H.S. poll: Darien still No. 1, but there is plenty movement below

A voter in The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll asked hours after submitting their ballot if they could make a change, feeling that they didn't get it right the first time.

"This is harder than I thought," the coach said.

It can be.

Ranking the state’s top high school football teams isn’t as hard as, say, converting your water heater into a cold fusion reactor. The 13 voters in The Day's weekly poll nonetheless had some challenging decisions to make after a noteworthy Week 3.

Unranked North Haven shocked then-No. 4 Cheshire 17-14 on Friday night.

Top-ranked Darien stomped then-No. 2 St. Joseph 42-10 on Saturday. The Blue Wave are an unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week.

Cheshire and St. Joseph, which are both 2-1, have had significance wins this year. The Rams beat Shelton (28-10) and Norwich Free Academy (35-39), both of which had been receiving votes. The Cadets opened the season with a 38-35 road win over four-time CIAC Class L champion New Canaan.

Should one vote St. Joseph ahead of New Canaan (or Cheshire over Shelton, North Haven, and/or NFA)? Or should one go with the hot hand approach and vote New Canaan ahead of St. Joseph (and Shelton, North Haven and/or NFA ahead of Cheshire)? Note that North Haven (2-1) hadn't received any votes through two weeks after a season-opening loss to West Haven (33-27).

Seven coaches ranked St. Joseph ahead of New Canaan (2-1) on their ballots. The other six, however, took the "back of the line" approach and voted New Canaan anywhere from three to six places ahead of the Cadets. That did enough to drop St. Joseph to eighth while the Rams moved into a fifth-place tie with West Haven (3-0).

Ridgefield (2-1) narrowly edged Cheshire for 10th place with the latter dropping to 11th. Shelton (2-1) is 13th, North Haven is 14th, and NFA (2-1) is 17th.

Fitch (3-0) is the other local team that received a vote.

New Canaan was sixth and St. Joseph eighth in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register media poll. Cheshire (11th) was also ranked ahead of North Haven (13th).


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