New Canaan Black eight grade football team shuts down Staples to remain unbeaten
The New Canaan eighth grade Black football team traveled to Staples High School on Sunday afternoon and defeated the host Westport North team, 24-0.
With the first offensive possession of the game, New Canaan took immediate control with quarterback Emerson Logie running and passing his team down the field. Long completions to Drew Monroe and powerful runs by Andrew Jahns moved the ball to the 1-yard line. Logie scored and Peter Swindell added the extra point to give New Canaan a 7-0 lead.
The strong New Canaan defense, led by Luke Salvati, Lucas Niang, Logan Ritch, Jahns and Thomas Williams forced Westport to punt. Logie immediately hit Clayton Burt for 45-yards and completed the drive with a two-yard run. Swindell's extra point made the score 14-0 in the first quarter.
New Canaan offensive linemen William Hooks, Nick Thorkilsen, Ryan Radecki, Casey Herzog and Zack Feldman controlled the Westport defense. A pass to Monroe netted 34 yards and a Jahns 19-yard run positioned the ball for a third Logie touchdown run. Swindell's extra point made it 21-0. Westport tried to rally, but a Monroe interception set up a 37-yard field goal by Swindell to make the score 24-0 at the half.
In a scoreless second half, the New Canaan defense kept the pressure on Westport. Sacks by Logie, Salvati and Jahns and big hits by Charlie Wood, Matt Hall, Rafael Lovas and William Arliss combined with tight pass coverage by Shannon Smith, Anthony Pirrone, Aidan Buck and Austin Alastor preserved a second consecutive New Canaan, boosting the team's record to 3-0.