Darien leads the Turkey Bowl early

Check out Connecticut for high school football updates this Thanksgiving. You can click any of the links above to go to a specific set of updates. Pete Paguaga, Sean Patrick Bowley, and Mike Fornabaio contributed to this post.


Darien New Canaan

— Darien leads 3-0 after the first quarter.

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

— You can also view a live feed here.

— Here’s a good story from Dave Stewart about the Silvestri family’s involvement in the Turkey Bowl. Son Chris is defensive coordinator, father John defensive line coach.

— Darien can secure a Tier L playoff spot with a win. Already in the Class L field, New Canaan could get a home game if other results fall in the right direction. New Canaan has won four times in a row.

Greenwich staples

– Greenwich have already secured an LL home game and a win could secure a potential home game in the semi-finals. A win gives Staples a shot at an LL home game; A loss could trigger a rematch if the points get out of hand. Greenwich has won five times in a row.

Ludlowe Warde

– Fairfield Warde has already won a .500 season for the first time since 2019 and has a chance to win a .500 season for the first time since 2014. The winner receives the Gallagher/Banyas Trophy. Ludlowe has won twice in a row.


— Norwalk has won seven consecutive times in the series, and the winner receives the Sam Testa Trophy.


– Stamford has won four times 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 has one playoff game in the L division, now it faces the top seed with a win. Trumbull has a chance to host a Class LL playoff game with a win, pending other outcomes. St. Joseph has won four times in a row.


Branford East Haven

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

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

— Branford has won the last four meetings. Branford is fighting for one of the last two playoff spots in the M division. At least as the week begins, the Hornets are mathematically under-win, and they’re not mathematically out-of-loss. No wonder winning makes it easier.

Foran law

Since this rivalry began in the 1970s, the two teams have never brought such colorful records into a match. But unlike this 2017 classic, which Law won, the playoffs are not at stake. This year marks the first time both Law and Foran have reached the postseason. Seedings on the line for their respective divisions. Law can win at least one Class M home game with a win. Foran will be a home game and possibly number 1 in the SS class with a win. Joe Morelli explains what it means for the City of Milford to have both teams in the CIAC Playoffs.

Green Shell: Hamden-Notre Dame West Haven

Hamden will wear green jerseys on Thursday as he defeated NDWH for the first time in 14 tries en route to a playoff berth in the LL division last year. The Dragons have already qualified this time and can win a home game. Notre Dame-West Haven can get a possible home game in the M class with a win. This is the 71st game of the Green Bowl.

Hillhouse Cross

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

Lyman Hall-Sheehan

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


Ansonia Naugatuck

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

— Both teams are already in the playoffs: Ansonia is No. 1 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 an NVL D1 title.

Derby Oxford

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

Gilbert/NW/Housy-St. Paul

GNH, who already won the NVL Division II title in their inaugural season in the league, will advance to the Class SS playoffs with a win in this new Thanksgiving game. One loss and it’s in big trouble unless someone else loses.


Teams compete for the helmet in this 60-game series.

Holy Cross Wolcott

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

Crosby Kennedy

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



— End 1: Southington 6, Cheshire 0

— Southington takes the opening thrust, using heavy hitting from Lincoln Cardillo, who hits from 4 yards. His XP goes in the line. Southington 6, Cheshire 0 6 left 1. #cthsfb

– Southington has had nine straight wins since Cheshire’s last win in 2011. Southington’s place in the playoffs is secure, securing at least one LL home game with a win. Cheshire’s situation is worse. They must win or they will likely be knocked out of the L-tier 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 has won the 10 meetings before that. Do yourself a favor and read Chris Elsberry’s recap of the first 99 games. A really good read.

West (RI)-Stonington

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


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

Bacon Academy-RHAM

— RHAM 13-0 about 8 minutes left in the 1st quarter

— RHAM 6, Bacon 0 9:50 left 1st quarter

– RHAM is already qualified for a berth in the M-class playoffs, the school’s first in football, and is playing for the seed. A staunch underdog, Bacon is playing for the excitement and a two-win season.

Weaver-Hartford Public

After a six-year absence, this rivalry is back for Turkey’s 92nd game. Hartford Public has won six straight seasons, with Weaver’s most recent win dating back to 2008. Hartford Public is in good shape for a place in the Class M playoffs with a win, although they need extra help earlier in the week to finish to make it



— Rockville 6, Ellington 0, mid Q1

— At 7-2, Rockville is a Grade M playoff team and will finish somewhere in second through fifth place. At 7-2, Ellington is not an SS playoff team and needs not just a win here but at least two of the teams before it to lose. The Knights will know at kick-off if it’s a realistic hope.


Bunnell Stratford

— Michael Trovarelli with the 34-yard TD reception for Bunnell. Kick blocked, Bulldogs 6-0 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 at stake.


Maloney Platt

Maloney looks forward to a Class L home game with a win and some help. Platt secures a place in the MM playoffs with a win and would need a lot to qualify with a loss.

Bristol Central-Bristol Eastern

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


Killingly-Woodstock Academy

Killingly’s place in the playoffs is secured, but a win secures at least one class MM home game.

New Free Academy London-Norwich

— End 1 NFA 6, New London 0

– The NFA has won three straight games in the longest Thanksgiving rivalry game. This is the 160th meeting of the two programs.

Waterford-East Lyme

— Waterford 8, East Lyme 7. 1:15 1Q..

– A six-win season for Waterford or a 500 season for East Lyme. East Lyme are in decent form for a place in the S-level playoffs with a win and, mathematically speaking, at least at the start of the week, it wasn’t over with a loss.

Ledyard Fitch

Colonel Ledyard’s sword goes to the victor. Ledyard still needs to win the game to qualify for Class S, or someone else in the Class SS race below also needs to come up by losing.


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