In yet another runaway victory, New Canaan scored 49 first half points to make it five-for-five to start the season with a 49-7 triumph over visiting Danbury. The Rams average margin of victory increased to 32.6 points on the season.
EVERYONE GETS A TURN: Everyone seemed to have a hand in New Canaan’s 338 total yards. Quarterback Nick Cascione hurled four touchdown strikes to three different receivers, going 8-of-9 for 170 yards and exiting the game in favor of Mike Collins midway through the second quarter.
New Canaan didn’t have a monster ground attack, but eight players recorded at least one carry, led by Chris Andrews (10 carries for 34 yards) and Frank Cognetta (7 carries for 26 yards), and eight receivers caught a pass, led by Cole Turpin’s three receptions for 46 yards and two scores.
“It’s not all the offense. Getting the ball in advantageous situations certainly helps too,” NC coach Lou Marinelli said. “A lot of times they were punting out of their end zone, and we’d get the ball inside the 50 and that really helps.”
SWARMING DEFENSE: It’s scary how many “jail break” defensive plays New Canaan causes – plays where three or more Rams are seemingly instantaneously in the backfield at the snap of the ball. Simply put, it’s very difficult to get anything going against this defense.
The Rams notched three sacks, Beau Santero recovered a pair of fumbles (caused by Connor Buck and Cole Harris), Teagan Saitta picked off a pass and leading tacklers were Alex Dobbin (7 tackles), Michael Root (6), Luke Montgomery (5) and Sterling O’Hara (5).
Up next for the Rams is a home tilt with Chicopee, Mass. on Friday at 7 p.m.
DANBURY EXPECTING MORE: It’s been an up-and-down first half of the season for Danbury – literally. At 2-3, the Hatters have alternated loss-win through their first five games and hadn’t lost by more than two scores. Until Saturday.
Danbury coach Dan Donovan said that New Canaan “could have won 100-0,” and after the lightning fast scoring strikes in the first half, he may have been right.
There would appear to be some winnable games left on the schedule, though a tough matchup with Staples looms next.
“We’ve got to execute. We’re not doing our jobs. I can’t wait to see the film and see how many times we lined up incorrectly,” Donovan said. “We’re not smart football players right now, and we’ve got to get a lot smarter at it. We’re athletic as hell, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re in the wrong spot.”