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Thursday, September 27, 2012
New England Roundup: Connecticut

By Roger Brown

Xavier High School held its opponents to no more than seven points in 12 of 13 contests last season, when the Falcons went 13-0 and won the Class LL state championship. Nine starters from that defensive unit graduated, making defense Xavier's biggest concern entering the 2013 season.

ConnecticutThat side of the ball has been anything but a problem through two games, however.

Xavier has allowed seven points in its two contests – victories that extended the program's winning streak to 28 games.

The Falcons have been particularly stingy against the pass. Xavier's Nathan Gonzalez and Max Tylki each had an interception during a season-opening 44-0 triumph over Notre Dame-West Haven, and the Falcons didn't allow any yards passing in last weekend's 49-12 victory over North Haven.

Boston College-bound quarterback Tim Boyle has guided on offense that has had little trouble finding the end zone. Boyle, who suffered through a injury-plagued junior season, has completed 24 of 38 passes for 433 yards.

Xavier, the No. 1 team in the state's media and coaches' polls, is attempting to become the first team to win three consecutive Class LL championships.

Last weekend's results for the Connecticut's top 10 teams, as ranked by the Hartford Courant:
  1. Xavier (2-0): Beat North Haven, 49-0. Up next: Fairfield Prep.
  2. Hand (2-0): Defeated Hillhouse 37-19. Up next: Cheshire.
  3. Staples (2-0): Knocked off Bridgeport-Central 49-6. Up next: McMahon.
  4. Ansonia (2-0): Beat Woodland 47-16. Up next: Derby.
  5. Windsor (2-0): Defeated Bristol Central 49-7. Up next: Bristol Eastern.
  6. Greenwich (2-0): Topped Bassick 48-2. Up next: idle.
  7. Ledyard (2-0): Defeated Killingly 35-18. Up next: at Windham.
  8. Berlin (2-0): Snuck past Rocky Hill 25-14.
  9. Holy Cross (2-0): Beat Watertown 28-13.
  10. Glastonbury (2-0): Had no problem beating Newington 63-28. Up next: at Conard.
IVERSON SELECTS MEMPHIS
Former Northwest Catholic forward Kuran Iverson gave a verbal commitment to Memphis on Tuesday.

Iverson led Northwest Catholic to a 23-4 record and an appearance in the Class L championship game as a junior, but transferred to Fishburne Military Academy last in Waynesboro, Va., last summer. He averaged 17.6 points per game and 9.2 assists per game as a junior.

Iverson is ranked as the 27thoverall player in the Class of 2013. ESPNU has him rated as the No. 6 small forward.

COGGINS BACKS AWAY FROM BC
Sacred Heart wide receiver David Coggins said Tuesday night that he is no longer committed to play football at Boston College.

“It's not out there yet, but I have de-committed from BC,” he said. “I wanted to keep my options open and see what else is out there.”

Coggins caught 78 passes for 1,427 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. He's made 139 receptions for 2,256 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two years of varsity football.

According to Coggins, Temple and Illinois are among the schools that have shown interest. He also has an offer from Central Connecticut State.

Last week Coggins was ruled ineligible for the first four games of the season because of recruiting violations committed by representatives of Naugatuck High School. Coggins planned to transfer to Naugatuck this year, but returned to Sacred Heart after the recruiting violations became public.

Coggins, who missed all of last season because of an ankle injury, gave a verbal commitment to BC in July.

MULLIGAN COLLECTS MILESTONE VICTORY
Avon boys' soccer coach Patrick Mulligan earned career victory No. 100 when Avon beat Windsor 8-0 last Friday.

Mulligan has a 100-23-12 record in eight seasons as a head coach.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.