MILFORD >> Junior quarterback Jake Kasuba and the Foran football team wasted no time Wednesday evening sending an opening statement where the center of their strength is this season.
After a 3 and out from the Fairfield Warde offense, Kasuba launched a 60-yard bomb on the Lions’ first offensive play right into the hands of Nick Weissauer for a touchdown.
Kasuba threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Foran defeated Warde 39-20 at the Vito DeVito Complex in the season-opening SCC/FCIAC Challenge.
“It was a huge night for us; the whole team played well,” Kasuba said. “(This win) it says we are a very good team and should be accounted for.”
If the rest of the state hadn’t already taken notice of Kasuba and Foran, this win should help. On a night that looked and felt like the first game of the season, as Foran racked up five penalties in the first half alone, and struggled at times to separate themselves from a pesky and forceful Mustang defense, Kasuba stood under center in a controlled fashion. He threw touchdowns of 60, 33, 50, 70 yards and ran from 5 yards out. He finished with 309 yards and was 14 of 24.
“That was lovely. That was well-orchestrated,” Foran coach Jeff Bevino said of the Lions’ first score. “We did a great job with that. It’s a ball we’ve been working on and he just did a tremendous job getting it out there.”
Holding an 8-0 lead, Warde’s Brandon Bisack found Kevin Brown in stride on a third and 13 connected to make it a one-score game in the first quarter.
Kasuba and the offense, however, marched down the field and put together an impressive 12-play drive capped by a 5-yard run from Kasuba and then converted on another two-point conversion.
Foran added another score right before the half as Kasuba connected with Weissauer for a 33-yarder to take a 24-7 lead into the half.
“It definitely showed,” Kasuba said of his off-season work with his receivers. “They’ve been working really hard.”
Said Warde coach Duncan DellaVolpe: “Their whole offense was totally in sync tonight. We knew they were going to be going, but when they got it going they were really good.”
Warde, which came into the season losing its final six games of the 2012 season, made things interesting in the second half.
The Mustangs were able to string together a few drives led by Bisack and back T.J. Gallagher and Kevin Brown. With 1:12 left in the third, Warde’s Colin Ventura punched in a score form 2 yards out to make it 32-13.
Warde added another TD from Ventura (72-yard punt return) to push it to 32-20.
The next play, Kasuba responded big. He found teammates Sean Deeger for a 70-yard score to out the game out of reach and seal the win.
Defensively, Anthony Kopatch had two key interceptions off deflections for Foran.
“It picked us up because our offense was struggling at the end,” Kasuba said of the interceptions.
“The kids played big when we had to,” Bevino said. “That was just a tremendous ball he hit Deegan on. Tremendous.”
Foran 39, Fairfield Warde 20
Fairfield Warde 7 0 6 7 — 20
Foran 16 8 8 7 — 39
FO—Nick Weissauer 60 pass from Jake Kasuba (2 point pass White from Kasuba)
FW—Ryan Brown 48 pass from Brandon Bisack (Chris Jones kick )
FO—Jake Kasuba 5 run (2-point conversion Weissauer)
FO—Nick Weissauer 33 pass from Jake Kasuba (Sam Ollson run)
FO—Sean Deeger 50 pass from Jake Kasuba (2-point conversion Weissauer from Kasbua)
FW—Colin Ventura 2 pass from (2-point conversion no good.)
FW—Ventura 72 run (Jones kick)
FO—Sean Deeger 70 pass from Jake Kasuba (Sam Olsson kick)
Rushing—FO: Stephen Longley, 15-67;
Passing—FW: Brandon Bisack, 16-38-208-2; FO: Jake Kasuba, 14-24-304-309;
Team records: Foran 1-0; Fairfield Warde 0-1