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Darien moves up to No. 1 in state top 10 football poll

Simsbury has played three games this season and two have been against teams in this week’s top 10 sportswriters poll.

NEW HAVEN, September 24 – The Simsbury High football team has shown they can play with top 10 teams. They’ve played two in the first three weeks of the season.

The Trojans lost to No. 6 East Hartford by just one point on Friday night, dropping a 28-27 decision when the Hornets stopped Simsbury’s attempted two-point conversion run with 1:36 remaining that would have given Simsbury the lead.

A week earlier, Simsbury held Southington, which moved into the top 10 for the first time this season, to just 21 points and forced four turnovers in a 21-7 defeat. The Blue Knights moved up two spots to No. 10 after a 31-13 win over Manchester on Friday.

Darien, coming off a convincing 22-7 victory over then-No. 1 St. Joseph on Saturday, moved into the No. 1 spot in the New Haven Register/GameTIme CT state sportswriters top 10 poll on Monday. The Blue Wave, who have won three consecutive Class LL championships, scored 22 unanswered points to beat St. Joseph.

With 17 first place votes, Darien moved up two spots to No. 1 ahead of idle Greenwich (2-0), who still gathered in 10 first place votes. Hand moved up one spot to No. 3 after a 52-6 win over Hamden on Friday night.

The two new teams to the top 10 poll this week were Newtown at No. 8 and Southington at No. 10.

Simsbury (0-3) will get a chance to pick up their first victory on Friday when they travel to New Britain to face the undefeated Hurricanes (3-0) at Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Avon (0-3) will play their first night game of the season and their first home game on Friday night when they host Northwest Catholic at 6:30 p.m. as part of Spirit Week celebrations at Avon High.

Canton (0-3) returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they travel to Winsted to face Gilbert/Northwestern at Van Why Field. Farmington (1-2) hosts Bristol Eastern at 2 p.m. while Lewis Mills (0-3) will host Old Saybrook/Westbrook at noon. Granby (2-1) will be on the road Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. start at Ellington.

The New Haven Register and GameTime CT’s football top 10 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 3, September 24, 2018

Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Darien (17) 3-0 898 3 LL
2. Greenwich (10) 2-0 870 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 3-0 820 4 L
4. St. Joseph 2-1 672 1 M
5. Shelton 3-0 649 5 LL
6. East Hartford 3-0 562 6 LL
7. New Canaan 2-1 517 7 LL
8. Newtown 3-0 410 11 LL
9. Naugatuck 3-0 369 9 L
10. Southington 3-0 352 12 LL
Others receiving votes: Bloomfield (3-0), 328; Maloney (3-0), 306; North Haven (3-0), 235; Ansonia (3-0), 224; Berlin (3-0), 175; Middletown (3-0), 136; Killingly (2-1), 107; Brookfield (3-0), 59; Fairfield Prep (2-1), 37; Sheehan (3-0), 34; New Britain (3-0), 32; New London (2-1), 24; Staples (3-0), 19; Cromwell/Portland (3-0), 17; Windsor (2-1), 16; West Haven (2-1), 14; RHAM (3-0), 9; Seymour (3-0) and Branford (3-0), 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; John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Keith O’Brien, GameDay CT Sports; Dan Orencole, Bristol Press; 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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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