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St. Joseph moves to No. 1 in state for first time since 1991

Three Hall tacklers try to take down Simsbury’s Mark Bedson in Friday night’s CCC Division I contest. Hall won, 31-26.

NEW HAVEN, Sept. 10 – Simsbury High coach Dave Masters and his Trojan football team didn’t get a break when the 2018 schedule was being drawn up.

Simsbury played Hall on opening day for the second straight year on Friday and dropped a 31-26 decision thanks to several mistakes. It won’t get any easier for the Trojans.

Simsbury (0-1) hosts No. 11 Southington (1-0) on Friday at Holden Field beginning at 7 p.m. and the following week will travel to face No. 6 East Hartford. Southington moved up two spots to No. 11 after their opening week victory over Glastonbury, 41-7. Simsbury will be looking for their first win over the Blue Knights since 2009.

East Hartford (1-0) also moved up two spots to No. 6 following their dominant 41-7 decision over South Windsor.

The GameTimeCT/New Haven Register’s top 10 football poll was released Monday with St. Joseph-Trumbull moving up to the No. 1 spot for the first time since 1991 after a resounding 28-0 victory over New Canaan on Saturday.

Five teams got votes for first place with St. Joseph getting 12, No. 2 Greenwich getting 10, No. 3 Darien receiving five votes and No. 4 Hand pulling in three first place votes. No. 8 Killingly also received a first place vote.

Avon (0-1) also has some potential top 10 opponents on their upcoming schedule. Avon will host No. 10 Bloomfield on October 20 and will host No. 15 Berlin on October 6.

Week 2, Monday, September 10, 2018

The New Haven Register and GameTime CT’s week 2 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.

Team
Rec.
Pts.
LW
Class
1. St. Joseph (12)
1-0
880
3
M
2. Greenwich (10)
1-0
862
2
LL
3. Darien (5)
1-0
806
4
LL
4. Hand (3)
1-0
766
5
L
5. Shelton
1-0
621
6
LL
6. East Hartford
1-0
573
8
LL
7. New Canaan
0-1
453
1
LL
8. Killingly (1)
1-0
426
9
M
9. Naugatuck
1-0
361
10
L
10. Bloomfield
1-0
330
nr
S
Others receiving votes: Southington (1-0), 328; Maloney (1-0), 314; Ansonia (1-0), 230; Newtown (1-0), 228; Berlin (1-0), 210; North Haven (1-0), 133; Fairfield Prep (1-0), 104; Middletown (1-0), 63; Windsor (0-1), 58; Norwich Free Academy (1-0), 44; Sheehan (1-0), 25; Brookfield (1-0), 23 ; RHAM (1-0), 21; Cromwell/Portland (1-0), 9; Hamden (1-0) and E.O. Smith (1-0), 8; New London (1-0), Seymour (1-0) and Valley Regional/Old Lyme (1-0), 7.
The following voted: Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Nate Brown, Fox61; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam Acorn Newspapers; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT; 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 Lava, 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 of 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

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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