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The Day's Top 10 H.S. state football coaches poll

Published November 20. 2012 4:00AM

First-place votes in parentheses, record through Saturday, 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. Hand-Madison (9) 9-0 380 1

KNOW THIS: The Tigers have owned the Thanksgiving series with their shoreline rivals. They've won the last five games by an average score of 36-13. NEXT: vs. Guilford, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

2. Ansonia (2) 10-0 352 2

KNOW THIS: The Chargers pounded Woodland for the second time this season, 56-26, in Thursday's unnecessary NVL final. Great news for the Hawks - they could meet Ansonia for a third time in the Class S playoffs. NEXT: vs. Naugatuck, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

3. Staples-Westport (2) 8-0 346 3

KNOW THIS: "Hello, Grandma? Yeah, I'm going to be a little late to Thanksgiving dinner. I need to go see Staples at Greenwich. ... Don't you give me that attitude." NEXT: FCIAC Championship at Greenwich, Thursday, 10 a.m.

4. Windsor 9-0 292 4

KNOW THIS: The Warriors so thoroughly thrashed Hartford Public on Saturday that running clock began with five minutes, 18 seconds left in the third quarter of their 47-6 win. NEXT: CIAC Class L quarterfinals, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.

5. Masuk-Monroe 9-0 266 5

KNOW THIS: The Panthers have pummeled Newtown by a combined score of 88-7 in the previous two South-West Conference title games. NEXT: SWC Championship at Newtown, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

6. Xavier-Middletown 8-1 265 6

KNOW THIS: This might be the best Middletown team the Falcons have faced in several Thanksgivings, but will it be enough to stop the latter's four-year winning streak?. NEXT: vs. Middletown at Palmer Field, Thursday, 10 a.m.

7. Greenwich 8-0 244 7

KNOW THIS: True story - after Greenwich reserve Nick Schepis ran for a 35-yard touchdown to give his team a 54-0 lead over Danbury Thursday, coach Rich Albonizio had his team allow the Hatters' Tysheen McCrea to return the ensuring kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown so that he wouldn't be suspended for breaking the 50-point rule. NEXT: FCIAC Championship vs. Staples, Thursday, 10 a.m.

8. Southington 9-0 220 8

KNOW THIS: Cheshire has won the past five Apple Classic games. More minutia - Southington had the better record in three of those five games, as it does again this season. NEXT: vs. Cheshire, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

9. Norwich Free Academy 9-0 143 9

KNOW THIS: The Wildcats meet their old friends from New London for the 151st time, and they'd deny the Whalers a playoff berth with a win. NEXT: at New London, Thursday, 10 a.m.

10. Newtown 9-0 133 10

KNOW THIS: The buzz around the SWC this season was that Newtown had a chance to be its best team. And then quarterback Dan Hebert suffered what turned out to be a season-ending injury two weeks ago. Eep. NEXT: SWC Championship vs. Masuk, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Also receiving votes: Hillhouse-New Haven (7-2), 110 points; Middletown (8-1), 102; Glastonbury (9-1), 98; New Canaan (8-1), 91; Wolcott (8-1), 55; West Haven (7-2), 48; Avon (10-0), 41; North Branford (9-0), 40; Berlin (8-1), 30; Tie, Fitch (8-1) and St. Joseph-Trumbull (7-2), 26; Hartford Capital/Classical/Achievement (9-0), 7.

The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Bunnell; Dave Cadelina, Bridgeport Central; Steve Filippone, Hand; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Jude Kelly, St. Paul; Tim King, Valley Regional; Sean Marinan, Xavier; John Murphy, Masuk; Marce Petroccio, Staples; Bob Zito, Maloney.

Note: Go to www.theday.com to read Ned Griffen's state high school football notebook.

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