MILFORD — Jonathan Law coach Erik Larka issues a two-pronged challenge to his players this week.
First, get revenge on Branford for last year, where the then-winless Hornets drubbed the Lawmen in Branford. Second, keep the dream of a Class M playoff berth alive.
Check, and check.
Senior running back Michael Plaskon scored four times and the Lawmen buried Branford 35-6 on home turf Friday night.
“So, revenge week and a playoff-elimination week,” Larka said. “If we lost this game, we would have no shot knowing Hand is next week.”
Larka didn’t have to wait long for his team’s response.
On the third play of the game, went 49 yards to start the scoring and neither he nor Law (4-2) ever looked back.
The Lawmen would score two more times in the opening quarter, first on a 1-yard plunge by Sheldon Gargano, then via a 20-yard pass from Zach Smith to Plaskon.
After a scoreless second quarter, Plaskon once again got things started to open a half — taking the first play of the third 55 yards to the 10, then in on the next snap.
Plakson put the exclamation point on his night late in the third with a 2-yard run out of the wildcat formation, and like any great running back, deflected praise to the big men in the trenches.
“The only way it’s working is your O-line,” Plaskon said. “So, I can’t take all the props for anything that I did. I never can, because it’s all up to the big guys in front.”
Branford (4-2) wasn’t without its chances, but couldn’t figure things out in the red zone, turning the ball over on downs at the Law 10 and 3-yard lines, nullifying a pick-six with a penalty, throwing an interception in the end zone and fumbling through the end zone for a touchback.
“We really came together as a team,” said Law safety Ethan Saley, who had the end zone pick. “Anytime we were backed up against the end zone we huddled up and said, ‘we got this, let’s do this’…we came together definitely.”
The Hornets finally tallied against Law’s reserves with 34 seconds to go in the contest on Sean Kelly’s six-yard pass to sophomore Kamryn Holmes.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Plaskon, Law. The senior missed the first three games of the season with injury, but he’s healthy now and imposed his will on Branford to the tune of four scores.
“Michael is a scholarship college player,” Larka said. “I hope colleges are taking notice because that kid deserves to play in college. He’s a great football player.”
KEEP DOUBTING THEM
“Every game we get picked to not win,” Plaskon said. “Every game, no matter where we are, who we’re playing, we never get picked to win and it just motivates all of us. We just love proving it all wrong.”
JONATHAN LAW 35, BRANFORD 6
BRANFORD 0 0 0 6—6
JONATHAN LAW 21 0 14 0—35
JL—Michael Plaskon 49 run (Spencer Hannon kick)
JL—Sheldon Gargano 1 run (Hannon kick)
JL—Plaskon 20 pass Zach Smith (Hannon kick)
JL—Plaskon 10 run (Hannon kick)
JL—Plaskon 2 run (Hannon kick)
B—Kamryn Holmes 6 pass Sean Kelly (PAT failed)
Records: Branford 4-2; Jonathan Law 4-2.