Football: East Lyme defeats Jonathan Law

The Jonathan Law football team, despite two touchdowns, remain winless, falling to East Lyme 28-12, on Friday night. Penalties and turnovers doomed the Lawmen.

“I expected better effort from us,” said Law coach Derrick Lewis. “I expected them to play more maturely, to play more mistake-free football, but that’s a character issue that we have to tackle. It’s an ever-growing process. Right now we’re searching for a win and we can’t find it.”

Mitchell Smith led the Lawmen with 162 yards passing and touchdowns to Tucker Saley and Tyler Cavallaro.

East Lyme signal caller Dylan Hatajik rushed for a score and passed for a score for the Vikings while Ryan Janovic ran in a score and Travis Franco had an interception for touchdown.

“(Penalties) have been the story of the season,” Lewis said. “We’re just not a good football team right now, but we’ll just keep working. That’s the only thing we can do.”

After forcing a Vikings three-and-out, the Lawmen took over and got seven yards on first down on a rush from AJ Repollet. Then a false start, a two-yard rush and an eight-yard sack derailed the drive before it ever got started.

The Law defense again forced a turnover on downs and got the ball back to their offense. After getting a first down on a Repollet 8-yard rush, East Lyme recovered a fumble on the Law 38.

The Vikings went 62 yards in eight plays, capped by a Hatajik 4-yard score to make it a 7-0 game.

The Lawmen responded with three first downs on the next drive, on a pass in the flat to David Patrick and two post routes to Logan Danville. The Lawmen then stalled and turned over the ball to the Vikings.

After East Lyme went three-and-out, Law got the ball back. On the third play of Law’s next drive, Smith was intercepted by Franco, who ran it back 25 yards for the score. With the extra point, East Lyme took a 14-0 lead.

Law answered with a good kick return by Repollet to the 31. Then two defensive penalties on East Lyme put Law into Viking territory. At the 47, Smith found Saley running a seam route up the hash and Saley caught the pass over the shoulder for the 47-yard score. The touchdown made it a 14-6 game at the half.

Law’s first drive of the second half was derailed by penalties once again. After David Patrick got a first down on a 10-yard run, the Lawmen lost 15 on a personal foul, followed by an incompletion and a sack to turn the ball over to the Vikings.

East Lyme answered with seven-play drive capped by a Janovic 15-yard rush up the middle for the touchdown. The score gave the Vikings a 21-6 lead early in the third quarter.

The Lawmen got a break when Brandon Chiaraluce recovered the fumble at the Law 10.

Law went three-and-out and punted to the Vikings who started at the Law 32.

“We got to keep plugging away and fix the mistakes we can handle,” Lewis said. “We can handle fixing penalties. We can handle not dropping the ball when we’re wide open. Our fate has been sealed because we’re not taking care of the things we should be handling. This is just part of the growing pains that we have.”

East Lyme marched 32 yards in eight plays, ending with a 11-yard pass from Hatajik to Evan Tryon to make 28-6 with seven minutes to play in the game.

The Lawmen responded four minutes later when they got the ball back from the Vikings at the East Lyme 40. Smith found Patrick for 20 yards on fourth down. Smith then hit Cavallaro for 6 yards and again for the 14-yard score to make it 28-12. Cavallaro ran a hitch on the play and shook his defender and ran in for the score.

The Lawmen will host the Hillhouse Academics on Senior Night Oct. 23.