Fairfield Prep in, unbeaten Berlin out of Day coaches' poll

Unbeaten Berlin and New Britain were both ranked in the top 10 of The Day's high school football coaches’ poll last week. Fairfield Prep was not.

Berlin, New Britain and Prep all won over the weekend.

New Britain and Prep are both ranked in the top 10 this week. Berlin is not.

Huh.

Some background — Berlin (9-0) moved up one spot to ninth last week after it routed then-No. 9 Bloomfield 37-0 on Nov. 2.

New Britain (8-1) debuted at No. 10 last week after it thrashed East Hartford 63-26. The latter was ranked seventh before an Oct. 26 home loss to Southington (42-27).

Fairfield Prep (8-1) was ranked 13th last week.

But the Jesuits had the weekend’s most impressive win as theyt clobbered North Haven 42-20.

North Haven (7-2) was tied for 10th with Berlin two weeks ago, but was pushed out after New Britain’s big win over East Hartford.

North Haven’s other loss was to No. 5 Shelton (28-24, Oct. 19).

Shelton happens to be the only team to beat Prep, too. It won on Sept. 21, 10-7, despite not scoring an offensive touchdown (the Gaels scored the go-ahead touchdown on a punt return). The Gaels have scored 35 offensive touchdowns in their other seven games.

The Jesuits picked up an extra 41 points this week and jumped up to ninth.

New Britain gained two points this week and held at No. 10. Its lone loss was to No. 7 Southington, 27-24, on Oct. 5.

The Redcoats lost a mere five points this week, yet fell out of the top 10.

Only one point separates the Hurricanes and Berlin (149-148).

Oddly enough, Berlin hosts New Britain on Friday at Sage Park in their annual regular-season ending rivalry.

n.griffen@theday.com

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