It is arguably the state’s best football rivalry, and the 85th overall and 20th Turkey Bowl meeting between Darien and New Canaan on Thursday failed to disappoint.
The Rams, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state, scored on an 80-yard bomb from Nick Cascione to Alex LaPolice on the first play of the game, but it was Jay Harrison’s touchdown in the final minute that proved decisive as Darien came away with a 28-24 road win to improve to 10-1.
Darien jumped all the way into the No. 1 spot in the Class L rankings, while New Canaan (11-1) slipped to the No. 3 spot.
A lot of the postgame talk centered around another meeting in the state championship, an enticing prospect, but each team will have to win two tough games to make that happen.
Before the state playoffs kick off on Tuesday, here is a nice highlight package from the Turkey Bowl, featuring all the big plays and every score.
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