Three local high school football teams play CIAC football quarterfinal games tonight with Fitch and Norwich Free Academy playing two of the top-ranked teams in The Day of New London Top 10 state coaches poll.
Eighth-ranked NFA plays at No. 7 Newtown in a Class LL game that should be one of the night's best contests. Both teams are 10-0 and were their respective league's best clubs. NFA won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division title and was the league's only unbeaten team. The Nighthawks won the South-West Conference title for the first time since 1997.
Fitch plays at No. 4 Windsor (9-0). The Warriors have won 22 straight regular season games dating back to the 2010 season. Their only loss during that stretch was during last season's Class L semifinals. They've outscored teams this season by 33 points.
NFA and Fitch (8-2) are the only area teams receiving votes.
Hand of Madison, the defending CIAC Class L champion, remains the number one team and received nine of 13 first-place votes. Staples of Westport (9-0) leapfrogged Ansonia to No. 2 and received two first-place votes.
Ansonia (11-0), the defending Class S champion, is ranked third and received the other two first-place votes.
- Ned Griffen