Thanksgiving Week provided the 2017 high school football season with plenty of drama. Consider that four teams in the state top 10 lost holiday games, sending the rankings into a big reshuffling before the playoffs kick off on Tuesday night.
The big story was New Canaan ending Darien's winning streak to secure the last spot in the Class L playoff. Greenwich moves into the No. 1 spot after knocking off Staples. New Canaan moves to No. 6. Darien drops just one spot. The Blue Wave are still talented and now have time to prepare for the possibility of starting QB Jack Joyce and WR/DB Brian Minicus missing Tuesday's quarterfinal.
Middletown moves to No. 5 after knocking off Windsor. Ansonia leap frogs Shelton into third with a win over undefeated Naugatuck while Windsor and West Haven both drop. Masuk's loss to Newtown combined with Hand's dominant win over Guilford has the Tigers moving into the 10th spot and the Panthers dropping out.
1. GREENWICH (10-0): The Cardinals handled their business on Thanksgiving, defeating Staples-Westport, 31-14, behind another strong performance from Tysen Comizio. LW: 3. TW: Fairfield Prep Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
2. DARIEN (9-1): The run ended for the Blue Wave on Thanksgiving. Absent three starters, Darien was shut out by a desperate New Canaan team 27-0 to halt a 34-game winning streak. LW: 1. TW: East Hartford Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
3. ANSONIA (10-0): Ansonia was challenged in the first half but Markell Dobbs' 403 yards and six touchdowns led the way to a 46-28 win over Naugatuck. LW: 5. TW: Seymour Tuesday, Class S quarterfinal.
4. SHELTON (9-1): The Gaels rolled in their annual Thanksgiving game against Derby, 49-8. Jack Carr, Jake Roberts and the Shelton defense now look to a rematch with West Haven. LW: 4. TW: West Haven Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
5. MIDDLETOWN (10-0): The Blue Dragon defense looked dominant in a 24-7 win over Windsor, allowing no touchdowns and just 79 yards of offense. LW: 9. TW: New Canaan Tuesday, Class L quarterfinal.
6. NEW CANAAN (8-2): The Rams needed a win to play into December, and they got it against No. 1 Darien, 27-0, to earn a 13th straight playoff appearance. LW: 10. TW: at Middletown Tuesday, Class L quarterfinal.
7. ST. JOSEPH-TRUMBULL (9-1): The Cadets steamrolled city rival Trumbull 65-6 (they led 51-0 at halftime) to avenge the upset loss on Thanksgiving from last season. LW: 8. TW: O'Brien Tech Tuesday, Class S quarterfinal.
8. WINDSOR (9-1): The Warriors' young offense made a lot of mistakes in a 24-7 loss to Middletown, but the defense played better than the score indicated. LW: 2. TW: Maloney Tuesday, Class L quarterfinal.
9. WEST HAVEN (8-2): The Westies powerful rushing attack was held in check by a desperate Fairfield Prep team as the Blue Devils lost, 21-14. LW: 7. TW: at Shelton Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
10. HAND-MADISON (9-1): The Tigers rolled over Guilford in the final regular season game and earned the No. 2 seed in Class L. LW: NR: TW: North Haven Tuesday, Class L quarterfinal.
1. MIDDLETOWN LW: 2.
2. WINDSOR LW: 1.
3. HAND-MADISON LW: 6.
4. SOUTH WINDSOR (9-1): The Bobcats handled Enfield on Thanksgiving Eve, 44-22, to help secure the No. 4 seed and a Class LL home playoff game. LW: 3. TW: Naugatuck Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
5. EAST HARTFORD (9-1): The Hornets had all they could handle in Jevin Frett and Manchester but they got the win, 26-25, to secure their Class LL playoff spot and a date with Darien. LW: 4. TW: at Darien Tuesday, Class LL quarterfinal.
6. SOUTHINGTON (8-2): The Blue Knights topped Cheshire in the Apple Valley Classic, 30-22. It wasn't enough, though, as Fairfield Prep's win over West Haven ended Southington's season. LW: 5. TW: Season over.
7. ROCKY HILL (10-0): The Terriers ended Cromwell/Portland's playoff hopes with a 35-7 victory in the annual rivalry game, securing an undefeated season. LW: 7. TW: Valley Regional/Old Lyme Tuesday, Class S quarterfinal.
8. MALONEY-MERIDEN (9-1): The Spartans were knocked from playoff contention by Platt in last year's Stoddard Bowl. They avenged it this year in a 27-21 win. LW: 8. TW: at Windsor Tuesday, Class L quarterfinal.
9. BERLIN (8-2): Berlin has had some extra time to get healthy and fix the issues that saw them get walloped by New Britain in their final game on Nov. 18. LW: 10. TW: Watertown Tuesday, Class M quarterfinal.
10. COVENTRY/WINDHAM TECH/BOLTON/LYMAN MEMORIAL (10-0): It was an improbable season for the Patriots, who went undefeated and claimed a Pequot title for the first time in program history. Up next: a home playoff game. LW: NR. TW: SMSA/University/Classical Tuesday, Class M quarterfinal.
The Courant's final state and area high school football ratings will appear on Dec. 11.