New Canaan football routs Bassick
BRIDGEPORT -- All of New Canaan's first five drives varied in terms of play selection, time of possession and what player touched the ball last, but they all had the same result in its game against Bassick Thursday, Sept. 19 -- a touchdown.
Five different players scored the Rams' first five touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Bassick at Bridgeport Central High School.
"It was a bit sloppy during the week, but we did take care of business and we did what we have to do," New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. "The offense is meant to be spread out. You try to figure out what the defense is going to give you, and you go to the receiver who has the best chance to be successful. That's the fun part about the offense. Everybody's involved."
With Bassick having already run for a first down on its opening possession, New Canaan defensive lineman Connor Buck pounced on a bad snap, setting up the Rams at the Lions' 27. Buck and the defense held the shutout until midway through the third quarter.
"I'm glad we got the win. We did some things sloppily," Buck said. "It wasn't the best week of practice, but it's over with. It's a new week and we're just thinking about Greenwich. It would have been nice to have the shutout, but I'm happy we won. It's all that matters. Defense played great, but we can definitely play better."
Five plays later, Frank Cognetta carried the ball 10 yards to pay dirt for the early lead.
After a Bassick three-and-out, New Canaan doubled its lead on a 17-yard strike from Nick Cascione to Jack Gilio for the 14-0 advantage.
The Rams' next three drives ended with a 31-yard pass from Cascione to a wide open Cole Turpin, an eight-yard Cascione to Carson Armstrong connection and a four-yard touchdown plunge by Chris Andrews.
New Canaan's only first half possession that did not produce points was the one that was cut short by halftime, ending on a 42-yard missed field goal. However, the Rams needed just three plays in the second half to make it 42-0 on a 65-yard bomb from Cascione to Gilio.
"I tell you one thing: Their defense is better than their offense. They have a scary, scary defense and they're probably the best defense in the state," Bassick coach Derrick Lewis said. "They recover to the ball as fast as I've ever seen."
Down 42-0, Bassick rallied to score the game's final 20 points. Quarterback Vochan Fowler scored on a five-yard designed run, J'van Snell capped a drive with a one-yard dive and Fowler broke several tackles on a 29-yard scramble with 2:15 remaining.
By comparison, Bassick lost 42-12 to New Canaan last year and 49-6 the year before that with Lewis at the helm.
"Our kids never got discouraged, they never gave up on themselves, they gave max effort to the last whistle," Lewis said. "We got rid of the attitudes and we got rid of the cancers in our program. These kids are really like brothers. They have (have each other's) backs from homework to this, and it's very refreshing to see that we're doing the intangible things right."
New Canaan travels to Greenwich to meet up with the Cardinals on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
"Bassick fought to the very end. Hopefully we can take this and build on it. We've got a tough opponent next week," Marinelli said. "They're one of the premier programs in the state. They're well-coached, their kids play hard, and we'll certainly have our hands full."
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NEW CANAAN 42, BASSICK 20
NEW CANAAN 21 14 7 0--42
BASSICK 0 0 6 14--20
NC--Frank Cognetta 10 run (Peter Swindell kick)
NC--Jack Gilio 17 pass Nick Cascione (Swindell kick)
NC--Cole Turpin 31 pass Cascione (Swindell kick)
NC--Carson Armstrong 8 pass Cascione (Swindell kick)
NC--Chris Andrews 4 run (Swindell kick)
NC--Gilio 65 pass from Cascione (Swindell kick)
B--Vochan Fowler 5 run (pass failed)
B--J'van Snell 1 run (run failed)
B--Fowler 29 run (Fowler pass to Gael Kalonda)
Records: New Canaan 2-0, 1-0 FCIAC; Bassick 0-2, 0-1 FCIAC.