Lawmen defeat Easties behind Tim Maher
It was the Tim Maher show, as he rushed for three touchdowns and threw for 123 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown strike to Giovanni Marzullo, when the Jonathan Law football team defeated East Haven in Milford on Friday.
Joe Coury added a 64-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter to seal Law’s first victory.
“We had to get this win,” said Law coach Mark Robinson. “The kids needed to know that they could (win), and now we might be dangerous, who knows.
“We had a tough road the first four games but we play tough all except for one of the games. We’re proud of the kids, putting it together tonight to get their first win at home. It’s a great thing.”
After two three-and-outs, the Law offense got possession at midfield thanks to outside linebacker Ryan Siddall’s fumble recovery.
Law (1-4) promptly marched 50 yards in eight plays, thanks to a 26-yard strike from Maher to Siddall, a 10-yard Maher run and a 10-yard pass to Tyler Cavallaro to put the Lawmen at the 5.
Maher then ran it himself, behind a good push from his line of Austin Abe, Sean Rice, Alex Boyd, Jimmy Davenport and Nick Casagrande.
Mick Murray kicked the extra point right through the uprights to make it 7-0.
East Haven (1-4) had an empty possession, before Maher marched the offense 84 yards for the score.
Marzullo caught a 35-yard pass to move Law into the East Haven red zone. Then, Maher ran for six and Joe Ziebell ran for four to put Law at the 10, where Maher took it to paydirt for a 14-0 lead headed into the half.
Law picked up where it left off in the third quarter.
Law’s defense stopped East Haven on fourth down and Law took over at the Yellowjackets’ 45.
Law moved 45 yards on 10 plays, which concluded with a 1-yard Maher run. The PAT was no good, leaving the score at 20-0.
After another defensive stop, Law struck again.
Starting at the 47, Ziebell rushed for 14 yards and Maher found Marzullo for a 24-yard touchdown to make a 27-0.
“Tim’s in a whole other class,” Robinson said. “He’s just an amazing kid. He does everything and anything you ask him to do and kills himself doing it. Great kid to have, I’m glad we have him.”
Coury capped off the night with a 64-yard interception return on an attempted screen pass to give Law a 34-0 lead and seal its first victory of the season.
“Our defense was great,” Robinson said. “They’ve been playing well all year, it’s just unfortunately our offense has left them out there a lot.
“Maybe this is a turning point for us, and we’ll be able to balance it out a little bit more.”
The Lawmen are off this week and will visit Sheehan High (1-4) in Wallingford on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.