The GameTimeCT Top 10 Football Poll (Week 3): Greenwich loses some support, but remains a decisive No. 1

No. 3 Shelton siphons away first-place votes after the Cardinals needed a rally to beat Ridgefield; New Canaan stays No. 2.
Greenwich's Jack Konigsberg (5) runs behind a block from Dominic Deluca (9) during a football game at Tiger Hollow in Ridgefield on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
Dave Stewart / Hearst Connecticut Media

So if Shelton beats Ridgefield by 41, and if Greenwich gives up 42 to the Tigers (while scoring 49), and if you’re one of the 24 voters in the GameTimeCT Top 10 Football Poll, where do you rank them, dear CIAC observer? 

If you’re five of those voters, you flip your vote from last week and put Shelton on top.

But a little arithmetic tells you that’s not enough to get the Gaels over No. 1 Greenwich. It wasn’t even enough to get Shelton past No. 2 New Canaan. 

Still, after 22 of 24 voters ranked Greenwich No. 1 last week, five different teams received at least one first-place vote this time around. 

Basically, two weeks haven’t really sorted things out a whole lot. 

The Cardinals remain on top with a majority of first-place votes after their roller-coaster victory over Ridgefield. No. 2 New Canaan, a handy winner over McMahon, and No. 3 Shelton, which shut out Hand, closed the gap a bit. 

Killingly, which meets Bloomfield this week, remained fourth after running over NFA. Maloney, heading into an intriguing matchup with Darien —a battle of last year's state — completed an intact returning top five with a win over Simsbury. 

The bottom five included the same teams but got jumbled a bit. The points sorted out just right for Fairfield Prep to drop from sixth to ninth despite a win over Xavier. Southington filled that gap at sixth after coach Mike Drury’s 100th career victory. 

St. Joseph, which handled Staples at home, moved up to seventh, hopping over crosstown rival Trumbull in the process despite the Eagles’ putting up seven touchdowns for the second week in a row. 

Ansonia, an easy winner over Woodland, stayed 10th. 

GameTimeCT Top 10 Football Poll (Week 3)

TEAM
REC
PTS
LAST
CLASS

1. GREENWICH (15)

2-0
670
1
LL
This Week: Saturday vs. Southington, 3 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Well, like Trumbull last week, at least we know the Cards can take a punch and come back.

2. NEW CANAAN (1)

2-0
604
2
L
Last Week: def. McMahon 37-14.
This Week: Friday vs. Fairfield Prep, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: There are a lot of Top 10 teams playing big games, some seemingly every week. Meanwhile, Fairfield Prep will be the Rams’ only receiving-votes opponent until St. Joseph comes down to Dunning three days before Halloween.

3. SHELTON (5)

2-0
576
3
L
Last Week: def. Hand 28-0.
This Week: Friday at Windsor, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: The Gaels have looked really solid over the first two weeks against two good teams. It doesn’t get particularly easier from here.

4. KILLINGLY (1)

2-0
472
4
MM
Last Week: def. NFA 56-6.
This Week: vs. Bloomfield, 6:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: While Soren Rief posts weekly video game numbers, Thomas Dreibholz-to-Ben Jax connected three times Friday for 149 yards and three touchdowns, the longest 71. Yeah. Killingly's now beaten NFA in three of four meetings. Now comes a fascinating matchup with a fellow state title contender.

5. MALONEY (1)

2-0
444
5
L
Last Week: def. Simsbury 35-13.
This Week: Friday at Darien, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: In two games, the Spartans have scored seven offensive touchdowns, three on defense and two on special teams. Interesting Class L matchup on Friday against last year’s Class LL champ.

6. SOUTHINGTON

2-0
431
7
LL
Last Week: def. Hall 49-21.
This Week: Saturday at Greenwich, 3 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Two solid wins have taken the Blue Knights from 10th to seventh to sixth. If coach Mike Drury gets his 101st win this week, that place might take a bigger jump.

7. ST. JOSEPH

2-0
411
9
L
This Week: Saturday vs. Masuk 1:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Preseason rumors of the Hogs’ demise etc. etc. Though they somehow lost their first-place vote this week while moving up a spot. Last of three straight home games against solid programs coming up.

8. TRUMBULL

2-0
383
8
LL
Last Week: def. Westhill 49-7.
This Week: Friday vs. East Hartford, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Questions seeing answers: Whose defense will hold the Eagles under 49? Can you hope to contain Rowan Johnston? How many pregame show names are better than TEN’s “X’s & PetrocciO’s”?

9. FAIRFIELD PREP

1-1
362
6
LL
Last Week: def. Xavier 30-14.
This Week: Friday at New Canaan, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: According to the Jesuits’ record book, this is only the second regular-season meeting between Fairfield Prep and New Canaan: A 21-7 New Canaan win opened the 1985 season. The Rams won 38-7 when they met in the 2018 Class LL semis.

10. ANSONIA

2-0
260
10
S
This Week: Friday at Torrington, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: One month to the Holy Cross game. Another month to the Naugatuck game.