It only took a quarter and change before New Canaan fans got their first glimpse of quarterback Drew Pyne. The freshman, who’s already getting Division I offers, came into New Canaan’s season-opener vs. Trinity and directed a scoring drive.
But neither Pyne nor starter James Crovatto, nor junior Spencer Williams could get New Canaan’s vaunted offense moving against the Crusaders.
Instead, it was the Rams defense, defense and more defense which won the day in a 20-6 victory Saturday at Dunning Field.
New Canaan’s defense forced five turnovers, two which resulted in or led to scores. James Freyre intercepted a pass for a touchdown and Jack Kircher forced a fumble which led to one of Ryan O’Connell’s two rushing touchdowns. O’Connell also had two interceptions. Tom Root had the other interception.
“The defense really showed up,” O’Connell told the Ruden Report. “I think we came into the game knowing our defense would be good but that was a gutsy effort. We really came through.”
No. 2-ranked New Canaan could muster just 189 yards of defense against Trinity, but the Rams’ defense held Trinity to 160.
New Canaan’s quarterbacks were a combined 8-for-17 for 100 yards. Pyne was 4-for-6 for 70 yards and an interception. Crovatto was 4-for-9 for 30.
So auditions continue for All-State quarterback Michael Collins’ replacement at New Canaan as Ridgefield, which rallied past Trumbull, 47-33, on Friday night thanks to Drew Fowler’s four, second-half touchdown passes, prepares to invade New Canaan in Week 2.
TRINITY CATHOLIC 0 0 6 0 — 6
NEW CANAAN 0 7 0 13 — 20
New Canaan (9:12) Ryan O’Connell 3 Yd TD RUN
New Canaan (9:12) Grant Morse EXTRA POINT
Trinity Catholic ( 1:48) Frank Alfano 2 Yd TD RUN
New Canaan ( 10:38) Ryan O’Connell 1 Yd TD RUN
New Canaan ( 8:14) James Freyre 30 YD. INTERCEPTION RETURN TD
New Canaan (8:14) Grant Morse EXTRA POINT