It's tough enough to play on the road against the second-ranked team in the state without your top offensive threat.

But when you spot that team a 14-point lead before they even get a chance to run an offensive play, you know it's going to be a long night.

Such was the case for Ludlowe on Friday in New Canaan, where the Rams lead 28-0 after one quarter and coasted to a 35-0 win.

New Canaan's Kevin Macari scored three first-quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

On Ludlowe's third play from scrimmage, Macari picked off a John Colavito pass and weaved his way through traffic for a 29-yard touchdown.

After a three and out on Ludlowe's ensuing possession, Macari caught a Chris Boardman punt in full stride at the Ludlowe 40 and made it to the end zone untouched.

Then on New Canaan's first play from scrimmage, with 5:42 left in the first quarter, Macari beat the Ludlowe defense and made a fingertip grab of a bomb from Matt Milano for a 53-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

The loss dropped Ludlowe to 0-3, and the Falcons have been outscored 130-6 in the losses to Bridgeport Central, Ridgefield and New Canaan, which were all ranked in the Top 10 in the Connecticut Sports Writer's Alliance poll before Week 3 games were played.

"We're not there yet," said Ludlowe Head Coach Matt McCloskey, whose team rebounded from a 0-3 start last season and won five of the last six games it played. "We can definitely turn it around, I have no doubt. We just got to get healthy."

In addition to shifty running back Ryan, who McCloskey sat out because of an ankle injury, Ludlowe also lost Colavito in the first quarter with an injured left ankle.

Even with Tom Hammons coming in to replace Colavito as a Wildcat quarterback, the Ludlowe offense could not move the ball. Ludlowe managed four first downs, but generated just two yards of offense.

New Canaan's defense sacked Falcons quarterbacks four times, and forced three turnovers.

McCloskey said he's confident the Falcons could rebound from the stagnant start to its season, based on its 2009 turnaround. And Rams' Head Coach Lou Marinelli said he felt the young Falcons, which features several sophomore and junior starters on both sides of the ball, could emerge as a league power soon.

"If you look at the film and what's going on down on the field, they're in the right places, they're just a step behind," Marinelli said. "But as they get older and they keep playing and get a little bigger, stronger and faster they're going to be making those plays."

Could Ludlowe rebound this season? Marinelli said it's very possible, especially when you look at its schedule. After a stretch playing games against teams with a combined 8-1 record, the Falcons have just one opponent left with a winning record on its schedule.

That would be undefeated Staples, who the Falcons face on Oct. 30.

"There's a bunch of stuff that could happen to them down the line, the season is early yet," Marinelli said. "I think they have a lot to look forward to."

Sophomore defensive lineman Kam Chaudrey recovered a fumble for Ludlowe.