The end of the school year might be rapidly approaching, but for high school sports, one season simply turns into another. As such, the CIAC gave people a glimpse of what to expect in the fall by releasing its 2017 high school football schedules.
New Britain will get a test right from opening night, Sept. 8, when it hosts Conard. The Hurricanes lost to the Chieftains 22-7 last year with both teams finishing around the middle of the pack in Class LL. After traveling out to Manchester, New Britain will take on South Windsor at home. The last time the Hurricanes played South Windsor was back in 2014, a game the New Britain won handily, 49-10.
After a home game against Hall and playing at Simsbury, the Hurricanes will get a week off on Oct. 13 before making their way down the road to Southington for what could be a big matchup. New Britain has not beaten the Blue Knights since 2011.
The Hurricanes will then close out the season with two winnable away games at East Hartford and Enfield before hosting Berlin for the Wishbone Bowl on Nov. 11.
The Redcoats will start their season at home against the Bulkeley/HMTCA/Weaver coop that should allow them to get off to a strong start. After traveling to East Catholic and hosting Northwest Catholic, Berlin will have back-to-back road games against RHAM and then rival Plainville on Oct. 6 before entering its bye week.
But it is after the week off when the Redcoats will have their biggest test with a brutal four-game stretch. Berlin will play both Tolland and Bloomfield at home with road games at Rocky Hill and the Wishbone Bowl at New Britain to end the regular season.
Southington looks to have a relatively easy schedule in 2017. The Blue Knights open on the road at Glastonbury before back-to-back games at home against Simsbury and Manchester. Road games up in West Hartford at Conard and Hall proceeds Southington’s bye week with New Britain visiting on Oct. 20.
The Blue Knights will remain at home for matchups against East Hartford and Enfield with a road trip to South Windsor the week after. All three games should not give Southington much difficulty. Southington will close out its season with perhaps its lone test of the regular season with a Thanksgiving Day game at Cheshire.
Newington will be under the direction of a new head coach in 2017. The Indians won just three games a year ago and will look to get back into contention in Class L.
Newington will alter between home and away games during the first five weeks of the season. The Indians will open at home against a team from out of state when Chicopee High School from Massachusetts visits on Sept. 8. Newington will then travel to Farmington, host Platt, travel to Bristol Eastern and welcome South Windsor to its home field before having a week off.
Coming out of their bye week, the Indians will visit Bristol Central and then begin a stretch of three consecutive home games against Middletown - a team Newington beat last season when it was ranked No. 8 in the state - Maloney and East Hartford. The Indians will close out their regular season with a much-anticipated matchup at Wethersfield. The two teams ended their game last year with a brawl.
The last time Plainville got a win on the gridiron was Oct. 23, 2015, and the Blue Devils will look to break that in the 2017 season, starting with their season opener at home against Bloomfield on Sept. 8. After that game, though, Plainville will play three straight games on the road before returning home in Week 5 prior to their bye the next week.
The Blue Devils will continue their seven-year-old Thanksgiving Day rivalry with Farmington this season, hosting the Indians at Tinty Field.
Josh Kestenbaum contributed to this story.
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