Foran defeats Law
MILFORD —Andrew Janik threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Foran to a 31-7 victory over Jonathan Law before a full house at Lawmen Stadium on Thanksgiving.
Coach Tom Drew’s Lions improved to 5-5; Law dipped to 2-8.
After winning the Milford Bank-Rotary Club Mayor’s Trophy, Foran now leads the rivalry 23-22-2.
“Words can’t really explain how I feel,” said Janik, who completed 10 of 19 passes for 184 yards and the two scores. “It is a great team. Coach Drew really preaches being a family and that is what we are. Without my line I couldn’t do anything. I think I have some of the best receivers in the state.”
Jack Dawid headlined that receiving corps, starting with a 49-yard touchdown reception on Foran’s first posession. A junior, Dawid had 5 catches for 113 yards and the touchdown.
Foran’s defense forced a fumble, recovered by Jason Cruz, on Law’s first series.
Coach Chris Haley’s Lawmen, with Zach Passaro, Mike Becker, Zach Merchant, Spencer Hannon and Dillon White standing out, held inside the 20. John Franco Menta came on to kick a 35-yard field goal for a 10-0 advantage midway through the opening frame.
Led by Will Phelan, Max Queiroz, Caden Ondek, Patrick Rescsanski, David Dong, Erik Johnson and Colby Metz, the Lions limited Law to one first down (on a penalty) in the first quarter.
Janik’s 70-yard punt turned the field around — and Johnson’s fumble recovery two plays later— set Foran up at the Law 7.
Janik scored from the 4 and it was 17-0 with 9:08 left in the half.
After another three and out, Janik completed 20-yard passes to Dawid and Joe Cappello to get the ball to the 4-yard line. Teddy Mauro bucked in from the 3 and it was 24-0.
Becker completed chain-moving passes to Brian Felag and Curtis Murphy, but Reilly Barry had a tackle to force a punt. Law’s final possession of the half ended at the Lions’ 43 after a Becker 25-yard completion to John Neider.
A quarterback sack by Querioz stopped Law for a three and out to begin the third quarter.
Janik’s 9-yard TD pass to Ben Geier finished off a 55-yard drive that featured a 38-yard catch by Dawid to the 10.
It was 31-0 at the 6:55 mark of the third.
Law answered with a 64-yard scoring drive.
Murphy and Becker alternated carries, with most of Becker’s coming when forced out of the pocket, to get the ball to the Foran 39.
Merchant caught a 19-yard pass over the middle before Becker rolled left and found his senior classmate in the end zone for a 20-yard TD.
Hannon made the conversion and it was 31-7.
Foran let Mauro and Cappello run behind Tanner Lucy, Gage Diaz, Phillip Boyles, Noah Jones and Jacob Madarang to earn first downs and keep the ball away from Law as much as possible the rest of the game.
Drew said: “It’s special for our seniors. There are 21 of them. We all wanted this for them. For them to come out and right the ship, I’m very happy for those kids.”
Haley said: “Grit is absolutely the word to use. It is very prevalent with this group. They improve with adversity. I’m incredibly proud of them. Any senior class leaves a mark on a program. This senior class has done a lot to change the conversation about Law (earning first playoff berth).”
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Andrew Janik and Jack Dawid— The passing combination was key to every Lion scoring drive. Dawid caught a 49-yard touchdown pass and Janik threw for two scores and ran for another.
“Without my line I couldn’t do anything. I think I have some of the best receivers in the state.” — Foran quarterback Andrew Janik
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FORAN 31 LAW 7
FORAN 10 14 7 0 — 31
LAW 0 0 7 0 — 7
F —Jack Dawid 49 pass from Andrew Janik (John Franco Menta kick)
F — Menta 35 field goal
F — Janik 4 run (Menta kick)
F — Teddy Mauro 3 run (Menta kick)
F —Ben Geier 9 pass from Janik (Menta kick)
L — Zach Merchant 20 pass from Mike Necker (Spencer Hannon kick)
Records: Foran 5-5; Law 2-8