Football: Foran belts New London

The Foran High football team improved to 5-0 with a 53-28 rout over New London in a non-league matchup at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Friday night.

Lion quarterback Lance DiNatale tossed five touchdowns — three to junior running back Brett Huber and one apiece to wide receiver Colin Firmender and tailback R.J. Balado.

Huber also rushed for a 2-yard touchdown and connected on a 34-yard option TD pass to Firmender.

Balado, running behind a dominant offensive line of Luke Edmondson, Noah Hubler, Angelo Simonelli, Colby Stuart and Samuel Kopatch, also sprinted through the Whaler defense for a 32-yard touchdown.

"We were clicking on all cylinders," Foran High head coach Jeff Bevino said. "Our offensive line played phenomenal. Lance had all day to throw the ball."

Next week, Foran hosts Southern Connecticut Conference powerhouse West Haven High (3-2) at DeVito Sports Complex.

New London, which qualified for the Class M state tournament last year, tumbled to 1-5 overall.

The Whalers opened the game with a promising series, but on the eighth play of the drive quarterback Melquann Gomnez was intercepted by Lion cornerback Steven Lynch.

Foran capitalized, with DiNatale engineering an 10-play, 66-yard scoring drive, capped by Huber’s 2-yard jaunt out of the wing formation.

“We really wanted this game,” Huber said. “We wanted to set the tone on defense. We came and shut them down. Steve had that first pick which gave us some life and we kept rolling. We couldn’t stop.”

New London quickly went three-and-out on its next possession and the Lions embarked on another clock-consuming scoring drive.

On the 13th play, DiNatale pulled the ball out of Balado’s hands and fired an 18-yard touchdown strike to Huber to make it 12-0 just five seconds into the second quarter.

New London then failed to field the ensuing squib kick and that opened the floodgates for Foran’s deluge.

After the Lions covered the ball on the Whaler 34-yard line, Huber, on the option pass, hit a streaking Firmender for a 34-yard touchdown.

“We practiced that one all week… I was just afraid I was going to underthrow him,” Huber said.

The first of Zach Cleary’s five PATs made it 19-0 and the rout was on.

Foran erupted for 34 total points in the second quarter, extending its lead to 40-6 at the break. The lone New London score came when Gomez scrambled for a 9-yard touchdown to narrow the deficit to 33-6.

DiNatale responded by throwing two more touchdowns to Huber, from 44 and 15 yards respectively, to make it 53-6 after three.

The Whalers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter against Foran’s JV team.

Jacob Commander punched in a 13-yard touchdown, Gomez hit Major Roman from 11 yards out and Efrain Santiago scored on 3-yard run.