Connecticut High School Football Alliance announces 2019 schedule
Eighty-four teams representing five Connecticut high school football leagues will participate in the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, scheduling a total of 99 games in the 2019 season.
This is the third year the Alliance has scheduled football games.
In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the SCC, SWC and ECC scheduled a total 80 games.
Twenty-one teams from the Southern Connecticut Conference, along with 12 from the South-West Conference and seven from the Eastern Connecticut will participate.
For 2019, the Central Connecticut Conference (32 teams) and the FCIAC (12 teams) have joined the Alliance.
A majority of the Alliance matchups will take place in week two (Sept. 20), three (Sept. 27), six (Oct. 18) and seven (Oct. 25) of the 2019 season. There will also be games held in weeks one (Sept. 13), five (Oct. 11), eight (Nov. 1) and 11 (Nov. 22).
Representatives from each of the leagues met several times over the past few months to develop the schedule and matchups, which were based on such factors as classification, school enrollment and recent program success.
“Non-league games offer a bit of excitement and intrigue during a football season, especially with the focus on getting to the state playoffs,” SCC Commissioner Al Carbone said. “The SCC is pleased to be part of this partnership, and believes the Alliance is a critical step in getting towards true statewide football scheduling.”
FCIAC Commissioner Dave Schulz said: “The FCIAC is looking forward to the opportunity to compete against out of league opponents during the upcoming 2019 football season.”
SWC Commissioner Dave Johnson said: "The SWC is proud to partner for a third season with the SCC and ECC and for the first time with the CCC and FCIAC in out-of-league football scheduling. Scheduling out-of-league games creates more competitive games for both large and small schools and generates more interest in high school games. This is good for high school football fans and most important, good for the students who play high school football in Connecticut.”
ECC Commissioner Gary Makowicki said: “The Connecticut High School Football Alliance has been extremely helpful in filling schedules for the Eastern Connecticut Conference. Some of our schools needed to find five games outside of the league generated schedule. Filling the schedules for these schools would not have been possible without the scheduling alliance. The games that were created through the efforts of the league representatives of the alliance are appropriate and competitive. The Eastern Connecticut Conference is appreciative for all that participated in the scheduling alliance.”
CCC Commissioner Dan Scavone said: “The Central Connecticut Conference is excited to take part in this concerted effort for its first year. The criteria used to schedule these out of league opponents, should certainly produce highly competitive games for all our member schools, while adding the opportunity to potentially develop new rivalries with schools in other leagues.
Alliance 2019 schedule
Week 1 (Sept. 13) – New Canaan at New London, Fitch at Wilton, Westhill at East Lyme
Week 2 (Sept. 20) - Glastonbury at NFA, Southington at Darien, New Britain at Staples, New Milford at Enfield, Shelton at East Hartford, Conard at West Haven, South Windsor at Hamden, Cheshire at Hall, Amity Regional at Simsbury, Wilbur Cross at Manchester, Newtown at Fairfield Prep, Xavier at Fitch, Notre Dame-WH at St. Joseph, Middletown at Daniel Hand, Masuk at Windsor, Bunnell at North Haven, Hartford Public at Guilford, Harding at E.O. Smith, Farmington at Pomperaug, East Lyme at RHAM, Foran at Bassick, Bethel at Lyman Hall, Stratford at Branford, Weston at Hillhouse , New Fairfield at Sheehan , Brookfield at East Haven, Jonathan Law at Joel Barlow
Week 3 (Sept. 27) - West Haven at Newtown, Hamden at New Milford, NFA at Shelton, Newington at Amity, Cheshire at Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Prep at Fairfield Ludlowe, McMahon at Wilbur Cross, Daniel Hand at Wethersfield, Platt at Notre Dame-WH, Bristol Central at Masuk, North Haven at Maloney, Pomperaug at Bristol Eastern, Fitch at Bunnell, Xavier at New London, Guilford at Avon, East Lyme at Harding, Bassick at ND-Fairfield, CREC at Bulkeley/W/HTM, Berlin at Killingly, Hillhouse at Bloomfield, Lewis Mills at Bethel, Stratford at Foran, East Catholic at Lyman Hall, Sheehan at Brookfield , Branford at New Fairfield, Joel Barlow at Tolland, Plainville at Jonathan Law, NW Catholic at Weston, East Haven at Rocky Hill
Week 5 (Oct. 11) – Newtown at Shelton
Week 6 (Oct. 18) - Wilbur Cross at New Milford, Masuk at Cheshire, Staples at North Haven, McMahon at Amity Regional, NFA at West Haven, St. Joseph at Fairfield Prep, Daniel Hand at Norwalk, Pomperaug at Hamden, Harding at New London, Bunnell at Notre Dame-WH, Lyman Hall at Guilford, Bassick at CREC, Sheehan at Joel Barlow, Hillhouse at Stratford, Weston at Jonathan Law, Brookfield at Foran, New Fairfield at East Haven, Branford at Bethel, East Catholic at Griswold, Notre Dame-Fairfield at NW Catholic
Week 7 (Oct. 25) – New Milford at Fairfield Warde, Shelton at Xavier, Danbury at Newtown, Fairfield Prep at NFA, Guilford at Masuk, East Lyme at Daniel Hand, North Haven at Pomperaug, Notre Dame-WH at Fitch, Wilton at Bunnell , New London at Bassick, Lyman Hall at Notre Dame-Fairfield, Killingly at Brookfield, Jonathan Law at Bethel, Foran at Weston, Joel Barlow at Branford, East Haven at Stratford
Week 8 (Nov. 1) – Bridgeport Central at Bassick
Week 11 (Nov. 22) – Notre Dame-Fairfield at New Fairfield