The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance is pleased to release the 2017 Connecticut high school football record book.
This is the 18th edition of the record book, a compilation of records and historical information from newspapers, team statisticians, coach’s records and individual research. Some of the new information in this year’s record book includes:
The leading scorer in the state dating back 20 years.
An update of year-end state coaches and sportswriters polls with voting for each season.
Additional history for some of the state’s co-op football programs.
Several athletes established or tied new state records in 2016.
- Sheehan running back Zach Davis scored 10 touchdowns in a game against Jonathan Law on October 28, setting a new state record for most points in a single game (64).
- Foran’s Brett Huber set a new state record with 107 receptions in a season, breaking a 46-year record of 102 set by Peter Demmerle of New Canaan in 1970. It was one of the oldest individual records in the record book.
- Middletown’s Michael Aresco tied a single-game record with four field goals in a single game – an achievement first achieved in 1970. With four field goals and four extra points against Farmington, Aresco scored 16 points to set a record for most points kicking in a single game.
- Wetherfield’s Austin Stefano kicked 10 field goals in 2016 to set a new career record of 21 field goals.
- The most points in a single game was set in 2016 with Waterbury Career Academy and Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech combining to score 142 points as WCA beat Sacred Heart/KT, 72-70.
- New Canaan head coach Lou Marinelli tied the career record for wins as a coach with 331, tying him with former West Haven mentor Ed McCarthy. But Marinelli has surpassed that mark with three wins in the first four weeks of the 2017 season to become the all-time leader in victories.
The oldest individual record belongs to Stamford’s Earl Gillespie and Stamford’s Gaynor Brennan who each kicked 12 extra points in a single game. Gillespie did it in 1913 against Paterson, N.J., while Brennan did it against St. Francis Prep from Brooklyn in 1920. As recently as 2003, New Britain’s Chris Roberts was 11-of-13 on PATs in a win over Maloney.
Our local teams from the Farmington Valley are well represented in the record book, too.
Farmington’s Brandon Williard is No. 5 on the single game rushing record board with 508 yards on 37 carries against Plainville in 2002. Farmington’s Greg Balicki holds the state record for most tackles in a single season (212), set in 1996.
Avon’s Colin Moore is ranked in the top 15 for career rushing yards with 5,217 yards on 682 carries from 2009-12. He rushed for at least 100 yards in 21 consecutive games in 2011-12, good enough for No. 2 on the all-time list.
Moore’s 19 two-point conversion runs in 2011 is No. 2 on the single season list for most two-point conversions. Only Rockville’s Joe Calaci had more (22) in 1969.
Avon’s 707-yard rushing performance in a win over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby in 2014 is the second-highest rushing effort by a team in a single game. Only Torrington in 2012 ran for more with 853 yards against Sacred Heart.
Simsbury’s Phil Pope shares the state record with Bobby Valentine of Rippowam-Stamford and Newtown’s Ben Mason for most interception returns for a touchdown in a career. Both have returned five interceptions for TDs. Pope played at Simsbury from 1966-68 while Valentine, who managed the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, played at the now-closed Rippowam from 1965-67. Mason played at Newtown in 2015 and 2016.
Farmington holds the state record for most fumble recoveries in a single game with nine against Avon in 1974. Canton is No. 2 on that list with eight fumble recoveries in a 1952 win over Gilbert.
Granby running back Connor Field is tied for fifth on the list for most consecutive games rushing for at least 100 yards. Field ran for 100 yards on 16 consecutive occasions from 2014-15. The state record is held by Bristol Central’s Tim Washington with 25 games in a row from 1999 to 2001.
Click on the following link for the 2017 Connecticut High School Football Record Book.