The vaunted mega matchup between Hand and New Canaan at Dunning Field wasn’t even close.
The ‘other’ headliner between No. 1 Xavier and Staples went from a rout to a barnburner.
And Harding, which was winless a year ago, hasn’t had a winning season since 1996 and was 8-81 since 2003, started the season 1-0 under new coach Jack Cochran.
Welcome to the 2013 high school football season.
The season kicked off in grand fashion Wednesday night with unexpected and stunning results galore. And we’re just five games into the season.
The SCC-FCIAC challenge ended in a 2-2 deadlock with 13 games remaining.
Over at Dunning Field in New Canaan, Cole Harris and the Rams’ defense smothered Hand in the first half and New Canaan shattered the Tigers’ 36-game win streak with a stunning 50-21 victory.
“They say time flies when you’re having fun and that’s really what we were doing out there,” quarterback Nick Casione said.
As for dropping 50 on the two-time defending Class L champions? “I wouldn’t have even have dreamed this,” he said. “We’re happy. We went out and executed and that’s all I really have to say.”
Xavier got one back for the SCC by building a big lead over Staples. But the Wreckers rallied and were only down 8 with 90 seconds left. But Xavier hung on for a 30-22 victory.
“I thought our kids went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 team in the state,” Staples coach Marce Petroccio said. “If not for a few mistakes, we might be having a different kind of conversation right now. While we didn’t win, I’m excited about what I saw for the rest of the season.”
And, after watching his team commit a ton of penalties and seeing scores wiped out, this is how Xavier coach Sean Marinan saw the victory: ““I’m glad for the win,” he said. “Not taking anything away from Staples, it’s a very good program, but this game should not have been this close.”
Foran QB Jake Kasuba and Nick Weissauer hooked up early with a 60-yard scoring strike and Foran never trailed in defeating Fairfield Warde 39-20.
And, finally, Harding, little ol’ Harding and its big-time coaching hire, got into the win column on Week 1 for the first time in years with a thorough 32-14 victory over Law.
Yes, Jack Cochran, in his first season as head coach at Harding, is 1-0.
“After practice yesterday I thought we were going to lose by 50 points,” Cochran said. “We couldn’t catch a pass, couldn’t block anyone…
“I know now why the record was what it was (8-81 over the last eight years and no winning seasons since 1996), I think a younger person needs this job because I am too old for this.”
Elsewhere, Amity rallied to defeat Seymour 24-21 in battle between former Housatonic League rivals.
Newington hammered Bacon Academy 52-22.