Football: Lawmen shock Easties late

Mitchell Smith’s five-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hulme with 9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Jonathan Law football team a come-from-behind 26-21 Southern Connecticut Conference Tier 3 win over the Easties on Friday night in Milford.

It was the initial win for first-year coach Erik Larka, a 1995 Law graduate and an assistant coach under Mark Robinson from 2004-2008.

The win brought Law’s record to 1-1. The Lawmen lost to Guilford, 41-34, last Friday night, when a closing-game drive came up short.

After giving up 213 yards of offense and trailing, 21-7, at halftime, Law’s defense held the 1-1 Easties scoreless in the second half and allowed only 69 yards, all on the ground.

Law began its winning drive on its own 21 with 2:42 to play.

Smith completed three consecutive passes, the longest covering 21 yards to Joe Mugford.

Faced with a third and eight from the East Haven 15, Smith hit Dean Pettway on a six-yard gain, bringing the ball to the nine before running four yards to the five.

The winning touchdown came on a play into the left corner of the end zone, where Hulme caught the ball over his right shoulder.

Cole Egersheim’s conversion kick created the final score.

Smith completed 18 of 28 passes, including 16 out of 21 in the second half for 169 yards and a lone touchdown.

Mugford, who led the Lawmen with 124 yards on 13 carries, scored twice with his first touchdown covering 49 yards on Law’s opening drive of the game.

“We’re only two plays away from being 2-0,” said Larka, who coached for three years at Colchester’s Bacon Academy before taking over this fall at Law.

“It’s a great win for this coaching staff and these kids. When I came here, I was determined to change an attitude which seemed to dog this team last year.”

Law will play on Friday night against Amity Regional in Woodbridge, before returning home on Sept. 30 to meet the Creed/Career/Eli Whitney co-op team.