The 50-point rule in Connecticut High School football became a topic of conversation again after Norwich Free Academy defeated Stamford 51-0 last Saturday.
When it was adopted in 2006, the rule called for an automatic one-game suspension for any head coach whose team won by 50 points or more, although the suspension could be appealed. The rule has been modified and now states that any victory by at least 50 points is reviewed by a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) panel, which would determine if a suspension is warranted.
NFA suspended its coach, Jemal Davis, for Saturday's game against Bacon Academy before the CIAC made a ruling.
“We strongly support all CIAC efforts to support sportsmanship,” NFA athletic director Gary Makowicki told the Norwich Bulletin. “There's a rule in place, we broke the rule and we're self-imposing the penalty.”
According to newspaper reports, NFA starters remained in the game after the team had a 42-0 lead in the fourth quarter. It was 49-0 with 3:25 to play when NFA blocked a Stamford punt that resulted in a safety that capped the scoring. The victory improved NFA's record to 6-0.
Stamford coach Bryan Hockter called Davis “classless” in postgame interviews.
“Something like that is going to come back to bite you,” Hockter told the Bulletin. “You just can't embarrass a team and I thought he was trying to embarrass us.”
Statewide leaders in football:
Logan Marchi (St. Paul Cathlolic) 124-255-1,867-23; Brad Westmark (Brookfield) 113-196-1,509-9; Ackee Barber (New London) 80-152-1,425-19 ; Jake Kasuba (Foran) 98-142-1,388-10 ; Bryan Castelot (Bunnell) 77-166-1,366-10; Malik Cummings (Masuk) 53-68-1,293-12; Brandon Basil (North Branford) 69-105-1,282-20 ; Jordan Vazzano (St. Joseph) 72-133-1,120-14 ; Antwan Byrd (Capital Prep/Classical Magnet) 50-76-1,110-13 ; Robert Quinn Fleeting (Windsor) 69-95-1,095-13.
Joe Pacheco (New Fairfield) 140-1,468-17; Joseph Piatnik (Bethel) 172-1,153-14 ; Jalon White (North Haven 121-1,142-17; Colin Moore (Avon) 124-1,089-15 ; Derrick Villard (Cromwell) 73-979-12; Justin Potts (Platt) 111-954-13 ; Cameron Tucker (Notre Dame-West Haven) 116-948-9 ; Chris Young (Rocky Hill) 51-911-12; DeAngelo Berry (Xavier) 100-890-20; Jack Shaban (Barlow) 89-834-12.
Justin Schaffer (Weston) 39-639-3; Chris Caron (North Branford) 25-624-10 ; Daija Fitzpatrick (St. Paul Catholic) 40-624-7 ; Thomas Milone (Masuk) 21-592-8; Devante Teel (Bunnell) 28-574-5 ; Reid Morin (St. Paul Catholic) 28-549-9; Nicholas Weissauer (Foran) 43-531-3 ; Chris Vankamerik (Oxford) 28-510-6 ; L.T. Nembard (Hall) 30-469-4; Andrew Matos (Ansonia) 16-463-6.
Peter Serencsics (Bethel) 87; Justin Cheverier (Valley Regional/Old Lyme) 83; Cody Zaro (Trinity Catholic) 83; Zachary Dombrowski (East Hampton/Vinal RVT) 80; David Deleo (Trinity Catholic) 79; Roekwan Holmes (Prince RVT) 77; Shaq Rowe (Bullard-Havens) 72; Brad Helmkamp (Simsbury) 71; Cole Harris (New Canaan) 70 ; Thomas Ullman (Granby Memorial) 70.
The CIAC has nominated 18 athletic programs for the Michael's Achievement Cup, which recognizes outstanding achievement in sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical-free initiatives and athletic achievement for the 2011-12 school year.
The following programs have were nominated:
Class LL: Fairfield Ludlow, Glastonbury. Class L: Avon, Darien. Class MM: Brookfield, Foran, Joel Barlow, Ledyard. Class M: Haddam-Killingworth, Weston, Woodland. Class SS: East Hampton, Northwest Catholic, Valley Regional. Class S: Gilbert, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Wamogo, Westbrook.
One school from each class will be selected as a finalist for the award,which will be announced Nov. 15.
Farmington boys' soccer coach Steve Waters collected his 450th career victory when Farmington defeated Newington 3-1 last week.
Colin Cheeseman, Josh Moreno and Guido Shutz scored for Farmington in the victory.
Waters has a 450-72-40 record in 30 years 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.