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A look around Connecticut for high school football updates on this Thanksgiving. You can click on each of the links above to be taken to a specific group of updates. Pete Paguaga, Sean Patrick Bowley and Mike Fornabaio contributed to this post.

FCIAC

Darien-New Canaan

— Darien takes 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal. 4:56 left 1st quarter. 

— You can watch a live feed here as well.

— A good story here from Dave Stewart on the Silvestri family involvement in the Turkey Bowl. Son Chris is defensive coordinator, father John defensive line coach.

— Darien can clinch a Class L playoff spot with a victory. New Canaan is already in the Class L field and could get a home game if other results fall the right way. New Canaan has won four in a row. 

Greenwich-Staples

— Greenwich already has a Class LL home game secured and can guarantee itself a potential semifinal home game with a win. With a win, Staples gives itself a shot at a LL home game; a loss could, if the points shake out, set up a rematch. Greenwich has won five straight.

Ludlowe-Warde

— Fairfield Warde has already clinched a .500 season for the first time since 2019 and has a chance to clinch a season above .500 for the first time since 2014. The winner gets the Gallagher/Banyas Trophy. Ludlowe has won two straight. 

McMahon-Norwalk

— Norwalk has won seven straight in the series and the winner gets the Sam Testa Trophy. 

Stamford-Westhill

— Stamford has won four in a row in the series and the winner gets the Frank Robotti Trophy. 

St. Joseph-Trumbull

— Riley Jordan will play for St. Joseph today.

— St. Joseph has already qualified and already is hosting a playoff game in Class L, now it’s looking at the top seed with a victory. Trumbull has a chance to host a Class LL playoff game with a win, depending on other scores. St. Joseph has won four in a row.

SCC

Branford-East Haven

— Cole Snider 5 yard TD run Branford 14-0 #cthsfb

— Branford takes an early 7-0 lead on @EHavenAthletics with a Jermaine Smalls touchdown run. 7:33 left in Q1

— Branford has won the last four meetings. Branford is fighting for one of the final two playoff spots in Class M. At least as the week begins, the Hornets are not mathematically in with a win, and they’re not mathematically out with a loss. Not surprisingly, a win makes it easier.  

Foran-Law

Since this rivalry began in the 1970s, never have the two teams brough such gaudy records into the matchp. But unlike that classic, 2017 encounter, won by Law, playoffs are not on the line. This year marks the first time both Law and Foran have reached the postseason. Seedings on the line for their respective divisions. Law can clinch at least one Class M home game with a win. Foran will get a home game and possibly the No. 1 seed in Class SS with a win. Joe Morelli breaks down what it means to the town of Milford to have both teams in the CIAC playoffs.

Green Bowl: Hamden-Notre Dame West Haven

Hamden will wear green jerseys Thursday since it defeated NDWH last year for the first time in 14 tries on its way to a playoff berth in Class LL. The Dragons have already qualified this time, and can nab a home game with a victory. Notre Dame-West Haven can get a possible home game in Class M with a win. This is the 71st playing of the Green Bowl.

Hillhouse-Cross

The Elm City Bowl championship is on the line. It will be the final game for Hillhouse coach Reggie Lytle who announced he is stepping down at the end of the season. Hillhouse has won the last three meetings. 

Lyman Hall-Sheehan

Sheehan has won nine straight in this series. But Lyman Hall still leads the Carini Bowl 26-23.

NVL

Ansonia-Naugatuck

— Stone rolls right, has Gendron wide open. Naugatuck leads Ansonia 7-0, 5m left 1st #cthsfb

— Both teams are already in the playoffs: Ansonia is the No. 1 seed in S; Naugy can get a home game and — possibly — the top seed in Class L with a win and a St. Joseph loss. Otherwise, this is for a the NVL D1 title.

Derby-Oxford

‘The Boot’ is the prize in this new Valley Thanksgiving matchup for both schools, but especially Derby, whose 109-year run as Shelton’s opponent ended last year. Mike Fornabaio has a nice story here on how this rivalry started and the history behind the boot, which goes back to colonial times.

