Now, THIS was a great football game.
And one I believe has vindicated me somewhat since I was just finishing a my second heaping helping of Crow as far as New Canaan’s 2-0 start was concerned. (Even Ned Griffen of The Day had basically been throwing every New Canaan win in my face via email).
After questioning how a team that lost all but a few key players from a state championship team could be ranked as high as New Canaan, the Rams took down Trumbull and Ridgefield impressively. Finally, I capitulated, and started voting New Canaan higher in my polls and eventually put them in my Elite 8.
Then, the dreaded Bowley curse. New Canaan falls victim to a great game plan and some outstanding play by St. Joseph’s kids, who came in here with boulders on their shoulder after suspect wins over Bassick and Fairfield Ludlowe.
And here’s how the ending looked on the St. Joseph sidelines.
Ryan Carino caught eight passes for 108 yards, had two interceptions and 11 tackles. Mike Dinihanian caught 8 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Piccirillo completed 19of-32 passes for 373 yards. Jack Shannon returned an interception 11 yards for the clincher.
You can just see the look on the St. Joseph players and coaches faces, especially Carino, Piccirillo and, especially coach Joe DellaVecchia.
After the ball corralled by Shannon on the far right, you can see assistant Jim Chaves helping the refs find the ball, then Joe D pumping his fist and giving AD Jim Olayos a bear hug. Ryan Carino is 88 and Nick Piccirillo is 7 and Dinihanian is 10 during this whole exchange.
There was a little confusion over whether the game was over or not. But that was decided when New Canaan Lou Marinelli had already started shaking St. Joseph’s players hands at midfield.