Three Connecticut high school football leagues have announced a two-year scheduling partnership that will involve 39 total teams and at least 80 games over the next two seasons (2017 and 2018).
Twenty-two teams from the Southern Connecticut Conference, including league newcomers Harding and Bassick, along with 12 from the South-West Conference and five from the Eastern Connecticut Conference have agreed to a scheduling partnership that will begin in 2017.
A majority of the matchups will take place in weeks two (Sept. 15-16) and six (Oct. 20-21) of the 2017 season. There will also be games held in weeks four (Oct. 5-6) and 11 (Nov. 16-17).
Representatives from each of the leagues met several times over the past few months to develop the matchups, which were based on class size, school enrollment and recent program success. One of the unique features of the partnership is that participating teams could see as many as four different opponents during the two-year cycle. Matchups for the 2018 season will be determined at a later date.
“Non-league games offer a bit of excitement and intrigue during a football season,” said Al Carbone, Commissioner of the Southern Connecticut Conference. “The SCC is very pleased to be part of this partnership, and believes it will be a model that can unify future football scheduling in the state.”
“The South-West Conference is excited and proud to partner with the ECC and SCC in scheduling non-league football games for the 2017 and 2018 seasons,” said Dave Johnson, Commissioner of the South-West Conference. “This scheduling affiliation will be good for high school football because it creates more equitable and competitive games for large, medium and small schools and should generate more fan interest and excitement.”
“We worked for the best interest of all of the leagues, and it was a nice process that came together well,” Eastern Connecticut Conference Commissioner Gary Makowicki said. “Our teams are able to now see different opponents, and judging by the criteria we used, the games should be competitive.”
Schedule of Games in 2017 Season
Week 2 (19 games)
Newtown at Xavier, Daniel Hand at Shelton, Cheshire at Norwich Free Academy, Amity Regional at Fairfield Prep, Hillhouse at New Milford, West Haven at Wilbur Cross, Hamden at Pomperaug, North Haven at Harding, New London at Masuk, Notre Dame-West Haven at Fitch, Joel Barlow at Bassick, Stratford at East Lyme, Foran at Brookfield, Branford at New Fairfield, Ledyard at Creed/Career/Whitney Tech, Bethel at Jonathan Law, Weston at Sheehan, East Haven at Bunnell, Notre Dame-Fairfield at Lyman Hall
Week 4 (1 game)
Ledyard at Notre Dame-Fairfield
Week 6 (19 games)
Shelton at Newtown, Xavier at Notre Dame-West Haven, Norwich Free Academy at West Haven, Fairfield Prep at New London, Wilbur Cross at Cheshire, Masuk at Amity Regional, New Milford at Hamden, Pomperaug at North Haven, Bunnell at Daniel Hand, Harding at Stratford, East Lyme at Joel Barlow, Fitch at Branford, Brookfield at Guilford, Bassick at Ledyard, New Fairfield at Hillhouse, Sheehan at Foran, Creed/Career/Whitney Tech at Weston, Lyman Hall at Bethel, Jonathan Law at East Haven
Week 11 (1 game)
Guilford at East Lyme