High School Football: State Top 10 Holds; Maloney Joins Area

The state top 10 once again remains unchanged, as the eight teams in action all earned victories on Week 4, while Masuk-Monroe and Ridgefield enjoyed bye weeks. Things should change next week when West Haven heads to Cheshire for a pivotal matchup.

Ansonia made history this week when it secured the program's record 800th victory, the first team in the state to reach that mark. The next team with their eyes on that number? New Britain, who currently stands with 761 victories, the only other team to break the 700 win total.

In the area ratings, Platt-Meriden drops out of the top-10 after a 17-7 loss to Wethersfield that gave the Eagles their first win of the season. City rival Maloney jumps into the top 10, after a 34-7 win over Bristol Central put the Spartans in the top spot in the CCC Division II West.

STATE

1. DARIEN (4-0): The state's top team cruised again in a 53-7 win at Stamford on Friday, pushing their streak to 29 straight wins. Last Week's rating: 1. This week's opponent: Bye, at Staples-Westport Oct. 13.

2. SOUTHINGTON (4-0): The Blue Knights pushed their regular season win streak to 39 with a 49-13 win over Conard-West Hartford, behind a 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Tanner LaRosa. LW: 2. TW: at Hall Friday.

3. WINDSOR (4-0): The young Warriors squad overcame some first half mistakes to top E.O. Smith, 28-21, as the defense held the Panthers scoreless and Tomasz Johnson scored twice in the second half. LW: 3. TW: Platt Friday.

4. ST. JOSEPH-TRUMBULL (3-1): St. Joe's rebounded from their loss to Darien with a 41-21 Monday night win on the road at Wilton. LW: 4. TW: Bye, Ridgefield Oct. 14.

5. NEW CANAAN (3-1): The Rams scored the first four touchdowns with four different players to open their 49-7 win over then-undefeated Westhill. LW: 5. TW: Bye, at Greenwich Oct. 14.

6. ANSONIA (4-0): Ansonia notched the program's 800th victory with a 62-6 defeat of Torrington, the first Connecticut program to reach that milestone. LW: 6. TW: At Kennedy-Waterbury Thursday.

7. CHESHIRE (3-1): Will Graikoski, filling in for injured starter Jack Raba, threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a third as Cheshire topped Law-Milford, 38-7. LW: 7. TW: West Haven Friday.

8. MASUK-MONROE (3-0): The Panthers enjoyed a bye week after their 36-13 win over Barlow-Redding but have a hot Notre Dame-Fairfield team coming to visit. LW: Off. TW: Notre Dame-Fairfield Friday.

9. WEST HAVEN (4-0): The Blue Devils rolled at home, 48-0, over Basssick-Bridgeport, setting up a big game against SCC Tier 1 rival Cheshire. LW: 9. TW: at Cheshire Friday.

10. RIDGEFIELD (2-1): The Tigers had a bye week after back-to-back wins and will look to go on the road and hand Staples their first loss of the season. LW: Off. TW: at Staples-Wesport Friday. 

AREA

1. SOUTHINGTON

2. WINDSOR

3. CHESHIRE

4. MIDDLETOWN (4-0): The Middletown defense held Farmington scoreless in a 41-0 win, led by Xzavier Reyes' 88 yards and two touchdowns on offense. LW: 4. TW: Bristol Central Friday.

5. ROCKY HILL (4-0): The Terrier rushing attack exploded for a second straight week behind Joe Catania's 202 rushing yards and four total touchdowns to top Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver, 49-0. LW: 6. TW:

6. SOUTH WINDSOR (4-0): The Bobcats used 35 second half points behind four Julian Ibes rushing touchdowns to comeback against a game Simsbury team, 42-31, at Rentschler Field. LW: 7. TW: at Newington Friday.

7. BERLIN (4-0): Berlin keeps winning despite its youth, topping a scrappy RHAM team 21-14 as Kevin Dunn went 13-for-20 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. LW: 8. TW: at Plainville Friday.

8. XAVIER-MIDDLETOWN (2-2): Will Levis passed for 347 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth as Xavier topped East Haven, 56-3, as the defense allowed just 16 total yards. LW: 9. TW: at Fairfield Prep Friday.

9. HAND-MADISON (3-1): Delvantae Hutton ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tigers top Harding-Bridgeport, 37-6, setting up a key match against Foran (3-1). LW: 10. TW: Foran Friday.

10. MALONEY-MERIDEN (3-1): Larue Graham passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as Maloney topped Bristol Central, 34-7, to move into first in the CCC Div. II West. LW: NR. TW: E.O. Smith Friday.

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