Farmington shut down in Class L opener

NEW CANAAN — In their first playoff appearance since 1999, the Farmington Indians football team was amped up to face off against New Canaan as the underdogs in the 3 vs. 6 matchup in the Class L state tournament opener Tuesday night.

But the normally potent Indians attack fell flat as the Rams held Farmington to just seven first downs and 115 yards of total offense in a 46-0 win for New Canaan.

“I am proud of their effort,” Farmington head coach Chris Machol said. “New Canaan is a very big, very physical very good team. We play about 16, 17 guys. I think we caught a little of that. It wasn’t that we were leaving plays on the field they were just outplaying us.”

The Rams opened with back-to-back rushing scores, from Frank Cognetta and Nick Cascione to give New Canaan a 12-0 lead at the end of the first.

After adding a score in a second, the home team led Farmington 19-0. The Indians had just 10 yards from scrimmage in the opening 24 minutes.

“Their defense was stifling,” the coach said. “We would get a first down, maybe two, and then we were done.”

A 46-yard touchdown pass by Cascione started the scoring in the second half for the Rams and the domination continued throughout the final two frames, ending a great season for the Indians at a respectable 9-3.

“We had a lot of three year and two year starters in this core group,” Machol said. “They have been together since freshman year or as even Mud Hugs. They were explosive and it was fun. It’s fun to have guys who can make big plays and this is what this class was all about. It’s fun to have guys who are game changers and we had a handful of them.”

Among the departing seniors are running back Ivan Guadalupe, quarterback Jeremy Buck, and defensive back Kenny Jones, all of whom have been leaders on and off the field for the Indians since they started with the team. With abundant leadership and continued success stemming from consecutive winning seasons, the future is bright for next year’s squad too.

“I am hopeful,” Machol said. “Certainly we are losing a lot this year. I think the corner got turned three years ago, this was the culmination of it and we kept it going. The hardest thing to do is to repeat successful seasons. I am hoping next season we get another shot at it.”

Experience will return, though in different places in 2014, after most of the skill positions were filled by seniors in 2013.

“It’s going to be kind of the opposite of this year,” Machol said looking ahead. “On the offensive side, we are bringing back three of our starting lineman and two of those are sophomores. We have potential there on the line. It will be hard to replace the skill guys and we will make some transitions and I hope whatever we end up doing offensively and defensively these guys will do it with the same intensity.”

 

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