New Canaan Football Team Plays North Haven Saturday

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New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli will direct the Rams in Saturday's Class L semifinal against North Haven. Photo Credit: New Canaan Ram/Facebook

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan’s football team lost for the first time this season on Thanksgiving. Judging from the response in its win in the state tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Rams did not like the feeling.

The Rams, seeded third in the Class L tournament, blitzed No. 6 Farmington, 46-0. The victory sets up a meeting against No. 7 North Haven on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. The semifinal kicks off at 2 p.m.

Quarterback Nick Cascione threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rams in the first-round win. Frank Cognetta rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams rolled up 584 yards of total offense. Cole Turpin had eight receptions and a touchdown.

The blowout helped ease the sting of a loss in the final regular season game to archrival Darien. The Rams, who won the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship, stalled deep in Darien territory in the final seconds as Darien won for the second straight time in the rivalry, which dates back to  1928.

North Haven (10-2) lost to Hand of Madison earlier in the season and Darien. New Canaan split against those teams, beating Hand in its season-opener, 50-21. The Indians beat Platt in their opening game, 35-0.

The Indians average 310 yards per game rushing, led by Ethan Suraci (1,131 yards, 22 touchdowns). Three other rushers have more than 700 yards for North Haven. Suraci had 128 yards and a touchdown in the win over Platt. The North Haven defense also forced four Platt turnovers.

New Canaan is seeking a return to the state finals after missing out last year for the first time since 2005. The Rams won three straight state titles from 2007-09 and have reached the semifinals or better every year since 2005.

Real-time statistics and play-by-play will be available on the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference website.

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