A look at some of the top area high school football games on this season's schedule:
Maloney at Windsor, Friday: The Spartans have high hopes for the season, but they'll have to prove themselves early against the Warriors' stout defense.
NFA at Xavier, Friday: First-year coach Andy Guyon and Penn State-bound quarterback Will Levis kick off a promising season when the ECC's top team comes to Middletown.
Rocky Hill at Bloomfield, Sept. 15: A year ago, Bloomfield defeated Rocky Hill 50-42 in overtime in what coach Ty Outlaw called "one of the best football games he's been part of." This is the rematch.
Hartford Public at Middletown, Sept. 22: Harry Bellucci's dynamic offense gets a chance to see what it can do when HPHS plays one of the toughest defenses in the Central Connecticut Conference.
Manchester at Glastonbury, Sept. 29: With wide receiver Jevin Frett leading the way, the Indians will try to give the rivalry a little kick when they take on the improved Tomahawks.
Ellington at Stafford/East Windsor/Somers, Nov. 3: In a pivotal Pequot conference showdown, two of the league's most entertaining offenses take center stage.
Bloomfield at Berlin, Nov. 3: After a 22-point loss to the Warhawks last season, the Redcoats' skilled offense is ready for a rematch with Bloomfield's aggressive defense.
Platt at Middletown, Nov. 10: In a rematch of last season's Class L quarterfinal, which Middletown won 53-36, Platt is once again faced with stopping the Blue Dragons' relentless running game.
Greenwich at Xavier, Nov. 16: The Falcons close out the regular season by hosting a primetime match-up at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven against another team with top 10 potential.
Glastonbury at Bloomfield, Nov. 21: After meeting up last year for a scrimmage, the perennial powers face off in an interesting Class LL/Class S showdown.
Middletown at Windsor, Nov. 22: The starting lineups have changed and so have the story lines, but the Thanksgiving Eve game remains one of the most exciting matchups on the schedule.
Maloney at Platt, Nov. 23: With both Meriden teams on the rise and set for big seasons, the Stoddard Bowl should have even more pop this season.
Cromwell/Portland at Rocky Hill, Nov. 23: After making memorable Class S runs in 2016 (Cromwell beat Bloomfield in the quarterfinals; Rocky Hill got to the final), the familiar foes will try to head into the postseason rolling in 2017.
Southington at Cheshire, Nov. 23: Both teams have Class LL championship dreams, but first they will try to close out the regular season on a high note in a possible top five showdown.
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