Foran hosts Hillhouse with playoffs in view

The Foran High football team is driven to earn a berth in the eight-team divisional state playoffs. Coach Jeff Bevino’s 6-1 Lions took another step toward that goal with a 41-17 over a 5-1 East Haven team at Vito DeVito Field this past Friday. Foran is currently seeded sixth in Class M.

Next up for the Lions is a Hillhouse of New Haven squad with similar state aspirations.

The Academics, who will visit Foran this Friday night at 7, are 5-2.

Hillhouse (43.5 points per game) tilts a little more toward the run than the pass, as it averages 328 yards on the ground. The aerial game is dangerous, however, as quarterback Damian Henderson is averaging 21.4 yards on his 38 completions with nine touchdowns. Tyler Williams has six catches for five TDs and Chase Kinzly has 10 catches for 156 yards and three scores.

Matt Brehan has four 100-yard games running with eight touchdowns. Shawn Ogarro is averaging 10.3 yards per carry and seven scores.

Foran is led offensively by junior quarterback Lance DiNatale. A junior, DiNatale has thrown for 1,955 yards and 22 touchdowns. R.J. Balade is the Lions’ top runner with five 100-yard games with eight rushing touchdowns.

Brett Huber has caught 61 passes for 1,001 yards worth 13 touchdowns. Colin Firmender has 35 receptions good for 627 yards and eight scores.

In the win over East Haven, the Lions put together a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to extend its 14-10 halftime lead.DiNatale threw a touchdown pass to Jared Hubler good for 62 yards. Brett Huber then connected with Firmender on an option pass for a 50-yard score.

East Haven (5-2) drew within 27-17 in the final period, but Balado returned the kickoff 85 yards for the decisive score.

DiNatale was 18-for-25 passing for 321 yards. He ran for an 8-yard score after finding Brett Huber on a 9-yard pass to erase the Easties 3-0 lead. Balado ran for a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Huber had nine catches for 93 yards, Firmender 5 catches for 139 yards and Hubler four catches for 98 yards. Zach Cleary was 5-for-6 on his conversion kicks.