New Canaan Football Tops Ludlowe 42-7, Clinches Berths in FCIAC Championship Game and Class L Playoffs


The New Canaan Rams scored six touchdowns in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 42-7 victory over the Fairfield Ludlowe Falcons Friday night at Dunning Field. With the win, the Rams (8-0) punched their ticket to the FCIAC Championship game for the third consecutive year, also earning a spot in the Class L State playoffs. “This has been our goal from the beginning of the year,” New Canaan head coach Lou Marinelli told “To get back to the FCIAC championship game and put ourselves in a position to play for a State, so we’re right where we want to be.” The Rams were led once again by quarterback Michael Collins, who followed up last week’s record-setting performance against Trumbull by completing 12 of 19 passes for 220 yards and five touchdowns against the Falcons (2-6), all in just one quarter of action. New Canaan senior running back Matt Cognetta also had a big night, scoring the game’s first touchdown with a 53-yard run.

‘This is the Moment You Live For’: 20 Questions With Zach Allen

New Canaan Rams senior co-captain Zach Allen is about to close the book on one of the greatest football careers in program history. The school’s all-time leader in sacks, Allen was recently named as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, the first New Canaanite to be so honored since former Rams great and current defensive coordinator Chris Silverstri back in 1993. Allen—a High Honors student at NCHS—also has a chance this weekend to add a second state title ring to his collection as the Rams prepare to take on Darien in the Class L championship. spoke to Zach about everything from the NC-Darien rivalry to his favorite pre-game sandwich in our latest installment of 20 Questions. First of all, congratulations on being named CT’s Gatorade Player of the Year.