The GameTimeCT Top 10 Football Poll (Week 6): Bye weeks mean static rankings except at the bottom

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Holy Cross' Drew Caouette breaks a tackle during a football game between Holy Cross and Naugatuck at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

Holy Cross' Drew Caouette breaks a tackle during a football game between Holy Cross and Naugatuck at Municipal Stadium, Waterbury on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

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After a light Week 5 schedule in CIAC football, the GameTimeCT Top 10 Poll remained intact from No. 1 Southington to No. 10 Cheshire.

The action was below that.

Naugatuck a week ago was nipping at Cheshire’s heels. Then Holy Cross defeated the Greyhounds in a 21-19 classic on Thursday night. That lifted the Crusaders from poll obscurity into the top 20 and dropped Naugatuck down to their former neighborhood. The points shakeout gave Hamden a boost into 11th.

But this is the Top 10 Poll, right? Southington, one of only three top-10 teams to play, remained on top after a 40-20 win over East Hartford. Standout receiver Evan Anderson, the Record Journal reported, lost his father the day before. He scored the Blue Knights’ first two touchdowns.

Idle New Canaan remained behind them in second, retaining their five first-place votes to the the Blue Knights’ 16.

Maloney was third after rallying back to beat winless Newington, with Killingly, again drawing three first-place votes, not far behind.

Greenwich again narrowly held off St. Joseph for fifth place. That will resolve itself as the two schools meet Friday night at Cardinals Stadium. West Haven was seventh, and Ansonia, which handled Wolcott, remained eighth. Shelton and Cheshire round out the top 10.

Most teams who played this past weekend have Week 6 off, including all three top-10 teams who played. The other seven return to action this week.

GameTimeCT Top 10 Football Poll (Week 6)

TEAM
REC
PTS
LAST
CLASS

1. SOUTHINGTON (16)

5-0
692
1
LL
Last Week: def. East Hartford 40-20.
This Week: Idle (Next: Oct. 21 vs. Windsor, 6:30 p.m.)
The Bottom Line: After a tough and emotional victory, the Blue Knights get a week off before an interesting matchup.

2. NEW CANAAN (5)

5-0
658
2
L
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Saturday vs. Norwalk, 2 p.m.
The Bottom Line: After a winless opponent this week, the Rams face Wilton and St. Joseph, who are a combined 9-0, the next two weeks.

3. MALONEY

5-0
572
3
L
Last Week: def. Newington 28-23.
This Week: (Next: Oct. 21 at Bristol Central, 6 p.m.)
The Bottom Line: After a tough, come-from-behind victory, the Spartans get a week off.

4. KILLINGLY (3)

5-0
566
4
MM
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Friday vs. Windham, 6:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: One of the other two unbeaten ECC teams pays a visit on Friday coming out of the bye.

5. GREENWICH

3-1
514
5
LL
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Friday vs. St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Cardinals’ next three weeks are St. Joe’s, Trumbull and at Darien.

6. ST. JOSEPH

4-0
502
6
LL
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Friday at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Hogs’ next three weeks are at Greenwich, Ridgefield and at New Canaan.

7. WEST HAVEN

4-0
422
7
LL
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Friday at Wilbur Cross, 6 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Westies haven’t had a 5-0 start since 2017. That was the fourth time it’d happened that decade.

8. ANSONIA

5-0
331
8
S
Last Week: def. Wolcott 44-6.
This Week: Idle (Next: Oct. 21 at Holy Cross (Municipal Stadium), 6:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Chargers haven’t *not* started a season 5-0 since way back in 2009, which is also the last time they finished the regular season with more than one loss.

9. SHELTON

3-1
305
9
L
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Friday vs. Norwich Free Academy, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Someday, the memory of the 2019 LL playoff standings will exist only in tales passed down from Gaels class to Gaels class. But that day is not today.

10. CHESHIRE

4-0
281
10
L
Last Week: Idle.
This Week: Idle. (Next: Oct. 14 at Fairfield Prep, 6 p.m.)
The Bottom Line: Even at 1-3 the Jesuits look like Cheshire’s best test yet.