With New Canaan running roughshod over its Connecticut competition, the Rams welcomed the Chicopee Pacers to town Friday night, but the result was the same it’s been all season: A New Canaan win. In this case, 56-29.
Not only are the Rams winning, but no one has even come close, as evidenced by their average margin of victory: Nearly 32 points. New Canaan’s “biggest scare” – at least going by the final score – was a 42-20 win against Bassick on Sept. 19.
Where to start?: New Canaan scored a touchdown on its first seven. Starting quarterback Nick Cascione only needed to throw nine passes, completing six of them for 104 yards and pair of scores.
Every New Canaan skill player seemed to get his hands on the ball, as nine Rams registered a carry, though none ran it more than seven times. Leading the way was Frank Cognetta, who took the rock five times for 52 yards and two touchdown runs. Cole Turpin made two catches for 47 yards with a touchdown, and Alex LaPolice hauled in three receptions, also for 47 yards.
While all this was going on, New Canaan’s defense was wreaking havoc and refusing to even permit a first down in the first half. Standouts included Michael Root (nine tackle), Cole Harris (eight tackles, one interception, one sack) and Zach Allen (five tackles, one sack).
With all of the preceding information, it should come to no one’s surprise that the Rams had a 48-0 advantage at the break.
Special teams, too: With New Canaan’s offense and defense posting numbers usually reserved for video games, it was easy to overlook the Rams’ special teams unit, but they too had a big hand in the lopsided win.
New Canaan had exceptional field position all night. In fact, New Canaan’s first eight possessions all began in Chicopee territory. Alex LaPolice had punt returns of 25 and 27 yards, Mike Cognetta had a punt return of 23 yards and Teagan Saitta returned a kickoff 62 yards to the Chicopee 10.
“I think we got the ball inside the 50 every time on the first four touchdowns we scored, which is good anytime you can do that and move the ball,” New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said.
Looking ahead: While the Rams have already turned back the likes of Daniel Hand and Greenwich with relative ease, their stretch run offers no shortage of worthy opponents. New Canaan’s quest at perfection will be put to the test in the next two weeks against Staples and St. Joseph, respectively, and of course the Turkey Bowl with Darien.
“Bigger challenge. We’re ready for it though,” New Canaan captain and defensive lineman Connor Buck said of his team’s upcoming clash with Staples. “We’re getting real pumped. We’re not going to take anything for granted against the two-time FCIAC champions. We need to study film, know our keys and just go play Ram football.”