record-setting game — a 67-53 triumph over Law of Milford on Nov. 5, 2010.

The most combined points ever scored in a game was 130 during a 1902 contest involving Norwich Free Academy and New London.

NFA scored all 130 of said points.

Here's a rundown of how the Top 10 fared, including hyperlinks to stories for YOU to read:

No. 1 Xavier of Middletown 49, Hamden 6. Read a blurb about the game at the Middletown Press.

No. 2 Ansonia 35, Holy Cross-Waterbury 7. The esteemed Kyle Brennan reporting.

No. 3 Hand 49, Wilbur Cross of New Haven 14. Scroll down the New Haven Register's football roundup for more details.

No. 4 Staples of Westport had a bye. Ditto No. 5 Windsor.

No. 6 Masuk of Monroe 63, Bunnell of Stratford 14. Mike Pucci reporting for the New Haven Register.

No. 7 West Haven 48, Sheehan of Wallingford 12. Ted Moynihan reporting for the Meriden Record-Journal.

No. 8 Greenwich 62, Trumbull 31. David Fierro reporting for the Greenwich Time.

No. 9 Glastonbury 20, Manchester 8. Tom Yantz reporting for the Hartford Courant.

No. 10 Berlin plays at winless Weaver of Hartford today.

Vaya con dios….

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