Class L Large: 2-minute drill
Published 6:45 pm, Saturday, December 13, 2014
Alex LaPolice hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Michael Collins with 6:59 to play, completing the 21-20 comeback victory.
Michael Cognetta picked off Tim Graham with less than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The play should have been a pick-6 but a referee’s inadvertent whistle killed the ball where Cognetta caught it.
The play before the interception, a Darien receiver was open down field but could not haul in the pass which would have put the Blue Wave on top.
The Blue Wave were called for too many men on the field as the Rams lined up to punt in the fourth quarter, extending the eventual winning drive.
Will Hamernick caught a 30-yard touchdown from Graham, making it 14-7 Blue Wave.
The Blue Wave fail to convert on an extra point, leaving them with 20 points before the half.
Darien used two timeouts defensively on punts, one because of confusion and one in an attempt to make New Canaan kick into the wind at the end of the third quarter. The punt went nearly 60 yards and the Blue Wave were left with just one time out when New Canaan got the ball back trying to run time off the clock.
Darien sacked Collins 8 times on the afternoon.
Stars of the game
Mark Evanchick of Darien registered 4ÿ1D2 sacks and would have picked up MVP honors if not for the Rams rally.
Collins completed 25 for 48 passes for 259 yards and 3 TDs.
Graham was 17 for 30, 165 yards, 2 TDs.
LaPolice had 8 receptions for 71 yards and a TD.
Hamernick had 5 receptions for 60 yards and a TD.
Peter Swindell of New Canaan had 8 punts for 269 yards with a 33.6 average and two punts inside the 20.
By the numbers
New Canaan: 74 plays for 223 yards of total offense, 259 passing yards and 36 rushing yards, 2 turnovers, 28:10 time of possession, 5 of 19 on third down and 11 penalties for 115 yards.
Darien: 58 plays, 235 yards of total offense, 165 passing, 70 rushing, 6 turnovers, 19:50 time of possession, 5 of 13 on third down and 3 penalties for 25 yards.