First-place votes in parentheses, record, points tabulated on a 30-28- 26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis, and last season's final ranking:
T1. Ansonia (6) 2-0 370 2
KNOW THIS: UConn-bound Arkeel Newsome has 19 carries for 348 yards and seven touchdowns this young season so, yeah, he and his offensive line are really good.
NEXT: at Holy Cross, Friday, 7 p.m.
T1. New Canaan (5) 2-0 370 3
KNOW THIS: Yes, co-No. 1s. This season has already jetted past crazy and is currently cruising through screwball.
NEXT: at Greenwich, Saturday 4 p.m.
3. Norwich Free Academy (2) 1-0 301 4
KNOW THIS: It bears repeating — NFA led 42-0 early in the second quarter of Saturday's 48-21 win over Montville. Montville, meanwhile, had 33 yards on 21 plays.
NEXT: at Fitch, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
4. St. Joseph 2-0 278 5
KNOW THIS: Jordan Vazzano's 42-yard Hail Mary to Lars Pedersen with no time left gave the Cadets a wild 36-34 win over Fairfield Prep.
NEXT: v. Ridgefield, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
5. Southington 2-0 230 7
KNOW THIS: Yale-bound Stephen Barmore completed 17 of 25 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Knights strafed Manchester last Friday, 41-8. That result is more impressive given that Manchester took Windsor to overtime the previous week (in a 25-18 loss).
NEXT: v. Simsbury, Friday, 7 p.m.
6. North Haven 2-0 208 NR
KNOW THIS: You beat the No. 1 team in the state (Xavier), AND beat it 42-28, then you earn yourself a spot in the Top 10. End of story.
NEXT: at East Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Darien 2-0 190 NR
KNOW THIS: It's been a few years since the Blue Wave have been in the Top 10. They make their season debut after scoring the game's first 28 points in a 42-21 win over then-No. 6 Greenwich.
NEXT: at Bassick, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. Middletown 2-0 176 8
KNOW THIS: Blue Dragons' coach Sal Morello was displeased by his team's second-half performance against Wethersfield last Friday. They still won, 28-0, and an ugly win, as the great Bob Brackett once said, “beats a sharp pencil in the eye.”
NEXT: vs. Bristol Eastern, Friday, 7 p.m.
T9. Shelton 2-0 140 NR
KNOW THIS: The Gaels have yet to get to the brutal portion of their Southern Connecticut Conference D-I schedule, but those who've seen them play keep using the word, “WOW.”
NEXT: at Amity, Friday, 7 p.m.
T9. Windsor 2-0 140 9
KNOW THIS: Jaylen Berry Arkeel-ed against Bulkeley last Friday. He ran 10 times for 150 yards and four touchdowns. He added a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown for good measure.
NEXT: at Bristol Central, Friday, 7 p.m.
Dropped out: Xavier-Middletown (1); Greenwich (6); and West Haven (10).
Also receiving votes: Masuk (2-0), 132 points; Tie, Newtown (2-0) and Xavier (1-1), 124; West Haven (1-1), 106; Ledyard (2-0), 73; Farmington (2-0), 56; Naugatuck (2-0), 47; Staples (1-1), 43; Fairfield Prep (1-1), 42; Capital/Classical/Achievement (2-0), 41; Platt-Meriden (2-0), 32; Glastonbury (1-1), 20; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (2-0), 15; Barlow (2-0), 14; Tie, Ridgefield (2-0), 10; Rocky Hill (2-0) and Woodland (2-0), 9; Notre Dame-W.H. (1-1), 8; Hand (1-1), 7.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Naugatuck; Scott Daniels, Glastonbury; Joe DellaVecchia, St. Joseph-Trumbull; Steve Filippone, Hand-Madison; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Steve George, Newtown; Tanner Grove, Montville; Tim King, Valley Regional-Deep River; Sean Marinan, Xavier-Middletown; John Murphy, New Milford; Marce Petroccio, Staples-Westport.
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