Eight football teams will make the Class L playoffs in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and New Canaan is seeded ninth. That makes Thursday's Turkey Bowl at Darien at 10 a.m. a must-win for the Rams if they are return to the state playoffs.
The Rams (8-1) lost to St. Joseph, 28-27, on Oct. 23. Six other teams in Class L also have one loss. New Canaan will qualify if it can beat the Blue Wave (10-0) in Thursday's showdown. A loss would nearly guarantee the Rams would not get to shoot for a fifth straight title.
New Canaan has been explosive on offense, averaging nearly 42 points per game. Junior quarterback Matt Milano has been one of the top signal-callers in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. He has thrown for 30 touchdowns, has a 63 percent completion percentage and more than 2,300 yards. Receivers Kevin Macari (with 34 catches) and Patrick Newton (25) are his top targets. Conor Goodwin (533 yards, four touchdowns) is the Rams' top running threat.
New Canaan leads the all-time series against Darien, 46-33-2. The Rams have owned the series of late. Their last loss was in 2001, and the teams tied in 2003. Last year, the Rams won, 14-7.
New Canaan defeated East Lyme, 28-7, in the 2009 Class L final and has won six state titles this decade.
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