Football: Law falls to record-breaking performance
The Jonathan Law football team fell to Sheehan High, 66-20, on a record-breaking night for Titans tailback Zach Davis, who rushed for 541 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“It feels amazing,” Davis said. “We came out here and we just took care of business. Once again, it wasn’t just me. We had amazing blocking from our line, our fullbacks, our receivers and it truly is a group effort.”
Mitchell Smith led the Lawmen with 300 yards from scrimmage, 154 yards passing and two touchdowns as well as 146 yards rushing.
Hayden Hulme added 86 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Ethan Saley added 64 yards and a score.
Joseph Mugford scored from 8-yards out for Law.
“The first half…it could’ve been closer but the second half was just an abomination,” said Law coach Erik Larka. “It was the worst half of football I’ve ever been part of.”
The star of the night, Davis, started the game with a 45-yard touchdown on an off-tackle run and scored the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.
Law responded with a six-play, 55-yard drive thanks to a pass that Smith caught himself after it was deflected and ran it 35 yards into the red zone. Smith then found Saley on a 14-yard strike to make it an 8-6 game.
On the second play of the following drive, Davis scored from 38 yards out and got the two-point conversion to give Sheehan a 16-6 lead.
On the following Law drive, Aaron Simmons of Sheehan intercepted Smith’s pass in the end zone.
On the next play from scrimmage, Davis rushed 77 yards down to the 3-yard line. After two rushes for no gain, Davis got his third touchdown, 22-6.
Law responded with a timely drive on which they got three first downs, before Sheehan took over at its 40.
Three plays later, Davis scored a 43-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 28-6 lead.
Law answered Davis’ fourth score with a 44-yard pass from Smith to Saley to get Law into the red zone. However, the Lawmen failed to score from a half yard out and the Titans got the ball at the 1-yard line.
The Law defense forced a three-and-out and the offense answered their call.
Starting at their own 42, Smith rushed for 31 yards to get Law down into the red zone. Smith then found Hulme for a 4-yard score to make it 29-13.
“The way he plays is the way we go,” Larka said. “He played good in the first half. He extended plays and made things happen but second half…when you’re down 30 they know you’re going to pass so he was running for his life. There’s not much to do when you’re one-dimensional.”
On the very next play, Davis scored from 51 yards out for his sixth touchdown of the game. Sheehan took the lead 36-13 on the score.
Law responded with another touchdown drive. Starting at the 42, the Law offense moved the ball 42 yards in seven plays. Smith first found Cole Egersheim for 15 yards then Hulme for 10. Smith then scrambled for 14 yards to get the ball to the 23. Mugford took the first handoff 15 yards inside the 10. Mugford’s second carry went eight yards for the touchdown to make it a 36-20 game.
Once again, Davis and the Titans answered. On the second play of the following drive, Davis scored from 44 yards out to give Sheehan a 42-20 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Titans picked up where they left off moving 51 yards in eight plays, capped off with Davis’ seventh score to take a 48-20 lead.
Law responded to the opening half score with a three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the Titans.
Davis struck again this time from two yards out on his fourth carry of the drive, giving Sheehan a 54-20 lead.
Law’s offensive attack continued to struggle on the next drive, attempting a fourth-and-one and getting stuffed at the line.
Sheehan followed that stop with a nine-play drive, all on carries from Davis, who finished the drive from four yards out, scoring his ninth touchdown, tying a Connecticut state high school football record.
On the following drive, Smith fumbled the ball on a scramble that was recovered by Sheehan at the Law 35.
Three plays later Davis scored from 26 yards out, his record-breaking 10th touchdown, which gave him 541 yards rushing in the game, also a state record.
The score gave the Titans a 66-20 lead with less than two minutes to play. On Law’s final drive, its offense continued to be mired by penalties and incompletions.
“Starting Monday, we’re playing a four-week season,” Larka said. “Hopefully we can go 2-2 or 3-1 and try to salvage something the rest of the year.”