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Little movement in top 10 football polls but Simsbury is climbing

Simsbury has won five straight this season and 10 in a row. Simsbury’s Mohammed Haroon (1) closes in on a New Britain runner with teammates Crowe Collin (40), Tommy Guilfoyle (57), Zack Gilbert (14) and Arjun Bhamidifati (61) close behind.

With several top 10 teams off on a bye this week, there was little movement in the GameTimeCT top 10 football poll which is conducted by state sportwriters and the New London Day top 10 poll, which is conducted state football coaches.

The only difference in the top 10 of the GameTimeCT poll was the addition of undefeated Maloney at No. 10 with Shelton falling out of the top 10 following their second loss of the year with a 34-24 loss to No. 5 Newtown.

There were no new top 10 teams in the coaches poll although there was a little movement among the final three teams in the top 10.

Undefeated Hand-Madison (4-0) remains the No. 1 team in the state in both polls with St. Joseph and Greenwich coming in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The top seven teams are identical in both polls.

Simsbury (5-0), which has won 10 straight games dating back to last season, moved up to No. 12 in the coaches poll and No. 14 in the sportswriters poll.

The Trojans, off to their best start since going 5-0 in 2009, are off this week. They will look for their sixth win of the year on Friday, Oct. 25 when they travel to Manchester High (2-3) to face the Redhawks at 6:30 p.m. The last time Simsbury was 6-0 was in 2002.

Farmington, which dropped a 62-22 decision to Windsor last year, is also off this week with a bye. The Indians (2-3) return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they host Middletown at 2 p.m.

Granby/Canton (4-1) beat Haddam-Killingworth on Friday afternoon, 27-7 and will be off this week. The Bears return to action on Friday, Oct. 25, when they host Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby at the Bear’s Den in Granby at 6:30 p.m.

Avon (0-4, 0-2 CCC. Div. III East) looks for their first win of the season on Saturday when they host the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver co-op team (0-4, 0-3 CCC Div. III East) at 1 p.m. on the turf field at the high school. The Falcons had a bye last week.

Lewis Mills (4-0, 2-0 CCC Div. III East), off to the best start in program history, gets a stiff challenge when they host Berlin (3-1, 2-0 CCC Div. III East ) on Saturday in Burlington at noon. It will be a great indicator of where the Spartan program is and if they can content for the CCC Div. III East championship. Berlin has won four of the last five CCC Div. III East titles.


GameTimeCT Top 10 football poll
Week 6, Monday, October 14, 2019

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 Record Pts. LW Class
1. Hand (21) 4-0 712 1 L
2. St. Joseph (3) 4-0 678 2 L
3. Greenwich 5-0 612 3 LL
4. Darien 4-0 586 4 LL
5. Newtown 5-0 518 5 LL
6. Bloomfield 4-0 446 6 S
7. Ridgefield 4-0 416 7 LL
8. Ansonia 5-0 335 8 S
9. Southington 4-1 321 9 LL
10. Maloney 5-0 283 nr LL
Others receiving votes: Sheehan (4-0) 204; Killingly (4-0) 183; Cheshire (3-1) 164; Simsbury (5-0) 151; Shelton (3-2) 106; Naugatuck (4-0) 78; New Canaan (2-2) 72; Norwich Free Academy (3-1) 64; Wethersfield (4-1) 34; Rockville (5-0) 33; Woodland (5-0) 29; Fairfield Prep (2-2) 27; Weston (4-0) 26; Notre Dame-West Haven (2-2) 16; Wilton (3-1) 10; Hall (3-2) 9; Xavier (3-2) 7.
The following voted: Bill Bloxsom, Hearst Connecticut Media; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT; Bryant Carpenter, Record-Journal of Meriden; Ryan Chichester, Bristol Press/New Britain Herald; Gerry deSimas Jr., Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH-8; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Michael Fornabaio, Connecticut Post; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; Mark Jaffee, Republican-American of Waterbury; Gabby Lucivero, NBC CT; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Football Foundation; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Shawn McFarland, Hartford Courant; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; Pete Paguaga, GameTimeCT; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; John Pierson, WTNH-8; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle of Willimantic; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3.

New London Day’s state coaches top 10 football poll
Week 4, October 14, 2019

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 Record Pts. LW Class
1. Hand (10) 4-0 384 1 L
2. St. Joseph (2) 4-0 354 2 L
3. Greenwich (1) 5-0 352 3 LL
4. Darien 4-0 312 4 LL
5. Newtown 5-0 278 5 LL
6. Bloomfield 4-0 248 6 S
7. Ridgefield 4-0 237 7 LL
8. Southington 4-1 166 10 LL
9. Ansonia 5-0 165 8 S
10. Sheehan 4-0 163 9
Others receiving votes: Maloney (5-0), 142 points; Simsbury (5-0), 112; Killingly (4-0), 92; Cheshire (3-1), 76; Naugatuck (4-0), 60; Weston (4-0), 51; Shelton (3-2), 44; Wethersfield (4-1), 24; New Canaan (2-2), 22; Norwich Free Academy (3-1), 9; Tie, Fairfield Prep (3-2), Hall (3-2), and Wilton (3-1), 8.
The following coaches voted: Tom Brockett, Ansonia; Craig Bruno, Amity; Joe Della Vecchia, St. Joseph; Mike Drury, Southington; Mike Ellis, Fitch; Rob Fleeting, Windsor; Tanner Grove, Montville; Andy Guyon, Xavier; Tim King, Valley Regional/Old Lyme; Joe Lato, Masuk; Bryan Muller, Brookfield; Marce Petroccio, Trumbull; Jeff Roy, Shelton.

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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