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Darien barely holds No. 1 spot in top 10 poll; Wolcott High may forfeit Friday night

Rocky Hill works together to gain yardage in Saturday afternoon’s loss to Avon in the home regular season finale as the Falcons won, 35-8.

Undefeated Darien (8-0) remains the No. 1 team in the latest top 10 football poll as voted by sportswriters from across the state. The Blue Wave received 13 first place votes and is just two points ahead of undefeated Greenwich (7-0).

A strong second half effort (20 points) lifted Darien this week while Greenwich’s Mozi Bici had a state record eight sacks to lead the No. 2 Cardinals to a victory over Ridgefield.

Two new teams joined the top 10 this week with Berlin coming in at No. 8 and Ansonia making their 2018 top 10 debut at No. 10.

Berlin had a big 37-0 win over Bloomfield last week while Ansonia erased a 14-point deficit to beat Woodland, 36-20. The Chargers have won 83 consecutive NVL games.

Granby tied a state record last Friday night running back three interceptions for touchdowns in a win over Gilbert/Northwestern. The Bears (4-3) will host Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial co-op on Friday night at 7 p.m., searching for their fifth win of the season.

Simsbury (3-5) is looking for a fourth straight win when they host Glastonbury on Friday night at Holden Field at 7 p.m. Canton (1-7) will host Rockville at 7 p.m., on Friday night at the turf field looking for their second win of the season.

Avon (2-6) will be after their third straight victory on Friday night when they travel to Plainville beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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In a letter home to Wolcott High students, parents and coaches, Wolcott Superintendent Tony Gasper said that the Eagles will forfeit Friday night’s game against Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech unless the players that damaged the locker room at St. Paul in Bristol on October 26 step forward and accept responsibility.

Students have until 2 p.m. on Wednesday to acknowledge their responsibility, pay for the damages they inflicted and write a letter of apology to St. Paul. Students will be allowed to be on the bench against Sacred Heart but won’t be allowed to play.

Wolcott is 6-2 after beating Waterbury Career on Thursday night, 42-20. The Eagles, who have won four straight, beat St. Paul, 44-28.

Wolcott is ranked No. 6 in the latest CIAC Class M playoff rankings. The top eight teams earn CIAC playoff berths.

“What is extremely disheartening and what makes this whole situation worse is that the students themselves know who among them is responsible for these damages and those students are not stepping forward and neither are their teammates,” Gasper writes in his letter on Monday. “Students have been given multiple opportunities to do so by the coaching staff and school administration but most have not. The school has on its website an anonymous mechanism through which students can voice any such concerns. This, then, is blatant defiance and insubordination of the school administration’s authority. And, students who are defiant and insubordinate should not be allowed to participate in school sports.”

Friday night’s game against Sacred Heart is the final home game of the year for the Eagles.

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The GameTimeCT/New Haven Register top 10 sportwriters football poll
Week 9, November 5, 2018

Team Rec Pts. LW Class
1. Darien (13) 8-0 828 1 LL
2. Greenwich (12) 7-0 826 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 8-0 780 3 L
4. Shelton 7-0 668 4 LL
5. St. Joseph 7-1 641 5 M
6. Southington 8-0 548 6 LL
7. Newtown 8-0 529 7 L
8. Berlin 8-0 389 nr M
9. Naugatuck 8-0 345 8 L
10. Ansonia 8-0 315 nr S
Others receiving votes: New Britain (7-1), 306; Middletown (7-0), 273; North Haven, (7-1), 265; New Canaan (6-2), 215; Fairfield Prep (7-1), 184; Staples (6-2), 71; Bloomfield (7-1), 48; Killingly (7-1), 41; East Hartford (6-2), 33; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (8-0), 24; Maloney (7-1), 16; Bullard-Havens (8-0), 11; RHAM (7-1), 10; Bunnell (7-1), 8; Woodland (7-1), Sheehan (6-1) and East Haven (7-1), 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 Lava, 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.

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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