Football: Hillhouse defeats Foran High, 50-27

Hillhouse High from New Haven defeated Foran High, 50-27, in an SCC football game at Vito DeVito Field in Milford on Friday.

The Academics’ Ja Von Taylor intercepted three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns as Hillhouse improved to 6-2.

“We definitely didn’t play one of our better games...But I’m not sure we would have stopped them,” Foran High coach Jeff Bevino said after his Lions dropped to 6-2. “Play good players and they force you to make mistakes.”

Hillhouse took the lead on Taylor’s first pick six before Foran answered back on R.J. Balado’s 19-yard run. It was 16-7 Hillhouse when David Harris ran for a 42-yard score and the visitors added their second two-point conversion.

Foran went 81 yards in nine plays with Lance DiNatale’s 51-yard pass to Zach Cleary setting up David O’Connor’s 1-yard plunge with 2:16 still remaining in the first period.

Harris broke off a 41-scoring run on the Acs’ next play from scrimmage for a 22-14 lead after one quarter. Shawn Ogarro’s 10-yard run extending the Foran deficit to 30-14.

DiNatale completed four straight passes good for 74 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Colin Firmender to get the Lions closer with 8:21 remaining in the first half.

Hillhouse threatened to score late, but Brett Huber made a great play to intercept the ball at the Foran two-yard line with 18.4 seconds left in the half.

Foran’s defense forced Hillhouse to punt on its first two possessions of the third quarter.

The Lions closed within 30-27 following a 92-yard drive that culminated in Huber’s 2-yard touchdown run and Cleary’s PAT with 47.5 seconds left in the period.

Foran held on downs at its 17 with 6:29. The Lions had moved to midfield when the Acs’ Keishon Bradley returned an interception for a score and a 38-27 lead with 2:56 left.

Hillhouse forced turnovers and tacked on two more touchdowns, including Taylor’s second interception return for a touchdown.

Hillhouse coach Reggie Lytle said, “It was a matter of execution (by the Acs’ defense). We watched the film and knew we had to jump the (passing) routes. We were faster than they are and had to be aggressive and not sit back.”