New Canaan Red eighth grade team loses to Norwalk Green in wild finish
With four lead changes, three ties and a huge fourth down conversion, the New Canaan eighth grade Red football team was dealt its first loss of the season by Norwalk Green, 21-20.
The New Canaan defense started strong with three consecutive tackles for losses by Chuckie Erdmann, Kyle Smith and Justin Clark totaling 24 yards, forcing a Norwalk punt that gave New Canaan a first down on the opponent's 22-yard line. It took three plays before Clark hit Adam Ruth for a 17-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Norwalk answered back to score two touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead.
New Canaan came back to even the score at the half with a three minute drive capped by a 31-yard touchdown run by Smith, who also convereted for two points to tie the game at 14-14.
New Canaan had the ball first in the second half and was forced to punt, but the defensive unit again held up with big tackles by Femia, Cognetta, Kieran Schaney, John Hetherington, Gardner Read and Miles Turpin.
A steady diet of sweeps by Smith and counter runs up the middle by Erdmann finally paid off with another Smith touchdown, this one from seven yards out, but after a failed extra point, New Canaan led 20-14.
With Norwalk facing a fourth-and-14 at the New Canaan 26-yard line, a perfect pass resulted in a touchdown and a 21-20 Norwalk lead with four minutes left in the game.
New Canaan turned the ball over on downs at its 46-yard line with 2:48 left but held Norwalk to a three and out. The punt pinned New Canaan on its 12-yard line with 1:16 remaining and no timeouts.
Clark hit Matt Cognetta for 19 yards and a facemask penalty got the ball to the New Canaan 46-yard line. With seven seconds remaining Smith threw a pass that was tipped by a Norwalk defender and caught by Ruth at the Norwalk 38 yard-line. As time expired, Ruth ran the ball down the Norwalk sideline with two defenders pursuing and the safety coming across the field. Ruth made it to the two-yard line before being corralled. New Canaan Red is now 5-1 on the season.