Football: Jonathan Law teams up to win big

The Jonathan Law football team put its best foot forward last Friday night when coach Erik Larka’s Lawmen controlled East Haven throughout in winning a 44-0 SCC road decision.

“We coaches were talking afterward, and yes, this was the team we thought we could be,” Larka said after Law improved to 3-3. “We won in all three facets — the defensive posted a shutout, our offense played well and we had a special team touchdown.”

Mike Plaskon returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a score and Cole Egersheim kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Plaskon added a 49-yard TD run to give Law a 13-0 lead after one quarter.

“Mike is the player night in and night out that we know will put up good numbers,” Larka said of his junior running back. “He scored three touchdowns and rushed for over one hundred yards.”

Hayden Hulme came in to run the offense at quarterback, throwing for three touchdowns including two in the second period.

The senior connected with junior Ethan Saley from 23 yards out, and after Egersheim took the score to 23-0 with a 28-yard field goal, found senior Nate Merchant for a 7-yard TD. Egersheim’s second PAT in the stanza made it 30-0 at the half.

Dean Pettway caught a 2-yard scoring pass from Hulme in the third quarter.

“Dean missed the last three games and it was great to have him back,” Larka said. “Having the bye week allowed him to return one hundred percent.

“Hayden did all we asked him to do and more at the quarterback position. He was a quarterback in Pop Warner and as a freshman before injuring his collarbone. Moving him from receiver fits because he is a legitimate dual threat, and his ability to run the ball means defenses can’t just focus on Mike.

“Our offense showed a good mix with Ethan, Dean, Nate and Cole as receivers. Any one of them can hurt you and Hayden did a great job distributing the ball.

“Most important for us has been our continuity on the offensive line, with David Tortora, Storm Furtado, Justin Abe, Andrew Paulus and Austin Danville.”

Plaskon capped the scoring with a 79-yard run and Egersheim upped his kicking point total to eight with the PAT.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Larka said.”Sheldon Gargano and Justin Abe shut them down on the d-line. Because of that, we didn’t have to blitz. In prior weeks we had to send the house and that stuck us with one-on-one (passing) matchups. Junior linebacker Austin Danville has gotten better each week.”

The Lawmen return home this Friday to play 5-1 Daniel Hand at 7 p.m.

“We preach to the kids that that (Hand High’s) is a program we’d love to become,” Larka said. “You always wonder how they can always be so solid year in and year out. It comes from tradition and because of that it comes with confidence.

Many teams they face have as much talent, but no situation ever seems too big for them. They expect to play well in all areas.

“We want to have that mindset, that mentality that puts them over the edge.”