Rams cage Tigers
Published 11:48 am, Wednesday, September 23, 2015
If New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli really was curious to see how good his team was before the season, he has to be thrilled with its first performance.
The Rams opened the year by trouncing Ridgefield 45-17 on the road Friday night.
“I was more surprised than anybody,” Marinelli said of the rout. “The way we were practicing with the heat and the long preseason I didn’t know what to expect really, but we came out and started to execute and click.”
One person who wasn’t effected at all by the long layoff was quarterback Michael Collins, who threw for six touchdowns in the contest to four different receivers.
“He had a real good night,” Marinelli said of his senior quarterback. “He’s a tremendous field general and we’re starting to find out who we are, so I was very pleased.”
Collins got the scoring started on New Canaan’s first drive with a touchdown pass to Peter Swindell.
He would then add strikes to Kyle Smith (for 92 yards), Swindell again and Matthew Cognetta to take a 31-0 lead into the half.
Three minutes into the second half Collins found Andrew DeFranco for a 17 yard score and eventually ended the third quarter and his night with a 48 yard post to Jack Hoelzer, giving the Rams (1-0) a 45-7 lead headed to the final period.
All of Ridgefield’s (0-1) points came in the second half with Collin Lowe scoring on a 28 yard pass from Andrew Fowler. Petros Papadopoulos added a 26 yard field goal in the fourth quarter before Matthew Lobaro hauled in a 15 yard touchdown from Gregory Gatto.
“First off that’s a good team in New Canaan, which is no surprise to our guys,” Tiger coach Joe Arcieri said. “Our kids came out fired up and we did some nice things early on but we made too many mistakes and when you do that against a team like that they’re going to hurt you big for it and not let you come back.”
For the Rams coming into the season without graduated superstars Alex LaPolice and Michael Kraus and offensive cooridinator John Marinelli (Lou’s son, who is now the Greenwich coach) it was about finding a new formula for success, something they’ve gotten a nice jump on.
“It’s always great to get the first one,” Marinelli said. “Especially for these guys to be without Johnny and without LaPolice and Kraus, so I think we’re starting to develop our own identity which is important.”
NEW CANAAN 45, RIDGEFIELD 7
NEW CANAAN 10 21 14 0—45
RIDGEFIELD 0 0 7 3—10
Records: New Canaan 1-0; Ridgefield 0-1
NC—Swindell 45 yd FG
NC—Kyle Smith 92 yd pass Collins (Swindell kick)
NC—Swindell 14 yd Collins (Swindell kick)
NC—Matthew Cognetta 73 yd Collins (Swindell kick)
NC—Andrew DeFranco 17 yd Collins (Swindell kick)
R—Collin Lowe 28 yd Andrew Fowler (Papadopoulos kick)
NC—Jack Hoelzer 48 yd Collins (Hoelzer kick)
R—Papadopoulos 26 yd FG
R—Matthew Lombardo 15 yd Gregory Gatto (Papadopoulos kick)