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High School Football: The Top Games To Watch This Season

Shawn McFarland
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This upcoming high school football season has it all.

You want playoff rematches? Windsor and Maloney have you covered Week 1. How about some firepower? Berlin and Bloomfield have that. What about talent-laden, upstart co-op teams going head-to-head? Just wait until you see Week 4.

All of that is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s what the high school football landscape has to offer this fall:

Glastonbury at Southington, Friday, 7 p.m: In one of the area’s top rivalries, the Blue Knights will be ready to welcome the Tomahawks to Southington in this Week 1 Class LL matchup.

Windsor at Maloney, Friday, 6:30 p.m: In a rematch of the Class L quarterfinals from last season, Maloney will be looking to avenge a season-ending 36-0 loss to the Warriors. Windsor won both games against Maloney last season.

Bloomfield at Rocky Hill, Sept. 14, 7 p.m: Rocky Hill will be looking to pick up the momentum of an 11-1 season. An early season game against Bloomfield will be a test.

SMSA/Classical/University at Stafford/Somers/East Windsor, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m: The area’s top co-op programs go head-to-head in Week 4. This game features two of the state’s top quarterbacks in Devin Hill and Colton Engel, and could be as close as last year’s 31-26 Stafford/Somers/East Windsor win.

Fairfield Prep at Sheehan, Sept. 28, 7 p.m: Sheehan’s prolific offense will battle a traditionally strong Fairfield Prep squad. Fairfield Prep beat Sheehan last year 38-21, but Sheehan is returning much of last season’s starting unit.

Tolland at Northwest Catholic, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m: This game pits a pair of first-year head coaches against each other, as Mike Lenz (Northwest Catholic) and Scott Cady (Tolland) face off in Week 5.

Southington at East Hartford, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m: Two of the top area teams in Class LL clash at midseason. Last fall, the Hornets edged the Blue Knights, 27-20.

E. O. Smith at Platt, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m: Two of the region’s top running backs face off in Week 7 as Ethan Dudley (Platt) and Kobe Stigler (E.O. Smith) will look to carry their teams. Both backs eclipsed 100 yards when the two squads played last year.

Berlin at Bloomfield, Nov. 2, 7 p.m: Offense, offense, then some more offense. That’s what you’ll see when the Warhawks host the Redcoats in November. Both squads are bringing back their starting quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, but also have some standouts on defense as well. Last year, Berlin defeated Bloomfield 23-14.

Hand at Cheshire, Nov. 2, 7 p.m: The Tigers’ Class L title defense continues as they face a traditionally strong Rams squad on the road. Last year, Hand bested Cheshire 20-12.

South Windsor at Southington, Nov. 9, 7 p.m: South Windsor eliminated Southington from playoff contention last year in a 30-27 overtime thriller in Week 9. The Blue Knights will be looking to avoid the same fate.

Greenwich at Xavier, Nov. 15, 7 p.m: One of the state’s top teams will travel to Xavier and face the Falcons, who will be anchored by a strong front seven on defense as head coach Andy Guyon will look to replace quarterback Will Levis, now at Penn State.

New Britain at Berlin, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m: Not many teams got the best of Berlin last season — New Britain was one of them. The Golden Hurricanes beat the Redcoats 51-6, and Berlin will certainly have revenge in mind.

Windsor at Middletown, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m: Middletown will rely heavy on its run game this season, while Windsor is returning quarterback Julian Jackson. Tournament stakes could be on the line by the time this game rolls around, and we could see the best of the best from both squads.

Platt at Maloney, Nov. 22, 10:30 p.m: Last year’s Stoddard Bowl was a one-score win for Maloney. Both teams are bringing back talent, and could be in line for another exciting Thanksgiving Day matchup.

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