By Nicholas Owens – Staff Reporter
The Jonathan Law football season has reached the halfway point – and the Lawmen couldn’t be in a better position.
The team, in its first season under head coach Erik Larka, is 2-3 on the season and has a huge chance to even up its record against Sheehan at home on Friday.
The Lawmen have been much improved on both sides of the ball this season. After losing week one, Law rebounded and won a close game against the East Haven Yellowjackets 26-21 the following week.
The Lawmen lost to Amity, a Division 1 team, 41-21 the following week, but bounced back with a convincing 22-6 win over Creed at home.
Their most recent game was against Wilbur Cross which the Lawmen lost 34-7.
This year’s offense has been impressive thanks in large part to the play of senior quarterback Mitchell Smith. Smith has thrown for 921 yards this season with nine touchdowns.
“Everyone, including the offensive line, is a lot tougher this year,” Smith said. “The energy at practice and the excitement in the games has lead to our success this season.”
Smith has also benefited from a solid running game, led by his trusty running back, senior Joe Mugford. Mugford is averaging 5.11 yards per carry this season.
“It’s a lot of pressure but I take it head on; it’s an honor,” Mugford said. “All my touchdowns I give credit to my offensive line.”
The defense is also much improved, giving up an average of 180 yards per game and totalling 10 sacks through four games. Defensive leader Jake Mola, a senior middle linebacker, leads the team in tackles with 38.
“Law has never been known to have a good defense, but i want to change that and turn the jonathan Law program around,” Mola said. “This team can do anything we put our mind to. The past couple years, the defense would always be blaming each other and pointing their fingers. Now we are closer than ever and no one wants to let their brothers down.”
The Lawmen still have five games left to play this season, culminating with the annual Thanksgiving Day game at rival Foran.