BROOKFIELD — Foran took the first punch, but responded to deliver one after another.
Naturally, its quarterback was at the heart of it all.
But this time on the ground.
Senior Jared Hubler rushed for 241 yards and five touchdowns to lift Foran to a 45-27 over Brookfield in a SWC-SCC crossover game Friday night, evening both teams’ records at 1-1. Turnovers by the Lions haunted them in a loss to Wilbur Cross last week, but a clean game highlighted their offensive potential Friday.
“We ran the ball so well; we like to throw it around a little bit,” Foran coach Jeff Bevino said. “I was pleased with how we ran. If you’re going to be a good club you have to run the ball.”
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Bobcats quarterback Liam Carroll delivered a 68-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage, and a 41-yard score soon after to give Brookfield a 14-8 lead. But Foran began to get stops and Hubler did the rest. Escaping pressure and out of designed runs, Hubler tormented the Brookfield defense that yielded just three points last week.
“Our offensive line was playing so well, I can’t take any of the credit there,” Hubler said. “They opened up holes for (Matt) Kennedy, myself and (Matt) Cruz. We have a pretty good backfield.”
Michael Scribner hit an impressive 43-yard field goal to pull Brookfield to within 21-20 very late in the first half, but Foran got a big kickoff return which led to a field goal of its own. Getting the ball to start the second half, Hubler took the first play 73 yards to the end zone, giving the visitors a two-score advantage. A touchdown soon after made it 38-20.
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“Coming away with three points there makes a big difference in the outcome because that made it a three-score game,” Bevino said. “That was big.”
Hubler finished off his night with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
Carroll threw three touchdowns for Brookfield, which visits Newtown in a key SWC game next Friday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jared Hubler, Foran: Carried the ball 25 times, putting the team on his back in key moments. The team’s long snapper and a defensive back, Hubler didn’t come off the field much either.
Justin DeEll, Foran: The defensive lineman had a key sack in the first half, was in on a fumble recovery and had another tackle for loss.
“They beat us up front and their coaching staff did a nice job of preparing them,” Bobcats coach Rich Angarano said. “(Hubler) is a heck of a runner. I told (my team) at halftime the second half was going to be him running left, right and up the middle. And that’s what they did. We couldn’t stop it.”
“This was definitely was a must win for us,” Bevino said. “We had to come up here and play well and we put it on the kids to put it together.”
Brookfield great Scott Lutrus had his jersey number retired in a ceremony prior to the game. The former UConn standout who continued his career into the NFL, Lutrus was presented a frame of his jersey. His No. 21 jersey is hanging from the exterior part of the school that overlooks the field.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since I’ve played here, it feels like last year,” Lutrus said as he addressed the fans. I wouldn’t have had the success without my teammates.”
FORAN 45, BROOKFIELD 27
FORAN8 16 14 7—45
BROOKFIELD 14 6 7 0—27
B—Kyle Marek 68 pass Liam Carroll (Michael Scribner kick)
F—Jared Hubler 1 run (Matthew Cruz run)
B—Trevor Sterry 41 pass Carroll (Scribner kick)
F—Zachary Cleary 9 run (Cleary kick)
B—Scribner 29 field goal
F—Hubler 7 run (Kick missed)
B—Scribner 43 field goal
F—Cleary 24 field goal
F—Hubler 73 run (Cleary kick)
F—Hubler 8 run (Cleary kick)
B—Chris Comizio 7 pass Carroll (Scribner kick)
Records: Foran 0-1, Brookfield 1-0.