Lawmen committed to new offense
The Jonathan Law football team is all in.
Coach Mark Robinson and his Lawmen are putting all their chips in the middle of the table and confident they have a winning hand.
“On offense we’re totally sold on the Navy option, it fits the kids better,” said Robinson, whose club will open Southern Connecticut Conference play with a road game at Sheehan High in Wallingford on Friday night at 7.
“The offense is predicated on smaller kids and quickness, and it helps that Tim Maher has been running the option since he was like eight years old.”
Maher, a 5-10, 165-pound junior, returns to quarterback the locals, who suffered through a 0-10 campaign a year ago.
“We ran some option last year and spent time with the offensive coordinator from Navy Prep in the offseason,” Robinson said.
“It’s rule-based and creates problems for opposing defenses. With all the spread offenses out there, they have to be really disciplined to stop the fullback dive, the pitch play or the quarterback option.”
Joe Ziebell will start at fullback, with Daron Britt and Danny Ziebell at wing back.
Ryan Siddall and co-captain Tim Speer will be the split ends.
Co-captain George Knoth and Alex Boyd will start at tackle, with Ken Casagrande at center and Brian Santora and Jimmy Marron at guard.
Robinson said: “We have good backups at the line positions with Efrain Negron at tackle, Jim Davenport at guard, and Sam McTighe and George Zikopoulos at center.
“Drew Carolan can step in at guard or tackle.
“Mick Murray will do the placekicking and Joe Ziebell will be our punter.”
Defensively, Law is going back to the 3-5.
“Joe Beler is coaching our defense and we will be aggressive,” Robinson said. “Alex Boyd and Jimmy Marron will be at the tackles and Ray Cruz will play nose guard.
“Chris Bellegarde and Nick Kosa will be our outside linebackers and the middle linebackers are Nick Casagrande and George Knoth.
“Najee Smith and Ryan Siddall will play the corners with Tim Speer and Danny Ziebell at safety.”
Robinson expects a tough match up with the Titans from Sheehan High (5-5), who defeated the Lawmen 31-23 in the 2011 opener.
“The last four times we played them, we lost by eight points or less,” he said. “They run a spread Texas 4-2-5 defense and like to stick with it.
“After Sheehan, we’re home to Wilbur Cross and play at Hamden and Hillhouse. Hopefully our discipline on offense can overcome all that speed and keep the ball in our hands.
“The rest of our games are in the division against Guilford, Branford, East Haven, Lyman Hall and Foran.
“Our ninth game will be with Plainfield.”
Sept. 14 at Sheehan, 7
Sept. 21 W. Cross, 7
Sept. 28 at Hamden, 7
Oct. 5 at Hillhouse, 3:30
Oct. 12 East Haven, 7
Oct. 19 Branford, 7
Oct. 26 Lyman Hall, 7
Nov. 2 at Guilford, 7
Nov. 15 Plainfield, 6
Nov. 22 at Foran, 10:30