New Canaan Football Team Looks To Tackle Darien In State Championship Game

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New Canaan's Cole Turpin runs against Darien on Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sally Read

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan High School’s quest for a perfect football season ended on Thanksgiving with a loss to Darien. A victory Saturday over its archrival in the Class L championship game would go a long way toward easing that frustration.

The Rams (13-1) meet the Blue Wave (12-1) for the championship at Stamford High School’s Boyle Stadium. Kickoff is at 11:05 a.m. The site and time were changed Thursday due to the forecast for snow.

New Canaan showed no ill effects from the loss, beating Farmington, 46-0, and North Haven, 17-0, in the playoffs. Veteran coach Lou Marinelli has his work cut out, however, in figuring out how to stop the Blue Wave.

In the Thanksgiving game, Darien enjoyed a huge advantage in time of possession and rolled up 378 yards of total offense. Quarterback Silas Wype threw for 269 yards and rushed for 104 more, including three touchdowns.

The Rams have an explosive offense of their own. Quarterback Nick Cascione has thrown for 2,513 yards and 31 touchdowns, while junior running back Frank Cognetta has 1,170 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

The Thanksgiving game came down to the final play, when the Rams drove deep inside Darien territory before they were stopped. It marked the first time Darien had won at New Canaan since 1999.

The Rams, however, have had the upper hand in the rivalry that dates to 1929. The Rams have own a 48-35-2 advantage, and went 10-0-1 against the Blue Wave from 2002-11 before losing in the 2012 Turkey Bowl.

The Rams also beat Darien in the 2008 Class MM championship game, 26-7. In the 2008 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game at Boyle, New Canaan beat Darien, 28-20.

The Rams are playing in the state title game for the 10th time since the turn of the century. The Rams won four straight state titles from 2006 to 2009 but lost in the finals in 2010 and 2011. The Rams lost in the semifinals last year.

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