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New Canaan rallies past McMahon

by Jesse Quinlan on
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 10:21 PM

Updated Wed, Oct 12, 2011 10:06 AM

 Another week, another instant classic at Jack Casagrande Field.

Trailing the entire second half, senior quarterback Matt Milano brought his team back for the second straight week, directing a five-play, 38-yard drive that was capped off by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Newton with 36 seconds remaining as New Canaan dug deep to pull out a dramatic 36-33 victory over McMahon Thursday night in a game that was televised live on MSG Varsity.

Milano also scored on 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter for the Rams (4-0), who overcame a 33-21 deficit.

The record-setting signal-caller finished 26 of 36 for 211 yards, and was 4 of 4 on the game-winning drive -- which gave the Rams their only lead of the contest.

"The two-minute drill is our forte," said Milano, who added 45 yards on the ground. "It would be nice to start stronger, but we're a second-half team I guess. It feels great."

It was the second heart-breaking loss in a row for the Senators (1-3), who squandered a two-touchdown lead to another FCIAC powerhouse, Staples, in a 24-21 defeat just six days ago.

Senior quarterback Damien Vega was 13 of 17 for 317 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite yielding 452 yards, New Canaan's defense stiffened when it mattered most, holding McMahon to just one first down in the fourth quarter -- and that came on the final play of the game -- a swing pass from the Senators' 44-yard line to Chris Jerome, who was ultimately dragged down 32 yards short of paydirt.

"That was a helluva high school football game," Rams head coach Lou Marinelli said. "I feel for McMahon. That's an excellent team that has deserved to win two weeks in a row. I'm really proud of our kids, unfortunately someone had to lose this one."



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