Fri. Nov. 13: at Valley Regional/Old Lyme, 6:30 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 25: at Granby, 6:30 p.m.
Former Rockville assistant hired as new football coach
CANTON, June 3 – Canton High has hired its next varsity football coach. Chris Currier, a former assistant coach at Rockville High in Vernon for the past two years, has been hired as the 12th head coach in school history. Currier replaces Paul Philippon who coached the Warriors for three years, posting a record of 24-7. He led Canton to three straight winning seasons. Canton had one of their best seasons last fall, going 10-2, earning a spot in the CIAC Class S tournament for the first time and winning its first league championship since 1958.
Canton moves into Pequot West Division after realignment
CANTON, April 10 -- The Pequot Football Conference is realigning for the third consecutive season. The 19-team league is moving back to a three division format with six teams in each division (West, East, South). Canton will be in the Western Division along with Granby, Gilbert/NWR, SMSA/University, Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug.
Nine Canton players earn All-Uncas Division honors
CANTON, Dec. 31 -- After a dominant season in the Pequot Conference, Canton was recognized by the league coaches with nine players being named to the All-Uncas Division team, Dan Delos being named player of the year in the Uncas Division and head coach Paul Philippon being named as Pequot Conference coach of the year.
Canton’s Cam Daley (DB/QB), Sebby Gumbs (DB/RB), Henry Bonini (LB), Shane Toland (DL), Eddie Melton (K), Caiden Permenter (G), Keagan Toland (G), Pearse Walsh (T) and Dan Delos (RB) were recognized with All-Uncas Division honors.
CANTON, Dec. 19, 2014 — Due to the uncertainly surrounding the Canton football program in terms of the number of players, head coach Paul Philippon has resigned after three seasons. The Warriors one of their best seasons this fall, going 10-2, earning a spot in the CIAC Class S playoffs for the first time and winning its first league championship since 1958. But they did it with just 26 players on the roster, including eight seniors. Next fall, they are looking at 18 returning players – eight juniors, nine sophomores and a freshman.
“The whole plan was to build up the program,” Philippon said. “My wife and I looked at the numbers and there is no way this could be a long term deal for me at this point of my career. It can’t work for me if I have to be begging kids to play. The handwriting is on the wall.” Philippon took over the Canton program in 2012 and went 7-3 with 37 players on the roster. A year ago, it dipped to 34 players as the team went 7-4. This year, there were just 26 players that began the season.
TORRINGTON, Dec. 6, 2014 – It looked like a golden opportunity for the Canton High football team to seize control of Saturday’s Class S Small semifinal against the Capital Prep/Achievement First co-op football team. Early in the third quarter, Canton held a 13-point lead and after two mistakes by the Trailblazers, Canton had the ball, first and goal, on Capital Prep/AF’s nine-yard line.
But the Trailblazers didn’t wilt. They backed up Canton and on fourth and goal from the 23, Capital’s intercepted the ball and weaved his way 61 yards upfield to the Canton 29-yard line. Five plays later, Capital scored – the first of 20 unanswered points as the Trailblazers ended Canton’s magical season with a 28-21 win in the rain.
Capital Prep/AF had 12 tackles for a loss. They limited Canton to just 42 yards rushing in the second half and forced the Warriors to take to the air. “They outplayed us,” Canton coach Paul Philippon said. “There were certainly winning most of the one-on-one battles. We were just getting beat. When a team takes away your inside game, takes away your outside game and the misdirection you’ve used all year, it’s because the other team is doing something really good. They certainly earned the win and we tip our hats to them.”
CHESHIRE, Dec. 3 -- Canton High’s football team will play their first-ever CIAC playoff game Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the new synthetic turf surface of the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex at Torrington High against Capital Prep/Achievement First.
The game will not be held at Trinity College in Hartford as we reported on Tuesday. Both schools have to agree on the time and location and the proposed 1 p.m. starting time at Trinity was an issue for Canton, which has some players taking the SAT test on Saturday. The CIAC finalized and announced the Torrington location this morning.
The CIAC football committee ruled earlier this week that Capital Prep/AF’s home field, Dillon Stadium, was unplayable due to the muddy field conditions.
Canton tops Granby for 10th win and ticket to playoffs
CANTON, Nov. 25 -- On Tuesday, Canton completed one of the greatest regular seasons in school history. With a dominating 42-13 win over Granby, they won a school record 10th game. Canton went undefeated in the Pequot Conference Uncas Division winning all nine games and claiming its first league championship since 1958. And they clinched their first-ever berth in the CIAC Class S football playoffs.
“We’re so excited to be 10-1,” Delos said. “It’s just awesome. Our freshman year, we were 0-10 but we’ve continued to build up the program.”
Coach Paul Philippon, now in his third year, usually has a razor focus on next week’s opponent. He seldom acknowledges the big picture with the media. “I think I will enjoy this for the first time tonight to be honest,” he said. “There is a certainly finality with the final regular season game. I’ll enjoy this a bit.”
Canton wins Uncas title with thrilling OT win over Avon
With victory, Canton takes first league title since 1958
CANTON, Nov. 15 – When their back was to the wall, the Canton High football team stood firm. Twice, Avon took a seven-point lead in Saturday’s Pequot Conference Uncas Division showdown.
“There may have been a small piece of doubt in some of them but their belief in each other was larger than that and they kept on going,” Canton coach Paul Philippon said. “We trust our teammates. We trust our coaches and they trust us,” Canton senior Cam Daley said.
The Warriors forced three Avon turnovers. They missed a potential game-winning field goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation but made two big defensive stops in overtime. And then, Canton won it in OT when Dan Delos scored on a five-yard run for a thrilling 27-21 victory.
The victory gives Canton (9-1, 8-0) the Pequot Uncas Division title – its first league championship since 1958 and keeps the Warriors in the hunt for their first-ever CIAC playoff berth. “This game meant everything to us,” Delos said. “Everything was on the line for us.”
CANTON, Nov. 12 -- With two games remaining in the regular season, Canton (8-1, 7-0 Pequot Uncas) has an opportunity to win its first league championship since 1958. They need to beat Avon, a team that has won five Pequot Uncas Division titles in the last seven years and has earned three playoff berths in the last six years. Avon (6-2, 6-1 Pequot Uncas) is hoping to keep their own flickering playoff hopes alive with victories in their two last games.
With so much on the line for both teams, Avon and Canton will meet for the 10th and final time on the football field Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Canton. Both teams have games remaining on Thanksgiving morning but this week’s game looms as a season-defining contest for both schools.