Football: Lawmen fall to Killingly in state playoffs

Spencer Lockwood ran for 388 yards and scored six touchdowns, along with intercepting three passes, as the unbeaten and top-seeded Killingly High football team defeated Jonathan Law 57-21 on Tuesday night in a CIAC Class M quarterfinal round game played in Killingly.

The Assumption College-bound Lockwood, who pushed his career rushing yardage total over 6,000 and moved into fifth place all-time among state high school runners, scored on offensive runs of 90, 49, 30, 24, 14 and 2 yards and returned one of his interceptions 33 yards.

Law took an early 7-0 lead on the game’s opening drive when Mike Paskon scored from a yard out. The Lawmen covered 69 yards on seven plays. A 55-yard pass completion from Hayden Hulme to Ethan Saley brought the ball from the Law 28 to the Killingly 17.

Killingly then scored the next four times it had the ball to build up a 26-7 lead, before Hulme connected on a 14-yard aerial to Cole Egersheim to cut the lead to 26-14.

After that, the game totally went Killingly’s way, as the Redmen improved their record to 11-0 going into Sunday’s semifinal game with No. 3 Berlin, a 27-14 winner over Watertown.

Hulme scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter for Law’s other score.

The loss left Law, a first-time participant in the 42-yard history of the playoffs, with a closing 6-5 record.

“We made it here and that was a huge accomplishment for these kids and our program,” said Law coach Erik Larka. “I told our kids that we were beaten by a bigger and probably more physical team than we were — and one that could end up winning a state title. We came a long way this year and we now set a standard for Law football. We’ve raised the bar and given future teams something to shoot for.”

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