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New Canaan is No. 1 in preseason top 10 football poll

Killingly’s Luke Desaulnier (10) tries to keep a Joel Barlow defender away in last December’s Class M championship game in New Britain.

NEW HAVEN, Sept. 5 – New Canaan received 15 first place votes to earn the top spot in the New Haven Register’s preseason top 10 football poll as determined by state sportswriters. Six teams earned No. 1 votes but New Canaan (9-3 a year ago) was the top team with 15 first place votes.

Four of the top six teams were from the FCIAC while two top 10 teams were from the Central Connecticut Conference. Simsbury (7-3) will face No. 8 East Hartford (9-2) this fall along with No. 13 Southington (8-2).

The New Haven Register and GameTime CT’s preseason football top 10 poll. First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.

Preseason 2018

TEAM 2017 Rec PTS LAST CLASS
1. New Canaan (15) 9-3 836 8 LL
2. Greenwich (3) 12-1 790 4 LL
3. St. Joseph (3) 12-1 782 2 M
4. Darien (5) 12-1 766 1 LL
5. Hand (4) 12-1 762 3 L
6. Shelton 9-2 630 NR LL
7. Windsor 10-2 424 NR L
8. East Hartford 9-2 341 NR LL
9. Killingly (1) 13-0 337 5 M
10. Naugatuck 9-2 287 NR L
Others receiving votes: Bloomfield (8-2), 265; Berlin (9-3), 242; Southington (8-2), 232; Ansonia (12-1), 229; Newtown (7-3), 172; Fitch (10-1), 156; Fairfield Prep (8-3), 116; West Haven (9-3), 77; Maloney (9-2), 74; North Haven (8-3), 73; Ridgefield (7-3), 66; Masuk (12-1), 60; Middletown (10-1), 44; Barlow (9-4), 27; Sheehan (9-2), 26; Rocky Hill (11-1), 21; Cromwell/Portland (8-2), 14; Brookfield (4-6), 14; South Windsor (10-2), 14; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (10-2), 8; Bristol Eastern (2-8), 7; Cheshire (6-4) 7.
The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Nate Brown, Fox61; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT; Bill Bloxom, Hersam Acorn Newspapers; Kyle Brennan, Freelance; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Gerry deSimas Jr., Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH-8; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; Shelby Iava, New Britain Herald; Mark Jaffee, Republican-American of Waterbury; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Shawn McFarland, Hartford Courant; Pete Paguaga, GameTimeCT; John Pierson, WTNH-8; Noah Finz, CT Sports Now; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Football Foundation; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; John Nash, The Hour or Norwalk; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; Dan Orecole, Bristol Press; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Marc Robbins, CT Sports Now; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Mike Suppe, Hersam-Acorn Newspapers; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle of Willimantic; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3

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