Lawmen suffer fifth straight loss

For the past five weeks, the Jonathan Law football team has played well above par. If all of them were golfers, they wouldn’t have broken 100.

During that time, coach Mark Robinson has suspected who the culprit might be.

“I think it was a case of Foran-itis,” Robinson said last Sunday night, two days removed from a 46-13 loss to North Haven, the Lawmen’s fifth consecutive defeat after opening the season with a 3-1 record.

“We have two seasons. One is against all of our other SCC teams. The other is against Foran. These kids began thinking way too early about Foran.”

Robinson was quick to credit North Haven (6-3) as being a “very good team.”

“Our trouble once again is we didn’t play well,” he said. “We gave up too many points and too much yardage.”

Law’s defense allowed North Haven to score five first-quarter touchdowns.

It far overshadowed an 82-yard kickoff return by Chris Ballas for a touchdown.

Josh Patterson scored for Law late in the game on a 13-yard run.

In between, the game was dominated by North Haven.

“That’s behind us,” Robinson said. “We take two days off (Saturday and Sunday), then we begin preparing for Foran.

“I really can’t tell you too much about them. Up until now, personally, I haven’t given them a thought. That will change on Monday night.”

Foran will come in with a 5-4 record following a heartbreaking 21-20 double overtime loss to Branford. Law is 3-6.

“Records don’t matter when it comes to Law-Foran,” Robinson said. “Anything can happen. In my first year as head coach, we were 5-4-1 heading into the game. They were 8-1 and hoping to make the playoffs. We ended up in a tie.

“Two years ago, we were 8-1 coming in and they were winless. They played us very tough for a half.”

Foran’s offense is geared around the play of quarterback Tucker Schumitz, a good passer and a talented breakaway-style runner.

Law’s bread-and-butter has been its running back tandem of Ballas and Patterson.

“I know one thing,” Robinson said. “We’ll need to play a phenomenal game to win. We can’t afford to make any mistakes. What it comes down to is who can play the best under pressure. This game can either raise you, or it can smash you.

“Our kids know that. The winners will own the town green for a year. The losers will pretty much need to hide.”