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Darien remains No. 1 in state football poll; Avon to face No. 10 Bloomfield

Avon’s Jadon Folkwein (8) and the Falcons host No. 10 Bloomfield on Saturday at Avon High.

There was no new teams in this week’s GameTimeCT/New Haven Register sportswriters’ top 10 football poll that was released Monday.

Three-time Class LL champion Darien (5-0) received 15 first place votes and continues to remain the No. 1 team in the state with Greenwich (4-0), with 12 first place votes, ten points back in second place.

Area fans will have an opportunity to see a top 10 squad when Bloomfield visits Avon on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the high school.

It will be a challenging start to the second half of the high school football for the Falcons. It will be the second straight week that the Falcons (0-5) have faced a ranked opponent. Bloomfield (5-0) has allowed just 13 points in five games and it looks to be a tough challenge for Avon, who has been shutout in three consecutive games (RHAM, Northwest Catholic and Berlin).

The Warhawks are led by sophomore QB Daron Bryden, who has completed 54-of-77 passes for 1,012 yards and 20 TDs. Jayvon Massey is the leading receiver with 16 receptions for 358 yards and eight TDs while David Robinson has caught 14 passes for 272 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ky’juon Butler is the leading rusher for Bloomfield with 905 yards and 10 touchdowns on 65 carries.

Granby (3-2) travels to Hartford on Thursday to face SMSA/Classical/University (3-2) at Anne Fisher Middle School for a 6 p.m. start.

On Friday, Simsbury (0-5) hosts South Windsor (0-5) at Holden Field as both teams seek their first victory of the season. Farmington (2-3, 0-2 CCC Div. II East) hosts Hartford Public (0-5, 0-1 CCC DIv. II East).

On Saturday, Canton (0-5) looks for their first win of the season when they return from their bye week by traveling to Windsor Locks to face the co-op team of Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby (1-3) at 1 p.m. Lewis Mills (0-5) is hosting Coginchaug (2-3) as the Spartans continue their Pequot Sassacus swan song.

Week 7, October 15, 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) 5-0 892 1 LL
2. Greenwich (12) 4-0 882 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 5-0 828 3 L
4. St. Joseph 4-1 692 4 M
5. Shelton 5-0 678 5 LL
6. East Hartford 5-0 576 6 LL
7. Newtown 5-0 493 8 LL
8. Southington 5-0 480 7 LL
9. Naugatuck 5-0 371 9 L
10. Bloomfield 5-0 340 10 S
Also receiving votes: : North Haven (5-0), 330; Ansonia (5-0), 294; New Canaan (3-2), 220; Berlin (5-0), 219; Middletown (5-0), 210; New Britain (4-1), 97; Fairfield Prep (4-1), 74; Staples (4-1), 68; Killingly (4-1), 50; Maloney (4-1), 18; RHAM (5-0), 17; Bunnell (5-0), 16; East Haven (5-0), 15; Brookfield (4-1), Woodland (5-0) and Windsor (4-1), 8; Bristol Central (2-3), Cromwell/Portland (5-0) and Sheehan (4-1), 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.

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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