West Haven’s Aedan Coe catches a pass during a football game between West Haven and Hamden at Ken Strong Stadium, West Haven on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
Upon further review, West Haven is No. 1 in the GameTimeCT Top 10 Poll going into the last week of the regular season.
Though no one in the top 10 played in Week 11, enough voters reconsidered their positions to flip what had been a tight race among Southington, Greenwich and West Haven. Some tweaked their ballots near the bottom. Some tweaked near the top and did enough to boost the Blue Devils, who’ll meet Fairfield Prep the night before Thanksgiving, over the Blue Knights, who fell just the one spot. Greenwich slides to third before it heads to Staples on Thanksgiving.
West Haven picked up two first-place votes and led that tally for the second week in a row, this time with 12. They came from a former Southington voter and a former Maloney voter. Southington, which meets Cheshire in the Apple Valley Classic on Thursday, was left with six first-place votes, Greenwich got four and Maloney received one.
(Careful poll watchers will notice one fewer vote than last week. If that voter’s ballot remained identical to last week’s, the order wouldn’t change: West Haven would still lead the rankings, though just by a couple of points. Southington got the first-place vote there last week.)
The rest of the top 10 remains the same. Maloney, awaiting Platt in the Stoddard Bowl, edged St. Joseph for fourth, though the gap between the former No. 1 Spartans and the Hogs, who host Trumbull on Thanksgiving, got tighter. New Canaan, in sixth going into the Turkey Bowl at Darien, again fell a bit of a gap behind St. Joseph but a decent number ahead of seventh-ranked Hamden, which will host Notre Dame-West Haven in the Green Bowl.
Ansonia, as it seems to be every week this year, sits eighth going into its NVL showdown with Naugatuck. Staples held at No. 9, ahead of Newtown, which stretched its lead a tiny bit over Berlin for 10th. The Nighthawks visit Masuk on the night before Thanksgiving.
Everyone in the top 10 has already secured a CIAC playoff spot (at least unofficially; nothing’s official until the day after Thanksgiving, as this past Friday and the Hartford Public forfeit reminded us), so these final games are all about seeding before the postseason begins on Nov. 29.
Most of the 30 teams receiving votes this week have secured their spot in the 48-team playoffs, though one will not be there: Windsor, whose four losses came by a combined 13 points, got one 15th-place vote despite being eliminated from the Class MM playoff race.
Dropped out: None.
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.
Also receiving votes: Berlin (10-0) 217; Killingly (8-1) 195; Fairfield Prep (6-3) 183; North Haven (7-2) 148; Trumbull (7-2) 90; Naugatuck (8-1) 83; Glastonbury (8-2) 73; Windham (8-1) 68; Cromwell/Portland (8-1) 53; Cheshire (6-3) 31; Masuk (7-2) 25; Ledyard (8-1) 17; Darien (6-3) 16; Thames River (9-0) 15; Shelton (5-4) 14; Barlow (7-2) 11; Notre Dame-West Haven (6-3) 9; Rockville (7-2) 9; Bloomfield (8-2) 7; Windsor (6-4) 7.
The Following Voted: Cameron Beall, New Britain Herald; Adam Betz, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Sean Patrick Bowley, GameTimeCT; Kels Dayton, Hartford Courant; Gerry deSimas Jr., Collinsville Press; Justin DeVellis, News 12 Connecticut; 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; Tim Jensen, Patch Media Corp.; Greg Lederer, Cheshire Herald; Gabby Lucivero, NBC CT; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Football Foundation; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Pete Paguaga, GameTimeCT; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle of Willimantic; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Joe Zone, WFSB-3.
Compiled by Michael Fornabaio