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New Canaan, Darien 6th Grade Football Teams Play At West Point

Sixth grade football teams from New Canaan and Darien met in a contest at West Point on Saturday. Photo Credit: Contributed
Dukes Plum runs the ball for New Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed
Christopher Canet carries the ball for New Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN and DARIEN, Conn. -- Former Army football players Steve Cavoli and Mike Graham took their 6th grade football teams from Darien and New Canaan to West Point on Saturday for a rare off-site Fairfield County Football League game.

New Canaan won, 22-0, to improve to 3-2 for the season. Darien fell to 0-5.

The score was secondary, however, as the boys for both teams enjoyed a rare road game in New York. Steve Cavoli, whose son Brian plays on the Darien team, played on the 150-pound Army team in 1992. Ben Graham plays for New Canaan and his father, Mike.

Cavoli and Graham were Army officers and served in the infantry after graduating from West Point. They have remained close since, and Cavoli’s brother is an Army general on active duty in Europe.

In the game, Bates Grisgby scored on a 20-yard run followed by a two-point conversion by Chris Canet. In the third quarter, Canet scored on a 35-yard run and added a conversion. Dukes Plum added the final TD for New Canaan.

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