New Canaan routs Bassick
This could take a while.
With carbon-copy characteristics, Cascione was the more effective passer and Bossidy the better scrambler in leading the New Canaan High School football team to a season-opening 42-16 win over Bassick at Dunning Stadium on Friday night.
"It's a two-quarterback system," Marinelli said. "I've never really had anything like this. Both could be a starter on any other team. We have to find a way to get them on the field at the same time."
Cascione, who opened the game, completed 13 of 19 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score as New Canaan did all of its scoring in the first half. Bossidy was 8 of 12 for 76 yards and carried the ball 8 times for 63 yards and a pair of scores.
"All that matters is we got the win," Cascione said. "We hoped to come out strong like this. We both did well at different things."
With starting running back Louis Hagopian sidelined with a knee injury, the Rams used five-receiver sets almost the entire half. Ten different players caught passes.
"We really spread it out tonight," Cascione said. "It's not just one solid person but we have multiple weapons."
Cascione led the Rams on a nine-play, 60-yard drive to open the game, climaxing in a 4-yard scoring pass to Andrew Read.
While the names were new, the faces different and the passing game less vertical, this looked like the same explosive offense that has carried the Rams to six straight state final appearances.
"We're young and you don't know how they are going to react," Marinelli said. "I think the offense really clicked tonight, especially early. When you have quarterbacks who can run, they can go through their reads and if they don't like what they see they can take off."
While this was a difficult matchup for the Lions, second-year coach Derrick Lewis has the program moving in the right direction. The numbers are up and there is more talent on the roster, led by Fowler, Gilbert and lineman Dale Kirkland.
"The analogy I use is when you are an adult, you are conscious not to take baby steps," Lewis said. "But with the shape we are in you have to take baby steps. They scored 42 points but we made them run a lot of plays. You know they are a great outfit and you want to make them earn every inch.
"We did some things good and some things not so great. People are saying that New Canaan is dead. That's bull. We are going to keep moving forward. That's our motto."
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NEW CANAAN 42, BASSICK 16
BASSICK 0 0 0 16--16
NEW CANAAN 21 21 0 0--42
NC--Andrew Read, 4 pass from Nick Cascione (Neal Koller kick)
NC--Teddy Bossidy, 23 run (Koller kick)
NC--Cole Harris, 40 interception return (Koller kick)
NC--Michael DiCosmo, 12 pass from Cascione (Koller kick)
NC--Bossidy, 14 run (Koller kick)
NC--Cascione, 9 run (Koller kick)
B--Tyriek Gilbert, 4 run (Julian Fyffe run)
B--Gilbert, 4 pass from Vochan Fowler (A.J. Brown fumble recovery in end zone)
Records: Bassick 0-1; New Canaan 1-0