New Canaan State Championship Game Scenes

New Canaan's Duke Repko searches for room to run. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
New Canaan's Bobby Distler, 34, and Kevin McDonough tackle Hand's Nicolas Vitale. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Quarterback Matt Milano looks for a receiver. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Bobby Distler celebrates with a teammate after a big play. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
The ball pops free as Hand's Kevin Frey is tackled by the Rams. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Coach Lou Marinelli talks with athletic director Jay Egan. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Quarterback Matt Milano fires a pass behind the protection of Bobby Distler. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
New Canaan's Louis Hagopian is brought down by Hand defenders. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Quarterback Matt Milano scrambles while behind chased by Hand's Peter Gerson. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
New Canaan's Duke Repko tries to shake off Hand tackler. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
Bobby Distler looks to get around a Hand defender. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
New Canaan students cheer on the Rams. Photo Credit: Sharon Cadden
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan High’s football team journeyed inside Hand High's 20-yard line three times in the first half of Saturday’s Class L championship game at Rentschler Field. The Rams came away with just three points, and the squandered chances proved costly as the Tigers rolled to a 34-10 victory.

“When you get in the red zone and don’t score, you can’t get that back,’’ New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. “You don’t know when you’re going to get back there.”

Nicolas Vitale scored two touchdowns for Hand (13-0), which won its first state title since 2005. ...
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