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New Canaan moves to top of The Day's state coaches' football poll

It's rare that a top-ranked team loses its spot in a Top 10 poll without losing.

It's also rare that a team has wowed folks like New Canaan has done this season.

The Rams leapfrogged Ansonia for the No. 1 ranking in The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll Monday after it routed then-No. 3 St. Joseph last Friday, 62-21.

New Canaan (8-0) gained two first-place votes and received seven out of a possible 13. It edged the Chargers out of first by two points (378-376).

Ansonia (8-0) lost one of its first-place votes to the Rams. New Canaan gained another first from a coach who previously voted St. Joseph No. 1.

New Canaan has routed some of the state's most successful programs this year — Hand (50-21), Greenwich (66-2), Staples (43-7) and St. Joseph. St. Joseph is the favorite in Class M.

Ansonia received the other six first-place votes.

Middletown (8-0) moved up to third. It is playing at New London on Friday in a game that will be streamed live at theday.com.

Newtown (8-0) and West Haven (7-1) are tied for fourth. St. Joseph (7-1) dropped to seventh.

Norwich Free Academy (6-1) moved up to 10th after a month-long absence from the Top 10. Ledyard (7-1) and the Valley Regional/Old Lyme co-op (7-0) are the other area teams receiving votes.

— Ned Griffen

The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches' poll

First-place votes in parentheses, record, points tabulated on a 30-28- 26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last week's ranking:

1. New Canaan (7) 8-0 378 2

KNOW THIS: Nick Cascione completed 20 of 26 passes for 379 yards with six touchdowns and ran for another during the Rams' thrashing of St. Joseph last Friday.

NEXT: at Wilton (3-5), Friday, 7 p.m

2. Ansonia (6) 8-0 376 1

KNOW THIS: The Chargers will be understandably annoyed that they lost the No. 1 ranking after winning their 36th consecutive game last Thursday, 41-7 over Watertown. Arkeel Newsome ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on three carries and scored on a 79-yard punt return.

NEXT: at Seymour (5-3), Thursday, 6 p.m.

3. Middletown 8-0 295 4

KNOW THIS: The Blue Dragons held Farmington to 55 total yards in the second half of their 21-7 win last Friday.

NEXT: at New London (5-2), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

T4. West Haven 7-1 275 6

KNOW THIS: Duane Gary threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards and two more scores in the first half of last Friday's 50-7 rout of Wilbur Cross.

NEXT: vs. Hand (6-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

T4. Newtown 8-0 275 5

KNOW THIS: Drew Tarantino set school records for most passing yards in a season (2,066) and a career (5,418) during last Friday's 41-20 win over New Fairfield.

NEXT: vs. Stratford (3-5), Friday, 7 p.m.

6. Glastonbury 7-1 248 7

KNOW THIS: Donevin O'Reilly had 295 all-purpose yards and a touchdown during last Friday's 39-7 win over Conard.

NEXT: at New Britain (3-4), Friday, 7 p.m.

7. St. Joseph 7-1 187 3

KNOW THIS: The Cadets rolled up 387 yards and had the ball for over 30 minutes, and they still lost by 41 points to New Canaan.

NEXT: at Fairfield Warde (2-6), Friday, 7 p.m.

8. Platt 8-0 175 10

KNOW THIS: Andrew McBride and Creme Watford elevated their play during last Friday's 44-6 beating of Berlin. Offensive catalyst Tyzahn Leatherwood only ran eight times due to an ankle injury, so McBride completed 14 of 20 passes for 262 yards with five touchdowns, four of which were caught by Watford.

NEXT: vs. Rockville (0-8), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

9. Xavier 6-2 139 NR

KNOW THIS: North Haven beat Xavier in Week 2 (48-21). Hand beat North Haven in Week 4 (21-6). And last Friday, Xavier beat Hand (28-14). And some of you mock voters. HAH.

NEXT: vs. Shelton (6-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

10. NFA 6-1 128 NR

KNOW THIS: Marcus Outlow's balky ankle is feeling good again - he ran 16 times for 135 yards and five touchdowns and had an interception as the Wildcats trounced East Lyme last Friday, 49-21.

NEXT: at Killingly (4-4), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Dropped out: Hand (8), and Farmington (9).

Also receiving votes: North Haven (7-1), 116 points; Darien (7-1), 107; Southington (6-1), 99; Hand (6-2), 88; Fairfield Prep (6-2), 58; Barlow (7-1), 54; Capital/Classical/Achievement (8-0), 50; Hall (6-1), 46; McMahon (7-0), 45; Farmington (7-1), 43; Ledyard (7-1), 42; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (7-0), 38; Shelton (6-2), 19; Staples (6-2), 18; Bristol Eastern (7-1), 16.

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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