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Darien, Greenwich sit atop state top 10 poll; East Hartford remains at No. 6

Southington QB Jason Drena has thrown for 1,303 yards and 15 TD passes in five games for the undefeated Blue Knights (5-0).

Three-time defending Class LL champion Darien (5-0) continues to reign as the No. 1 ranked team in the latest top 10 sportwriters poll after their 24-0 win over Staples-Westport on Saturday.

The top six teams in the poll remained the same as the week before with Greenwich at No. 2, Hand at No. 3, St. Joseph at No. 4, Shelton coming in at No. 5 and undefeated East Hartford (5-0) at No. 6.

Southington (5-0) moved up one spot to No. 7 after a big 27-24 win over New Britain on Friday night winning in the final minute. Blue Knights QB Jacob Drena completed five passes as Southington marched 80 yards in less than a minute, scoring the game-winning TD with 36 seconds remaining on a four-yard pass from Drena to Tanner Larosa.

There will be limited action around the state this weekend with most teams taking a bye, including every team in the top 10.

The only local team in action will be Farmington (2-2), who will be traveling to challenge No. 17 Middletown (4-0) at Friday night at 7 p.m.

Granby (3-2), Simsbury (0-5), Canton (0-5), Avon (0-5), Lewis Mills (0-5) all have a week off before resuming action again the weekend of October 18-20.

NOTES: In Plainville on Saturday, RHAM rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat Plainville, 32-24. It’s the biggest comeback in RHAM’s history and is tied for the fourth largest comeback in state history. The state record for the largest comeback is 28 points when St. Joseph beat Bassick-Bridgeport in October 1974. … Four difference players scored for North Branford as the Thunderbirds (2-3) shutout Lewis Mills, 26-0 on Friday in a Pequot Sassacus game.

Week 6, October 8, 2018

GameTimeCT/New Haven Register top 10 sportswriters high school football 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. Darien (15) 5-0 896 1 LL
2. Greenwich (12) 4-0 886 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 4-0 806 3 L
4. St. Joseph 4-1 690 4 M
5. Shelton 4-0 666 5 LL
6. East Hartford 5-0 587 6 LL
7. Southington 5-0 485 8 LL
8. Newtown 4-0 465 10 LL
9. Naugatuck 5-0 392 9 L
10. Bloomfield 5-0 327 10 S
Also receiving votes: : Maloney (4-0), 306; North Haven (4-0), 276; Ansonia (5-0), 268; New Canaan (3-2), 216; Berlin (5-0), 182; New Britain (4-1), 120; Middletown (4-0), 97; Brookfield (4-0), 52; Fairfield Prep (3-1), 51; Killingly (3-1), 43; Staples (4-1), 42; New London (3-1), 22; RHAM (5-0), 16; Norwich Free Academy (3-1), 15; East Haven (4-0), 14; West Haven (3-1), 8; Woodland (5-0), 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 Iava, New Britain Herald; Mark Jaffee, Republican-American of Waterbury; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Pete Paguaga, GameTimeCT; John Pierson, WTNH-8; Noah Finz, CT Sports Now; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Football Foundation; Shawn McFarland, Hartford Courant; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; Dan Orencole, 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.

North Branford 26, Lewis Mills 0
At North Branford
Lewis Mills (0-5)                0  0  0    0  — 0
North Branford (2-3)         0  6  6  14 – 26
Second quarter
NB: Nate Raymond 32 pass from Brandon Fratta (run fails)
Third quarter
NB: Nick Mancini 3 run (run fails)
Fourth quarter
NB: Tyler Dinapoli 26 run (Dinapoli run)
NB: Lou Raffone 7 run (run fails)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: North Branford – Nick Mancini 12-78, Tyler DiNapoli 6-59, Alex Clinton 4-12, Nick Barrett 1-9, Nate Raymond 1-1, Trevor Holzer 1-1
PASSING: North Branford – Brandon Fratta 15-27-3, 185
RECEIVING: North Branford – Barrett 1-11, Raymod 2-50, DiNapoli 1-2, Mancini 3-47, Raffone 4-30, Clinton 5-56

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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