Saturday at Dunning Stadium 7 p.m.
Players to watch, No. 2 Greenwich:
Gavin Muir, Sr., QB (6-3, 210); Jack Feda, Sr., MLB (5-11, 215); Tysen Comizio, Sr., RB (5-11, 190); Mozi Bici, Sr. DE/OLB (6-2, 200); Charlie Ducret, Sr. FS/WR (5-11, 170); Ryan Raybuck, Sr. CB (6-3, 185)
Players to watch, No. 7 New Canaan
Drew Pyne Jr. QB, (6-0, 175); Quintin O’Connell Sr. WR, (6-0, 195); Garrett Braden Sr. LB, (6-2, 225); Jack Conley Sr. OL/DL, (6-7, 315); Jack Stewart Sr. OL/DL (6-5, 275)
Greenwich comes in as the No. 2 team in the state while New Canaan enters ranked No. 7 in the GameTimeCT / New Haven Reigster Top 10 poll. A loss in this one, puts New Canaan in a bad position in the Class LL playoffs standings.
The Rams are currently the No. 10 team in the LL standings while Greenwich is perched in the third spot. With eight teams still unbeaten in Class LL, making the postseason with two losses will be difficult, although not impossible.
A victory for Greenwich puts it in the driver’s seat for a top two seed in LL, despite it only being the halfway point of the season.
These teams first played each other in 1933, a 7-6 victory for New Canaan. Since that first meeting, New Canaan holds a 20-14-3 lead in the series between the teams. Though they have often found themselves in different divisions, the rivalry is among the most competitive in the state.
The two met in five FCIAC championship games: 1991 (Greenwich), 99 (New Canaan), 2000 (New Canaan), 2002 (Greenwich) and 2006 (Greenwich). Greenwich is the defending FCIAC champions while New Canaan last won the league in 2013.
No team has won more FCIAC titles than Greenwich at 12 with New Canaan second all time, having taken home 8 league crowns.
When Greenwich has the ball
Through three games, QB Gavin Muir has thrown for 646 yards (48 of 72 passing) and 8 touchdowns. Muir likes to look downfield, averaging 13.5 yards per completion, but Greenwich will work the short routes if that is what is available.
Stephen Bennett (12 receptions, 182 yards, 1 TD) and Lance Large (11 receptions, 166 yards, 1 TD) have gathered most of the target share early on, but it has been sophomore AJ Barber connecting with Muir for four touchdown catches on seven receptions.
Junior Jack Warren has pulled in seven receptions and a touchdown as well. Senior and UPenn commit Tysen Comizio has rushed for 262 yards with six touchdowns while averaging 8.2 yard per carry.
The Cardinals are a pass-first offense, but with Comizio in the backfield teams are forced to respect the running game, opening up even more opportunities for Muir and the receivers.
When New Canaan has the ball
No quarterback had as much hype surrounding him coming into this season than the Notre Dame-commit Drew Pyne. The junior has responded by throwing for 866 yards (57 of 88 passing) and 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions.
It is no secret that Pyne’s No. 1 target is wideout Quintin O’Connell, who has hauled in 25 receptions for 386 yards and five touchdowns. O’Connell has 27 career touchdown receptions at New Canaan, three shy of the school record of 30 set by Kevin Macari in 2010.
Pyne has hooked up with Zach LaPolice 11 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, Wyatt Wilson 7 times for 172 yards and two scores and with Luke Morton 8 times for 73 yards and a score.
The most rushing attempts on the Rams? Drew Pyne with 17 rushes for 25 yards. Senior J.R. Moore has run 16 times for 141 yards a touchdown while O’Connell has picked up 42 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns.
The Rams will need to get the running game going as balance to the passing attack if they hope to find success against Greenwich’s defense.
The Cardinals are on a historic pace, having only allowed one touchdown in their first three games.
The defense has swarmed for 12 sacks and four interceptions, three of which are from senior Ryan Raybuck. Jack Feda leads the team with 29 tackles with Lawrence DeLuca coming in next with 24 tackles.
All-State outside linebacker Mozi Bici seems like he is in on every play, picking up two sacks and six quarterback hurries this season.
New Canaan defense
New Canaan has proven to be a dangerous offense to pass against with eight interceptions on the season, to go along with 11 sacks.
That secondary will be put to the test by the high-flying attack of the Cardinals, who have put up 153 points through three games.
Drew Guida and Nate Sibbett have two picks apiece for the Rams. Middle linebacker Ben Schneider has been a beast in the middle with 27 tackles while fellow MLB Jack Finnigan has been in on 24 tackles.
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