The most controversial rule in high school sports may be the “Score Management policy” Connecticut instituted for high school football in 2006.
Also known as the “50-point rule,” the Score Management policy can result in a one-game suspension for any coach whose team wins a game by more than 50 points. Bridgeport Central's Dave Cadelina became the first coach penalized when he was suspended after his team beat Bassick 56-0 in the first week of the 2006 season. Central topped 50 points when a reserve running back scored in the second half.
The suspension was later lifted, but Cadelina – and the rule – made plenty of headlines.
The rule received even more publicity last season, when Cadelina's team had a 49-0 lead at halftime and punted on first down throughout the second half.
Connecticut had gone three seasons without a team violating the rule, but that ended Saturday, when Northwest Catholic defeated Weaver 52-0. The rule was modified before the 2011 season, however, and that modification allowed Northwest Catholic coach Mike Tyler to appeal the penalty and avoid a suspension.
Now when a team wins by more than 50 points the game is reviewed to determine if the winning coach used proper sportsmanship.
Here is the press released issued by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding the Northwest Catholic/Weaver game:
“After a review of reports received from both schools involved and the game officials in regards to Northwest Catholic High School's 52-0 varsity football victory over Weaver High School on Saturday, it has been determined that the proper sportsmanship protocols were followed, and that there was no violation of the CIAC Score Management policy by the winning school's head coach.”
Tyler will be able to coach this weekend's game against Bloomfield.
ON THE RUN
When running back Montrell Dobbs graduated last spring it looked like there would be a huge void in the Ansonia backfield, but it didn't take Ansonia long to find a capable replacement.
Dobbs, who rushed for 3,445 yards and 45 touchdowns during his senior season, is spending a year at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., before he joins the University of Connecticut program. Sophomore Arkeel Newsome is doing his best to make Ansonia fans forget about Dobbs, however.
Through two games, Newsome has rushed for 528 yards and 10 touchdowns on 50 carries. He ran for 196 yards and four touchdowns in Friday night's 36-6 victory over Woodland.
Boston College and Connecticut are among the schools that have shown early interest in Newsome.
The Darien field hockey team improved its record to 4-0 Saturday by beating a Lakeland (N.Y.) team that was ranked No. 1 in the country in at least one national poll.
Darien, which has won the last four Class M championships, received two goals from sophomore Hollis Perticone and 10 saves from classmate Danica Hornick. The victory improved Darien's winning streak to 69 games and its unbeaten streak to a 80 contests – the longest in the nation.
Lakeland, which dropped to 6-1, returned its two leading scorers from last season: Emma Bozek and Shannon Scavelli. Bozek has committed to the University of North Carolina, and Scavelli has committed to the University of Michigan.
Darien did all of its scoring in the first half, when it built a 4-1 lead. It was the first time Darien has scored more than three goals in a game this season.
The New Haven Register's Top 10 football poll entering Week 3 of the high school season:
Masuk (2-0) Class L
Xavier (2-0) Class LL
New Canaan (2-0) Class L
Ansonia (2-0) Class M
Hand (2-0) Class L
Staples (2-0) Class LL
West Haven (2-0) Class LL
Cheshire (2-0) Class LL
New London (1-0) Class L
Windsor (2-0) Class L
ASTON'S CAREER NEARING AN END
Ed Aston, who has directed the Cheshire swimming teams to more than 400 victories in 37 years as the program's head coach, will retire as Cheshire's girls swimming coach at the end of this season. Cheshire athletic director Steve Trifone announced Aston's plans to retire in a press release issued Monday.
Aston's Cheshire girls teams have won 25 state championships, and his boys teams have won 18 state titles. He retired as Cheshire's boys coach in 2006.
Aston entered this week with a career record of 409-13-1. His girls team had won 280 consecutive dual meets.
Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.