Foran-Law game story
Supremacy in high school football in the city of Milford has made a decided turn toward the East Side.
For the fifth year in a row, Foran High, behind its high-powered offense led by sophomore quarterback Jake Kasuba, scored 40 points or more, this time posting a 56-29 victory over Jonathan Law before a crowd in excess of 3,500 Thanksgiving Day at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.
The Lions, who now have five straight wins over the Lawmen, but trail in the series, 21-17-2, broke open a 22-14 game with a huge second-half effort.
They outscored Law, 34-15, behind the overall play of junior running back Connor Cadrin who received the Ken Walker Memorial MVP Award following the game.
Cadrin scored five touchdowns (two rushing, two on pass receptions and another on a 75-yard kick-off return), as Foran finished its season with a 6-4 record.
He rushed for 152 yards on 11 carries and caught three passes good for 112 yards. One of his touchdown runs went for 80 yards, while one of his pass receptions for a score covered 73 yards.
In all, Cadrin accounted for 354 yards.
“Connor was probably our most over-looked player all year long,” Foran coach Jeff Bevino said. “Nico DeRosa was our primary running back until he got hurt [DeRosa suffered a concussion and missed two games].
“But Connor certainly was great today. He proved to be a game breaker.”
Behind its line of Anthony DiTullio, John Carchia, James Monk, Andrew Melendez and Anthony Raccio, Foran rolled up 511 yards of offense.
The Lions came out quickly, scoring on the game’s first series.
Zach White returned the opening kickoff 41 yards, giving the Lions the ball on the Eagles’ 41.
Kasuba, who was 13-of-24 for 246 yards and four touchdown passes, hit Nick Weissauer down the left sideline from 15 yards out and the Lions led 6-0 at 9:52, which was extended to 8-0 on White’s conversion run.
Weissauer led all receivers with six catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Law began its first series on its 30.
Using an option offense right out of the Naval Academy’s playbook, and behind a line that included Nick Casagrande, Ray Cruz, Jimmy Marron, Brian Santora and Alex Boyd, the Lawmen went 70 yards in 10 plays, all on the ground, to score at 5:05 as Daron Britt ran it in from 14 yards out on a sweep.
Mick Murray’s conversion kick made it an 8-7 game.
Foran followed by tacking together another extensive drive, covering 67 yards on eight snaps before Weissauer and Kasuba hooked up again, this time on a 25-yard touchdown.
Sam Olsson’s kick gave Foran a 15-7 lead with 1:59 left in the first quarter.
Following a failed onsides kick, Law took over at its 38 and began a seven-play, 62-yard scoring drive which stretched from the first quarter into the second.
The big play in the series was a 36-yard run by Law’s junior quarterback Tim Maher, who carried the ball from Foran’s 45 down to the nine before he was stopped by the Lions’ Sean Rice.
Maher carried again, this time to the seven, before Law was flagged for a 15-yard penalty on the next play.
With the ball at the 22-yard line, Britt got the call and went the distance, scoring at 10:53. Murray added the conversion kick and Law trailed by one, 15-14.
With the game beginning to turn Law’s way, Kasuba was picked off on the second play after the kickoff and the Eagles’ had the ball at Foran’s 36-yard line.
But Cadrin stepped up and intercepted a Maher pass at the two-yard line.
Foran then marched 88 yards in six plays, as Cadrin scored his first touchdown on a 73-yard pass reception from Kasuba. Olsson’s kick upped the Lions’ lead to 22-14.
Cadrin scored four of Foran’s final five touchdowns in the wild second-half, where the closest that Law could get to the lead was nine, at 29-20.
“We turned the ball over four times today and you can’t do that and expect to win,” Law coach Mark Robinson said. “When you look at the final score, it’s easy to see how our mistakes hurt us.
“Foran did a heck of a job offensively. It’s hard to defend against those players who’re all over the field.”
Law closed out its season with a 4-6 record after going winless in 2011.
We went from the depths of hell at 0-10 to finish at 4-6 this year,” Robinson said. “These kids, and especially these seniors, worked hard to get the monkey off their backs. I’m very proud of them.”
Law had 298 rushing yards on 57 attempts. Three rushers, Joe Ziebell, Maher and Nick Kosa had 60 yards or more. Joe Ziebell led the way with 64 while Maher had 64 and Kosa, 61.
Maher threw the ball only four times and had one completion. He was intercepted twice.
“My hat’s off to Law,” Bevino said. “They are so much better than they were last year. For us to win this game with so many young players, it’s a great feeling and a nice way to end our season.”