NEW CANAAN, Conn. – It took a little more than a quarter for the New Canaan High football team to shake off the rust from its post-Hurricane Sandy layoff, but the Rams found their stride in a 35-0 victory over Stamford on Friday evening.
New Canaan’s defense didn’t need as long to get back in the groove, coming up with a huge stop against the Black Knights in the first quarter.
Stamford marched down to the Rams’ 1-yard line on its opening possession, but New Canaan stopped the Black Knights on four straight plays to keep them off the board.
That goal line stand sparked New Canaan’s defense, which came up with six turnovers – four in the second quarter.
Cole Harris kicked off that string of turnovers as well as New Canaan’s scoring, stripping the ball from Stamford’s Jalen Brown and returning the fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
“This defense is the heart and soul of this team,” Harris said. “We’re just getting better every day and every week. It’s great when we can get that many turnovers and put the offense in a good spot.”
After Stamford coughed the ball up again on the kickoff return, New Canaan’s offense got rolling.
Louis Hagopian plunged in from a yard out to put the Rams up 14-0. Zach Allen then intercepted a pass from Brown on the next Stamford possession, setting up a 28-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Nick Cascione to Austin Read.
“It’s good to just be back on a regular schedule,” Harris said of the weeklong layoff. “It took us a while to get back to varsity speed, but it was a nice welcome back.”
Teddy Bossidy, who splits time at quarterback with Cascione, added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Christian Miranda. Harris capped his solid night with a 2-yard touchdown run on the offensive side of the ball.
New Canaan (7-1) has won six games in a row. The Rams travel to Trumbull on Nov. 16 for a 7 p.m. game.