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 week's ranking:
1. New Canaan (10) 9-0 384 1
KNOW THIS: The Rams have qualified for next week's FCIAC championship, but could end up playing St. Joseph or Staples again. Yet another reason to end conference title games.
NEXT: vs. Trinity Catholic (0-9), Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Ansonia (3) 9-0 368 2
KNOW THIS: Not every team can turn it over three times, fail to handle three onside kicks and still win, as it did against Seymour last Thursday.
NEXT: vs. Crosby (1-8), Thursday, 6 p.m.
3. West Haven 8-1 306 T4
KNOW THIS: Hand coach Steve Filippone told the New Haven Register that Ervin Philips was the best running back in the state after he ran for 267 yards and five touchdowns in the Westies' 46-35 win over the Tigers last Friday. Reckon that rankled some folks at Ansonia and Norwich Free Academy.
NEXT: vs. Shelton (6-3), Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Newtown 9-0 281 T4
KNOW THIS: The Nighthawks (unofficially) qualified for the state playoffs after picking up a forfeit win from Immaculate.
NEXT: SWC championship vs. Barlow or Brookfield at Brookfield, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
5. Glastonbury 8-1 267 6
KNOW THIS: This weekend's CCC divisional crossover needs to happen every year.
NEXT: at Windsor (7-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
6. St. Joseph 8-1 217 7
KNOW THIS: Good news - a win this weekend likely earns it a rematch against New Canaan in the FCIAC final. The bad news - a win this weekend likely earns it a rematch against New Canaan in the FCIAC final.
NEXT: at McMahon (7-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Platt 9-0 197 8
KNOW THIS: Andrew McBride completed 9 of 16 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers' 53-7 squishing of Rockville last Friday.
NEXT: at Northwest Catholic (7-2), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
8. Xavier 7-2 154 9
KNOW THIS: A win Saturday all but clinches the Falcons a Class LL playoff berth. A loss all but ends their chances at a four-peat.
NEXT: at Fairfield Prep (7-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.
9. Norwich Free Academy 7-1 150 10
KNOW THIS: Hey, Class LL hopefuls - NFA's Marcus Outlow ran for 260 yards and three touchdowns in last Friday's 56-12 win over Killingly.
NEXT: vs. Stonington (6-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.
10. North Haven 8-1 136 NR
KNOW THIS: One of the only two teams that beat Xavier returns to the Top 10. It might not last long as it plays host to Darien in a linchpin game for Class L.
NEXT: vs. Darien (8-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Dropped out: Middletown (3).
Also receiving votes: Southington (7-1), 120 points; Darien (8-1), 117; Middletown (8-1), 93; Capital/Classical/Achievement (9-0), 82; Barlow (8-1), 80; Hall (7-1), 75; Fairfield Prep (7-2), 66; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (8-0), 46; Farmington (8-1), 42; Staples (7-2), 31; Hand (6-3), 28; Ledyard (7-2), 26; Naugatuck (8-1), 23; Shelton (6-3), 18; Woodland (8-1), 8.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Jim Buonocore, Ledyard; Craig Bruno, Naugatuck; Scott Daniels, Glastonbury; Joe DellaVecchia, St. Joseph; Steve Filippone, Hand; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Steve George, Newtown; Tanner Grove, Montville; Tim King, Valley Regional/Old Lyme; Sean Marinan, Xavier; John Murphy, New Milford; Marce Petroccio, Staples.
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