Meet the Panthers, Patriots, Bengals and Broncos of the CIAC.
Those for are the only undefeated teams left in the NFL, and on the Connecticut high school gridirons, ten schools have joined them in flawless football seasons.
-Shelton hosts Daniel Hand on Friday night, which also started the season unbeaten through five games before falling to Notre Dame-West Haven and Xavier. The Gaels remain the top-ranked team in Class LL, just edging out Southington.
-Southington. Speaking of the two-time defending LL champion Blue Knights (not sure how they aren’t No. 1 after back-to-back titles), they host East Hartford (5-2) on Friday. The Hornets have a close loss to Conard (23-20) and a blowout at the hands of Glastonbury (49-8) on their resume.
-Newtown is unbeaten again, and this week the Nighthawks welcome New Milford to the former Bruce Jenner Stadium (now Blue and Gold Stadium). New Milford is coming off of back-to-back big wins, including an impressive 47-26 victory at Bethel.
-Darien hosts Fairfield Warde (why is every single unbeaten team home this week?!) on Friday. Seems like the Blue Wave are always undefeated until they face New Canaan on Thanksgiving. The Rams have gotten the best of the Wave in recent times, though.
-New Canaan is also unbeaten and also playing at home (this is getting crazy) this week against Trumbull.
-North Haven has been the class of the SCC D-2 East in recent years, and that’s the case again this year as the Indians have used their trickeration, cameraman-fooling rush offense to get off to a 7-0 start. They’ll host (gee, what a surprise) Lyman Hall this week.
-Harding is without a doubt the most surprising unbeaten left in Connecticut, as the Presidents finished 4-6 last season. Ballyhooed head coach Jack Cochran is gone, but Harding has rebuilt without him. The 7-0 Presidents host Bullard Havens Tech (because of course they do) on Friday.
-Windsor goes on the road (hey!!!!!) to take on the South Windsor Bobcats this week. Not stunning that the Warriors are unbeaten, as Windsor has been one of the top teams in the state for a long time.
-Ansonia hosts St. Paul of Bristol as it looks to run its record to 8-0 on Friday.
-Granby will host Nonnewaug in a big Pequot matchup on Friday. The 5-2 Chiefs have played well so far this season, but it’ll probably be tough sledding against the Bears, who have mauled opponents by scores of 42-6, 52-6, 41-0 and 42-0 this season. They won at Morgan 49-41 last week, which is especially impressive.