Football: Lawmen home to Lyman Hall Friday

Jonathan Law’s offensive line, with Andrew Paulus (74), Justin Abe (50) and Austin Danville (52) in action here, paved the way for the locals in their win over Guilford. — Bill Bloxsom photo

Crossing the goal line when given the chance will be the top priority for Jonathan Law’s football team when coach Erik Larka’s Lawmen play host to Lyman Hall from Wallingford for an SCC Tier 3 showdown at Lawmen Stadium on Friday at 7.

Law, now 4-4, is coming off a 13-7 road win over Guilford.

Lyman Hall is 5-3 after the Trojans defeated visiting Branford High, 12-0.

“We need to finish our drives,” Larka said. “We had the ball inside the ten twice, once inside the five, and didn’t punch it in. Plus, we turned it over once in the red zone.”

Mike Plaskon gave Law a quick lead over Guilford when he caught a 60-yard TD pass from Hayden Hulme. He added a 50-yard plus reception for another score and Cole Egersheim kicked an extra point. Plaskon had an 80-yard TD run called back on a penalty.

“We moved the ball well, and our o-line did a great job,” Larka said of the unit made up of Justin Abe, Storm Furtado, Austin Danville, Andrew Paulus and David Tortora. “But, we led twenty-one points out there.

“We took the second half kickoff and had a six-and-one-half minute drive and didn’t score.”

Larka wants to tighten things up.

“Lyman Hall is a much improved team and they are well coached,” he said of Bill Weyrauch’s Trojans, winners of two straight. “They are aggressive and are trending toward a run-heavy team.”

Law captains Dean Pettway, Jimmy Boyle, Abe and Paulus, along with Sheldon Gargano and Nate Merchant will be tasked with helping the locals win for the second straight week.

“We are still in the driver’s seat when it comes to reaching our goal of finishing with a winning record,” said Larka, who is assisted by Jamesy Codrington, Tom Drew, Clarence Dukes, Camillo Ferrari, Joe Kirschner, Des Lymon, Rich Nucifora, Jon Reinecke and Courtney Williams.

“We are expecting a dogfight from Lyman Hall and will need to play four quarters of solid football.”

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