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Southington moves up in state top 10 football poll; Darien remains No. 1

Members of the Avon High football team celebrate after scoring a touchdown in Saturday’s win over the Bulkeley co-op team to snap a nine-game losing streak.

The top five teams in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register’s sportswriters top 10 football poll remained the same this but there was some movement in the top 10.

Undefeated Southington (7-0) erased a 14-point deficit to beat previously undefeated East Hartford, 42-27 on Friday night and moved up two spots to No. 6 while the Hornets slipped to No. 10.

Darien remained No. 1 in the state with an eight-point lead over No. 2 Greenwich. Hand comes in at No. 3 in the poll.

Avon and Canton earned their first victories of the season this past weekend. Avon (1-6) beat the Bulkeley/Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA)/Weaver co-op in a driving rainstorm and muddy field on Saturday in Hartford. The Falcons snapped a nine-game losing streak and scored for the first time since September 15 (four games).

Canton (1-6) erased a 16-point deficit and converted three times in fourth down late in the fourth quarter to keep the ball and beat Woodstock Academy, 18-16 on Friday night at home on the turf field.

Simsbury (2-5) raced out to a 27-point lead and won their second straight game with a 35-12 victory over Enfield. It was their eighth straight win over the Eagles.

Granby (4-3) had a pair of field goals but fell to Rockville, 28-6. Lewis Mills fell to 0-7 on Friday afternoon in a 41-7 Pequot Sassacus loss to Morgan. Farmington (3-4) dropped a 51-16 decision to Maloney on Friday night.

Canton looks for their first Pequot Uncas victory on Friday night when they host SMSA/University/Classical co-op team on the turf field at 7 p.m. in the first of three home games to close out the 2018 campaign.

Simsbury’s remaining three games will also be at Holden Field. The Trojans will be looking for a third straight win on Friday night when they host Manchester (3-4) at 7 p.m.

Granby hosts Gilbert/Northwestern on Friday night at home beginning at 7 p.m. while Farmington hosts E.O. Smith beginning at 6 p.m. For the Indians, their final three games will be at home.

Avon hosts Rocky Hill (2-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at AHS with Lewis Mills hosting their final game of the season at home on Saturday when they face Haddam-Killingworth at noon.

GameTimeCT/New Haven Register sportswriters top 10 football poll.
Week 9, Monday, October 29, 2018

Team Rec.  Pts LW Class
1. Darien (14) 7-0 834 1 LL
2. Greenwich (11) 6-0 826 2 LL
3. Hand (4) 7-0 774 3 LL
4. Shelton 6-0 663 4 LL
5. St. Joseph 6-1 641 5 MM
6. Southington 7-0 544 8 LL
7. Newtown 7-0 537 7 LL
8. Naugatuck 7-0 366 9 LL
9. Bloomfield 7-0 327 10 S
10. East Hartford 6-1 315 6 LL
Others receiving votes: Ansonia (7-0), 290; Middletown (7-0), 266; Berlin (7-0), 252; North Haven (6-1), 193; New Canaan (5-2), 150; Fairfield Prep (6-1), 116; New Britain (6-1), 95; Woodland (7-0), 81; Killingly (6-1), 41; Staples (6-1), 29; Stafford/Somers/East Windsor (7-0), 15; RHAM (6-1) and Bullard-Havens (7-0), 9; Sheehan (5-1), 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; 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, 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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