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Darien, Greenwich, Hand remain as top 3 teams in latest top 10 poll

The Gilbert/Northwestern Yellowjackets ran for seven TDs in Saturday’s win over Canton at Van Why Field in Winsted. More photos.

There wasn’t much change in the top 10 of the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT sportwriters football poll this week. The difference this week and a week ago was Southington and Naugatuck swapping positions. Undefeated Darien, Greenwich and Hand remain ranked 1, 2 and 3, respectively in the poll.

Southington (4-0) moved up one spot to No. 9 while Naugatuck (4-0) slipped one spot to No. 10.

Four of the six Farmington Valley teams play on Friday night while Avon (0-4) hosting No. 15 Berlin (4-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the high school.

Simsbury (0-4) will be looking for their first victory of the season Friday when they travel to West Hartford to face Conard at 7 p.m. Granby (3-1) hosts Stafford/East Windsor/Somers (4-0) in Pequot Uncas Division showdown beginning at 7 p.m.

Ellington (0-4) and Canton (0-4) will both be looking for their first victories of the season when they meet on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the turf field in Canton as part of Alumni Week events. Lewis Mills will travel to North Branford on Friday night for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Farmington (2-2) is off this week on a bye and they return to action on Friday, October 12 when they host No. 16 Middletown (4-0).

Lewis Mills (0-4) played on a beautiful Sunday afternoon this week and dropped a 33-20 decision to Old Saybrook/Westbrook in Burlington in Pequot Sassacus play.

Colby Nordstrom scored two touchdowns for Mills, returning a blocked punt 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and scoring on a 48-yard touchdown reception from Grayson LaBerge in the fourth quarter. LaBerge, 7-of-17 for 147 yards, also threw a TD pass to Nate DiChiara. Sean Polinsky ran for 50 yards on 20 carries for the Spartans. Dylan Hallet was 2-for-3 kicking extra points.

Old Saybrook/Westbrook 33, Lewis Mills 20
At Burlington
Old Saybrook/WB (2-2)    7  7  7  12 — 33
Lewis Mills (0-4)               0  0  7  13  — 20
First Quarter
OSW: Max Thomas 5 pass from Jack McDowell (Cooper Pavlovich kick)
Second Quarter
OSW: Dan Almada 50 run (Pavlovich kick)
Third Quarter
LM: Colby Nordstrom 40 punt block return (Dylan Hallet kick)
OSW: Landis Twomey 14 run (Pavlovich kick)
Fourth Quarter
LM: Nordstrom 48 pass from Grayson LaBerge (kick failed)
OSW: Twomey 4 run (kick failed)
OSW: Twomey 27 run (kick failed)
LM: Nate DiChiara pass from Laberge (Hallet kick)

New Haven Register/GameTimeCT top 10 football poll

Week 5, October 1, 2018
Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Darien (15) 4-0 868 1 LL
2. Greenwich (11) 3-0 848 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 4-0 798 3 L
4. St. Joseph 3-1 668 4 M
5. Shelton 4-0 634 5 LL
6. East Hartford 4-0 542 6 LL
7. New Canaan 3-1 498 7 LL
8. Newtown 4-0 435 8 LL
9. Southington 4-0 354 10 LL
10. Naugatuck 4-0 351 9 L
Others receiving votes: Bloomfield (4-0), 315; Maloney (4-0), 288; Ansonia (4-0), 217; North Haven (3-0), 210; Berlin (4-0), 169; Middletown (4-0), 92; Brookfield (4-0), 76; Fairfield Prep (3-1), 68 ; New Britain (4-0), 60; Killingly (3-1), 51; Staples (4-0), 24; New London (3-1), 23; RHAM (4-0) and Seymour (4-0), 9; Cromwell/Portland (4-0), 8; West Haven (3-1), Norwich Free Academy (3-1), Woodland (4-0), East Haven (4-0) and Windsor (3-1), 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 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; 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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