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Xaver football begins as The Day's No. 1

Published September 17. 2013 4:00AM

The Xavier of Middletown football team received just four first-place votes in The Day of New London state coaches' football poll, yet it begins the season as the No. 1 team.

The Falcons were among the five teams that received at least one of the 13 first-place votes. They've won a state-record three successive CIAC Class LL titles and Wednesday's 30-22 win over Staples of Westport was their 39th victory in their last 40 games.

Ansonia, the defending Class S champion, is second. It also received four first-place votes.

Xavier earned the top spot because it had more points than the Chargers (364-352). Seven coaches voted Xavier second, whereas just one voted the Chargers second. Most voters (six) picked Ansonia third.

No. 3 New Canaan and No. 4 Norwich Free Academy each received two first-place votes. St. Joseph of Trumbull was fifth.

Sixth-ranked Greenwich received the other first-place vote.

Oddly enough, Ansonia and Xavier flip-flopped in the New Haven Register media poll. The Falcons were the preseason No. 1, but the Chargers took over that ranking this week.

See complete poll on page D2.

­- Ned Griffen

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