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New Canaan remains atop The Day's H.S. football poll

Published November 12. 2013 4:00AM

There was a kerfuffle when we last left The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll as New Canaan replaced Ansonia as No. 1 after routing then-No. 3 St. Joseph.

Some argued that an unbeaten team like Ansonia (9-0) shouldn't lose the spot without a loss or tie. Others argued that New Canaan (9-0) had proven itself against better completion.

Perhaps it was perversely appropriate, then, that both the Rams and Chargers had their hardest games of the season last week.

Ansonia trailed Seymour until the final seven minutes last Thursday. The Wildcats had a chance to go ahead on a late field goal attempt, but failed to convert and the Chargers won 21-20. It was Ansonia's 37th consecutive win, the state's second-longest streak in history.

New Canaan quarterback Nick Cascione was knocked out of last Friday's game with a concussion, and his team was tied with Wilton at halftime. The Rams eventually wore down the Warriors, who lack depth, and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of a 35-7 win.

Ansonia lost three first-place votes after its struggle against Seymour (5-4). It has three of 13 first-place votes. New Canaan has the other 10.

Norwich Free Academy (7-1) is ninth. The Valley Regional/Old Lyme co-op (8-0) and Ledyard (7-2) are the other local teams receiving votes.

- Ned Griffen

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