New Canaan football routs Bassick 43-6
Updated 2:59 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
NEW CANAAN -- Different story, same result.
One week after edging fellow state power Daniel Hand 21-14 in the season opener, New Canaan blew out Bassick 43-6 Friday night in its season debut at Dunning Field. The Rams' first five drives, all scoring efforts, produced a 30-0 second-quarter lead and lasted less than two and a half minutes. Lions running back Ahjah Ennis rushed for over 50 yards and Everton Guy scored a touchdown with two minutes remaining.
"Our guys are going both ways and giving it everything they've got. I'm proud as hell of them. They fought hard and stood together," Bassick coach Mike Rodrigues said. "I told them to just keep fighting. We're a young team and you're not going to turn into a winning program overnight."
New Canaan quarterback Mike Collins threw three touchdown passes in the first half, his only half of play, all to different receivers. Defensively, Rams senior Sterling O'Hara reeled in a pair of interceptions before intermission.
"(Collins) throws the ball real well and we're pleased with his progress. He's everything you want at that position," Rams coach Lou Marinelli said. "And coming into tonight as a team, we didn't have a great week of practice. The focus wasn't really there. But once the game started, the kids were really here and we had a tremendous crowd."
Knowing it faced an uphill climb, Bassick (0-2, 0-1 FCIAC) took the opening kick and attempted to convert an early fourth down near midfield. Sprinting left out of the pocket, Lions quarterback Eric Jones was taken down by Rams linebacker David Strupp, who collected his first of two sacks on the night. Two plays later, New Canaan running back Matt Cognetta took a swing pass 46 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.
On the next Rams drive, captain Alex LaPolice raced 24 yards to the endzone on a jet sweep, and sophomore kicker Jack Hoelzer missed the subsequent extra point. Hoelzer then knocked in a 38-yard field goal on the following drive, and O'Hara snared his second pick on the ensuring series to close the quarter.
New Canaan started the second with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Collins to Allen for a 23-0 lead. Following a short Bassick punt from its own endzone, Matt Cognetta punched the ball in from six yards out. Collins connected with Kyle Smith for a 26-yard passing touchdown to polish off a 36-0 halftime lead.
The FCIAC foes played to a scoreless draw over the third quarter, which spilled into the fourth for only 10 seconds when back-up Rams quarterback James Crovatto scrambled 15 yards and snuck inside the right pylon. Ten minutes later, Guy crossed the goalline to put the Lions on the board.
New Canaan returns to the gridiron next Saturday for its homecoming game against Greenwich. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
New Canaan 43, Bassick 6
BASSICK 0 0 0 6--6
NEW CANAAN 16 20 0 7--43
NC-- Mike Collins 46-yard pass to Mike Cognetta (Jack Hoelzer kick)
NC--Alex LaPolice 24-yard run (Kick fail)
NC--Jack Hoelzer 38-yard field goal
NC-- Mike Collins 9-yard pass to Zach Allen (Jack Hoelzer kick)
NC--Matt Cognetta 6-yard run (Jack Hoelzer kick)
NC--Mike Collins 26-yard pass to Kyle Smith (Kick fail)
NC-- James Crovatto 15-yard run (Jack Hoelzer kick)
B--Everyton Guy 4-yard run (Run fail)
Records: NC"2-0, B" 0-2