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The Day's H.S. football poll: St. Joe's, Darien are tied for seventh

Published November 26. 2013 4:00AM

This high school football season has been arguably the most unpredictable in years, forcing voters in The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll to deal with a numerous conundrums on almost a weekly basis.

There was one question that voters had to answer this week - where to vote St. Joseph (9-2).

The Cadets lost to top-ranked New Canaan in last Friday's FCIAC championship game (31-20), their second loss to the Rams this season. But St. Joseph beat Darien, ranked eighth last week, back in Week 4 (28-14).

The vote evened itself out as Darien and St. Joseph tied for seventh this week.

It's was an otherwise uneventful Top 10 as the same teams remain. New Canaan (11-0) received 10 of 13 first-place votes. It will play host to Darien (9-1) on Thanksgiving.

Ansonia holds at No. 2 and received the other three first-place votes. It plays at Naugatuck (9-1) on Thanksgiving in the 115th meeting between the two Valley rivals, the state's third-oldest rivalry.

NFA (8-1) stayed at No. 9. It will play host to New London (8-2) on Thanksgiving in the 152nd edition of the nation's oldest high school football rivalry.

The Valley Regional/Old Lyme co-op (10-0), Ledyard (8-2), and New London were the other area teams receiving votes.

- Ned Griffen


The Day of New London Top 10 poll

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) 11-0 384 1

KNOW THIS: The Rams didn't play up to their standards during last Friday's FCIAC championship game. Still didn't keep them from knocking off No. 7 St. Joseph, 31-20, for the second time this season.

NEXT: vs. Darien (9-1), Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.

2. Ansonia (3) 11-0 368 2

KNOW THIS: Woodland quarterback Tanner Kingsley averaged 271 yards while throwing 41 TD passes prior to last Wednesday's NVL final against Ansonia. The Chargers hassled him all game as he completed just 10 of 27 passes for 76 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns as they rolled to a 48-7 win.

NEXT: at Naugatuck (9-1), Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.

3. West Haven 9-1 308 3

KNOW THIS: The Blue Devils wil earn a home quarterfinal if they beat Fairfield Prep this Thanksgiving. That might also allow rival Xavier to sneak into the playoffs to defend its Class LL title. Football is wacky.

NEXT: at Fairfield Prep (8-2), Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.

4. Newtown 11-0 284 4

KNOW THIS: Game MVP Cooper Gold ran 27 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns as the Nighthawks won their second-straight SWC championship last Thursday, 28-7.

NEXT: at Masuk (7-3), today, 7 p.m.

5. Glastonbury 10-1 266 5

KNOW THIS: Donevin O'Reilly ran 13 times for 169 yards and three TDs to pace Glastonbury to its 41-7 rout over Simsbury last Saturday. Now the Tomahawks wait around to see who they will play host to in the Class LL quarters.

NEXT: CIAC Class LL quarterfinals, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.

6. Platt 10-0 197 7

KNOW THIS: Running back Tyzahn Leatherwood had over a week to rest his sore ankle. Sorry, Maloney.

NEXT: vs. Maloney (1-8), Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.

T7. Darien 9-1 183 8

KNOW THIS: We forgot that the Blue Wave beat New Canaan last season (36-23). The Rams have a 9-2-1 edge since 2001.

NEXT: at New Canaan (11-0), Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.

T7. St. Joseph 9-2 183 6

KNOW THIS: The Cadets have only lost to New Canaan (62-21, and 35-21). They beat Darien in Week 4 (28-14). Yet enough voters ranked them below Darien to create a tie. Some folks take a "what-have-you-done-lately?" approach to voting.

NEXT: vs. Trumbull (7-3), Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m.

9. Norwich Free Academy 8-1 167 9

KNOW THIS: A state television affiliate did a feature on Connecticut's top running backs last week. Boston College-bound Marcus Outlow was not included. We'll assume that his invitation got lost in the mail.

NEXT: vs. New London (8-2), Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.

10. Southington 8-1 153 10

KNOW THIS: Win-and-your-in the Class LL playoffs, Blue Knights.

NEXT: at Cheshire (4-6), Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.

Also receiving votes: Fairfield Prep (8-2), 146 points; Hall (9-1), 132; Middletown (9-1), 120; Capital/Classical/Achievement (11-0), 106; Naugatuck (9-1), 73; Valley Regional/Old Lyme (10-0), 51; Staples (8-2), 46; Hand (7-3), 40; Brookfield (9-1), 26; Shelton (6-4), 19; Ledyard (8-2), 16; North Haven (8-2), 14; Xavier (7-3), 9; New London (8-2), 8; Tie, Farmington (8-2) and Ridgefield (8-2), 7.

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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