Football: Jonathan Law gets well with 50-18 triumph

The Jonathan Law football team got back on track in impressive fashion Friday night, blowing out host Lyman Hall 50-18 in front of about 500 fans on a seasonal early November night at Fitzgerald Field in Wallingford.

The Lawmen scored the game’s first 43 points en route to the easy victory over the Trojans, improving to 3-4 overall, and 3-2 (tied for second place) in the Southern Connecticut Tier 3 standings. Lyman Hall dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the SCC Tier 3.

“This was the medicine that we needed for our wounds,” said coach Erik Larka, whose team had lost its last two games, including a demoralizing 66-20 defeat at the hands of  Sheehan-Wallingford last week.

“This seven-day period was the most depressed I’ve ever been coaching, but that’s how I guess coaching high school football is,” Larka continued. “One week you’re up, one week you’re down.  This was a good win for us.”

Senior quarterback Mitchell Smith threw five touchdown passes and Law’s starting defense gave up just one touchdown, as the Lawmen dominated both sides of the ball.

Smith completed 13-of-16 passes for 282 yards and the five touchdowns, all thrown to different receivers, to lead the way for an offense that churned out 436 total yards.

Larka was quick to credit his offensive line of Storm Furtado, Andrew Paulus, Dave Tortora, Justin Abe and Sam Rossi for the offensive outburst.

“They gave Mitch plenty of time and they opened up huge holes for the running backs,” he said. “ The o-line gets a lot of credit for the victory.”

Meanwhile, the Law defense came up with many big plays on the night, including a second quarter goal line stand.

“That was a great goal line stand. That set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Larka.

The Lawmen will look to reach the .500 mark Friday night when they host Branford in the final home game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.