New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli probably should have known that in the age of social media, it is hard to keep any big news a surprise.
Then again, that Zach Allen, the Rams’ dominant outside linebacker, would be named the Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year came as hardly a surprise.
Allen on Thursday became the second player in team history to receive the honor. The first, ironically, was Chris Silvestri in 1993. The former running back is currently New Canaan’s first-year defensive coordinator.
“I think the town, the school and the football program are proud to have one of our kids honored when only one from the state is selected,” said Marinelli, who learned of the news Wednesday night and had hoped to surprise Allen with a video on the school stadium’s scoreboard during practice on Thursday.