New Canaan eight grade Black traveled to Fairfield Ludlowe High School Sunday afternoon and defeated Fairfield Blue 31-7.

New Canaan's defense used backfield hits by Logan Ritch, Andrew Jahns and Luke Salvati to force Fairfield to punt on the opening possession of the game.

Quarterback Emerson Logie immediately hit Peter Swindell with a 37-yard pass completion to get the offense rolling. A 19-yard run by Drew Monroe set up a touchdown pass to Shannon Smith. Swindell kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

On its next possession, Fairfield put together its only scoring drive of the day to tie the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter. A Monroe interception was wiped out by a penalty that kept the drive going.

Undaunted, New Canaan came right back on pass completions of 13 yards to Jahns and 32 yards to Swindell. A 12-yard run by Logie was followed by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Smith, his second of the day. The two-point conversion by Swindell gave New Canaan a 15-7 midway through the second quarter.

After an exchange of punts, the New Canaan defense used blanket pass coverage by Clayton Burt, Aidan Buck and Anthony Pirrone and a strong rush by Thomas Williams, Matt Hall, Jahns, Ritch and Jeffrey Murphy to force a poor throw that Monroe intercepted and returned 48 yards into Fairfield territory. Logie then beat the clock with passes to Swindell and Monroe for 22 yards each, with Monroe scoring as time ran out to give New Canaan a 21-7 halftime lead.

Offensive linemen William Hooks, Ryan Radecki, Casey Herzog, William Arliss, Hall, Ritch and Salvati combined with downfield blocking by Burt, Rafael Lovas, and Zach Feldman powered the running game for most of the third quarter. Burt picked up 59 rushing yards in a drive that ended with a Logie's fourth touchdown pass, which was hauled in by Swindell for a 28-7 lead.

Fairfield had the ball once on offense in the third quarter and a big hit by Herzog ended that possession.

The running game stayed strong in the fourth quarter and an 18-yard scamper by Monroe set up Swindell for a 23-yard field goal, which closed out the scoring at 31-7. A Salvati fumble recovery put an exclamation point on the victory, as New Canaan moved to 6-0-1.

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