NEW HAVEN — Jaykeen Foreman and the Wilbur Cross defense knew how well Amity and its defense had played in the first three games of the season. Foreman did his best to counter that.
Behind a pair of Foreman interception returns for touchdowns, Wilbur Cross topped Amity 27-0 in a Southern Connecticut Conference contest at Marone/Barbarito Field at the Wilbur Cross Athletic Complex in New Haven Thursday afternoon.
“I knew what he was going to do (first interception) and I just jumped in front of it,” Foreman said. “I knew what was coming. Our defense has been great the last two games. Everyone has executed and played well.”
Foreman led a defense which held Amity quarterback James Laubstein to just 7-of-22 passing for 125 yards, while picking off three passes and forcing the sophomore quarterback into 11 straight incompletions at one point.
“Our defense has been solid the last two weeks,” Cross coach John Acquavita said. “They have played two solid football games which is nice to see. We played well, and this was a division win which is nice. We knew we were getting a tough, well-coached Amity team.”
With the game still hanging in the balance, Jasiah Barnes iced the game late in the third quarter with a 74-yard touchdown scamper with 1:43 to go for a 21-0 lead. Barnes, who also added an 18-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes to go in the game, finished the game with 241 yards on the ground and was particularly effective in the final 12 minutes when Cross was looking to eat up the clock.
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“It was a great effort by the line and the wide receivers,” Barnes said. “They kept the blocks going and executed. We kept on pushing. The offense was slow in the first half, but we got rolling. This is a great spot we are in.”
The first half was all about defense as neither team was able to get anything going offensively. The Governors made the most of their opportunities and took a 14-0 lead to the half as they used a pair of Foreman interception returns to take control of the opening half.
Cross (3-1) used its speed to hold Amity to just 106 yards of offense in the opening half, including just 26 yards in the first quarter. Amity’s only sustained drive reached the Cross 17-yard line in the second quarter, but ended with a Noah Washington interception, his third of the season.
“They have a couple of spectacular players,” Amity coach Ted Czepiga said of Cross. “They made a lot more plays than we did today. They made the plays we didn’t make. Hats off to Wilbur Cross and Coach Acquavita. We try to go 1-0 every week. Today, we did not do that.”
The Governors gained only 17 yards on offense in the second quarter, but used its defense to score twice. With the Spartans backed up inside their 10-yard line, Foreman stepped in front of James Laubstein’s pass and returned the pick four yards for the score and a 7-0 lead with 8:55 to go in the opening half.
Amity (1-3) drove up the field once again late in the second quarter, but Foreman again was there to end the Amity threat. This time, Foreman jumped the Amity route, stepped in front of Laubstein’s pass for his fourth interception of the season, and raced 40 yards for the score and a 14-0 lead with 3:59 to go in the half.
Amity was held to 192 yards of offense in the game, including just 86 in the second half.