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Undefeated Greenwich moves up to No. 1 in top 10 poll after Darien falls

Simsbury’s Mark Bedson (38) works hard for yardage in last week’s season-ending win over Avon for the Trojans. Bedson ran for a game-high 167 yards and three TDs. More game photos

A day before the CIAC football playoffs begin, undefeated Greenwich moved to the top of the state sportswriters top 10 football poll.

The Cardinals (10-0), who won the FCIAC championship for the second straight year, moved up to No. 1 after completing the regular season with a 29-0 win over Staples-Westport on Thanksgiving morning. Greenwich also earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CIAC Class LL tournament that begins Tuesday night.

The Cardinal will be hosting No. 10 New Britain (9-1) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday as Greenwich looks for their first time since 2007. New Britain will making their second playoff appearance in the last 15 years and its first appearance since 2014.

Greenwich and New Britain are not strangers in post-season football but it has been a while. In 2004, the Hurricanes won the Class LL championship with 39-34 victory over Greenwich while in 2003, the Hurricanes beat Greenwich, 20-0 in the Class LL semifinals. In 2002, Greenwich beat New Britain on a bitterly cold evening in the Class LL semifinals, 40-21.

In 2001, New Britain won the Class LL championship by beating Greenwich, 26-9. And in 1992, the Hurricanes won the Class LL title with a 31-15 victory over the Cardinals.

Three-time Class LL champion Darien (9-1) slipped to No. 4 after dropping a 17-14 decision to arch-rival New Canaan on Thanksgiving morning. It’s the second straight year that the Rams beat previously undefeated Darien in the final game of the regular season.

Hand (10-0) moved up to No. 2 while Shelton (10-0) moved up one spot to No. 3.

The final poll will be after the CIAC championship finals on December 8.

CIAC Tournament — Football

Class LL
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
No. 8 New Canaan (8-2) at No. 1 Shelton (10-0)
No. 7 New Britain (9-1) at No. 2 Greenwich (10-0)
No. 6 Darien (9-1) at No. 3 Newtown (10-0)
No. 5 Fairfield Prep (9-1) at No. 4 Southington (10-0)
Saturday’s semifinals
At sites of higher seed, 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Sunday, December 8

Class L
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
No. 8 Bunnell (9-1) at No. 1 Hand (10-0)
No. 7 Maloney (8-2) at No. 2 Middletown (9-1)
No. 6 Platt (8-2) at No. 3 Naugatuck (9-1)
No. 5 North Haven (8-2) at No. 4 Windsor (8-2)
Saturday’s semifinals
At sites of higher seed, 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Sunday, December 8

Class M
Tuesday’s quarterfinals

No. 8 Rockville (7-3) vs. No. 1 St. Joseph (9-1) at Penders Field, Stratford
No. 7 Wolcott (7-3) at No. 2 Sheehan (9-1)
No. 6 Brookfield (8-2) vs. No. 3 Berlin (9-1) at Sage Park, Berlin
No. 5 Cheney Tech (8-2) at No. 4. Killingly (9-1)
Saturday’s semifinals
At sites of higher seed, 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Sunday, December 8

Class S
Tuesday’s quarterfinals

No. 8 Plainfield (8-2) at No. 1 Ansonia (10-0)
No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth (9-1) vs. No. 2 Bullard-Havens (10-0) at Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport
No. 6 Cromwell/Portland (9-1) at No. 3 Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (10-0)
No. 5 Woodland (9-1) at No. 4 Bloomfield (9-1)
Saturday’s semifinals
At sites of higher seed, 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Sunday, December 8


The GameTimeCT / New Haven Register Top 10 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.

Week 13, Monday, November 26, 2018

Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Greenwich (22) 10-0 800 2 LL
2. Hand (5) 10-0 760 3 L
3. Shelton 10-0 678 4 LL
4. Darien 9-1 617 1 LL
5. St. Joseph 9-1 608 5 M
6. Southington 10-0 514 6 LL
7. Newtown 10-0 478 7 LL
8. New Canaan 8-2 368 nr LL
9. Ansonia 10-0 367 10 S
10. New Britain 9-1 358 8 LL
Others receiving votes: Fairfield Prep (9-1), 311; Naugautck (9-1), 204; Berlin (9-1), 176; Bloomfield (9-1), 137; Middletown (9-1), 127; North Haven (8-2), 79; Killingly (9-1), 61; Sheehan (9-1), 60; Windsor (8-2), 44; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (10-0), 39; Staples (7-3), 26; Bunnell (9-1), 23; Bullard-Havens (10-0), 18; Woodland (9-1), 9; Platt (8-2) and East Hartford (8-2), 8; RHAM (8-2), 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; Mark Jaffee, Republican-American of Waterbury; 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, Freelance; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle of Willimantic; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3.
Did Not Vote: Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times

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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