NEW CANAAN — It took the Rams a little over a minute to gain momentum Monday against Westhill at home, and once they did there was no looking back.

Westhill’s Everett Brown took the opening kickoff all the way to the Rams 31-yard line, giving the Vikings an early scoring chance. However, the opportunity was thwarted four plays later when New Canaan’s Ryan O’Connell intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards for a score, propelling the Rams to a 55-12 victory.

The Rams (3-0) starters would play only the first half in the contest, but that was enough for the defense to record five takeaways while not allowing a first down. The offense responded by scoring five times, all on touchdowns by Mike Collins.

“He’s been unbelievable,” New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said of his senior quarterback. “He has 17 touchdowns in three games and he’s worked hard to get where he is; he’s done a tremendous job, he’s got a great arm and he’s an on-the-field leader.”

Collins threw three touchdowns to Peter Swindell, who also kicked a 29-yard field goal, and one each to Matt Cognetta and Andrew DeFranco.

In addition to O’Connell’s interception the Rams defense got picks from Kyle Smith, DeFranco and two from Thomas Root, who was playing with a large cast on his hand.

“We really haven’t played the top quality in the league yet, but I think we’re getting better,” Marinelli said of his defense, which was a question mark coming into the season. “We have a bunch of kids who seem to enjoy playing so hopefully we just keep getting better.”

Westhill (1-2) scored both of its touchdowns late in the fourth quarter on passes from Kevin Costello to Noldyens Matayer, one for six yards and one for 62.

The game was played Monday after originally being scheduled for Friday night, but was postponed because of weather concerns. Westhill coach Frank Marcucio took exception, citing how New Canaan’s offense is largely based on the pass and the Vikings would have had a much better chance if the game was played in its original time slot.

“Bottom line is this, if we played them on Friday night like we were supposed to the outcome would have been a lot different,” said a clearly agitated Marcucuio. “They know it, we know it, they ran the ball five times in the whole first half, we knew the weather would give them trouble, what they did was wrong and that’s why we filed a formal complaint.”

Members from both teams took to Twitter to argue about the issue. Despite admitting he didn’t know how to access the social media site, Marinelli acknowledged it gave the Rams a little extra edge Monday night.

“With all the tweets and everything else I think it did more to motivate my kids than I did,” Marinelli said. “With all the stuff that went on I was worried, I thought it was going to be a trap game but we came out angry.”

aparelli@bcnnew.com; @reportedbytheAP

NEW CANAAN 55,

WESTHILL 12

WESTHILL 0 0 0 12—12

NEW CANAAN 24 25 0 6—55

Records: Westhill 1-2; New Canaan 3-0

NC—Ryan O’Connell 70 yard interception return (Peter Swindell kick)

NC—Peter Swindell 29 field goal

NC—Andrew DeFranco 24 pass from Mike Collins (Swindell kick)

NC—Swindell 55 pass from Collins (Swindell kick)

NC—Matt Cognetta 14 from Collins (PAT failed)

NC—Swindell 24 from Collins (two-point failed)

NC—Swindell 61 from Collins (Swindell kick)

NC—DeFranco 8 from Collins (PAT failed)

W—Noldyens Matayer 6 from Kevin Costello (PAT failed)

NC—Jack Rechtermann 7 from Spencer Williams (PAT failed)

W—Matayer 62 from Costello (PAT failed)