Defending Class LL champion Darien continues to march through the 2018 campaign. The Blue Wave forced four turnovers and held Fairfield Warde to just 43 yards in a win last weekend to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Darien (6-0) received 16 first place votes to remain No. 1 in the latest GameTimeCT/New Haven Register’s top 10 football poll as voted by sportwriters from across the state.
Greenwich (5-0) remains 10 points back at No. 2 with 12 first place votes. No. 3 Hand (6-0) received four first place votes. Shelton’s 28-24 win over North Haven impressed the votes as the Gaels slipped past St. Joseph into the No. 4 spot.
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Three local teams are in action on Friday with Farmington (3-3) traveling to Maloney; Simsbury (1-5) going to Enfield and Granby (4-2) visiting Rockville.
On Saturday, Avon (0-6) travels to Hartford to face the Bulkeley/Weaver/HMTCA co-op team at noon; Canton (0-6) makes a long drive to eastern Connecticut to face Woodstock Academy at 1 p.m. while Lewis Mills (0-6) hosts Morgan beginning at noon.
There is a big game in the greater Hartford area when No. 8 Southington (6-0) travels to East Hartford to face the No. 6 Hornets (6-0). A year ago, East Hartford upset the Blue Knights, 27-20, and the Knights missed the CIAC playoffs for the first time since 2011.
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Farmington’s Elrick George tied a state record with two interceptions for touchdowns in Friday night’s win over Hartford Public. Seventeen other players in state history have picked off two passes for TDs. The last player to do this was Bryan Garcia-Medina of Kennedy in 2015. George has intercepted three passes in six games this year for the Indians (3-3). … Holy Cross erased a 23-point deficit to beat Waterbury Career Academy on Saturday, 57-38.
|Week 8, October 22, 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
|1. Darien (16)||6-0||892||1||LL|
|2. Greenwich (12)||5-0||882||2||LL|
|3. Hand (4)||6-0||828||3||L|
|5. St. Joseph||5-1||684||4||M|
|6. East Hartford||6-0||569||6||LL|
|Also receiving votes: : Ansonia (6-0), 286; Berlin (6-0), 254; Middletown (6-0), 245; North Haven (5-1), 203; New Canaan (4-2), 178; Bunnell (6-0), 112; Fairfield Prep (5-1), 103; New Britain (5-1), 94; Staples (5-1), 60; Killingly (5-1), 35; Woodland (6-0), 32; Brookfield (5-1), 10; RHAM (5-1), 9; Windsor (5-1), 8; Sheehan (4-1) and Bullard-Havens (6-0), 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.|