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Darien (State), Southington (Area) Top High School Football Teams

Darien is back in a familiar spot in The Courant state ratings for high school football.

After beating Ridgefield 38-12 Friday in a rematch of last year's Class LL Championship, the Blue Wave have regained the top position. Darien finished first in the final ratings of 2016 after beating Ridgefield in the final, but started the year off second in the preseason top 10.

Southington is once again the top area team in the state ratings. The Blue Knights moved up from fourth to second in the state after beating Glastonbury 34-7 on the road. New Canaan, No. 1 in the preseason ratings, drops to fifth. Windsor defeated Maloney-Meriden to get off to a good start on the season. The Warriors climbed from fifth to third with the win. Rocky Hill and Bloomfield play Friday in one of the games of the week after moving up in the area ratings, too. Rocky Hill is seventh and Bloomfield is eighth.


1. DARIEN (1-0): The Blue Wave have outscored FCIAC rival Ridgefield 66-19 in back-to-back games. Last Week's rating: 1. This week's opponent: McMahon-Norwalk Friday.

2. SOUTHINGTON (1-0): Behind the play of quarterback Will Barmore, the Blue Knights looked sharp early on, scoring on their first two possessions in a 34-7 victory over league rival Glastonbury. LW: 4. TW: Simsbury Friday.

3. WINDSOR (1-0): For the second straight year, the Warriors started the season with a defensive shutout, beating Maloney-Meriden, 28-0. LW: 5. TW: at Bristol Central Friday.

4. ST. JOSEPH (1-0): With their 38-35 victory over New Canaan, the Cadets joined Darien, Windsor and Trinity Catholic as the only teams to beat New Canaan since the 2012 regular season. LW: not rated. TW: Fairfield Warde Saturday.

5. NEW CANAAN (0-1): Despite a rally in the third quarter, the Rams lost to St. Joseph 38-35 for their first regular season loss in five years to a team other than Darien. LW: 1. TW: at Danbury Friday.

6. ANSONIA (1-0): Led by Markell Dobbs, the Chargers have averaged 61.5 points against Wolcott in their last two season openers. LW: 7. TW: at Waterbury Career Academy Friday.

7. CHESHIRE (1-0): After entering the second half trailing by three, the Rams scored 21 unanswered points to beat SCC contender Shelton 28-10 on opening night. LW: 8. TW: at Norwich Free Academy Friday.

8. MASUK-MONROE (1-0): Quarterback Matt Hersch passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers defeated Bunnell, 42-13. LW: 9. TW: New London Friday.

9. WEST HAVEN (1-0): Anchored by their defense, which forced five turnovers, the Blue Devils defeated North Haven, 33-27. LW: 10. TW: at Wilbur Cross-New Haven Friday.

10. RIDGEFIELD (0-1): In a repeat of last year's Class LL Championship, the Tigers struggled to stop Darien and get anything going on offense. LW: 3. TW: at Stamford Friday.





4. MIDDLETOWN (1-0): Quarterback Stone Belzo passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead his to team a 29-12 victory over Wethersfield. LW: 5. TW: Bristol Eastern Friday.

5. XAVIER-MIDDLETOWN (0-1): In a memorable offensive battle, NFA's Shea McManaway gave his team a surprise come-from-behind 40-37 victory over Will Levis and the Falcons. LW: 3. TW: Newtown.

6. PLATT-MERIDEN (1-0): The Panthers' talented offense clicked on opening night, beating Farmington, 42-7. LW: 6. TW: Windham Thursday.

7. ROCKY HILL (1-0): A year after he helped lead the Terriers to the Class S Championship, Rocky Hill running back Joe Catania was in fine form in the season opener, running for 170 yards to lead his team to a 35-6 win over Northwest Catholic. LW: 9. TW: at Bloomfield Friday.

8. BLOOMFIELD (1-0): The young and hungry Warhawks handled their business against Plainville (18-13) to set up a big CCC Division III West game with Rocky Hill this week. LW: 10. TW: Rocky Hill Friday.

9. HAND-MADISON (1-0): First-year coach Dave Mastroianni and his Tigers beat 2016 Class M champion Hillhouse 34-16 to kick things off last week. LW: not rated. TW: at Shelton.

10. BRISTOL CENTRAL (1-0): The Rams' offense looked sharp in a 26-6 victory over Hartford Public, but will get a big test against Windsor this week. LW: not rated. TW: Windsor Friday.

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