Law-Hamden football

The Jonathan Law football team lost to Hamden High, 30-6, in an SCC interdivisional game on Saturday.

Coach Mark Robinson’s Eagles are 1-2 and Hamden improved to 1-2.

It took a quarter for the Lawmen to muster an offensive attack, and Hamden jumped to a 22-0 lead with 3:03 left in the opening period.

With Nick Casagrande centering an offensive line of George Knoth and Alex Boyd at tackle and Jimmy Marron and Brian Santora at guard, Law put its best series together.

The Lawmen converted on fourth-down situations on three occasions to move from their 35 to a first-and-10 at the Hamden 13.

Joey Ziebell and Nick Kosa carried from positive yards, but it was quarterback Timmy Maher taking the heavy hits and gaining 35 of the 52 yards.

Hamden’s defense toughened here, and on fourth-and-nine, sophomore Mick Murray’s 29-yard field goal attempt was wide right.

Enpowered by its offense, the Law defense forced a three-and-out from the Green Dragons

Knoth, Ryan Siddall and Efrain Negrone had stops on the first two downs before Boyd submarined both the bloocker and Hamden runner Rob Lesane to force a punt.

Timmy Speer returned the kick 15 yards to the Hamden 43 and three plays later, Maher went to the air and found Najee Smith free on a deep post for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The PAT kick failed, but Law was within 22-6 with 4:48 left in the half.

Chris Bellegrande recovered a Hamden fumble on the first play of its next possession to set the Lawmen up at their own 49-yard line.

Hamden dropped Maher for a two-yard loss and held him to no gain before his pass in the flat to Ziebell was incomplete.

Law turned it over here, as a mishandled punt attempt resulted in a 20-yard loss and Hamden’s Shemar Reid recovering the ball on Law’s 29.

The defense, with Mike DiBartolomeo, Ray Cruz, Casagrade and Bellegarde up front, was tested here.

Hamden moved to the nine-yard line before the Lawmen dug in behind Danny Ziebell, Knoth, Eli Woodbury and Kosa.

Smith, Maher, Siddall and Speer shut down a last-ditch pass attempt on fourth-and-four to hold on downs with 24 seconds left in the half.

Hamden added a third-quarter score and two-point conversion and kept the Lawmen out of the end zone.

Law will visit Hillhouse High in New Haven on Friday at 3:30.

The Academics are coming off a 32-18 victory over Branford High.

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