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The Foran High football team was caught up in a a track meet of sorts to Hillhouse High of New Haven in the first half, but Lion coach Jeff Bevino was proud of how his team stayed the course in its season-opening 55-34 loss to its Southern Connecticut Conference rival at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Thursday night.
“You can’t stop them, they are unbelievable those two kids,” Bevino said of the Academics’ Andre Anderson and Harold Cooper. “And they have a good team on top of it.”
Hillhouse, ranked seventh in the Preseason Register Top 10 Poll, showed why its rated so highly when it exploded out of the gates to take a 28-0 lead after one quarter.
“Our one’s [first-teamers] were ballhawking and that’s the style of defense we’re looking to play,” Hillhouse coach Tom Dyer said of his club, which scored on its first possession and doubled the lead to 14-0 behind a 45-yard fumble return from Anderson.
The Academics recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes overall, the second one returned 96 yards for a score by Daryn Horner for a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Bevino said: “We’re young, so we know we’re going to make mistakes. We’ll be good someday...The kids never quit.”
Sophomore quarterback Jake Kasuba led the Lions back, as he completed 19-of-37 passes for 242 yards and three scores to go with those two interceptions.