The top five teams in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register’s sportswriters top 10 football poll remained the same this but there was some movement in the top 10.
Undefeated Southington (7-0) erased a 14-point deficit to beat previously undefeated East Hartford, 42-27 on Friday night and moved up two spots to No. 6 while the Hornets slipped to No. 10.
Darien remained No. 1 in the state with an eight-point lead over No. 2 Greenwich. Hand comes in at No. 3 in the poll.
Avon and Canton earned their first victories of the season this past weekend. Avon (1-6) beat the Bulkeley/Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA)/Weaver co-op in a driving rainstorm and muddy field on Saturday in Hartford. The Falcons snapped a nine-game losing streak and scored for the first time since September 15 (four games).
Canton (1-6) erased a 16-point deficit and converted three times in fourth down late in the fourth quarter to keep the ball and beat Woodstock Academy, 18-16 on Friday night at home on the turf field.
Simsbury (2-5) raced out to a 27-point lead and won their second straight game with a 35-12 victory over Enfield. It was their eighth straight win over the Eagles.
Granby (4-3) had a pair of field goals but fell to Rockville, 28-6. Lewis Mills fell to 0-7 on Friday afternoon in a 41-7 Pequot Sassacus loss to Morgan. Farmington (3-4) dropped a 51-16 decision to Maloney on Friday night.
Canton looks for their first Pequot Uncas victory on Friday night when they host SMSA/University/Classical co-op team on the turf field at 7 p.m. in the first of three home games to close out the 2018 campaign.
Simsbury’s remaining three games will also be at Holden Field. The Trojans will be looking for a third straight win on Friday night when they host Manchester (3-4) at 7 p.m.
Granby hosts Gilbert/Northwestern on Friday night at home beginning at 7 p.m. while Farmington hosts E.O. Smith beginning at 6 p.m. For the Indians, their final three games will be at home.
Avon hosts Rocky Hill (2-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at AHS with Lewis Mills hosting their final game of the season at home on Saturday when they face Haddam-Killingworth at noon.
GameTimeCT/New Haven Register sportswriters top 10 football poll.
Week 9, Monday, October 29, 2018
|1. Darien (14)||7-0||834||1||LL|
|2. Greenwich (11)||6-0||826||2||LL|
|3. Hand (4)||7-0||774||3||LL|
|5. St. Joseph||6-1||641||5||MM|
|10. East Hartford||6-1||315||6||LL|
|Others receiving votes: Ansonia (7-0), 290; Middletown (7-0), 266; Berlin (7-0), 252; North Haven (6-1), 193; New Canaan (5-2), 150; Fairfield Prep (6-1), 116; New Britain (6-1), 95; Woodland (7-0), 81; Killingly (6-1), 41; Staples (6-1), 29; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (7-0), 15; RHAM (6-1) and Bullard-Havens (7-0), 9; Sheehan (5-1), 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; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; 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.|