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There have been few early season weeks — probably none — with a more delicious set of state high school football games than this one.
Week 3. 2022.
This is the week the Connecticut High School Football Alliance puts a permanent stamp on the scheduling of the sport in our state.
“We’ve been doing this for five years,” said SCC commissioner Al Carbone, one of the Alliance founding fathers. “And I’ve never seen a week more significant.”
It also is the week when a resounding message must be sent to those few remaining conferences that haven’t joined the Alliance: Join for next season or continue tainting, even ruining, the CIAC formula for qualifying for the state playoffs.
What makes this week special?
The first reason is the planning that went into matching opponents of equal strength for an entertaining interconference schedule where 42 of the 68 total CIAC games are played within the Alliance.
The second reason is we don’t have anything close to a firm grip on who the top team in the state is. Heck, we don’t have anything close to a firm grip on what the Top 10 teams in the GameTimeCT poll should look like. This week will give us a better handle on who is who and what is what.
There are a half-dozen gold star games.