Cadets come back to tie New Canaan late in first half

While many were talking about another New Canaan blowout tonight, the FCIAC football final has been anything but that. While New Canaan had a chance to go into the half up by two scores, the Hogs held strong.

At the half, New Canaan and St. Joseph are tied 14-14 after the Cadets turned a Rams first and goal into a turnover and tying touchdown late in the half.

After the first quarter ended with a 7-0 Rams lead, the Cadets opened the second quarter with a touchdown.

• First quarter report

St. Joe's converted their first of three fourth down attempts and it was a big one as they opened the second quarter on fourth and goal. Jordan Vazzano completed an eight yard pass for a touchdown to Lars Pedersen.

After trading interceptions, New Canaan eventually retook the lead on an eight-yard run by Frank Cognetta. Peter Swindell's kick made it 14-7.

The Rams later drove to the Cadets' two yard line with less than two minutes in the half. But a fumble recovered by Dylan Ryan of St. Joe's ended New Canaan's chance for a two-score lead.

St. Joe's took advantage of the turnover, quickly marching nearly the length of the field to tie the game on a six-yard touchdown pass from Vazzano to Mark Hirschbeck with 18 seconds to go in the half.


St. Joe's leads with 284 total yards (79 rushing, 205 passing) to New Canaan's 216 (94 rushing, 122 passing). Cadets lead in time of the possession, 14:13 to 9:29. St. Joe's is also leading the turnover battle, 2-1, and has 10 first downs to the Rams' eight.

St. Joe's has five penalties for 43 yards to New Canaan's two for 13 yards.

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