Mistakes do Lions in
Sophomore Jake Kasuba is coming of age as the latest in a line of top-flight quarterbacks at Foran High.
Head coach Jeff Bevino had nothing but encouraging words for his sophomore quarterback even in light of a five-interception game as the Lions dropped a 47-13 Southern Connecticut Conference Division II interdivisional decision to a surging Guilford High team at Kavanaugh Field in Guilford on Wednesday.
The Indians ran their triple option to near perfection against a Lions defense, rolling for 411 yards of offense including 361 on the ground.
Junior running back David Knapp, filling in for the injured K.C. Horton, rushed for 224 yards, caught two passes for 34 yards, and returned an interception 80 yards for a score as Guilford won its fourth straight game and improved to 5-4.
Kasuba completed 28-of-47 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s a young kid and he’s been outstanding for us,” Bevino said. “Nothing bothers him. That’s what I really like about him.
“My hat is off to Guilford tonight.
“They’re a very physical team and they played well in this game. We just made too many mistakes.”
Behind the play of Foran of Anthony DiTullio, John Carchia, Eddie Drapp, Zach Hubler and James Monk on the offensive line, Foran scored first when Nick Weissauer ran it in from a yard out.
Zach White’s conversion kick gave the Lions a 7-0 lead at 6:51 of the second quarter.
Foran chose to go with an onsides kick here, but Guilford recovered. Knapp got the call and ran to the outside, breaking three tackles and rumbling 58 yards for the score.
“We have three kids in our backfield [along with Knapp there’s quarterback Joe Nault and fullback Eric Zergiebel] who can run the ball for us,” Guilford coach Tom Unger said.
“We got the ball to their perimeter tonight and the pitch worked well.”
Guilford scored two more times in the second quarter, on a three-yard pass from Nault to Nick Setaro and on a 10-yard run by Zergiebel, to take a 20-7 lead into halftime.
The Indians steadily pulled away in the second half and led 40-7 before Kasuba connected with White on an 11-yard play with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
“We need to start finishing drives,” said Bevino, whose team, at 5-4, will finish its season at home on Thanksgiving Day morning with cross-city rival Jonathan Law (4-5).
“Still, I’m proud of these kids; very proud of them.
“We might’ve gotten beat tonight, but we got beaten by a very good team.”
The Lions were forced to play without one of their starting backs — senior Nico DeRosa out with a concussion.
Foran was led in rushing by junior Connor Cadrin, who had 36 yards on 10 tries.
Weissauer was the leading receiver, as he hauled in 14 passes for 124 yards.