Football: West Haven defeats Foran Lions
The Foran High football team spotted West Haven 32 first-half points on Friday night and was never able to rally while falling 39-19 to the Blue Devils in a Southern Connecticut Conference intra-divisional game played at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.
The loss was the first after five wins for the Lions, who will play host to East Haven this coming Friday night.
Foran fell behind early, trailing 13-0 just 3:51 into the first quarter as West Haven ran its overall record to 4-2.
West Haven scored on its first possession following the opening kick-off as junior quarterback Tim McCarthy completed a five-yard pass to Kyle Godfrey at 8:49. The Blue Devils’ drive covered 53 yards in eight plays.
Following a fumbled kickoff return, the Blue Devils got the ball right back on the 24 and three plays later, Chris Chance ran it in from eight yards out as the visitors increased their lead to 13-0.
Foran cut that margin to 13-6 when junior quarterback Lance DiNatale hooked up with wide receiver Brett Huber on a 14-yard touchdown play with 1:50 left in the half.
A 20-yard TD run by West Haven’s Kyle Godfrey gave his team a 19-6 advantage, but the Lions came right back on their next series. They went 70 yards in eight plays as DiNatale connected three times with Huber, the last throw covering 12 yards for the score with 7:49 left in the second quarter.
The Westies, however, scored two more time before halftime, one on a two-yard run by McCarthy and another on a 29-yard pass play from McCarthy to Anthony Godfrey with 2:30 remaining.
Although the Lions’ defense stymied the Westies in the second half, their offense could produce only one more touchdown when DiNatale and Huber hooked up again, this one covering six yards. It came with 7:47 to play in the third quarter.
DiNatale completed 26 of 37 passing attempts for 262 yards and three touchdowns, all of them to Huber who caught 12 passes for 152 yards. Colin Firmender hauled in eight passes for 72 yards.
Foran, however, was only able to generate 26 yards on the ground against a very stubborn West Haven defense.
West Haven churned out 193 yards on the ground and added another 60 while passing. The Westies were led offensively by Kyle Godfrey, who had 90 yards on 14 attempts.
McCarthy threw the ball nine times with four completions and two TD passes.
“We hurt ourselves in key parts of the game tonight especially with our specialty teams,” said Foran coach Jeff Bevino. “We need to get a little better with our ground game where our offensive line needs to pick it up. They were great on pass protection, however, and Lance had an outstanding game
“Our passing game is good enough to beat anybody. But when you’re playing a Division 1 team as good as West Haven the percentages tell you that you’re only going to win 20 per cent of the time.”
West Haven coach Rich Boshea felt that the early fumble and a big interception and return run by Adrian Jaynes made the difference in the game.
Jaynes picked off a pass late in the third quarter and returned it over 60 yards, cutting short a potential scoring drive by the Lions.
“The DiNatale kid is a tremendous threat to any team’s defense,” Boshea said. “He commands the offense when he’s out there. We knew coming into this game that we had to have our ball-control, ground game going in order to try and keep them off the field as much as possible.”