Cards de­stroy Rams

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By David Fierro

NEW CANAAN — Green­wich’s start to Sat­ur­day night’s show­down against FCIAC foot­ball ri­val was like a dream, as it scored 21 points dur­ing the first 5 min­utes, 16 sec­onds of play.

For the Rams, it was

a night­mare.

A light­ning fast be­gin­ning, in which it scored 21 unan­swered points, ig­nited Green­wich to a 42-14 vic­tory, be­fore a near packed house at Dun­ning Field.

Ranked third in Class LL en­ter­ing the much-an­tic­i­pated matchup, Green­wich ran its record to 4-0 with the vic­tory. New Canaan, which had won three straight, dropped to 3-2 and made it that much tougher on it­self to qual­ify for the post­sea­son. The game marked the fourth time GHS coach John Marinelli and his fa­ther, New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli went up against each other. John Marinelli’s Car­di­nals have won the last two meet­ings.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Gavin Muir threw touch­down passes to se­nior wide re­ceivers Lance Large and Stephen Ben­nett in the first half and ran for a score him­self. Rams se­nior sig­nal caller Drew Pyne tossed a pair of scor­ing strikes to se­nior wide­out Quintin O’Con­nell in the open­ing half.

Green­wich drove 69 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead on New Canaan on its first pos­ses­sion.

Large’s 23-yard touch­down re­cep­tion capped the im­pres­sive drive. On the play, Muir dropped back to pass and found a wide open Large in the left cor­ner of the end zone for the score, with 9:51 left in the open­ing quar­ter.

Af­ter New Canaan’s open­ing pos­ses­sion ended with Pyne get­ting sacked by Green­wich de­fen­sive end Mozi Bici, the Car­di­nals’ quickly added to their ad­van­tage. Muir con­nected with Ben­nett for a 38-yard pass play, set­ting the Cards up on the New Canaan 5-yard line. Two plays later, Muir ran it in from three yards out, giv­ing Green­wich a 14-0 edge at the 7:02 mark of the sec­ond quar­ter.

The sit­u­a­tion grew worse for the Rams, who fum­bled the en­su­ing kick­off, with GHS se­nior Ryan Ray­buck re­cov­er­ing at the New Canaan 33-yard line. On the next play, Muir rolled right and lofted a pass into the end zone, where Ben­nett was all alone for a touch­down. Ben Howarth added the ex­tra point and just like that, the Car­di­nals held a 21-0 lead with 6:44 still to go in the first quar­ter.

New Canaan’s next drive stalled at the Green­wich 7-yard line, but the Rams reached the end zone for the first time early in the sec­ond quar­ter. Pyne threw an 18-yard scor­ing strike to O’Con­nell, who made the re­cep­tion in the back of the end zone and man­aged to get his toes down for a touch­down 47 sec­onds into the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Rams’ of­fense found some rhythm late in the first half, be­hind the PyneO’Con­nell com­bi­na­tion. Run­ning a fade pat­tern down the left side­line, O’Con­nell hauled in a 19yard touch­down pass, cut­ting Green­wich’s ad­van­tage to 21-14 with 2:54 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Green­wich went three­and-out the next time they got the ball, but re­cov­ered a New Canaan fum­bled punt and took over at the Rams’ 48-yard line. An 18-yard re­cep­tion by Large for a first down set the Cards up on the Rams’ 5. Call­ing his own num­ber, Muir ran up the mid­dle for a score, mak­ing it 28-14 with 10 sec­onds to go in the open­ing half.

Off a well-ex­e­cuted play­ac­tion, Muir threw a 29yard scor­ing strike to se­nior Ty­sen Comizio, who ran free up the seam, mak­ing it 35-14 at the 8:37 mark of the third quar­ter.

Pyne got the ball to sopho­more Chris­tian Sweeney and se­nior Wyatt Wil­son sev­eral times dur­ing the third quar­ter, but a pair of sacks by Ed­ward Iu­teri halted the Rams’ drives. Muir’s 63-yard com­ple­tion to Comizio put the ball on the New Canaan 7-yard line and two plays later, Comizio scored on a 4-yard run, mak­ing it 42-14 with 10:06 re­main­ing. Comizio also helped power the Cards’ run­ning game through­out.

Scott Mullin / For Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Green­wich’s Ty­sen Comizio runs against New Canaan dur­ing Sat­ur­day night’s FCIAC con­test.

Scott Mullin / For Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Green­wich QB Gavin Muir breaks a tackle against New Canaan on Sat­ur­day.

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