NEW CANAAN -- Six days after suffering a migraine headache that forced him to leave the game early, New Canaan quarterback Matt Milano again ceded the stage before halftime on Friday night, this time to allow for an exhibition between the two players who will battle to replace him.

Milano threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, leading the Rams to a 49-13 win over Trumbull.

"Of course it's nice to be back," said Milano, who left last Saturday's 36-29 loss to Stamford -- a game that cost the Rams a trip to the FCIAC championship -- in the first quarter. "Any time you can't play you are going to feel that way. It was great to be back."

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Milano was efficient in just under a half of play, completing 18 of 28 passes for 181 yards.

"The thing I am happy about is I didn't know how our seniors would react after the heartbreaking defeat last week," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. "It could have gone one of two ways. I thought it showed an awful lot."

The Rams (8-1) will end the regular season at home on Thanksgiving against Darien, with a berth in the CIAC Class L Tournament likely hinging on the outcome.

New Canaan has played in five straight state finals, winning the first four before losing to Masuk last December.

"We're almost in the exact same spot we were in last year," said Milano. "We are focused on the state run now. We said after the Stamford game that every game is a playoff game now. Lose and you hand in the pads on Thanksgiving."

The second half Friday night looked like an early tryout between Teddy Bossidy and Nick Cascione, the two sophomores who right now are viewed as the contenders to become Milano's successor.

Bossidy, who filled in for Milano against Stamford, completed all four of his passes for 26 yards and scored the Rams' final touchdown.

Cascione, in his first extended playing time, was particularly impressive, carrying the ball 10 times for 134 yards and a score, completing two of his four passes for 20 yards and even catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Milano in the first half.

"I felt bad we didn't get Nick some reps last week," Marinelli said. "We were still in shock from Matt. But both players are talented."

Bossidy, a southpaw, and Cascione, who is right-handed, even lined up for much of the second half in the backfield together, alternating taking snaps.

"They both played very well," Milano said. "They are almost the same. They are little and quick and you can do a lot of interesting things with them."

Trumbull (2-6) suffered its sixth straight loss. It has been a depressing fall for coach Bob Maffei, who earlier lost first his mentor, former Eagles coach Jerry McDougall, and then his father.

The Eagles played Friday night without many of their starters, including Don Cherry, their outstanding linebacker and running back, who Maffei said was sick.

"We've hit rock bottom with the injuries," Maffei said. "We finish with St. Joseph and hopefully we will get some kids back. You just have to hang tough.

Milano came out and hit Bossidy on a 5-yard pass on the Rams' opening play. That drive ended with the first of Milano's scoring passes, from 18 yards to Peter Kraus.

Milano's ability to carry New Canaan out of bad situations was evident on the next possession, when a holding penalty put the team in a second-and-31 situation. Milano hit Kraus with consecutive passes of 10 and 14 yards, got the first down with a 26-yard pass to Ryan Minaglia and then scored on a 2-yard run for a 14-0 lead.

Thirteen different players had receptions for the Rams.

Early in the second quarter, Milano completed five of six passes on a 62-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Duke Repko.

Maffei brought in Brendan Moore, the starting quarterback who was injured in the team's first game, with 10:11 left in the second quarter, but that did little to shake up the offense, which finished with just two first downs in the half.

Cascione provided a spark to the Rams' running game. After the team got the ball back, he burst up the middle through a huge hole for a 55-yard touchdown that made the score 28-0.

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TRUMBULL 0 0 0 13--13

NEW CANAAN 14 28 7 0--49

NC--Peter Kraus, 18 pass from Matt Milano (Collin Shapiro kick)

NC--Milano, 2 run (Shapiro kick)

NC--Duke Repko, 5 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)

NC--Nick Cascione, 55 TD run (Shapiro kick)

NC--Louis Hagopian, 2 run (Shapiro kick)

NC--Cascione, 9 pass from Milano (Shapiro kick)

NC--Bossidy, 13 run (Shapiro kick)

T--J.J. Smart, 5 pass from Nick Roberts (kick failed).

T--Mike Williams, 30 interception return (Ryan Pearson kick).

Records: Trumbull 2-6; New Canaan 8-1.