NEW CANAAN -- New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli was not sure how his team would react after losing to rival Darien on Thanksgiving and a few shaky practices between then and Tuesday's Class L quarterfinals did nothing to boost his confidence.
No. 3 New Canaan responded with maybe its most dominating performance of the season, beating No. 6 Farmington 46-0 at Dunning Field Tuesday night.
The Rams will now take on No. 7 North Haven in the semifinals Saturday at a neutral site.
The Rams were able to answer any doubts their coach may have had right away, intercepting the Indians on the opening drive, scoring on the ensuing drive and rolling from there.
"You never know how your kids are going to react after a devastating loss like that," Marinelli said. "Honestly, the way we were practicing, I was nervous as hell going into this and you don't know how to prepare because you never played them. I think our kids wanted to make a statement and 46-0 says a lot."
It was the first shutout by the New Canaan defense all season with the tone being set right away on an interception by Michael Root on the Indians third play of the game.
Root said he knew the defense would be the key to the game and was glad to have another shot at playing on Dunning Field after the home loss on Thanksgiving.
"We just wanted to come out and play our strongest game," Root said. "It meant a lot to get to play here again. It took a lot out of us losing on Thanksgiving but we came back well and it meant a lot to play here one more time."
The Rams held Farmington to 115 yards of total offense, causing 3 turnovers and only allowing 7 first downs the entire game.
The Rams got on the board seven plays after the pick with Frank Cognetta running it in from a yard out, making it 6-0.
Cognetta finished with two touchdowns and 77 yards rushing while Nick Cascione threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one more.
Cascione's run came on the next Rams series, giving them a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Cognetta made it 19-0 at the half with a 13-yard run.
Cole Turpin took a short pass from Cascione, running 46 yards for a score to open the third quarter and the rout was on with the Rams putting up 27 points in the third. Read Full Article
Farmington coach Chris Machol said his team was just overwhelmed early and could not come back against the Rams defense.
"They just beat us up, up front early and it just came down to them being a superior team," Machol said. "They are a very, very good team and there is a reason why they are ranked so high. Our guys competed but we just didn't have enough to compete with a team that is as good and well coached as New Canaan."
New Canaan 46, Farmington 0
NEW CANAAN 12 7 27 0--46
FARMINGTON 0 0 0 0--0
Records: NC 12-1; F 9-3
NC--Frank Cognetta run 1 (Run failed)
NC--Nick Cascione 7 run (Pass failed)
NC--Cognetta run 13 (Peter Swindell kick)
NC--Cole Turpin 46 pass Cascione (kick failed)
NC--Morgan Carson 1 run (Swindell kick)
NC--Alex LaPolice 8 pass Cascione (Swindell kick)
NC--Graham Wagner 26 pass Mike Collins (Swindell kick)