Football: Foran High shuts out Jonathan Law

Scoring on its first drive of the game and building up a 37-0 lead at the half, the Foran High football team posted a 50-0 victory over city rival Jonathan Law on Thanksgiving morning at Law Field.

It was the eighth consecutive win for the Lions over the Eagles in the 43rd annual meeting of the schools. Law hasn’t defeated Foran since the 2007 season when then coach Mark Robinson’s team went 9-1.

It was a bittersweet victory for Foran, which finished at 7-3 but missed qualifying for the CIAC Class M state playoffs when both Stratford and St. Joseph’s of Trumbull came up with wins.

“Certainly, we’re disappointed,” said Foran’s head coach Jeff Bevino. “It would’ve been interesting to see how this team would’ve done in the playoffs. They definitely were a playoff caliber team. And I thought that we played as good a first half of football that we’ve played all season long.”

The Lions used a strong running game led by senior R.J. Balado, who rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries. He scored three touchdowns in the first half.

Foran struck on the game’s third offensive play when junior quarterback Lance DiNatale threw a 61-yard TD pass to Colin Firmender who was wide open down the right sideline. He caught the ball on the Law 30-yard line and raced untouched into the end zone.

Wide receiver Brett Huber, who broke the single-season reception record at the school (86 catches) then ran for a 3-yard touchdown at the 4:13 mark of the first quarter for a 13-0 lead.

an it in from three yards out, giving Foran a 13-0 lead at 4:13 of the first quarter.

Foran scored three more times in the opening half — on Balado’s runs of 31, 12 and 20 yards, Zach Cleary added a 25-yard field goal.

Coach Derrick Lewis’ Lawmen, who  finished with a 1-9 record, put together their best drive of the game at the start of the second half. The Eagles drove from their won 42 to the Foran 28 before running out of downs.

Foran had a 401-yard offensive day. DiNatale completed 8 of 12 passes for 174 yards passing.

Law was led by Dennis Theis, who had 48 yards on 14 carries. The Lawmen finished with 115 yards total.

“They were the better team, it’s that simple,” said  Lewis. “We need to get back to work soon so that we can improve next year. But, either way, I’m proud of these kids. They gave it their best today in a very tough game.”