Football: Lawmen fall to unbeaten Easties

The East Haven High football team ran its record to 3-0 under first-year coach Melvin Wells on Friday night, holding Jonathan Law to under 60 yards rushing in a 17-6 Southern Connecticut Conference Division II West game played in Milford.

The Eagles took the opening kickoff and, behind quarterback Mitchell Smith (12 of 25 passing for 123 yards) moved the ball all the way down to the East Haven 16 before they were stopped on downs.

East Haven took a 6-0 lead on Austin Thornberg’s two-yard touchdown run with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter and upped it to 7-0 on Evan Damian’s conversion kick.

Thornberg’s 55-yard interception increased East Haven’s lead to 13-0 with 4:03 to play in the first half. Damian then made it 14-0.

A 24-yard field goal by Damian at 6:54 of the fourth quarter allowed East Haven to lead 17-0, before the Eagles rallied to score on the next series.

Smith completed passes on 15 and 9 yards, both to Justin McFadden during the drive which covered 54 yards in seven plays. The Eagles began the march after a 51-yard kickoff return by Gabriel Haynes. Tim Caldwell ran it in from two yards out to score with 5:18 remaining in the game.

Following a punt on its next possession, however, the Yellow Jackets were able to stop Law on its last possession. The loss left Law with an 0-3 record.

“There were times tonight when I think we were playing with two left feet,” said Law head coach Derrick Lewis. “This is such a game of momentum and East Haven certainly has it right now. We had a good opportunity early in the game to score and didn’t.”