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Hand remains No. 1 in state football top 10 poll

Receiver Jayvon Massey caught three passes for 39 yards for No. 8 Bloomfield in Friday night’s 54-0 win over Avon.

Hand-Madison, which extended their winning streak to 25 in a row with a 49-14 season-opening victory over Notre Dame-West Haven, remains the top ranked team in the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register top 10 football poll as voted by media members from across the state.

Nine of the top 10 teams won last week. Only Windsor lost and they dropped out of the top 10 only to be replaced by Fairfield Prep.

Defending Class S champion Bloomfield beat Avon on Friday, 54-0 but actually dropped one spot from No. 7 to No. 8 in the poll. Newtown moved up one spot after a 42-0 win over New Milford.

Bloomfield coach Ty Outlaw was pleased with his team’s efforts although the Warhawks will have to reduce the number of penalties. They were flagged eight times for 60 yards and had a 82-yard touchdown run called back.

“We had some OK scrimmages that we didn’t perform to the best of our ability,” Outlaw said. “They wanted to come out here and show what they could do.”

A talented corps of receivers continue to call on QB Davon Bryden to throw the ball their wall. Bryden completed 12-of-18 passes for 147 yards against Avon.

“We have a great receiving corps. They all want the ball,” Outlaw said. “I guess that is a good problem to have.”

The Warhawks face East Catholic this week before hosting Hillhouse in Bloomfield in week 3 to provide a good test for Bloomfield.

For the second consecutive week, the Granby/Canton co-op football team received a vote in the poll. The Bears beat Stafford/East Windsor/Somers on Friday with a 28-27 victory in overtime as QB Jackson Rome ran for 161 yards and 4 TDs.


The GameTimeCT/New Haven Register sportwriters top 10 football 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 2, Monday, September 16, 2019

Team Rec. Pts. LW Class
1. Hand (22) 1-0 712 1 L
2. St. Joseph (3) 1-0 660 2 L
3. New Canaan 1-0 608 3 L
4. Greenwich 1-0 570 4 LL
5. Darien 1-0 532 5 LL
6. Shelton 1-0 491 6 LL
7. Newtown 1-0 396 8 LL
8. Bloomfield 1-0 380 7 S
9. Southington 1-0 358 9 LL
10. Fairfield Prep 1-0 247 nr LL
Others receiving votes: Ansonia (1-0) 242; Platt (1-0) 191; Sheehan (1-0) 160; Cheshire (1-0) 116; Masuk (1-0) 63; Norwich Free Academy (1-0) 56; Ridgefield (1-0) 43; Killingly (1-0) 42; Newington (1-0) 39; Berlin (1-0) 35; Naugatuck (1-0) 35; Windsor (0-1) 30; Middletown (1-0) 21; West Haven (0-1) 19; Glastonbury (1-0) 12; Maloney (1-0) 12; Notre Dame-West Haven (0-1) 10; Woodland (1-0) 9; North Haven (0-1) 9; Rockville (1-0) 8; Granby/Canton (1-0) 7; Weston (1-0) 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; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times; 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

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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