Foran defeats Lyman Hall, Cushman throws four TD passes

Foran defeated Lyman Hall 43-18 in the season opener at Fitzgerald Field in Wallingford on Friday.

Jack Cushman completed 17 of 23 passes for four touchdowns in his varsity debut to lead the Lions to the SCC Tier 3 victory. Dean Ross and Joe Gaetano each caught a pair of scoring passes.

A low snap on a punt attempt from the Lyman Hall end zone gave Foran a 2-0 lead in the first period.

“That gave us life,” Foran coach Tom Drew said. “They were two easy points. It seemed to put us at ease. The jitters were out. It was as about as sloppy of a first quarter as you can have. We turned them over four times (in all) but couldn’t capitalize early. Then we scored in waves late in first and in the second quarter.”

Foran added a touchdown in the opening stanza.

“Lyman Hall was loading the box and we were able to take advantage of their aggressiveness,” Drew said. “We went to our RPO (run-pass option) to Dean Ross. He ran a seam up the middle and Jack found him from 35 yards out. Dylan Haig hit the extra point (making it 9-0).”

The Lions tacked on three more scores to lead 28-6 at the half.

Gaetano slipped out to catch a 1-yard pass on the goal line out of a heavy set. A.J. Edmond added the two-point conversion to make it 17-0.

“Less than a minute later, they took advantage of our aggressiveness and hit on a long pass to make it 17-6 with 7:26 left in the half,” Drew said. “Jack then hit Dean with a 35-yard fade for a touchdown. Gaetano caught a 40-yard corner route and we led 30-6 at the half.”

Ross returned an interception for a touchdown in the third.

Edmond ran 90 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Drew said: “AJ forced two fumbles. Dean also recovered a fumble. Joe Gaetano and Jacob Madarang each had a couple of sacks. Jason Cruz had a sack.”

Lyman Hall scored twice in the final quarter.

“When Lyman Hall establishes its passing game, down the line it can be a very good football team,” Drew said. “Their linemen are so big up front. They ripped off some long runs. In the second half, as big teams generally do, they start to wear on you.”

Foran will host Branford Friday at 7. The Hornets lost 21-0 to Amity.

Lyman Hall will visit East Haven, which lost its opener 49-6 to Sheehan.

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