Gilbert/NW/Housy-St. Paul 

GNH, which has already clinched the NVL Division II title in its inaugural season in the league, will reach the Class SS playoffs with victory in this new Thanksgiving game. A loss and it’s in big trouble unless somebody else loses.

Torrington-Watertown

Teams Battle for the Helmet in this 60-game series.

Holy Cross-Wolcott

Holy Cross has clinched at least one home game in the Class S playoffs. With a win and the right points, it will be the second seed. 

Crosby-Kennedy

A win for Crosby would give the program its most wins in season (6) since it went 9-2 in 2008.

Others

Cheshire-Southington

—  Southington takes the opening kick and uses heavy dozes of Lincoln Cardillo, who scores from 4yds out. His XP goes into the line.  Southington 6, Cheshire 0 6 left 1st #cthsfb

— Southington has won nine straight since Cheshire’s last win was 2011. Southington’s playoff spot is secure, and it clinches at least one Class LL home game with a win. Cheshire’s situation is more dire. They must win or likely get bumped from the Class L playoffs (unless the other L contenders lose).

Central-Harding

It is the 100th meeting between the programs on Thanksgiving. Harding has won the last seven meetings, but Bridgeport Central won the 10 meetings before that. Do yourself a favor and read Chris Elsberry’s look back on the first 99 games. A really good read.

Westerly (RI)-Stonington

Westerly made a run to the Division II semifinals in Rhode Island, losing to St. Raphael Academy, 19-7. The Bulldogs have won four straight in the series since 2016. This is the 162nd meeting of the border teams.

Plainfield-Griswold/Wheeler

Plainfield won last year for just the second time in the series’ 18-game history.

Bacon Academy-RHAM

— RHAM 13-0 about 8 minutes left 1st qtr

— RHAM 6, Bacon 0 9:50 left 1st qtr

— RHAM is already qualified for a Class M playoff berth, the school’s first in football, and is playing for seeding. A decided underdog, Bacon is playing for the upset and a 2-win season.

Weaver-Hartford Public

After a six-season absence this rivalry is back for the 92nd Turkey Game. Hartford Public has won six straight, with Weaver’s last win coming in 2008. Hartford Public is in good shape for a Class M playoff spot with a win, though it starts the week needing some additional help to clinch it.

Pequot

Rockville-Ellington

— Rockville 6, Ellington 0, midway through 1st Q

— At 7-2, Rockville is a Class M playoff team and will finish somewhere from second to fifth. At 7-2, Ellington is not a Class SS playoff team and will need, not just a victory here, but at least two of the teams ahead of it to lose. The Knights will know at kickoff if it’s a realistic hope.

SWC

Bunnell-Stratford

— Michael Trovarelli with the 34 yard TD reception for Bunnell. Kick blocked, 6-0 Bulldogs over Stratford. #cthsfb

— Bunnell’s Michael Trovarelli is just 159 yards away from rushing for 2,000 yards on the season. Stratford won last year, breaking a four game losing streak. The Manning E. Harvey Trophy is on the line.

CCC

Maloney-Platt

Maloney is looking at a Class L home game with a victory and a little help. Platt clinches a Class MM playoff spot with a win and would need an awful lot to go its way to qualify with a loss. 

Bristol Central-Bristol Eastern

Teams play for The Battle of the Bell, which has been won five straight times by Bristol Central. This is the 63rd game in the series.

 

ECC

Killingly-Woodstock Academy

Killingly’s playoff spot is clinched, but a win secures at least one Class MM home game. 

New London-Norwich Free Academy

NFA has won three in a row in the longest Thanksgiving rivalry game. This is the 160th meeting of the two programs.

Waterford-East Lyme

A six-win season for Waterford or a .500 season for East Lyme. East Lyme is in decent shape for a Class S playoff spot with a win, and at least as the week began wasn’t mathematically out with a loss. 

Ledyard-Fitch

Colonel Ledyard’s Sword goes to the victor. Ledyard still needs to win the game to qualify in Class S, or sombebody else in theClass SS race below will need to chip in by losing, too.

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