New Canaan Football Battling Through Challenging Season

New Canaan Football Battling Through Challenging Season

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New Canaan junior Nick Cascione has helped the team stay in the CIAC playoff hunt. MaxPreps photo by Bill Berg

TRUMBULL, Conn — A reporter mentioned to New Canaan (Conn.) football coach Lou Marinelli that he was more animated than usual during last Saturday’s FCIAC game at St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn).

“No,” Marinelli deadpanned. “This is a Catholic school, and I’m Catholic. I have these kids, and I watch them work every day, and they work their rear ends off. And it’s so hard to see them do something so out of character.”

It’s been an atypical year for New Canaan. A perennial state power, the Rams began the season with a young and inexperienced group. They’ve made mistakes. They took an early-season overtime loss. They also dealt with the one-game suspension of 10 players.

Worse than that, Marinelli has had to cope with his daughter, Anna, being in a serious automobile accident in July. She spent time in the intensive care unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital, but has since improved.

Through it all, the Rams have persevered. They rallied to beat St. Joseph, 27-21, and kept themselves afloat in the CIAC Class L playoff race.

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