STAMFORD — Playing with a freshman quarterback, the New Canaan football team has taken a step back from the aerial assaults it used to attack teams with the last few years.

Instead, the Rams are using a combination of running plays and short passes, methodically moving down field on their way to touchdowns.

The process may be a little different but the results are the same.

No. 2 ranked New Canaan controlled the ball and did not make many mistakes as its defense shut down Westhill on the way to a 35-7 win at J. Walter Kennedy Stadium Saturday afternoon.

“I thought those kids from Westhill played hard and did a really good job against us,” New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. “I think our down lineman dominated and our linebacking corps was a force. Offensively we are coming along. I think we can be better, but we are still figuring out who we are. With a young quarterback you have to play that way.”

Westhill coach Frank Marcucio said he was happy with how his team played, especially defensively against a highly-regarded opponent.

“We played very well today and I told that to the kids after the game,” Marcucio said. “We struggle a little bit on offense. We move the ball, but get a stupid penalty or turn it over and you can’t do that against the second ranked team in the state. I thought we played poorly against Trumbull and I thought we came back with a great effort today. They fought right until the end and I couldn’t be prouder of how we carried ourselves today.”

New Canaan lead 14-0 after a quarter behind an 8-yard rushing touchdown from J.R. Moore and an 81-yard pass from Drew Pyne to Justin Greco.

The Rams would go up 21-0 on an 8-yard Graham Braden touchdown, the first of his two scores on the day.

“The line did great. Holes were opening up left and right,” Braden said. “As a running back it was easy to find space and make things happen.”

Westhill got on the board when Blake Newcomer found Noodles Metayer for a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

New Canaan started the third quarter with a kickoff return to the 36 followed by a screen pass from Pyne to Ryan O’Connell which he took to the end zone.

Braden’s 14-yard run capped the scoring for New Canaan.

Despite the final score, the Westhill defense held its own, often put in compromising positions to begin drives.

“We had nothing to lose playing the No. 2 team in the state and we played as hard as possible,” Westhill linebacker Mekhi Barnett said. “The one long play they had was a broken coverage but otherwise we did pretty well.”

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

NEW CANAAN 35, WESTHILL 7

NEW CANAAN 14 7 14 0 — 35

WESTHILL 0 7 0 0 — 7

Records: NC — 4-0; W — 1-3

NC — J.R. Moore 4 run (Grant Morse kick)

NC — Justin Greco 81 pass Drew Pyne (Morse kick)

NC — Graham Braden 8 run (Morse kick)

W — Noodles Metayer 39 pass Blake Newcomer (John Alswanger kick)

NC — Ryan O’Connell 36 pass Pyne (Morse kick)

NC — Braden 14 run (Morse kick)