‘They Just Refused to Lose’: Recalling New Canaan Football’s Historic Undefeated 2008 Season, 10 Years Later

The year 2008 was supposed to be about rebuilding for the New Canaan Rams football program: The team was ranked in the bottom half of the FCIAC’s preseason polls and only a handful of starters from the previous season were returning. They were not expected to accomplish anything special. Yet they ended up doing exactly that, with unforeseen contributions from a particularly tight-knit squad that would post an undefeated record heading into a dramatic showdown versus New Canaan’s longtime rival before moving on to states—cementing a legacy whose storybook season launched 10 years ago this month. Behind center

One of the squad’s returning starters, tri-captain Nate Quinn, switched from defense to quarterback for 2008, marking a dramatic turnaround for what New Canaan had been fielding in recent years at the all-important position. The Rams had won consecutive state titles in 2006 and 2007 with guys like Curt Casali and Charlie Westfal at QB.

NCHS: Turkey Bowl Tickets Now Available for Purchase Online

Tickets to this year’s Turkey Bowl may be purchased online in advance of the football game, and paper tickets also will be sold on Thanksgiving morning at Boyle Stadium in Stamford, officials say. Those who wish to purchase their $10 tickets in advance may do so here, according to New Canaan High School Athletic Director Jay Egan. Children 5-and-under will be admitted for free. “There will be no paper tickets sold in the Athletics Office,” Egan said in an email to local media outlets. The online purchase option is being presented by Darien High School as the “home” team this year.

Officials: Turkey Bowl Tickets Sell Out in 37 Minutes

Tickets for the widely anticipated New Canaan-Darien Thanksgiving morning football game sold out in 37 minutes, district officials said. All 2,800 tickets allocated to New Canaan High School had sold out by 12:37 p.m. Monday, while the 1,900 tickets for Darien sold out by 12:05 p.m., NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan confirmed. Officials landed on that 60-40 split because the Rams are hosting this year’s Turkey Bowl at Dunning Stadium. Individual students and football families were allowed to purchase tickets in advance, Egan said. The 4,700 total tickets sold will accommodate fans who will fill not only Dunning’s regular stands but also 1,000-plus extra seats and an estimated 1,000 in standing room, he said.

Officials: No Game-Day Tickets To Be Sold For Turkey Bowl, No Student IDs Accepted

Citing a desire for safety and smooth operations, officials said Saturday that no game-day tickets will be sold for this year’s Turkey Bowl, the hugely popular rival football game between New Canaan and Darien High Schools held each Thanksgiving morning. Tickets will cost $10, students will need to buy one—no passes or student IDs will be honored—and can be purchased in the NCHS gym foyer from 12 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 22, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23, according to an announcement released by the school’s athletic director. “This year’s game is being hosted by New Canaan High School and will take place in Dunning Stadium, which has significantly less capacity than Boyle Stadium,” according to the announcement.